The Sims 3 Ambitions Review

Living up to our ambition.

Review by Tracy Bosworth
Published 21st July 2010

The Sims 3 Ambitions

  • Developer: EA Games
  • Publisher: EA Games
  • Release Date: 26th May 2010

Since the birth of The Sims franchise, fans have been begging EA for various things to enhance their Sim's lives. They wanted pets; they wanted weather; they wanted further education and they even wanted a touch of magic! Well, by the end of The Sims 2, EA had kindly delivered most of what they'd been asked for - but then The Sims 3 was unleashed and despite the open neighbourhood, better graphics and in-depth Sims, we'd lost a lot of what we'd gained from previous expansion packs.

No longer could our Sims be greeted by their Golden Retriever after a day at work and no longer can the Sims children play in the autumn leaves - and not only do we not have a university anymore, we don't even have a private school!

However, slowly but surely EA are drip-feeding us new expansion packs for our Sims 3 characters. We've been given the luxuries of holidays - and now we have the luxury of being able to follow our Sims to work … something the fans have been wanting for years!

The Sims 3: Ambitions is centred around the world of work and offers a host of new careers such as Fire-fighter, Architect, Ghost-Hunter, Private Investigator, Stylist and Doctor and rather than just waving your Sims off to work each morning, you now get to go with them and control their actions throughout their working day.

Ambitions comes with a brand new neighbourhood (TwinBrook) so to test the new features, I created a new family here. Besides the usual addition of a few new clothes and hairstyles, Ambitions also brings with it a small collection of new character traits in which to bless/curse your Sim with, some of which relate to the new careers (for instance, the brave trait goes well with the fire-fighter profession whilst the “perceptive” trait fits in nicely with the private investigator career and others just add a little depth to the Sims characters such as “dramatic” and “eco-friendly”. Other traits include “savvy sculptor”, “born salesman/woman” and “eccentric.”

Besides the new careers, Ambitions also adds new skills and hobbies, including inventing, sculpting and tattooing and Sims skilled in these areas, as well as fishing, gardening, photography and writing can even take themselves down to the town hall and register themselves as self employed!

Following the Sims to work has always been a big thing for fans, and Ambitions allows players to do just that. I’ll use the fire fighter career to explain. One of my brave Sims set out for work one morning and I watched as his carpool transported him to the fire station. Once he arrived, there was work to be done. The Fire truck needed maintaining so I set him to work on that and when that was finished, I got him to maintain the alarms. Then there was an emergency! My Sim ran to the engine which then drove him and his colleagues to a burning neighbourhood house where they bravely put out the fire and received experience points (essential for career progression). Back at the station, My Sim was smelly so I sent him to the work showers whilst some of the other fire fighters played a game of fussball, relaxed in the employees beds or simply took to the work gym and pumped iron before their next big call out. After a hard days work, my Sim returned home to tell his family all about it!

The Sims 3: Ambitions adds just a little more depth to gameplay and fans should find enough here to keep them playing until the next expansion pack comes out.

Review Score: 7/10

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