Friday, July 19, 2013

The Sims 3 Island Paradise

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The Sims is one of those games where I can get excited to go to work, have and raise children, do choirs, and go to school.  I could always choose to live a normal sim life in a household full of human sims who just want to exceed at their careers and die of old age.  I could also have a hectic household full of fairies, immortal vampires, and mermaids and have the bread maker be the Emperor of Evil.  The Sims 3 Island Paradise adds a lot more opportunities for me to make my own dream homes and then some.
The Sims 3 Island Paradise is a new and probably the final expansion pack for the Sims 3.  This expansion pack comes with a new neighborhood called Isla Paradiso (“Island Paradise”).  The  neighborhood consists of islands (some hidden and some requiring effort to unlock), the lifeguard profession, dive spots, resorts, and mermaids as the new lifestate (nonhuman sim).
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A family of merpeople in a pool
I could own a resort, look at the resort’s reviews, and improve the resort for better reviews and money. Thanks to the new patch, I was allowed to own a houseboat and a house by the ocean.  I love sailing around Isla Paradiso in my houseboat and stopping by dive spots and swimming down under when I want to.  Sadly, I have yet to find a single drowning soul during my few times as a lifeguard.  My sim would sit down in his chair and watch over an empty beach or watch other sims splash their feet in the water.
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Isla Paradiso allows sims to explore underwater areas and find buried treasure, fight sharks, or talk to mermaids.
Mermaids require swimming in salt water to keep their fins and food made with fish or kelp in order to get full.   If I wanted to become a permanent mermaid, I would need a 5,000 points lifetime reward.  The perks to becoming a mermaid (or merman) is max scuba diving skill, of course breathing underwater, and not being attacked by sharks and the kraken.  This is a neat lifestate but I recommend neighborhoods with dive spots so mermaid sims have somewhere to go.
There are some issues I have with Sims 3: Island Paradise.  Isla Paradiso is a neighborhood that lags so much that I am considering downloading a custom neighborhood like Isla Paradiso or putting in a few dive spots in an existing Sim 3 neighborhood and move my sim families there.  My sim pets can leave the the islands in their own little taxi boats but my merman has to swim to his destinations?  Mermaid sims are not fast swimmers and take hours to get to their destinations; I ended up getting my merman a houseboat in order to reach his destination.
I love exploring the features in the Sims 3: Island Paradise but the lag in Isla Paradiso is irritating.   The lag has nothing to do with my computer’s capabilities as I have seen Sims 3 let’s players lag in their let’s plays.  Island Paradise, like most Sims 3 expansion packs, fulfill a want in a Sims 3 player.  Finally being able to play with mermaids, own multiple homes, and sail the ocean like some big shot; I’m happy with the Sims 3: Island Paradise but I wish some issues were addressed by the developers.
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