by Rosana Kooymans
Like many other fansites, SNW was invited to join the Sims 3 Ambitions event at EA’s office in The Netherlands. Of course we went there, despite the fact that we live 2-3 hours away. EA had to split up all the fansites in 2 groups. Luckily this gave more people the chance to play the game rather than to share the computer with someone else. My good friend Mogway really wished she could go as well, but unfortunately she had to work and couldn’t get the day off. That’s why I decided to write this preview for both of us. It’s more or less my preview, but DMS2C is allowed to post it as well. A little disclaimer up front; I had 2,5 hours to play, we were not allowed to take pictures of the game and what I write in this preview is my own experience with the game. Facts but also my opinion. I’m a very picky person and I will share the positive and negative stuff. Nonetheless, I strongly suggest you buy the game to see for yourself what it’s like.
As you may or may not already know, Sims 3 Ambitions is all about professions. But not the normal kind we know from The Sims, The Sims 2 and until now The Sims 3. No, in this pack, your Sims will have the possibility to get a job where you can actually see them at work. The already existing careers will not be affected by this expansion pack. And just so you know, it’s also not the same expansion as The Sims 2 Open for Business. There are definitely similarities between The Sims 2 Open for Business and The Sims 3 Ambitions.
Because of the many choices and the short period of time to play, I only focused on one specific profession, and took a look at some other professions other players were checking out. I chose to have my Sim become a Sculptor. This is something she could do from her home. To have this as an actual job, she had to visit city hall to register herself for self-employment. To make the sculptures, you just buy a sculpture work station from the Study section in Buy Mode. There are a bunch of other new objects there, like tattoo chairs, fire pole, work bench for scrap, drawing table and loads more.
Anyway. I made my Sim start working on those sculptures right away. The first option was to work with clay. As the sculpting skill gets higher, you get more options. I was surprised to see my Sim make a clay dining chair and a clay bar stool. But she did, they looked just like the wooden versions you can buy in the catalog 😉 Your Sim can sell the objects made for money, or just display them at home. There’s an option to give the object a name. But you don’t have to do this. The game generates random funny names like “gum under your shoe”.
After a while, my Sim got the option to work with wood, then ice and eventually stone/rock. As the skill gets higher, you also get the option to make a sculpture from a Sim. This Sim has to be on the same lot. This can be challenging when you have to make a sculpture of someone you aren’t friends with and is working most of the time. I managed to do this eventually but the tech guy at the event accidentaly pulled some cables (or he pushed some buttons) causing the computers to lose power and with that obviously our games. I lost all my progress but it’s okay, since my Sim had already reached skill level 10. When you reach the highest skill level you get this certificate as proof of your achievement. I have seen a lot of the things my Sim could do in her sculpting profession and so far I really like it.
I also tried a bit of tattooing, on friends. I don’t think strangers like it that much, but then again, I haven’t tried that yet! Maybe you should try that! See what happens… The tattooing is really cool. Your Sim will start tattooing on the arm of a Sim and then the tatoo options will open. You can pick images to put on arms, legs, back etc and several layers as well if desired! Really cool. But other than that I didn’t see too much of the tattooing bit, as I was a bit short on time.
My boyfriend, ChEeTaH, was also at the event for his fansite The Sims Zone. He had a separate computer and he gave the Inventor profession a try. Obviously I was mostly occupied with my own Sim, but occasionally ChEeTaH showed me something (or I heard him laughing because something funny had happened). The inventor could not only travel to the future with his time machine. But he could also blow up things. This really sounds like a profession I want to try when I get my hands on Ambitions! Another player, Jimmy from SmartSim, also tried several of the professions. His two Sims made a baby in the time machine. And in the end, their son came to them through the time machine. That’s funny! Imagine the stories people can create with this feature. Oh so yeah the woohoo interaction is possible in the time machine!
In this same inventor profession, you can have your Sim create a robot. A bit like servo. I haven’t played enough with the robot to see what it can do. But it’s just like a normal Sim, displayed his avatar between the rest of the Sims. It can interact friendly and romantically with other Sims. I don’t think it can procreate itself though.
Other professions to choose from are Stylist, Architect, Ghost Hunter, Firefighter, Doctor, Private Investigator, Tattoo Artist. All of these offer fun work experiences. Most of these professions have work hours like other (normal) careers, except for the professions (like sculpting) you can do at home. Each profession comes with opportunities, to earn bonuses. I’ve had opportunities where I got a financial bonus, but also one where the relationship with another Sim improved after having completed the opportunity.
About the neighborhood. There is a new neighborhood called Twinbrook. It’s a beautiful neighborhood. There are awesome lots and of course new families. There’s a swamp as well! Looks pretty creepy. But it suits the ghost hunting profession!
Something funny I noticed in the game, there are washing machines! Sims can now do their laundry. Even though I don’t miss this in my own game, I do think it’s funny. I haven’t inspected this enough to tell you all about it, but, I did notice piles of dirty laundry appearing in rooms, in a home of a family with washing machines. So I think piles appear when you have a washing machine. I did have another family without washing machines and I didn’t see any piles of dirty laundry there. You can wash the clothes. Afterwards you can dry the clothes in a machine or by using the wash lines! There’s lots of decorative stuff to put on and around the new machines!
I spotted new build mode items like doors, windows and columns. You can now adjust the width of the columns in the UI. There are 3 different sizes, and not all columns have all sizes. There are new walls and floors. Lovely new trees.
I love some of the new modern furniture. The decorative section has been expanded with lots of paintings. I spotted a lovely Harley motorcycle! I thought this was pretty cool. Some of the toys in the children’s section included a music box, a car, some sort of baking table and a space toy. I’m curious to see what kids can do with these toys.
Oh and I love some of the new patterns. Talking about patterns, there’s a new Create A Pattern Tool, which will make pattern creating really easy for players. We will soon tell you more about this, though not in this article, the tool wasn’t available during the event.
The Create a Sim environment also has been filled with new items; clothes and hair. I did not check all the ages, as I really wanted to focus on the gameplay this time. I have seen new traits. My Sim for example had this sculpting trait, making it easier and more fun for her to go sculpting.
The fact that my article is so short is mainly because I only got to check out one specific profession. I would have loved more time to see other careers as well. Only two more weeks until Sims 3 Ambitions is in stores. Be sure to buy it. If I have to compare this expansion with World Adventures, I’d definitely prefer Sims 3 Ambitions, since it’s something you can use for all your Sims. I liked World Adventures as well. I just think it’s not exactly possible to have all my Sims travel and do adventures. I can see myself using The Sims 3 Ambitions all the time. I’m very positive about this game and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I might even write a review when I finally have the game!
I would like to thank EA for inviting me and giving me the opportunity to play the game before it’s in stores. I now have a much better idea what the game is about. I also loved meeting “new” people from the community. Like Jimmy from SmartSim and Lex, Kyta and LotsOfNothing from Sims 3 Nieuws. I have also met a few people from The Sims Resource but only spoke with one of them, her username was SWW. I would love to meet all these people again another time. The event was fun.
Oh and one more thing. We got these lovely goodies at the end of the event. A The Sims 3 mouse pad and a sticker. Though I’m not too sure yet where I will put this, my laptops are all too small for this hahaha. I may hang it on my wall instead.
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