The Sims 3 Supernatural (Video Game Review)
The Sims 3 Supernatural adds five new character types including Werewolves, Fairies, Vampires, Zombies and Witches. Each character comes with unique Sims skills and abilities, and each have their own strengths and fun reasons to play. A werewolf comes with the least exciting skills, but you can combine forces with others of you kind to form packs, dig up rare items needed to craft magical items easier, howl at the moon, scratch up furniture and perform other whimsical deeds. Fairies come with a nice set of customizable wings naturally and can perform various levels of magic exclusive to their class by sacrificing mana points from their rechargeable magic meter. Vampires can participate in your usual stalking the night, blood sucking moments, glamoring of lesser creatures and more, but they can also attain the ability to go out in the sun where they sparkle obviously! Zombies are your typical shambling, rotting corpses, but they only remained zombified for certain amounts of time unless a powerful potion is used to keep your character in this form. Witches are one of the most fun characters to play in The Sims 3 Supernatural. They have a natural affinity for magic, can participate in wizard duels with magic wands, fly around town on a magic broom and perform all sorts of other witch activities. Ghosts and Genies return to The Sims 3 Supernatural as well from previous game expansions.
The Sims 3 Supernatural takes place in the new location of Moonlight Falls, and the town is properly named, as you'll find most everything you do in The Sims 3 Supernatural revolves around the Moon and the lunar cycle. Most of the time, things will be relatively normal, or as much as they can be in a supernatural environment, but when the full moon comes out, so do all the crazy creatures of the night sporting some really bizarre behavior. With the new Plants vs. Zombies content, you can equip your front lawn with peashooters that will protect your home, outdoor items and other plants from the hordes of the undead that come out during full moons. Another cool new feature is the alchemy ability that allows characters of all types to create some super special items from various materials you can scavenge around Moonlight Falls or purchase at the nearby alchemy store.
There is so much new content crammed into The Sims 3 Supernatural, it would be impossible to list it all here, but know that you'll find plenty of customization items for your Sims and plenty of magical items to find, craft and purchase including Magic Mirrors, a toxic jellybean bush, sliding bookcases, flying vacuum cleaners and the return of Bonehilda, the skeleton maid. Alchemy is a blast as well with the ability to craft special potions that can turn other Sims into zombies, make characters fall in love with each other or even turn others instantly obese, and to keep up with the numerous materials you'll need to craft these special items and potions, the game comes with a collectibles journal that tracks each of the new items for you.
The Sims 3 Supernatural is the same old game you've come to expect from a presentation standpoint but with the added content. The game's graphics still look roughly the same, and the game's soundtrack is still as charming as you'd find in other versions of the game. There are some funny new animations for each of the new characters including a werewolf's ability to howl at the moon, smell other Sims and get beat with a newspaper for doing something bad. Essentially, The Sims 3 Supernatural is the perfect expansion for fans of The Sims, especially if you're looking for something new from your favorite game series, and the game is a blast as a stand alone title too. You'd have to be an idjet not to purchase The Sims 3 Supernatural; sorry, I couldn't help but throw in at least one Supernatural joke for this review, so laugh it up Chuckles.
The Sims 3 Supernatural is now available from all major retailers for the MSRP of $39.99 and can be purchased for PC and Mac. The Sims 3 Supernatural is rated T by the ESRB for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes & Violence. For more information on the game, check out the official The Sims 3 Supernatural website.
Developer: The Sims Studio
Platforms: PC and Mac
Release Date: September 4, 2012