Reviews University Life


The first Sims 3 expansion pack of 2013 has arrived. If you played The Sims 2 University, you’ll know more or less what to expect from The Sims 3 University Life. And if you liked that expansion pack, you’ll really love this one. As the name suggests, University Life adds the ability for Sims, young adult and older, to attend university and potentially earn a degree that will give them a bit of an advantage over less educated Sims.



When you first start up your household, a university mascot will bring you a welcome kit. Among other goodies, this kit contains an aptitude test that Sims can complete. It analyses their personality, skills and job experience, and awards credit for appropriate degrees. For instance, an artistic Sim with a high painting skills will receive credits towards a Fine Art degree. They may even earn a scholarship to reduce study fees.



Game Guys Review: The Sims 3 University Life


It seems like the folks at EA just keep coming up with new ideas for expanding their The Sims 3 computer game.  The Sims 3: University Life may not be a fully original idea by the development team (The Sims 2 had a similar expansion), it brings a number of new elements to the aging casual game franchise with mixed results.




As the title rather suggests, University Life opens up the higher education system for younger and older Sims alike.  They’ll not only be able to attend college, but will also earn a degree to give them an edge employment-wise over Sims without a college degree — much like real life (stay in school, kids!).




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Island Paradise LE Content Description (English)


The Island Paradise Limited Edition content was first listed on Amazon Germany, but today we have a better description of the items in English via GamersGate.


The Sims™ 3 Island Paradise Limited Edition includes the exclusive Island Survival Pack


The Island Survival pack equips your Sims with the necessities to scrape together an existence on a deserted island, fashion a makeshift home on a floating barge, build and escape to a minimalist retreat in the middle of the ocean—or enjoy these back-to-basic pieces in the comfort of civilization!
With more items than any previous Limited Editions from The Sims 3, your Sim will have everything they need to sport that island survival look, from tattered togs to shipwreck-inspired furnishings. With the Island Survival Pack, your Sims will be ready to simplify their lives in an island paradise!

The stories of paradise lost…and found – From telling the tale of your Sims stranded at sea to decorating an austere stilted home, you can build and play out new stories that show off a different side of island paradise.
Bring the island into your Sim’s home – Furnish their homes with one-of-a-kind shipwrecked-chic items. Your Sims can drift off to a perfect night’s sleep in a canopy bed, made of re-purposed driftwood.
More Limited Edition content than ever before – packed full of clothing, furniture, and décor options that will allow you to extend the way you play with your own island paradise.


Origin Update – 3/26/13


For those who use Origin’s Download Manager, there is a new update available today. The full version after update will be Version – 218578
(Version before Update: – 217717.)


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Seasons’ Aliens & University’s Forbidden Fruit

As noted by Vuneca on official forums, when you have The Sims 3 Seasons & University Expansions installed, the Forbidden Fruit offers a new way to create and add an Alien to your household.
Aliens who “pick” the forbidden fruit have a chance of receiving an “Alien Plant Baby”. This type of PlantSim baby will not acquire the PlantSim occult trait.
Aliens who are successful at picking a Plant Baby will pass on 50% of their DNA bloodline. Any DNA percentage lower than 20%, is no longer considered an Alien in the game, and therefore has no alien powers. Babies who have less than 20% of Alien DNA will acquire the PlantSim powers.

For more information on Aliens, please refer to our Seasons Game Guide

For more information on PlantSims, please refer to our University Game Guide


:!: These are DNA samples from a test I personally conducted, so results will vary in different games
♦ 100% Alien DNA + Forbidden Fruit Baby Pick = 51.8% (+/- 10%) Alien DNA
♦ 50% Alien DNA + Forbidden Fruit Baby Pick = 21.3% (+/- 10%) Alien DNA
♦ 21.3 Alien DNA + Forbidden Fruit Baby Pick = 15.2% (+/- 10%) Alien DNA (No Alien Powers; Is PlantSim)



Community Blog: Welcome to Paradise


Via The Sims 3 Community Blog

@SimGuruRyan, Lead Producer for The Sims 3 introduces the newest expansion, The Sims 3 Island Paradise, dropping anchor this June!
When we started work on The Sims 3 Island Paradise , we had one goal – to deliver you the content, features, and gameplay to not just create and play with an island paradise, but to create and play with what you envision an island paradise to be. We all have different ideas of what paradise means, so we strived to create an expansion that includes as many of those concepts as possible.
Through features like sailing the open seas on a houseboat of your own design, scuba diving in search of sunken treasure, or relaxing in the lap of luxury at a mega resort (just to name a few!), The Sims 3 Island Paradise gives you the opportunity to both create paradise, and then play with it. As we continue to build Island Paradise, we’re focusing on a few major parts of the game to achieve this.



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Sims 3 Island Paradise: New Screenshot


Via SimGuruRyan



Origin Update – 3/25/13


For those who use Origin’s Download Manager, there is a new update available today. The full version after update will be – 217717.
(Version before Update: – 214647)


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Island Paradise Foundation Alteration


Graham Nardone has recently confirmed on his twitter that there are new things in store for foundations in Island Paradise. He supplied the following picture and information:


Foundations still default to the same height, the terrain around them was raised.

You can raise terrain around them so only one stair step is necessary for sims to climb up on them (same height as platforms).

Island Paradise Foundations



For more information on Island Paradise, please read our fact sheet, linked to at the bottom of this post!


Island Paradise Fact Sheet


Target Sale: University Life $19.99 (3/24 – 3/30)


Starting tomorrow, Target is offering the Base Game, The Sims 3 University Life, and other select titles for only $19.99! This sale is valid for one week only!


Thanks Dani!

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