'Into the Future' is an expansion for computer game 'The Sims 3' from Electronic Arts.
As both Electronic Arts and The Sims die-hards alike look towards the future with the release of The Sims 4 on the horizon and planned for later next year, the game publisher plays time traveler with its current The Sims 3 with the recently-released Into the Future expansion. While it brings some nifty things to the core game, it's not as "McFly" as some might hope.
While the next The Sims core game might only be a year away, Into the Future goes far beyond that by allowing players to transport their Sims hundreds of years into the sim-future with three possible futures from which to choose. Similar to the 1989 Robert Zemeckis feature film Back to the Future II (though the movie only went forward a couple of decades), players of the new expansion will have at their disposal hover boards, food synthesizers, and so on. Safe to say, there are plenty of cool new toys with which to play. There is also the opportunity for Sims to meet their descendants, though that novelty quickly wears thin.
Though with all the future-tech gadgetry and making nice with one's far-into-the-future offspring are nifty (at least in concept), there is one new element that's actually rather helpful in-game: the Plumbot. Plumbots are the little robotic amigos of the future Sims. They tirelessly serve their Sim overlords... umm... owners and take on the more menial tasks of a household such as cleaning. Players will find the game much more enjoyable than in the expansions of the past knowing that some of the minor annoyances can become (mostly) automated. Entertainment can also be had at the Plumbot's expense once they're programmed with a "trait chip" that can provide them with anything from having a capacity to know love to fearing humans.
Of course, like all of the previous The Sims 3 expansions, Into the Future also comes with an assortment of clothing and hairstyles (all futuristic, of course) with which to outfit your sims. And as seems typical, there doesn't seem to be an overall great wealth of options. Sure there is an alright selection at first, but pretty soon players will find that there are styles and options that they might wish the expansion included.
While EA's The Sims 3 game is growing increasingly long in the tooth, it is good to see that the company is still trying to churn out new content that tries to be fresh at the very least. Credit where credit is due, Into the Future adds freshness to a nearly-stale title. While one may never fully know what the future may hold, it should hold one's interest for a little while at the very least. Those expecting a whole new world, however, will simply have to wait until next Autumn.
Version tested: PC
(Electronic Arts supplied a copy of this game for review.)
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