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Review of The Sims 3 Town Life

by: Sheri Newton ; edited by: Milawe ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

The “Town Life" stuff package for “The Sims 3" is all about life in town. New clothing and hairstyles is added to makeover your Sims. New objects were added to redecorate your home or add to venues and the new community lots can be added directly into your neighborhoods easily and quickly.

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    The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff Pack

    “The Sims 3" releases new expansion packs and stuff packs throughout the year. Each one focuses on a certain theme to add to the game. “The Sims 3 Town Life stuff pack" is about life around town for your Sims.

    As with all of the new additions to the game, new The Sims 3 clothing, hairstyles and objects are a part of the package. What makes this addition different is that seven new pre-made community lots are also included. So, does it live up to expectations and is it worth purchasing to add to your game? Read on to find out.

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    New Clothes

    The Sims 3 Town Life clothes   "The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff Pack" included new outfits for most of the age groups but somehow left out teens yet again. I guess the developers thought that since they were close enough to being young adults that they could skip them?

    Regardless of the fact they didn’t include all of the age groups, I do very much like what they added. There weren’t many new clothes included but they were as good or better than an entire clothing set that could be purchased online at their store for around 1,200 SimPoints (which equals about $12).

    One of my personal favorite things that is added with the expansion packs and stuff packages are new clothes for my Sims to wear. I guess I am just one of The Sims 3 fashionistas at heart. So, did this live up to my expectations? Surprisingly, yes. I do think that they could have added in a few more outfits or separate pieces for each gender and age group, but it is just a “Stuff Pack". Thus, I wasn’t really expecting a huge assortment of new clothing anyways.

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    New Objects

    The Sims 3 new kids items   Another addition that people buy “Stuff Packs" for is for the “stuff" in them such as the objects. As with the different types of expansion packs, stuff packages have a certain theme and the new objects added to the game go along with this theme.

    For the “Town Life" stuff pack, this centers on things for Sims to do around town such as going to the gym, the playground, etc. As such, the new objects added includes new workout equipment, new playground toys and even The Sims 3 tree house for kids to play in. There are also random objects in other categories, but the majority of it is in this area.

    I think that the new items that were added are great; however, I really think that there could have been more added to this stuff pack.

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    New Pre-Made Buildings

    “The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff Pack" may not have that much added to it as separate items, but there are seven different types of community lots that are beautifully made and can easily be placed into your neighborhoods. This saves time so you don’t have to make the lots yourself and can bring more diversity to your neighborhoods. Based on the quality of these new buildings and the amount of the community lots added, I give this addition to the game a 5-star rating.

    Noble Tome Library

    • Lot Type: Library
    • Lot Size: 30x20
    • Cost: $144,329

    Mr. Crunches Fitness

    • Lot Type: Gym
    • Lot Size: 30x20
    • Cost: $77,082

    Sudsy Time Laundry

    • Lot Type: Laundromat
    • Lot Size: 30x20
    • Cost: $83,374

    The Sims 3 Town Life park  

    Ray of Sunshine Park

    • Lot Type: Small Park
    • Lot Size: 30x20
    • Cost: $70,028

    Par Excellence Preparatory School

    • Lot Type: No Visitors Allowed
    • Lot Size: 30x40
    • Cost: $21,078

    Fresh and Frozen Express Grocer

    • Lot Type: No Visitors Allowed
    • Lot Size: 30x20
    • Cost: $8,929

    Scrumptious Nibbles Café

    • Lot Type:
    • Lot Size: 30x20
    • Cost: $17,269

    The Sims 3 lots are easily placed into your neighborhoods with the “Edit Town" feature for the game. Just re-zone the area you want to place the lot to the type of lot it is and make sure it is at least the size that the lot is and you can place it into your town.

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    Graphics & Sound

    The Sims 3 sandbox   The graphics for “Town Life" are of the same quality as the previous additions and base game for “The Sims 3." The new items and other additions are of high quality and look brilliant when used in game.

    The sound wasn’t affected with this stuff pack, so it isn’t fair to judge the quality of it based on the addition. It still remains as great as it was before, and as always, you can add in your own custom music to play on your Sim’s speakers.

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    User Interface

    The user interface wasn’t changed with “Town Life." It is still as easy to use as it was before this stuff package. It is quite easy to figure out how to do anything you want from the interface, so I give it the max score possible.

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    Gameplay

    The Sims 3 new workout items   The new clothing, hairstyles, objects and lots add new places to visit and things to interact with for your Sims. This helps to keep the game playable for a very long period of time. There is always something new to do, build, wear, create, etc. The gameplay wasn’t essentially changed as no new concepts were added, but that isn’t what the stuff packs are about anyways.

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    Overall…

    “The Sims 3: Town Life" stuff pack is a nice addition to your game. If you enjoy playing the game by editing the towns (or even creating your own) and like the ability to place pre-made buildings into the town easily, this is a really great addition for you. It also has a rather nice assortment of new objects and clothes.

    If this whole package was grouped together for one of the official store’s downloads, it would cost well over three times the amount of money as this stuff package costs. It is worth the money and adds in high quality lots and content to the game.

References

  • All screenshots and references from The Sims 3.

    Screenshots provided by the writer.

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