The Sims 3 is NOT a sequel to the beloved Sims 2 or even related to any true Sims game (eg. The Sims and The Sims 2). Instead, the Sims 3 is a console version done right. As in, it's not necessarily about time-management or relationships or non-linear gameplay or anything that the original Sims was about but something entirely different... More like a live-action "Sims" spin off.
This new expansion pack only proves that above claim for anyone who doesn't believe me as this EP is nothing but "adventures" for your Sims to go on. This EP doesn't add a new neighborhood or a new part of town or anything really of interest but foreign locations, three to be exact (all that sound lackluster), wherein you aren't even going on vacation as you would on The Sims 2 (With that one EP) but instead you're going on some "adventure."
The Sims isn't an adventuring game but rather a non-linear, life simulator. Not true with the Sims 3. Let's not also forget how EA purposely withheld content from the release to be sold day one online as not only a means to further drain customers but to install their dreaded Securom (Yes, you need to download their Download Manager to infect your computer before you could purchase anything that should've shipped with your game or to download the "free" town).
Now to find out this EP isn't the normal $30 but instead $40! Are they crazy? I'm going to guess no, the crazy ones are possibly you and those people you know, and those who reply back and certainly those who buy this after having bought The "Sims" 3.
EA was the first to raise prices on EP. They used to cost $25 back when buying my EPs for UO but then EA raised it to $30, which others followed, and now it looks like they're aiming for $40. there is no way I would buy this EP for $20, heck, I didn't even buy the Sims 3, but for those who DID buy the Sims 3 don't be a fool and buy this now too as you're only going to give the go-ahead for EA to continue ruining games as well as the industry and for them and others to raise the price on EPs.
Boycott EA and certainly this horrible installment into the series now ruined by EA.