Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Review: The Sims 3 - Supernatural (PC)

Mystery, mystique and magical merriment have always been a part of the Sims gaming, a respite from the daily Sims routine in both the original Sims and Sims 2. Now, The Sims 3 has cast its own spooky spell with The Sims 3 Supernatural. In the town of Moonlight Falls, gamers get their chance to transform into their own supernatural citizen, from witches and wizards to werewolves, vampires and fairies.

Each creature of the night has its own adventures and experiences to discover. Twilight and Underworld fans can becomes vampires and werewolves, menacingly stalking other Sims in typical PG-rated Sims style (no violently gruesome blood-letting here; Sims gameplay is all about fun, not fear and ferociousness). Witches can learn to brew up all kinds of elixirs and also spells to cast upon other Sims (gamers can even use a spell to turn other Sims into the ever-popular zombie). Mischievous fairies are yet another Supernatural selection. And those who hone their psychic abilities can become fortune-tellers (not much of a "creature" but still a mystical skill).

No matter what gamers select as their Halloween-inspired creature of choice, each has plenty of activities, especially when the midnight moon reveals itself and gamers' supernatural Sims break out of their "normal" Sims shell and undergo a "scary" transformation.

Being a witch or wizard is by far the most interactive Supernatural skin, as there is plenty of spell learning and spell casting to keep gamers very busy, experimenting with different ingredients to conjure up elixirs and enchantments. Gamers can share those magical elixirs with other Sims players.

And of course, gamers will have an allotment of supernaturally inspired items to decorate their Sims residence. A secret lair, accessed through a sliding bookcase door, can be a new Sims household addition. Goth style is definitely the inspiration for Supernatural's furnishings offered in Moonlight Falls. Visually, Supernatural impresses, especially when your Sims shift into their new role via the moonlight's illuminating effects. Just socializing with other Sims using creature-specific interactions can be hilarious at times with the solid Sims 3 graphics engine.

Just what the witchdoctor ordered: no matter what supernatural doppelganger – from the scary to the mysterious to the mischievous ‑ gamers choose, there is ample magically macabre monstrous adventures to explore in the eerie enclave of Moonlight Falls.

Lee Cieniawa

The Good:
- Twilight and Underworld fans can live out their vampire and werewolf wannabe lives through their Sims

The Bad:
- All that supernatural nighttime adventuring might have your Sims too tired to perform their normal daytime Sims duties

Score: 8.5 / 10