The Sims 3 World Adventures Impressions - Exclusive First Look

We get the first look at this massive expansion for The Sims 3.

The Sims 3 was released earlier this year, and it added new depth to the pastime of controlling the lives of little computer people as they lived, loved, aspired to lofty ambitions, and got into hilarious catfights. The first expansion for the game, World Adventures, will add three new huge areas to explore (China, France, and Egypt), along with intriguing new puzzle-based gameplay. It will also include tons of new environments, character clothing, moneymaking options, and character traits. And we got the first look.

International adventure and romance await in World Adventures.

World Adventures will let you trot the globe to three different worldwide locations, either on a simple vacation (which you can take at any time if you've got the simoleons to afford a plane ticket) or as part of an "adventure" (which is an expanded version of the opportunity system that would randomly pop up at certain points in the careers of your sims). These adventures will have you go to one of these three nations to take on quests to explore and plunder trap-filled ruins on behalf of a greedy corporation, though once you've fully explored one locale's ruins, you can decide whether you prefer to side with the company (who would prefer to bulldoze them) or with the locals (who would prefer to keep their landmarks safe).

This kind of quest- and choice-based gameplay is a first for the Sims series and makes World Adventures a lot more like a role-playing game than previous games in the series. You'll have an extensive adventure journal that will keep track of a huge number of statistics and achievements, including how many relics (a new type of collectible item) you've gathered, how many puzzles you've solved, different areas you've visited, and your sim's "visa points" (which determine how long you can stay abroad). Stats are very important to the World Adventures team--and apparently to the Sims community--and there will be a ton of them. There will also be tons of new collectible items, including new plants, seeds, and catchable fish for all the pack rats out there.

We watched a demonstration of a sim exploring a tomb in Egypt, which was filled with rubble that needed to be cleared away (and can be cleared faster with athletic skills). Behind the rubble lay a switch that opened up a stairway to a lower level, though the pyramid also had several other adjoining chambers that were obscured by a fog of war. Different chambers may contain treasure caches in urns with valuable relics, dangerous traps or, worse, threats.

We watched our explorer try to navigate a fire trap that belched flames up out of the floor, but he failed miserably. He ended up catching on fire, making a panicky run to the nearest pool of water, and diving in with a cowardly leap. However, after getting dunked, our sim was affected by the "soaked" moodlet (minor conditions in The Sims 3 that can positively or negatively affect your character), which also made him immune to fire, so he was able to safely cross. He moved on to a treasure room full of urns containing items, but he didn't realize that there was a sarcophagus at the other end of the room from which a hideous mummy emerged.

You can recover priceless relics, but you must escape the mummy's curse.

Mummies will attack your sims and drag them into a fistfight, and unless your sim is a master of the martial arts skill (which is new to World Adventures), you'll end up with the mummy's curse. This will kill you in two weeks' worth of game time unless you pay a visit to the Sphinx, which is also in the area, and plead your case. Of course, if you prefer to be adventurous, you can actually spend the night inside a cursed sarcophagus and become a mummy yourself, which will cause you to move much more slowly and die should you catch on fire. But, it will also increase your strength and limit your personal needs (so unlike regular sims, you won't need to sleep or take bathroom breaks) and otherwise make you live much longer. You'll also get new, unique mummy social interaction options. (Though if you die as a mummy, you can come back as a ghost-mummy. Yes, a ghost-mummy.)

While you begin your adventures on location at a base camp, all three international locations have their own businesses and amenities, as well as locals whom you can meet, interact with, and even fall in love with and marry, then bring home to Sunset Valley (the original Sims 3 neighborhood). Sims from these different regions are being designed to look like they belong to those regions and will have various behaviors added to their personalities under the hood that will serve the purpose of modeling their different cultures. Should your sims decide to marry someone from abroad, their children will evince these behaviors.

Along with new behaviors come new traits, skills, and side activities that can be used to generate a handsome income on the side. The three new traits each enhance the expansion's three new skills. The first new skill is martial arts, which is first learned in China; it can be practiced with a training dummy item and advanced to compete in a special martial arts tournament in that country. The second new skill is photography, which can be advanced through various skill levels to take on new styles (such as panoramic shots or sepia-tone photos), and the expansion will offer a series of photography challenges to fill an album collection. These include simpler stuff like grabbing a photo of a new father carrying a baby to esoteric, secret photo setups that will be much harder to nab.

