GAME NAME: The Sims 3 Supernatural
DEVELOPER(S): Maxi & The Sims Studio
PLATFORM(S): PC (Through Origin)
RELEASE DATE(S): September 2012
The Sims Supernatural is a fun romp through The Sims 3 universe with a cleverly infused theme. You have your classic character creation mode, jobs, and community lots just like in every other Sims 3 expansion, but Supernatural offers a little something different – an outlet to explore your spooky side.
With all the supernatural television shows, books, and movies out now, it’s a no brainer that Supernatural came into existence. It gives players a way to incorporate a love of all things magical into their already thriving Sims 3 world. Supernatural brings back the Vampire Sim but reinvents it and takes it on a whole new level of customization and characteristics. It also features other mythical creatures such as fairies, witches, ghosts, zombies, and werewolves which you can choose most from the character creation mode.
The classes each have different affinities, interactions, and consequences to said reactions – like turning into a zombie from drinking a Sim-made elixir! Fairies age slowly, vampires can feed on other Sims, werewolves can turn into their wolf form and hunt, ghosts can scare and float through walls, and witches can ride on broomsticks and create spells that aide or hinder others. With new lifetime wishes and rewards catering to these new supernatural beings (including alchemy and fortune telling), it allows players to acquire new rewards like flying vacuums and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Some cool new objects were also introduced, including the secret bookcase hidden door, the fairy house, Bonehilda the skeleton maid, and the magic mirror. Supernatural also gives the ability for supernatural and ordinary Sims alike to create elixirs from the alchemy table or alchemist. Those leveling their alchemy skill can gather ingredients to make mood-boosting potions, and players can even send their elixirs to other Sims 3 players to use!
When I created my family, I made each member a different race: Vampire, ghost, fairy, witch, and werewolf. As I delve deeper into the game mechanics and features, I noticed a few funny things. One was that my married parents of 3 were a vampire and a witch. I thought making all members of the family supernatural would give it somewhat of a Munster’s crossed with Addams family vibe and everyone would get along famously. This clearly was not the case for my poor vampire dad. His wife kept accusing him of being a vampire (shouldn’t she already know this? Her kid is a wolf for crying out loud), and finally he confessed. This caused some tension in the marriage and their relationship levels went into the red. She then gave him the option to forsake his vampire-ness in favour of a human life, drama free (and blood-drinking free). He accepted and gave up his supernatural powers since their relationship was clearly not modeled after Morticia and Gomez.
I also noticed nobody liked the ghost brother – people just kind of ignored him and he received negative points when he tried to talk to anybody. This could have been due to the fact he was just a boring person or the fact his supernatural ability was the only one out of the entire family that’s didn’t seem to do much of anything. What a nerd.
Overall, The Sims 3 Supernatural offers something to fans of the genre, and even something for those just looking to interact with the surrounding community lots and objects. The expansion is a fun, quirky way to get your supernatural fix, while exploring new lots, objects, and interactions. Another great addition to your Sims 3 library, The Sims 3 Supernatural is a must have for any fan of the series.