Issue 73 Monday 20th December 2010
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Review by GameSpot and a new video added ”The Sims 3Expansion PacksThe Sims 3 Late Night” page

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It's mostly Late Night this issue: I wrap-up my reviews coverage, Grant Rodiek gives us a walkthrough, and Jessica Mauboy records her song for the soundtrack. Plus, the latest stuff pack's announced

Late Night Reviews Wrap-Up

At long last, GameSpot has reviewed The Sims 3 Late Night, giving it a rating of 7.5 out of 10, a score described as “good”:

On one hand, it’s disappointing that The Sims 3: Late Night isn’t as noteworthy as the previous expansions. On the other, it’s so much fun to grab your bandmates and go out for a night on the town, grooving and gabbing with the rich and famous, that you might temporarily forget you’ve seen some of this stuff before.

 > The Sims 3 Late Night review at GameSpot

I think now's the time to conclude my reviews coverage, as reviews aren't really being released anymore. As I have done previously, let's now compare the Ranking from GameRankings and Metascore from Metacritic that Late Night attained to those attained by it's predecessors - just in time to get a copy for Christmas in the unlikely event you've been waiting for this!

First, Metacritic. Late Night’s Metascore stands at 75 based on 14 reviews, which is one better than Ambitions (74, based on 25 reviews), but worse than World Adventures which has a ‘score of 81 (based on 31 reviews). It’s also lower than the base game’s ‘score, which is 86 (based on 75 reviews). Comparing it to The Sims 2 expansion packs, this is higher than the ‘scores attained by Bon Voyage (74) and FreeTime (74), but lower than every other one, except Apartment Life which has the same ‘score. Below are links to all the games mentioned on Metacritic with their 'score in brackets:
 > The Sims 3 Late Night (75)
 > The Sims 3 Ambitions (74)
 > The Sims 3 World Adventures (81)
 > The Sims 3 (86)
 > The Sims 2 University (81)
 > The Sims 2 Nightlife (76)
 > The Sims 2 Open for Business (78)
 > The Sims 2 Pets (76)
 > The Sims 2 Seasons (78)
 > The Sims 2 Bon Voyage (74)
 > The Sims 2 FreeTime (74)
 > The Sims 2 Apartment Life (75)

GameRankings then. Late Night’s Ranking is 80.00%, but this is based on just five reviews, so could change quite a lot if they add any more. Comparing what we’ve got now though, this is higher than Ambitions’ Ranking of 75.19% (based on eight reviews), but lower than World Adventures’ Ranking of 82.74% (based on 17 reviews). This is also lower than the Ranking attained by the base game – 86.65% based on 54 reviews. Late Night’s Ranking is higher than every The Sims 2 expansion pack bar University, which has a Ranking of 81.11% based on 31 reviews. Below are links to all the games mentioned on GameRankings with their Ranking in brackets:
 > The Sims 3 Late Night (80.00%)
 > The Sims 3 Ambitions (75.19%)
 > The Sims 3 World Adventures (82.74%)
 > The Sims 3 (86.65%)
 > The Sims 2 University (81.11%)
 > The Sims 2 Nightlife (75.90%)
 > The Sims 2 Open for Business (79.07%)
 > The Sims 2 Pets (76.23%)
 > The Sims 2 Seasons (76.71%)
 > The Sims 2 Bon Voyage (73.44%)
 > The Sims 2 FreeTime (76.18%)
 > The Sims 2 Apartment Life (78.86%)

If I become aware of any more Late Night reviews in the future, I won’t tell you about them in the News section of the News Email, but will still add them to the Reviews tab, and note that change in the Latest Updates box. I still want to see your reviews too! Click the second link below, login with your Google, Yahoo!, AIM, Twitter, OpenID or NetLog account if you haven’t already, then type away.
 > The Sims 3 Late Night reviews
 > Your The Sims 3 Late Night Reviews

Grant Rodiek Gives A Walkthrough Of Late Night In New Video

EA has released a new video in which producer Grant Rodiek gives a walkthrough of The Sims 3 Late Night:

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

It doesn’t look like we’re going to get any music videos to promote The Sims 3 Late Night, but I’ve got what’s probably the next best thing for you. You may remember the videos featuring clips of Jessica Mauboy recording her song “Saturday Night” for the soundtrack for Late Night and The Sims 3 on console, interspersed with her discussing the experience. Well now EA has released a video showing her recording the song in full:

The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff Announced

The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff logoEA has now announced the next stuff pack as The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff, confirming the product previously spotted on mazon.com. . The logo is on the right. The description and features given in the announcement and on the dedicated page are pretty much the same as they were on Amazon.com when I quoted it in the previous issue. The release date previously (and still) given by Amazon.com (1st February) has not been confirmed. Go to the dedicated page at TheSims3.com for a couple of renders and the box art.

The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff at TheSims3.com (UK)

Source: News at TheSims3.com (UK)

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