The Sims 3: University Life
Here’s the gist of how the school part works: You pick a major for your Sim, choosing between things like Communications, Technology or Business. You then leave your normal Sims 3 living space for a period of one to two weeks, moving into a new college town to earn your degree. Come back a few times, kick ass on some tests, and hopefully net yourself better job offers and salaries in careers associated with your major.
Ok, well, it’s actually a bit more complicated than all that.
If you’ve done enough studying and working to boost your academic performance, then you’ll likely do well on the tests. The rub of studying, as we all know too well, is that it cuts into time that could be used for more important activities, like sweet parties.
When you go to university you have to decide where you want to live. You can jump into a variety of dorms, without mom crying while you drive away with all your stuff, or even join a fraternity or sorority. Whichever living situation you choose, it’ll affect your place within certain social circles. Improving your social standing with specific groups has tangible benefits such as new conversation options – which may come in useful if, say, you’re trying to impress a nerd at the new comic book shop hang out.
To see how you can improve your social standing with each faction, you’ll have to do what college kids do instead of paying attention in class: whip out the new smartphone. You can send pictures, flirt, harass, or even try for a bootie call with the texting options, and the smartphone functions for all Sims outside of University Life once it’s installed.
The Sims 3: University Life releases March 5.
The Sims 3: Island Paradise
So, that year off you wanted to take before going to college? You’ll have to wait until after classes are in session.