Issue 70 Monday 8th November 2010

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50 new screenshots, three new videos and a preview link added, plus enabled reviews tab with reviews by GamesRadar, Digital Spy, IGN, News10.net and Gaming Blend on “The Sims 3Expansion PacksThe Sims 3 Late Night” page

Latest News

It's almost all Late Night again with new screenshots, videos and articles and the first reviews

New Late Night Screenshots

Another load of new The Sims 3 Late Night screenshots have been released since last issue - some of which you can see here:

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View them all full size on the screenshots tab (updates of Monday 8th November 2010, Thursday 4th November 2010, Wednesday 3rd November 2010, Monday 1st November 2010, Friday 29th October 2010, Tuesday 26th October 2010 and Monday 25th October 2010 are new since last issue).
 > The Sims 3 Late Night screenshots

First Late Night Reviews

The first Late Night reviews are in! Let's go through them, shall we? The first review I've got is from GamesRadar, which rated it a “Good” seven out of 10:

But you have to give EA some credit for cramming hours of content into this package, and if no amount of money would come between you and your virtual families, Late Night will probably keep you busy for quite some time – at least until the next expansion hits.

 > The Sims 3 Late Night review at GamesRadar

Next is Digital Spy, who gave it three stars out of a possible five:

Despite the somewhat awkward integration of its new features The Sims 3: Late Night is another fan-pleasing addition to the series. Needless to say, more bells and whistles aren’t going to convert anyone who was unconvinced by the main game, but there are plenty more hours of gameplay for the diehards to sink their fangs into.

 > The Sims 3 Late Night review at Digital Spy

Gaming Blend don’t give a rating, so you'll just have to read it to discern what their opinion is, won't you?:

I think Late Night may be the best Sims 3 expansion pack yet in terms of refreshing the game and building on to what already makes The Sims so great. For people who are looking for a new way to play the game, much like how World Adventures was with the added puzzles and adventures, you won’t find it here but I don’t consider that a shortcoming of the EP.

 > The Sims 3 Late Night review at Gaming Blend

News10.net graded it B:

When compared to the already-available expansion packs for The Sims 3 (Ambitions and World Adventures), Late Night is easily the best of the three. The expansion’s celebrity status factor finally gives your sims characters a good reason to leave the house that isn’t work related and it enhances the virual [sic] social aspects of the base game.

 > The Sims 3 Late Night review at News10.net

The final review I’ve got for you this issue comes courtesy of IGN, who gave it a “Good” 7.5 out of 10:

The expansion packs that have been released so far for The Sims 3 have been meatier than expansions from the previous iterations of the franchise, and Late Night continues the tradition. It really raises the bar for what we expect out of a Sims expansion, and even though this one is coming only four months after the last one (instead of the usual six to eight months), it really holds its own.

  > The Sims 3 Late Night review at IGN

We’re not just interested in what the critics are saying though: we also want to know what you think, don’t we? Go to the reviews tab to spout your opinions on Late Night – remember you can log in with a Google account, AIM login, NetLog, Yahoo! Account or Twitter Account, and it’s all handled by Google, so don’t think you’re giving some of your details to just anybody:
 > Your The Sims 3 Late Night Reviews

There's no Metascore at Metacritic yet as there's not enough reviews. The Ranking at GameRankings is currently 75.00% based on just one review.
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at GameRankings
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at Metacritic

See Jessica Mauboy Record “Saturday Night” For Late Night Soundtrack

News.com.au has posted a video of Jessica Mauboy recording her single “Saturday Night” in Simlish for The Sims 3 Late Night’s soundtrack, and discussing the experience:

The accompanying article includes some of the Simlish lyrics:
 > “Jessica Mauboy now a Simlish superstar” at News.com.au

Brisbane Times has a different video on the same subject, which you may want to check out too – this one looks to be an official EA video:
 > “Jessica Mauboy’s latest hit is just a bunch of gibberish” at Brisbane Times

Late Night: Gaming Blend Interviews Grant Rodiek

View of Bridgeport in The Sims 3 Late NightGaming Blend has posted an interview with The Sims 3 Late Night Associate Producer Grant Rodiek:

It seems kind of evident that you guys have a pretty good sense of humor when it comes to designing the game and putting in these little funny scenarios. 

Late Night was an especially funny pack for us. We added the breast slider and there were so many funny meetings where we were trying to think of just horribly ridiculous headlines and puns we could use around that feature.

 > “Interview: Grant Rodiek Discusses The Sims 3 Late Night” at Gaming Blend

A Sim Is Popular With The Ladies In CollegeHumor Video

CollegeHumor has posted another video featuring a Sim in the “real world” – this one’s a bit more popular than the Sim in their last video:

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

The stuff below the video player came with the embed code.

New The Sims 3 Game Update Adds Breast Slider, More

EA has released a new The Sims 3 game update to coincide with the launch of The Sims 3 Late Night, adding a fair few new features. Here’s four of ‘em:

  • Create a Sim   
    • Players can now adjust a Sim’s muscle definition and breast size.
    • New Sims can now have an Astrological Sign assigned.
  • Build/Buy Mode   
    • Players can now use the Platform Tool to create stages and other elevated spaces.
    • Half Walls can now be created and placed on lots.

There are many more new features listed on the page linked below, where you’ll also find that all-important checklist that you should follow before and during updating. If you get a “Page Not Found” error page after clicking below, follow the “Select Language” link at the bottom and change to English > United States.
  > “Game Update for 1.17/2.12/3.8/4.5/5.2″ at TheSims3.com

Late Night Launch Trailer Released

EEA has released the Launch Trailer for The Sims 3 Late Night – and you can watch it here:

Townhall Event Late Night Presentation Videos Released

Grant Rodiek demonstrated The Sims 3 Late Night at the recent “Townhall” event, and videos of it have now been posted, and are embedded below:

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