The final new skill is "nectar making," which originates in France and involves using grapes to make non-alcoholic "nectar." If made properly, the nectar will give its imbibers a "good meal" moodlet that will make them much happier, but if made poorly, it will make its drinkers spit out the swill and bring their moods down for a while. Skilled nectar vintners can age their bottles in a nectar rack and sell aged bottles for a pretty penny, and having an advanced gardening skill (to grow good grapes) will help considerably in this profession.

Dig your way to adventure this November when World Adventures ships.

In addition to all this other stuff, World Adventures will add the three new areas to explore, each of which will be comparable in size to Sunset Valley, along with a huge number of brand-new clothing outfits. There will also be tons of scenery items, which can be used by industrious players to build out their own trap-filled ruins to explore, filled with hidden switches, buttons, staircases, traps, and treasures. There will definitely be a ton of interesting new stuff to play in an expansion that will go in a new direction for Sims expansion packs. World Adventures will be released later this year.

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179 comments
diamond2206
diamond2206

I can't wait for this one, it will add so much more for your sims to do.

Annihilator-X-
Annihilator-X-

The only thing I am looking forward to is spiral staircases as additional items. I am stuck with my house design because of the lack of spiral staircases! I know how to use cheat to make L shaped staircase but it doesn't work well for my layout.

gocatdave
gocatdave

I can see a lot of ways this expansion will find its way into my Sims 3 story blog, Teenagers from Mars. (evil laugh) www.TeenagersFromMars.com

jat94
jat94

i love Sims go sims

joecwild
joecwild

Well I guess I'm going to be dusting off my copy of the Sims 3 this November.

Jppshipley
Jppshipley

I have to apologize to EA for recent comments. While angry that "my brand new computer" or VISTA with all of the administrator crap seem to make me have to contantly delete the option and cache files, I commented here that my game did not work. Well, that may not be EA's fault 'entirely' or at all. When the game does play, I love it. BUT, I look to the Sims for entertainment because it truly gives me an escape from thinking. The new release 'may' take a little of the fun of just playing away with all of the puzzles and stuff. If I wanted a puzzle, I would buy a puzzle game. EA please don't get away from what your customers enjoy most about the SIMS. I totally lost interest in other games for just that reason. I have all of the SIMS 1, 2, and starting on 3. Don't ruin a good thing. You know we liked 1 and 2. I think EA would have more sucess by sticking to what they know we like instead of heading out into another totally different direction.

yyyhung317
yyyhung317

wow i just really cant wait for the game as the sims 3 is already very nice to play but with the expansion pack it can make a huge difference to the gameplay!!!!! I JUST REALLY CANT WAIT FOR THE GAME TO RELEASE!!!!

Manajae
Manajae

I will be so glad when they come out with the expansion pack because I am running out of things to do in sims 3. Yes, they made it to where you could run all around the neighborhood but you can't go into the diners or schools and be seen. They took away things that we were able to do in the other sim games. I wish they would bring sims online back. I miss it so much.

Jppshipley
Jppshipley

I am still having problems with Sims3, can't believe they are talking about releasing an expansion pack so soon. Shame on EA. They should be ashame to even think about announcing an expansion pack.

LadyZe
LadyZe

ElderGamer1 -I am right there with you. I enjoy my Sim games and have all the TS2 EPs. I have progressed to TS3 as my new 'addiction'. I think of it as a cheap version of therapy. LOL [Look for me on the TS3 Exchange as EuphorialQueen].

Alamain
Alamain

Yay! I'm so excited!

Laksamanama
Laksamanama

lol looks like a rpg or action adventure game

MasterYossef
MasterYossef

Looks to be great.Cant wait,Oh and peterskywalker your wrong the sims 3 has the same things from the orginals but it pushes further.I ahve nothing wrong with sticking to the classics but alot of great games turn out horrible because of keeping the old and not wanting to give in and realize that its time to move on.

melante
melante

wow! to EA, innovation means a "ghost mummy"!!!! This really scares me to death (for the future of our industry, I mean)

peterskywalker
peterskywalker

This is why i didn't buy the sims 3. They seem to be taking away from the original gameplay and making it more adventurous. (Leave the sims as it is we already have spore for that.) The sims 2 was great because the sims felt real and you could make them really unique. Another great features was the ability to build neighborhoods, and the ability to play multiple sims. They are taking away from the original experience and i don't think it is a good idea. Who knows though the expansion could be big but in my opinion i think it is a step in the wrong direction

gormo4
gormo4

They should have released Sims 3 with this expansion...

gormo4
gormo4

They should have released Sims 3 with this expansion...

