They’ve pillaged pyramids, graduated from college, and even faced off against brain-hungry zombies. And now, your tired old Sims can finally take it easy on their own private island. As expected, Island Paradise comes with a catalog of new toys to play with, but what sets it apart from all nine previous expansions is its focus on ocean-based activities that let you expand on your creativity and even manage your own business. They may not all be perfect, but the features it brings to the table are definitely some of the best the series has seen.
Ocean life is the theme of this expansion and your Sims can now live in a huge new world called Isla Paradiso. This neighborhood not only comes with new homes, families, and community lots to visit, but because it is made up of lots of different islands, it also serves to highlight the game’s new aquatic features. Boats, for example, not only serve as an alternative commuting tool for your Sims, but they also open up recreational activities like sailing and speed-boating, which are great diversions to your daily grind.
Shrieking sirens rip through the airways, jolting you from cool inertia into wide-eyed bewilderment. What the hell was that? Curls of smoke lick the horizon as the cacophony intensifies and it becomes woefully clear that the blaze is not only real, it’s nearby. In fact, you’ve barely cleared the perimeter of your houseboat, which you now realize is most definitely totally and completely on fire.
Your eyes focus in on the silhouette flailing through the smog covering the top deck and all suspicions are confirmed. Two realizations dawn on you: that new roommate is moments away from leaving you homeless and short 70,000 simoleons, and scuba diving today at Rocky Reef is kind of out of the question. Thankfully, logic in The Sims Universe skews for the strange in both directions: while burning a plate of waffles can be life changing, even the worst inferno can be calmed by a single fire extinguisher.
Electronic Arts’ Maxis has just released their newest expansion for the Sims 3, Island Paradise. With the Sims 4 on the horizon in 2014 this promises to be one of the last expansions for the Sims 3 franchise. It offers many new activities, and amenities to get the most out of the Sims 3 game. Besides the Isla Paradiso map, this expansion gives players the chance to run their own island resort, go snorkeling and scuba diving, own houseboats, meet mermaids, discover islands, and own all sorts of waterborne craft. There are new outfits, new traits, lifetime rewards and even a new career with this latest installment.
A free patch about a week before this expansion was released gives players the ability to expand their home lot over water, move to a different town, and even own multiple lots in their hometown. This patch nicely set the stage for what looks to be the largest expansion yet for the Sims 3.
If you were one of many who Pre-Ordered The Sims 3 Island Paradise via Origin, chances are, you also received a Barnacle Bay Code. If you do not have use for the code and are not sure what to do with it, feel free to send it my way!
In the coming weeks I will be setting up a giveaway that gives simmers a chance to win Barnacle Bay. I have received more than 10 codes already from generous simmers, so the more codes I receive, the more winners there will be! All donations will be credited in the giveaway, or you can choose to donate anonymously.
If you have a Barnacle Bay Code you have no use for, and would like to donate to this giveaway, send them to me at SimsVIPContact@gmail.com, or use our contact form. Thanks in advance!
Issue 3 of The Sims Official Magazine is out now! If you’re a die hard fan of The Sims, make sure to check out their “SimsCamp Contest”, where you could win an all expenses paid trip to Gamescom in Germany (US Residents Only)! Also included in this issue is an interview with YouTube star iPodZeke, and tons of other fun articles for you to read.
Norwegian retailer, GameZone.no, has listed The Sims 3 Into the Future Expansion with a slated release date of October 31st, 2013. Please keep in mind this is just a preliminary date, however, we can expect the game to be released sometime around October.
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