The Sims 3 Gamescom 2012 Preview -- They Did the Mash, the Simulation MashBy Leah Jackson - Posted Aug 27, 2012
The Sims have gone on world adventures, they've had ambitions, they've stayed up late at night, they've had kids, they've adopted pets, they've been in movies, and now they're going supernatural. In The Sims 3: Supernatural, the seventh expansion for The Sims 3, you'll be able to create all sorts of mystical and magical Sims, and at Gamescom 2012, we got to see them in action.
My favorite part of The Sims 3 has always been creating new Sims. I can spend hours in the character customization area picking out different hairstyles and clothes and choosing exactly which color their outfits will be. The Sims 3: Supernatural generously feeds my addiction, adding in 12 new skin tones, 24 new hairstyles, 86 new outfits, nine new accessories, two new facial hair options for male Sims, and 10 new tattoo options. Heck yes.
Additionally, the new Supernatural Type button, gives you the ability to create Supernatural Sims (Supernaturals) in any age group. Supernaturals can be one of four different kinds of ghost, vampires, witches, werewolves, or fairies. Each type of Supernatural comes with their own abilities, traits, and new ways to interact with the Sims around them. One example of a new trait was brooding, which would be perfect for an emo vampire Sim.
Moonlight Falls is where your Supernaturals reside, and the new town is much bigger than Sunset Valley or Bridgeport from the other Sims 3 expansions. Moonlight Falls is full of mysteries and whenever the light of the full moon comes out, your Supernaturals will begin acting in strange ways. For example, fairies and witches will get a boost in their powers and happiness, while werewolf Sims will be forced to transform. When in this state, your other Sims better watch out.
Aside from the lunar cycle, Moonlight Falls offers a ton of places for Sims and Supernaturals to explore and hang out, including Varg’s Tavern, an old converted warehouse where Werewolf Supernaturals like to chill, and the Red Velvet Lounge, where vampire Supernaturals go to get down.
During our demo we ventured over to the Moonlight Falls graveyard during the full moon and zombies began coming out of the ground. Zombies are more of a nuisance than anything in The Sims 3: Supernatural, since they like to destroy gardens and bite other Sims, turning them in to zombies too. Luckily EA teamed up with PopCap to offer the Peashooter from Plants vs. Zombies, which you can use to ward your Sims' lots from the undead. You can also use one of Supernatural's Zombification elixirs created via the new Alchemy skill to either create Zombie Sims or cure your Sims from their zombified state.
With the Alchemy skill, your Sims and Supernaturals can learn how to create potent concoctions, and your Supernaturals can increase the power of their spells and other magical abilities. Some of the Elixirs you can make with Alchemy include the Love Elixir, which force two Sims in to a romantic relationship, and the Freeze Elixir, which turns your Sims into an ice statue. Alchemy is also how your Sims will learn how to ride broomsticks, because cars are so last expansion.
The Sims 3: Supernatural is an expansion that came about because fans asked for it, and from our demo, it's looking as though EA has delivered. Aside from the fact that there are so many new ways to create Sims and Supernaturals, the sheer amount of new experiences you can have with them is impressive. I already have my fairy Supernatural’s entire life planned out in my head, so now it’s just a matter of waiting until September 4, 2012 for the game to come out. Maybe I’ll take one of those Freeze Elixirs I mentioned earlier to pass the time.