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As so many of you know, I often create my own community lots for fun to use with my off-camera household in The Sims 3. Yesterday, I began creating Sunlit Tanning Salon for my sims to visit during all of the season, so that they would not need to purchase a tanning booth on their own. I love the way it turned out and I will be using it in my The Sims 3 Seasons let’s play very soon. Hope you guys like it. Here is the description:
“After visiting Sunlit Tides for a much needed vacation, August Winters decided to bring that little slice of heaven to Sunset Valley. His best days were spent on the beach, soaking up the sun and becoming a bronzed god. So he opened up this tanning salon, allowing the townies in Sunset Valley to have a small taste of his time on the island.”
You can download this lot for free from The Sims 3 Exchange here: http://goo.gl/w0s82
So, It has been almost a week since Sunlit Tides was released in The Sims 3 Store, and I am really excited to share with you all the experience that I had while playing in this new world. There is a lot of buzz on the internet about the stability of Sunlit Tides. There are claims that it is laggy and filled with glitches. I experienced lag the first five minutes of playing. I reset my game, and it hasn’t been a problem since. As far as glitches go, many people are saying that there is a glitch with the Steam-It-Up Sauna, and a few other things. I’m not sure if it is because of my lack of custom content, or maybe I’m one of the few lucky ones, but I haven’t experienced a single glitch during my gameplay.
As far as the actual excitement of the world goes, I love it. There are a ton of new and interesting sims that hold my attention. I believe that some of the community lots could have more to them, such as some sort of activity that does not include a grill and chess table. For the price, they could have thrown in more premium content items to help with that. I took a good look at a lot of the pre-made homes in Sunlit Tides, and this is another thing that I am impressed with. All of the homes have an island/beach feel to them, and the theme is carried throughout each room and not overdone. The only complaint I have about the construction of the homes are that they are not still-camera friendly. What I mean by that is that I am someone that prefers to move the camera as little as possible when I’m on my home lot. Many of the homes require viewing from different angles to see what you are doing and to interact with certain objects. As far as the island itself, like Lunar Lakes, it is huge. It took my sim about an hour and a half to get home from a community lot in a car with the speed of eight. That is a really long time in the sim world. Still, it is the most aesthetically pleasing world created by EA in my opinion, inside and out.
So, the question still lingers… After playing in Sunlit Tides, meeting the sims, getting a feel for the community lots, and really taking it all in, is it worth the money? I would say yes and no. The standard version is at a fair price, hence my yes, but the gold version is too much for nothing at all. To price this world at $43.50, a few more (2-3) premium content items should have been added, as well as more sims, and more non-building items such as cars, hobby objects and clothes. I do not regret buying it, because of the fun that I am having in it, but for those of you that are trying to choose between Sunlit Tides and Supernatural or Seasons, save your money. If you have the money to spend, by all means, I don’t think you will regret it either, but if not, save your cash for something that will offer a lot more.
I believe that so many people are stunned by the price of Sunlit Tides is because it’s more than an expansion pack, but with a lot less content. With an expansion pack, you not only get new content items that you can interact with (premium content), but you could get a new world, new sims, new interactions, and just a lot more than you can get with a world coming from The Sims 3 Store. I love the The Sims 3 Store, I think that it is a great asset to my game. But why make someone pay so much money for something when they can get more items and interactions for a cheaper price if they wait 3 months? I don’t get it.
I hope this was helpful to some of you.