The stuff packs released thus far for The Sims 3 have been a mixed experience ranging from worthwhile content to the simply unnecessary (referring directly to the Katy Perry's Sweet Treats stuff pack). The Sims 3 70s, 80s, and 90s Stuff pack marks the series' eighth installment of stuff packs with this particular set of content focusing on furniture and clothing styles inspired by the title's aforementioned decades. The 70s, 80s, and 90s inspired content provides Sims with decade-based fashion and hair styles in addition to buy and build objects for decorating their houses. The most interesting Sims and houses produced occur when items are mixed and matched from each of the decades.
In terms of clothing, an array of new tops and bottoms are included that vary from the iconic 80s legwarmers and leotard workout combination to bell-bottoms and platform shoes for those nightly visits to the disco. Most of the outfits are found in the everyday category, along with a few others such as some workout clothing items. All of the included clothing items are highly polished in both their models and textures and allow for further editing of their colors and patterns for complete user customization. The layered, messy appearance of the grunge outfits and 80s workout attire are the standouts among the included clothing items. Along with the new outfits, there are a few added hairstyles and face paints such as stars and lightning that complete the stuff pack's visual style.
The yesteryear inspiration continues with furniture from each of the 70s, 80s and 90s decades that are perfectly suited for transforming any modern Sim's home into a time machine warp. While most of the added furniture items are quite flashy such as the enormous stereo and neon wall lights, there are more subtle items to be found in the stuff pack including retro 80s posters and stylish sofas and chairs. Rounding out the added objects is a hanging fireplace that ties the entire visual style together. Many of the added decade-inspired items in the stuff pack work well when placed among other newer furniture in Sims' houses, which results in an interesting fusion of retro and modern visual styles.
The stuff pack succeeds at offering Sims 3 fans with various new clothing styles to try and furniture items to place about their houses, yet lacks ultimately with the amount of included content. Still, the new clothing and furniture items are all highly polished and work well in combination with base game and expansion pack content. The lack of additional content makes The Sims 3 70s, 80s, and 90s Stuff pack a recommended purchase when its price is lowered in a sale.
The Sims 3 70s, 80s, and 90s Stuff pack is available now for PC and Mac.
The clothing and furniture in The Sims 3 70s, 80s, and 90s Stuff pack are great additions to any Sims household as they successfully combine retro and modern visual styles. Ultimately, the stuff pack is lacking in content and is better recommended as a purchase when it's included in a sale.
Rating: 8.5 Very Good
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