Electronic Arts, makers of the ever popular The Sims series of video games, recently released a new stuff pack for The Sims 3 entitled “Fast Lane Stuff”. The Fast Lane Stuff expansion costs $19.95 in either PC, Mac, or PC Download format. It seems as though every couple of months, the creators of The Sims release a new expansion pack, so how do you know if it’s worth the money to you? Read on for a breakdown.
Sims Stuff Packs vs. Sims Expansions
Unlike other expansion packs with any of The Sims series, game play does not change incredibly with “stuff packs”. In The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff, gamers can expect new objects, but also new lifestyles for their sims to pursue. These types of expansions are mainly for gamers who want high quality EA created content added into their game to increase variety in The Sims 3, rather than new complexities as larger expansions have held.
What is Fast Lane Stuff About?
It centers primarily around four styles, and each comes with a new car option.
1. Rockabilly: providing that rocking, sometimes naughty 1950’s style.
2. Racing: for the muscle cars with all the loud pops, suitable for Sim speed demons.
3. Intrigue: think spies and sexiness– a mysterious James Bondesque lifestyle.
4. Classic Luxury: for the refined Sim with distinct tastes; unveils the first Sims 3 convertible.
How Will The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff Enrich My Gameplay?
No expansion pack is ever required. However, die-hard fans usually purchase every one, some even on the actual release date. The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff Expansion Pack was released September 7, 2010, so if you call yourself a die-hard and don’t have it yet, you are running behind. But, what if you aren’t a die-hard fan? I’m a huge Sims 3 fan, but admittedly money and time (and sometimes, interest) prevent me from buying each and every expansion pack. Anyone remember The Sims 1 & 2? I regretted ever getting the Pets and the Home Business expansions, as all they did was create monotonous chores and hassles galore. These are things you find out after the fact, having shelled out the $20-40 and using valuable computer space to install something you can’t return. Sometimes, simplicity is key. That said, these stuff packs are simple enough, and cost less and take less computer space than other expansions. They give you styles you didn’t initially have and would have a hard time trying to fabricate on your own with what the game provides. You’ll want to pick up the Fast Lane Stuff Sims 3 expansion if you really want a ’50s pin-up girl who loves a Fonz clone, or a super rich snob Sim. If your game is lacking that James Bond flair, or that macho cars-and-oil Ricky Bobby thing, you will want this expansion. If your game can live without it, don’t spend the $20 here.
So, a review– what you need to know before you buy:
1. Fast Lane Stuff will not dramatically change game play, but it will give your Sims more variety.
2. Four new styles for cars, clothing, life paths, and objects are Rockabilly, Racing, Intrigue, and Luxury.
3. The $20 for The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff is best spent if you are either a die-hard fan, or crave many options.
The Sims 3 Stuff Packs, Wikipedia
Fast Lane- The Game, TheSims3.com
The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff, EA Games