The Sims 3 World Adventures Impressions

The first expansion pack for The Sims 3 was announced at GamesCom, and EA gave us the full tour behind closed doors.

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Part of the reason for The Sims' phenomenal success is its expansion packs, so it was no surprise to see the first one announced for The Sims 3 in Cologne this week. The Sims 3 World Adventures will include three new locations--France, China, and Egypt--and it's the latter that we got to see at EA's behind-closed-doors area.

An EA representative acted as our tour guide on this trip around the pyramids, and the focus was on seeing the missions from the game. EA was keen to emphasise that the game's missions are completely opt-in, so you don't have to play them to enjoy the game. That said, they certainly look fun enough and offer plenty of rewards. The quest structure apparently takes some cues from World of Warcraft, as the story will be told through the series of quests that you choose.

The first quest we saw was to enter a pyramid and go hunting for treasures. You have to hit floor-switch triggers, put your hand into disgusting-looking holes, and raid sarcophagi to find such items, and even though EA admits it has had some reservations about desecrating ancient relics, it's all done in a lighthearted manner.

As anyone who has played The Sims 3 will know, the animation is beautifully presented, and half the fun of the game is seeing how the characters respond to what you do. When our character was set on fire by a trap, he jumped into the water to put out the flames, finding a secret tunnel in the process. When he put his hand into a mysterious hole looking for treasure, he became covered in bugs and jumped around trying to shake them off. And when he opened up a sarcophagus and revealed a mummy, it chased him around and put a curse on him.

The Sims 3 World Adventures will keep an adventure journal for you, which tracks of all your accomplishments in the game. You'll be able to see which items you've discovered, what collections you've seen, and what achievements, such as historical horder, you've won. One of our favourite design features was that you start with a level-0 visa, which allows you to visit these places for only two days at a time. Once you've worked up to level 3, though, you can stay there for a lot longer and will be allowed to buy a holiday home.

The Sims 3 World Adventures launches on the PC on November 16.

Discussion

21 comments
rockgirlDMC
rockgirlDMC

Well, I think I'm staying only with the sims 3 for now. (closes window)

rockgirlDMC
rockgirlDMC

Well, I think I'm staying only with the sims 3 for now. (closes window)

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

They better have LOTS more hairstyles and give me back my pool table and hot tub damnit

mrs_meanie0
mrs_meanie0

hahaaaaaaa.can;t wait to play this .i hope it's not over 30$

Blargsman
Blargsman

I'm probably the minority in that I loved The Sims 3. However, I must say that this expansion pack seems like an utter waste of time and resources. I'd much rather EA just rehash the packs from The Sims 2 to the sequel than this junk. Why add a linear story element to a game that thrives on free, limitless player choice?

blacksaibot
blacksaibot

After the dissapointment that followed the Sims 3 release, I really could care less. I'm not emptying my pocket change for EA's future 30+ expansion packs. Honestly, why would the Sims 3 heave less content than its predecessor? Screw this game.

MichaelMorbid
MichaelMorbid

if this article wanted to be *really* helpful it'd save everyone who bought the sims 3 at least $30 by telling us right here and now what the mummy's curse does. if it doesn't do something that totally blows minds then it might as well say in its box along with this expansion.

tat2pap
tat2pap

Christmas and sims 3 expansions are really going to be a great combination.

teddytiger
teddytiger

they really ought to make these vieos. Iam seriously dislexic and love this sites' videos, but these are useless.

HCL2
HCL2

And now ,as usual, they will start to launch these expansions in order to make us pay for it. oh come on this is ridiculous.

Anoid2
Anoid2

I hope they fix the bugs be for this EP comes out. With the last patch Sims have trouble getting to some objects if they are behind doors or up stairs. That being said I'm excited to finally git out of Riverside and Sunset Vally.

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

I've been waiting for this...perhaps the new content will also help with adding more venues to community lots in Sunset Valley. It needs it bad!!

ehuman
ehuman

Everything comes out in november

tclvis
tclvis

Mummies and sarcophagi. Sweet. Always a sucker for anything Egyptian! Visas sound like a cool gameplay idea. Can't wait.

Zingoe1
Zingoe1

Looks Epic, another game to add to the list :)

hacker300
hacker300

i wish it was free lol hey who knows wolfteam

racer4nfs
racer4nfs

OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!! I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BUYING THIS!

Fanny101
Fanny101

Sounds good! Can't wait to here more about it and play it!!!