I moved this from a comment section of a review on the base game to here. It might be informative for most people except the one Sims groupie who keeps voting any negative comments regardless of content a no. The Sims 3 may be the most expensive franchised game ever, even then those requiring a monthly fee to play on line at this rate. Even at that it would take a lot of months of game play to top these figures which at this rate will top $1000 in about a year or less.
THE REAL COST OF THE SIMS 3 and VIRTUAL ITEMS AT THE SIMS 3 STORE
Here is a quick rundown of what buying at EA's Sims 3 micro transactional store will cost you, keeping in mind the fact that the game was just released 30 days ago. I think PT Barnum must now be running EA (all dollars U.S. The stuff cost more in most other countries):
Virtual Furniture Sets:
Tiki Set: $5.75
Storybook Set: $19.00
Ultra Lounge (released today) - $20.00
Total Virtual Furniture Cost One Month after game release (only if buying as sets, much more bought individually): $79.25
Keep in mind that as high as those prices, if you buy items individually, the cost per item goes up even more ridiculously. A single door can cost you $1.00 U.S., as will a stairway, window or fireplace. And EA is sincerely hoping for these things: That you are a Sims addict who has to have everything Sim, that you can't do basic math, and that you will never ever stop to add up how much you have actually spent on this gaming franchise, and most of all stop to realize how little is in the game so that they can bring you what you always wanted; The Sims 3 store.
All of this over and above the content that you just paid for in the game, such as it was. Want more? You might as well be informed.
The True Cost of The Sims 3 by way of The Sims 3 Store.
There are 23 female every day tops available for Teens/Adult-Young Adults. Each will cost you 75 cents.
There are 8 female every day bottoms available for Adult-Young Adults at .75 each.
There is 1 female everyday teen full outfit at .75.
There are 27 female everyday young adult-adult outfits at .75
There is 1 elder female outfit for .25.
There are 4 formal female adult/young adult tops at .75 each.
There are 2 formal female adult/young adult bottoms at .75 each.
There are 16 formal female complete outfits at .75 each, and 1 elder at .25 each.
Total cost to dress your sim females in formals: $16.75
There is 1 female adult/young adult athletic top at .75.
There is 1 female adult/young adult athletic bottom at .75.
There is 1 female adult/young adult athletic full outfit at .75.
Total cost for your female Sim to exercise in style: $2.25
Total Cost of Clothing Female: $63.50
There are 18 male adult-young adults & Elder everyday tops at .75 each.
There are 5 male adult/young adult everyday outfits at .75 each.
There are 6 male adult/young adult formal tops at .75 each. One Elder top for .25.
There is 1 adult male complete formal at .75.
There is 1 adult/young adult athletic top at .75.
There are 2 adult/young adult athletic bottoms at .75.
Total Cost of Clothing Male:
Total Cost of all clothing at Sims 3 Store as of July 2, one month after game release:
1 Female Toddler Hair Style at .25 each
1 Female Child Hair Style at $1.00 each
5 Female Teen/Adult/Young Adult/Elder (one size fits all) Hair Styles at $1.00 each
10 Female Teen/Adult/Young Adult/Elder (one size fits all) Hair Styles with accessories at $1.00 each. (Note: Even more ridiculous because after you take a closer look, these many of these "different" accessories are actually the same, only with different patterns or colors.
1 Male Toddler Hair Style at .25
4 Male Child Hair Styles at .50 each.
4 Male Child Hair Styles with accessories at .50 each.
5 Male Teen/Adult/Young Adult/Elder (one size fits all) Hair Styles at .75 each.
3 Male Teen/Adult/Young Adult/Elder (one size fits all) Hair Styles with accessories at .75 each.
Total Cost for extra Hair: $26.50
GRAND TOTAL of SIMS 3 STORE CONTENT ONE MONTH AFTER GAME WAS RELEASED WITH MINIMAL ITEMS, AND AN ATTEMPT BY EA TO SHUT OUT CUSTOM CONTENT MAKERS OVER AND ABOVE INITIAL COST OF GAME:
Is it no wonder that Sims player, above and beyond all others, have given new meaning to nickel and diming game players to death with micro transactions? Sure, people pay a monthly fee to play World of Warcraft, but to play the Sims, EA wants you to invest for an eternity and not give you a whole lot of improvement in gameplay at all. There are some games that charge you for micro-transactions, but they don't charge you for the game either. That's what a base game is. Some Sims try to pass off Sims 3 as a base game, but should a basic game with nothing really cost you this much?