ElderGamer1
ElderGamer1

From the last comment I just read here RE: no one will buy it...I think a whole lot of folks have already purchased all the expansions from the SIMS 2 Series. On their Site I see so many Countries Flags of players on the *Exchange of created items every day! The SIMS# as in all the Games that fall under the Corp. of EA have their own Production Teams/Directors down need to get paid too! I wish I was one of them...Most Games out there now are from *(PC) 60-90= *Directors cut $$ inc.*Prima Guide @$20. The $30 range sounds like Nintendo prices cause ya buy the Console & thier turn-over is greater. I am having alot of fun since I discovered the SIMS & can't wait until the next 1 comes out Plus Mass Effect & BioShock have Sequals comming out too so being broke is my middle name cause I'm too old to go clubin! Pay the same price and go out for just (1) evening Dinner/show or Club & what do you have by the next morning ? Besides a hang over=Junk food or Booze & an empty wallet with nothing to do! PS: I'm ready for opening my big mouth here so bring it on the - - -, Lol Happy Gaming!

mgibuk
mgibuk

I've counted nine Sims 2 expansions. With each costing £15-£20 on the day of release and the £30 required to buy the original game, the cost of the full Sims 2 suite comes in at around £165-£210 ($271-$345 USD). Just keep that in mind when you rush to the shops to buy this one. edit: has someone from EA been on and given negetive score to people pointing out they're money grabbing ways?

Gamer_2219
Gamer_2219

OMG I CAN NOT WAIT 4 THIS GAME I WANT IT SO BAD!!!

eddyking3
eddyking3

No ones going to buy all those expansion packs and give EA the money they want. If they want my money they need to put in more work in the EPs.

austinite04
austinite04

I remember when Night Life came out for TS2, that was a true EP. This is just a MONEY machine game for EA. They don't even care anymore about how good the games are. I seriously don't think I'll get this game. It's gonna be $30 no doubt. I hope EA rep's are happy, they sold their souls to make this garbage add-on.

Xmortis87
Xmortis87

May be alright, Martial Arts skill...that's pretty cool. Hope they don't ask £30 for it though.

LadyZe
LadyZe

Mummyies and Ghost Mummies?!? AWESOME...

SOADToTheMax
SOADToTheMax

Eh, seems like it could be fun. I'll ask for it as a Christmas present, lol.

Default_Usernam
Default_Usernam

To those people who don't have the sense to think before you type... they made this so that the SIMS 3 will be more appealing to the masses. That's how they make money. Ever wonder how they got the money to make the SIMS 3? (Ahem... Sims 2 expansions...) Seriously people... no need to whine, we aren't your parents, and therfore we dont give a...

talshiarr
talshiarr

How is turning the Sims into a half-baked adventure game taking it in the right direction? Aren't there more than enough games with "hidden switches, buttons, staircases, traps, and treasures" out there that the Sims doesn't have to attempt to shoehorn it in?

-HD
-HD

I dont even like the regular game smh

forhekset
forhekset

This is absolutely rubbish. Adventures? Are you serious? What happened to being a fun life simulator with complex social interactions? They've turned this into a kids game. EA ruined this franchise.

specta1989
specta1989

I have liked The Sims since the first one so this sounds pretty cool!!

bonafiedhero
bonafiedhero

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cash_chabuk
cash_chabuk

I like adrenaline rushing games not a boring one

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

if i download somthing (eg a chair) and my computer crashes and needs to reinstall. do i have to buy the chair again

sammyk0
sammyk0

This is just a tiny bit weird...

fize4ever
fize4ever

hmm the sims in adventures ?!!! i'm not sure but will see

ReaversRevenge
ReaversRevenge

git sims 3 yesterday...wasnt to impressed with the choice in clothing...could do with a few item add-ons first?. Rather than go on adventures am not really going to use........

phortheman
phortheman

this is good. however, in the Sims 2, i didn't like the "Bon Voyage" expansion pack. but i got a good feeling...

yichun4
yichun4

Looks Great so far. Im gonna be a mummy!

tigertechie
tigertechie

i hope there will be better sims 3 packs than sims 2, but sims 2 us still very good!