We don't think anybody expected The Sims to become so popular before the first game came out. And the success it reached can hardly be compared to anything else – since the game series is, literally, the most commercially successful one in the history of gaming.
Various expansion packs have been coming out for the latest installment, The Sims 3, and The Sims 3: Ambitions injects a new dose of career-related gameplay into the game, while also refining its character control.
The Sims 3: Ambitions focuses primarily on your Sims' professional development. You're given the choice of several new careers, like becoming a hairdresser or firefighter. Furthermore, you now have direct control over their professional life – you no longer see your Sim driving away in his/her car to work, only to come back a few hours later and get on with their life.
You now have to follow them to work and control them, which also dictates the success of that Sim in their career – for example, if you decide to make an investigator out of your Sim, you'll have to snoop around for information, either by persuading people verbally or by giving them a little monetary stimulation, and you'll even get to break into the homes of your neighbors in search for clues.
The player isn't a passive observer to those actions, as they control the Sims all the way and navigate them around their financial environment – if you do a good job at it, your Sim does one as well. Another new element in Ambitions is the ability to choose what path your Sims' career takes.
In the previous games, you simply received a message when your Sim got promoted, with extra tips on what's required to get the next level of promotion. Now, you can choose what type of career advancement you want to work towards, adding another layer of complexity and customization to the game.
Graphics and System Requirements
All of the new assets have been drawn great, and the new interface options related to controlling your Sim in their workspace look smooth and intuitive. Sims have received lots of new animations for use in their careers, such as firemen breaking down doors, etc – and the game now feels more alive than ever thanks to those improvements. Apart from that, it's the same old The Sims 3, and we really can't say anything negative about its graphics – they just refuse to age.
The system requirements are the same as in The Sims 3, and the change in memory requirements brought about by the new assets should be unnoticeable and have no impact on your gameplay. If you're handling the default, original version of The Sims 3 properly, then this one will run good for you as well.
The game is no longer only appealing to teenage girls and elderly people – the new career elements make it a challenging experience, especially if you choose to be an investigator or something similar. The more artistic careers are also great fun, as you get to choose your own designs for whatever you're doing (for example, tattoos).
Players have been requesting the ability to follow their Sims to work for a long time – and our desires were finally answered, with actually more than most of us asked for!