Every improvement in the Sims 3 is very superficial, and it gives new meaning to the term redundancy. It reminds me in many ways why the Sims On Line Never caught on. There you paid a monthly fee to play, and all you did was what you pretty much do in this game, and oh yeah you could communicate with other players. And speaking of messaging, EA has taken that option out of The Sims 3 official site (as soon as someone found a work around so that you could message another, EA quickly shut it down. I guess they figure we'd all start conspiring against them) and pretty much dumbed down that site as well.
But maybe some parent will figure this out before buying the game for their kid and then later finding out what they are really in store for. And frankly, EA's sorry attempt to kill the free custom content community that has always been a part of the Sims, and was what the real Sims community was all about, was the last straw for me.
Now I'm sure someone is going to bring up the 1000 points you get to use at the store for buying the game. Be aware of this: That is nothing more than an advertising write off for EA to entice you to spend real money at the store. In essence, they will get their money out of those points buy using it as an advertising expense at the end of the fiscal year. So they will collect from the government, in the hopes of collecting more from you. What a joke.
Items added to the Sims 3 Store since the Ultra Lounge Adult/Young adult Furniture Set:
Regal Living $24.00
Ultra Lounge Youths: $16.50
Ultra Lounge Teens: $9.00
Victoria Fashions $9.50
Jet Set Adults/Young Adults: $6.75
Jet Set Teen: $5.75
Jet Set Elders: $2.50
Total New Items: $82.50
And the Grand Total to stock your game from the Sims 3 Store as of 9/8/2009, just three months after game release and over two months from an expansion pack (whose price has been jacked up also, more about that later) :
And remember, when you download and buy items individually you are not saving money. You are actually paying an even bigger markup. If you were to price all the items individually, it would probably be closer to $400.00. The price quotes I have are only if you buy the items that come in them, in a set.
In another example of EA overkill and greed, today they released some new items to the Sims 3 store. You get these items and which ones you get depends on how many points you buy at the store from $5 to $20. But there is a catch. A big one. This offer is only good if you have never bought any points at the store before. In essence, EA gives the middle finger to those who may have already spent a small fortune. (What? You spent $20 last week? So what? We have your money already? What do you expect, fools? Gratitude?) Frankly, I think anybody who spends a single cent at that store really needs their head examined. The whole Sims 3 franchise has become only about the store while the game suffers because of it: 1000 points used as a tax write off to entice you to spend more money if you buy the game, 1000 points if you buy the expansion pack to entice you to spend even more money at the store (so what if we're jacking up the price of the expansion pack ) But the expansion pack and get 15 items at THE STORE. The store. Even in interviews about the game, a good portion of the talk is always about the store, very little about game play or improving customer service. Heck, it's never about customer service. Maybe if CEO, John Rottenchilli would spend less time on his gimmicks and more time communicating and improving customer relations, then EA's sorry reputation might not be in the toilet.
New stuff addded in the Sims 3 Store 10-02-2009
Steam Punk The Return: $3.25
Steam Punk Savvy: $10.00
Total cost to play the Sims 3:
Expansion Pack World Adventure: $39.99 (MSRP)
Total Cost Now Stands at $329.99 for a game released just four months ago.
Just released. Animals Abound temporarily on sale for $8.50. Regular price will be $9.90 as of 10/15
New Cost for Playing Sims 3. $339.89