It’s been a couple of months since EA released the first expansion pack for the Sims 3 so you’d think they would have ironed out the kinks by now. Well guess again. I bought a copy last weekend because I was getting a little bored with Riverview and its inhabitants. Mind you, I actually did a little research on it before I bought it and, although I saw a lot of complaints about crashes and other problems, there seemed to be an equal number of people saying they had absolutely no trouble with the game and were having a blast playing it. So I decided to take my chances.
The first sign of trouble came when I couldn’t seem to save my game. At first it just seemed to hang on the saving screen and eventually stopped responding. After some digging, I found out that the expansion saves the game in a different format so the suggested work-around was to save the game to a new location using the “Save As…” option. Bingo! It worked! According to the same announcement from EA, newly-started games shouldn’t have that problem but I had some second-generation sims I didn’t want to leave behind so I stuck to my old game. I was playing for a couple of hours and was on the verge of exploring the new lands when I decided to save again… you know, just in case something bad happened in Paris?
But this time I got an error code. More research… deleted some objects in the lot because someone said Error Code 12 was caused by too many objects…. still couldn’t save my game. By this time I was getting truly frustrated. But my years of working in a systems development environment have taught me to be persistent, especially with finding bugs and squashing them. I finally decided to abandon my lovely sims and start a new game. After another couple of hours creating new sims, moving them into their crappy starter homes, and getting them on the right career tracks, here I am with nothing to show for it. You guessed it! I was still getting errors when trying to save the game, which eventually just crashed, sending me back to square one.
At this point, I feel I have no choice but to uninstall the expansion and just wait until they finally nail it before I even consider reinstalling.I’m not a hater. I can’t hate EA because it’s the same company that gave me Dragon Age: Origins. But I do feel like I have a responsibility to tell anyone who cares to read this blog what a shoddy product Sims 3 World Adventures is at the moment, two months after it was released!