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Exactly what I paid for
on February 18, 2013
As a warning, I've only gotten 4 hours of game time so far, so these are still first impressions.
The CAS content is slightly disappointing, as I had expected from negative reviews, however, what they do have is decent. The creators could have done a lot more, but they did produce some nice content.
The Build/Buy content is nice so far. There isn't enough to do pure themes in each room but, with mixing and matching with base game content, a lot can be done.
I really liked my first vacation. The price of the vacations don't bother me. I use the "kaching" and "motherlode" cheats frequently when I'm trying out a new game. If that isn't your style, you could be saving up quite a while before you get to travel.
The exploration felt a little like Runescape, but not in a bad way. I had a little trouble finding one of the switches but the rest was very easy to figure out. I hope they get more difficult as I go on. The rest of my (3 day) vacation was shopping and looking at all the places that allowed visitors. I'm looking forward to longer vacations.
Since I got into the Sims 3 late (plenty of updates have come along since World Adventures was released), I didn't have too many of the loading troubles others seemed to have when they played. I play on a Mac, and recently I've been having some speed issues. It's hard to be sure, but I've only been having slight issues with speed, usually when I set the time speed to 4.
With what I've played so far, it's worth the $20 I paid.
ADDITION: I played some more and found a few minor issues.
1. When I was exploring a tomb and rotating the viewpoint, the camera would jump up a few floors to the ground level. This may have been because the tomb was set into a mountain, but it was, nonetheless, quite the annoyance.
2. I tried to marry a sim from China. Everything worked out but silly goals popped up, like "Woohoo for the first time" even though they were about to have a baby, and "move in with ____ " when they were already married. It isn't a huge deal to me, but it was odd.
3. When I went traveling with another sim, sometimes the sim wouldn't complete an action if I had the other sim selected. I basically had to guide them step by step for them to complete the task. This was annoying, but not something I'd uninstall the game for.