Issue 72 Monday 6th December 2010

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Latest Updates
Review by IncGamers added to “The Sims 3Expansion PacksThe Sims 3 Late Night” page

Latest News

Things have slowed down a bit now - all I've got for you this time is one more Late Night review, a new The Sims 3 game update, what could be the next The Sims 3 stuff pack, and poll results

Latest Late Night Reviews

Just one The Sims 3 Late Night review has gone online since last issue – IncGamers rated it 8.0 out of 10:

Another solid expansion for The Sims 3 that, while not changing any fundamental aspects of the game, provides yet more charming ways for your little computer people to fail or succeed in their virtual lives.

 > The Sims 3 Late Night review at IncGamers

The Ranking from GameRankings remains at 81.00% based on just three reviews. Metacritic is a bit messed up as I write this with all-but-one of its reviews missing, but last time I noted the Metascore it stood at 74 ("Mixed or average reviews") based on 11 reviews, which is the same as it was last issue. 74 is the 'score it specifies now, but apparently based on just one review, even though a Metascore isn't given when there's less than four reviews, and the one review's score is 75, which makes that Metascore impossible.
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at Metacritic
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at GameRankings

If you’re wondering why I still haven’t wrapped up my reviews coverage, it’s because there’s not enough reviews on GameRankings for me to be able to fairly compare The Ranking with those attained by previous expansion packs yet, and GameSpot (one of the biggest gaming websites) has still not posted a review, which surely they’re going to do considering the number of previews they did, right?

New The Sims 3 Game Update Stops Drink Trays Sticking To Hands, More

EA has released a new game update for The Sims 3, fixing lots of bugs, mainly affecting Late Night. Here’s a choice few:

Late Night Updates

  • Hot tubs can now be placed on the balconies of high rise buildings by using the moveobjectson true cheat.
  • Vampires now receive the “Slept like the Dead” moodlet after sleeping in the Altar Bed.
  • Crying babies will now prompt Sims to leave a hot tub and tend to the baby.

[...]

Base Game Updates

  • The tray of drinks will no longer become stuck to a Sim’s hand when performing the “Make Drinks” interaction on regular bars.
  • Wall tops are no longer invisible when building on an empty lot on PCs with ATI video cards.

You should be prompted to get the update when you next open the launcher – but make sure you follow the all-important checklist first! For the full list of updates, and that critical checklist, click below and scroll down until you come to the article titled “Game Update for 1.18/2.13/3.9/4.6/5.4/6.1″ (not there? Scroll all the way to the bottom, click Select Language, then select English > United States).
 > News at TheSims3.com

“Outdoor Living Stuff” Spotted On Amazon.com

What’s likely to be the next stuff pack for The Sims 3 has been spotted on the website of US retailer Amazon.com: “Outdoor Living Stuff”. The page has now been taken down, but I managed to capture the description:

For the first time ever, your Sims can get the best in outdoor luxury for their homes. Whether they’re decorating the perfect patio, setting the mood with a new hot tub, or firing up a state-of-the-art grill for the ultimate BBQ, your Sims’ outdoor decor is getting a boost.

…and the product features:

  • Build the perfect al fresco setting for your Sims with stylish furnishings, outdoor electronics, and cozy fire pits and fireplaces.
  • Give your Sims several uniquely styled hot tubs where they can relax with friends or get romantic with someone special.
  • Turn up the heat with an all-new built-in countertop grill as part of your Sims’ outdoor kitchen and take their cooking to a whole new level.
  • Choose from two new styles. ?Garden Terrace? features elegant wrought-iron pieces, while ?Sunset on the Veranda? embraces the warmth of outdoors.
  • Dress your Sims in an array of chic but casual attire for a great day in the sun or a relaxing evening under the stars.

It said it will be released on 1st February.

Source: Amazon.com

Poll Results: “Bought The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff yet?”

The poll asking whether you’ve bought The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff yet has ended, and the results are in – it seems about 58% of you have it or will get it eventually. To see and discuss the full results, click below.
 > Poll Results

To replace that one, a new poll has begun – this time, I want to know whether you’ve ever purchased anything from The Sims 3 Store. Vote now to the right of any page.
 > Go to the website to vote!

Discuss this news on the website!

Current Poll Results
Have you ever purchased anything (non-free) from The Sims 3 Store?

:

50%

:

16.67%

:

0%

:

16.67%

:

16.67%

Go to the website to vote!

Results were correct when this News Email was sent

Previous Poll Results
Bought The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff yet?

Yep:

28.57%

No, but I'm certain I'll get it eventually:

28.57%

No, but I may get it at some point:

7.14%

:

14.29%

:

21.43%

 Go to the website to discuss these results


Last issue's quiz question:
Which was the first ever expansion pack (The Sims 1, 2 or 3) that made it possible for your Sim to become a zombie?
The answer was The Sims Livin' It Up (called Livin' Large outside Europe)

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