Issue 81 Thursday 14th April 2011

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 “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Generations” page added with information, nine screenshots, a video and four preview links

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The next The Sims 3 expansion pack is finally announced, with trailer, screenshots and previews galore, plus the base game makes it into a "100 best games of all time" list

The Sims 3 Generations Announced With Details, Screenshots, Trailer

EA UK has finally put us out of our misery and announced the next expansion pack for The Sims 3 on their Facebook page for the game, called Generations, as expected. They’ve posted a trailer, which you can watch below and is actually a reasonable length for once, and some details, which you can read by clicking the link further down to the newly-created page.

I've found nine screenshots so far, which you can view on the game page. There's also a screenshot released on Facebook in advance of the announcement that was as far as I'm aware never confirmed as being of Generations, but likely is - click the second link below to view that.
 > The Sims 3 Generations game page
 > Photo by The Sims 3 on Facebook

If you're interested in box art, click below to view the US version:
 > “The Sims 3 Generations – Live Every Age to the Fullest!” at The Sims 3 on Facebook

The US version of the trailer says it will be released there on 31st May. As you should have seen in the version above, it will be released sometime in June in the UK, presumably very early in the month as it would be unusual for it to not be released worldwide the same week.

Generations: Gameplanet & CVG Interview Producer

CVG has posted an interview with The Sims 3 Generations producer Ryan Vaughan:

For the people out there who enjoy trapping Sims in rooms without doors and introducing hazards, what new mischief making opportunities does the expansion provide?

Child and Teen Sims can take advantage of the brand new Pranks feature. Complete with booby traps, pranks you can play on your neighbors, and some Stink Juice, players will have the opportunity to cause more mischief than ever before! Just don’t get caught or else your Sim might end up grounded!

> “The Sims 3 Generations: ‘We love hearing from the community’” at CVG

...As has Gameplanet:

GP:Many fans have been hoping for seasonal/weather effects and pets for the next Sims expansion. Will these be included in Generations? If not, why not?

Vaughan: The Sims 3 Generations focuses on the Sims themselves; who they are and how they interact with each other at different ages. For example, we really wanted the Child age of Sims to be about imagination and make believe; the things that are going on inside their mind, and not necessarily the outside world. Each life phase is defined by how Sims are feeling internally.

  > “The Sims Generations: Interview with Ryan Vaughan” at Gameplanet

Generations: GamesRadar’s First-Look

The Sims 3 Generations screenshotGamesRadar has posted their first-look preview of The Sims 3 Generations:

Starting from childhood, there’s more stuff for kids to do. They can have bunk beds for the first time, and you now have gear like sleeping bags so children can sleep outside in their backyard and tell ghost stories. Their toy boxes have been expanded too, with costumes so kids can play dress up, pretty-pretty princess-style. And if your Sim is brimming with imagination, you can even create an imaginary friend for him or her, that acts like a regular Sim from the child’s point of view, but is invisible to other Sims.

  > “The Sims 3: Generations – first-look preview” at GamesRadar

GameSpot Posts Their Impressions Of Generations

GameSpot has posted an “Impressions Preview” of The Sims 3 Generations:

However, the most interesting new feature in this expansion seems to be the imaginary friend; a character that your child creates after ordering a specific type of mail-order doll. After giving the doll a name, your child sim can summon an imaginary, child-sized version of the doll to be a playmate who will happily hop onto the opposite end of a seesaw and even run minor errands for you if you have a decent enough social relationship with it.

> “The Sims 3: Generations Impressions Preview – First Look” at GameSpot

The Sims 3 Is 39th Best Game Of All Time – GamesRadar

GamesRadar has posted its list of the top 100 best games of all time, and at number 39 is The Sims 3, beating such games as Halo 3, Gears of War 2, God of War and Metal Gear Solid 3. Here’s what they had to say:

Don’t dismiss The Sims as “dolls” – the word is way too limited to describe the degree of power this series provides for players. Yes, you choose your pet computer people’s wardrobe, but you also customize the architecture of their homes, the layout of their neighborhoods, the politics of their social circles, the DNA of their genetics and the contents of their hearts. Yes, you can tell them exactly when to flush the toilet, but you can also tell them when to fall in love or when to murder their enemies. You can even relinquish all control of your miniature universe and simply watch life unfold. The Sims is whatever you want The Sims to be, and The Sims 3 is currently the most generous and expansive version of that freedom.

> “The 100 best games of all time” at GamesRadar

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