Vampires Are People Too, In The Sims 3

By Jim Rossignol on June 14th, 2012 at 10:30 pm.

I can see right up your nose.
I thought it was deja vu, but it was actually just another expansion pack. The Sims 3: Late Night already gave us the capacity to become a vampire, in a sexy out clubbin’ sort of way, but this time it’s all gone a bit Young Adult Fiction with vampires, fairies, wizards, and even zombies becoming simulated people. With a bunch of silly magic, and transformations into werewolves, The Sims 3: Supernatural actually looks like it might be amusing.

Trailer below, needless to say. The Sims 3: Supernatural is out int he first week of September.

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41 Comments »

  1. Trelow says:

    I love me some Sims 3. Excited.

  2. Solidstate89 says:

    As close as this gets, they still have yet to make an expansion as fun and ridiculous as Makin’ Magic. It’s probably why I haven’t even played The Sims since the original. I mean, what’s the point if you can’t get a bunch of enchanted garden gnomes drunk while tending to your lawn?

    • Greggh says:

      THIS!!! Yes! That was the best expansion ever in sims history.

      Also the business one, I love me some entrepreneurship :D

      • Solidstate89 says:

        Also, where the hell’s robot butler? I remember when I tried out Sims 2 for the first time (full disclosure, I pirated it to try it out, uninstalled it about an hour later) and tried to find the Robot Butler…all I could find was a “Roomba” like vacuum cleaner. What hell man? I want my Robo-butler back!

        I feel like the series has lost its ridiculousness over the years, what with aging Sims and the like.

        • Greggh says:

          In that same “Business” Expansion os Sims 2 there was an ability to make robots and shit like that, AFAIK… But my memory might fail me

          Also, I don’t know what the expansion was named, I’m brazilian and it was translated – and google is like, 5 clicks away XD

        • JD Ogre says:

          The “butler” was Servo – bought for 5000 Simoleons in the first game (Living Large expansion) and crafted at the gold badge level of robotcrafting in the second game (Open For Business expansion).

          If the past is any example (Makin’ Magic and Apartment Life (where the Witches basically were the most important, game-changing feature)), expect an insert advertising The Sims 4 to come with this expansion…

          • Solidstate89 says:

            Well that explains that. My very brief time with Sims 2 was with the vanilla version only.

          • Greggh says:

            Sims 2 + expansions was a pretty good game actually, too bad my PC back then had so little RAM that it was ghastly slow, barely playable… Today I have a great PC, but I mostly play other games XD

            The “Sims” series will always have a special place in my heart – and in my HDD

      • Stromko says:

        I rather liked making robots and upgrading my items in Open for Business, but the actual business side was broken as hell. I don’t think I ever sold anything at a loss, and the profits just kept getting better the more badges I earned, but running a restaurant was nothing but an exhausting money-sink, even if I gave up on employees and just staffed it with family members.

        Tried The Sims 2 with all the expansions once. I bought a few of them but was disappointed that most of them amounted to about 20 minutes of new content for 30$. So, I acquired the rest, and found out that the 20 minutes per 30$ was a generous approximation on my part. I’ve hence stayed away from all Sims 3 expansions, none of them seemed to offer a good deal for the money, and I’m too old to pirate.

        • psyk says:

          indeed

          “Complete Sims 3 Store – November 2011 (package and decrapified sims3pack files)”

    • Frosty840 says:

      There’s a fair amount of “magic” gubbins in the Sims 3 store. The prices are a face-melting ripoff, though, so balls to them.

  3. Walf says:

    I’m actually fairly excited for this expansion. The Sims are always best when they’re at they’re zaniest.

  4. vexis58 says:

    And yet, we still can’t get abducted by aliens and have alien babies like in Sims 2. I started playing Sims 3 again recently, and was having a lot of fun until I discovered that I could no longer have a half-alien family.

  5. MSJ says:

    Now I can craft my my Sim story of vampires and werewolves fighting for fairy vagina. I just need to recreate Lafayette in the game.

  6. Enzo says:

    World of Darkness expansion pack, sweet.

    Also, Sims 3 is one of the best sandbox cRPG games ever made. There, I said it.

  7. Cambridge says:

    As much as I like the Sims, the constant monetization annoys me. Instead of releasing such a huge quantity of expansions, why not have fewer, larger ones. It would feel more worthwhile if we got more than a few novelty features at one time. Besides I’m more interested in expanding the core game features, and allowing for more variety than I am in paying 30$ to get a new job or something along those lines.

    I’m hoping that the Sims 4, whenever it may get made, doesn’t roll back all the content in the Sims 3 for everyone to buy all over again.

    • JFS says:

      I bet they will do exactly that. Maybe with some additional Plants vs Zombies content as an incentive.

    • vexis58 says:

      Why wouldn’t they? They did it the last two times. I suspect one reason they even made Sims 3 in the first place was because they were running out of ideas for expansion packs, and decided to reboot so they could sell them all to us over again.

      I haven’t bought a single Sims expansion pack after Sims 2 came out, because I feel like I already bought this content for the first game. (I don’t pirate them, I just stick with the base game.)

      • Greggh says:

        You did a smart thing not buying ‘up’ from Sims 2 – the third entry in the series is not that big of a jump like one was to two… It is a pretty solid new engine and very enjoyable, although I’m not very willing to cash out on the expansions – at least not so far as to buy ALL the expansions like I did with Sims 2.

    • Catsplosion says:

      I agree with this completely and It’s the main reason why people buy the main game and pirate the rest. There are just too many expansion packs.

      They will roll back on the content for The Sims 4 just as they have done with this one. Maybe a few small features added in expansions will be added to the base game but the rest will be re-packaged and re-sold.

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      RedViv says:

      If they wouldn’t roll it back, they’d need development time for all those features in the new engine, delaying the game for several more years to include them. And they’d only get money a single time, for a game that people in the core audience play for hundreds of hours.
      Either way, the reason would be “money”.

  8. djbriandamage says:

    It warms my heart to see all this comment praise for Sims 3. I love this game.

    • Stromko says:

      This is a time and place where it’s not uncommon to see adult men gushing over My Little Pony, so I suppose we’ve all gotten over trying to say we’re not into playing with doll houses. The Sims series is severely tainted with rampant commercialism with a very poor dollar-per-value ratio, but at its heart is a trio of good games with some impressive tech for the times.

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    Gap Gen says:

    I’m looking forward to a time when we can play all characters in a sexy clubbing kind of way.

  10. Xardas Kane says:

    No Sam and Dean Winchester in the trailer. I am disappoint.

    • Greggh says:

      WOOW great idea for a game

      :D

      and one day they will make a Supernatural movie and in the movie the guys will play Supernatural the Game and in the game they will be reading the comics… now that’s meta for you!

  11. Frank says:

    Corporations are people, my friend.

  12. MonkeyShines says:

    They REALLY need to lower the price for these expansions. Getting into The Sims 3 is impossible since it costs hundreds of euros.

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    equatorian says:

    Considering how rubbish the previous expansion is, I’m glad they managed to put something interesting in this one. I’ve been thinking that Sims 3 is what you’d get if you water down Dwarf Fortress with all the waters in the Mediterranean and replace drunkenness with the urge to pee. This brings it somewhat closer to that ideal.

    They still need to add more ways to die horribly, though. I’ve been missing the creative ways to kill my sims from Sims 2. Sims 3 is a bit too….CLEAN.

  14. Flavioli says:

    Am I the only one here that thinks Sims 3 is the buggiest mess of a game ever made? I’ve gotten my girlfriend the game and several expansions and, while she loves the game, I’m constantly having to find odd ways of fixing her maps or installing 3rd-party mods to rid the map of game-breaking bugs. Even with a freshly reformatted OS and no mods, stuff is always breaking. She’s had to start over dozens of times because of a multitude of different game-breaking bugs; I personally admire her perseverance, since I would have given up long ago, but I feel that they should focus a bit more on fixing the many game-breaking bugs before they keep adding on to the game (and introducing more bugs as they do so); personally I’d be more inclined to buy an additional expansion if I wasn’t afraid it would make the game even more unstable. It’s frustrating, after seeing her enjoy the game so much, to see her frustrated because the game suddenly lag-spikes every 5 seconds because of some bug which has been around since the first expansion.

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      equatorian says:

      It’s not just you. :p

      I never, ever update until a new expansion interests me, once I find a stable setup. The game breaks itself waaaaaaay more than a release should do in this day and age, and a few times I ended up reinstalling the whole thing once a new expansion hits. Wonder what that says about the idea that Sims players can’t troubleshoot computers to save the planet; you’re practically required to edit your way to enjoying the game. Or does it affirm that idea, because ‘people don’t know any better’?

    • lexoneir says:

      Its definitely not just you. I enjoy the game, but it gets a little frustrating. The most frustrating thing of course is that I can play graphic intensive games on the highest settings without problem, but the Sims 3 is constantly giving me issues, and i have to tweak the settings to get the least lag with the greatest visual quality. Install those third party mods, etc. Even then, it still gives me problems with jerking and skipping when I scroll.

    • Stromko says:

      The expansions definitely introduce some messy code. I haven’t had many problems with just the base Sims 3, but I’ve read about bugs, glitches and heavy lag in reviews for the expansions. The last two games had the same issue.

      They likely expect a relatively narrow spectrum of enthusiast to buy all the expansions, so they skimp on QA. This would also explain why the expansions remain high priced years after a given game comes out. They know there are people who play nothing but The Sims and have to have everything for it.

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      RedViv says:

      The game piles up massive information after several hours of gameplay. Disabling the bug-prone memory system and using the fine cleanup mods from Nraas Industries does remove most of it though.
      Still, Sims 4 would need a different system to actually stay moddable and a good foundation for expansions for a longer time. Some bugs in TS3 seem to be way too deep in the system and way too situation-specific to actually tackle.

  15. downgrade says:

    I liked the Sims 3 Base game and one or two expansions. The others were either not worth it or, and this is true for this one and the last two, primarily aimed at teenage girls.

    The Sims always had this kind of universal target audience. Everyone could play it without feeling (too) silly. Now they give me Katy Perry, Teen-vamp love stories and all that schmuck :/

  16. Godwhacker says:

    I was in Game the other day, and was rather astonished to see they had an entire display dedicated to The Sims 3. Not only that- all the expansions were priced at £10 – £15. People must really, really love The Sims 3.

    What am I missing here?

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    Screwie says:

    Is it me or does that snarling vampire look like Arnold Rimmer? (minus the H)

  18. Dizzard says:

    Interesting.

    I always enjoy the Sims more when they’re being funny or strange.

    I’m not sure if I’ll get this though…I pretty much made a pact that I wouldn’t touch another Sims (the people one) game until Sims 4. Sims 3 just has too many upsets for me….and the save files survive no length before they start getting unavoidable save errors.

    It’s just always more trouble than it’s worth. Which is sad since I was always a big fan of the Sims, but eventually enough is enough.