Issue 85 Wednesday 22nd June 2011

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Latest Updates

Eight new screenshots, a video and reviews by Game Vortex, StrategyInformer, GamePro, Impulse Gamer, Hooked Gamers and GamesRadar added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Generations” page

Teenagers” page added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Generations” section

User reviews enabled on “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Generations” page

Previews tab enabled with first two preview links on “on “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Pets” page

Latest News

Pets Limited Edition Explained

A producer of The Sims 3 Pets has explained the limited edition version of the expansion on the forums at TheSims3.com:

For players who choose to purchase the Limited Edition, they’ll be getting a cool venue for their Sims to visit that we feel is a great reason to preorder. The Pet Store venue will be a place for Sims to go to purchase objects for their pet to use, it is not where you get the pets themselves. Alternatively, if you prefer to wait for reviews or buy the game on sale, you won’t be missing out – you’ll simply buy your pet objects from the catalog instead.

He goes on to answer quite a few questions in a large Q&A.
 > “Limited Edition Pet Store – your questions answered” at TheSims3.com

Find Out About Ryan Vaughn’s Family In New Generations Trailer

Eurogamer has got hold of a new trailer for The Sims 3 Generations showing producer Ryan Vaughn’s Sim family:

Next Stuff Pack Confirmed As “Town Life Stuff”

The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff screenshotEA has confirmed the next stuff pack for The Sims 3 as “The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff” -- here's the details:

With exciting content never seen before in a Stuff Pack, The Sims™ 3 Town Life Stuff* introduces new venues to give your Sims’ entire town a makeover – complete with objects just as perfect for their homes. Build a chic new library, create an exclusive, high-tech gym, design a fun playground, or make chores a pleasure with a fresh new laundry room. The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff not only gives you loads of new inspired design to use at home, but includes new community places, like Scrumptious Nibbles Café, for your Sims to visit too!

* Requires The Sims 3 to play

Click the first link below to go to the game page on TheSims3.com where you can read the feature list then click the Items link on the left to view some item renders. You can also access screenshots from there, but you're probably better off viewing them on Facebook through the second link below:
 > The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff at TheSims3.com (UK)
 > “The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff – Screenshots” at The Sims 3 (UK) on Facebook

New Poll: Are you happy that the next expansion pack for The Sims 3 will be the pets one?

I thought it was about time I started a new poll, so I have. The question this time is this: Are you happy that the next expansion pack for The Sims 3 will be the pets one? Vote now to the right of any page, or if you feel like an explanation of your choice is in order, click the second link below:
 > Go to the website to vote
 > ...or vote with explanation

Latest Generations Reviews

The latest The Sims 3 Generations reviews begin with StrategyInformer, who rated it 7.5 out of 10:

As we said, on its own Generations isn’t going to do much for your experience, but in conjunction with everything else it just makes for a more interesting experience. The Sims 3 was always going to be a long term investment – and this is just one more step on the road.

  > “We play The Sims 3: Generations…” at StrategyInformer

Game Vortex rated it a massive 93%:

If you’re looking for an addictive game that will make time pass very quickly and possibly make you feel like you have some control over life, check out The Sims 3: Generations today!

  > The Sims 3 Generations review at Game Vortex

GamesRadar rated it a “decent” six out of 10:

But what’s there doesn’t always feel like enough to justify this full price of an expansion pack, especially when so much has been added in past products. Unless you’re desperate to add a little life to your sims’ youth, you might be able to pass on this one.

The review contains five new screenshots, which you can also view over on the game page if you prefer (update of Sunday 19th June).
 > “The Sims 3 Generations expansion review” at GamesRadar
 > The Sims 3 Generations screenshots

GamePro gave it three stars out of five:

It’s not the best of The Sims 3′s expansions by a long shot, and compared to the other packs seems quite expensive for what it is — but fans of the series will enjoy the deeper experience it offers.

The review includes three new screenshots which you can view on the game page if you prefer (update of Tuesday 19th June).
 > “Review: The Sims 3: Generations (PC)” at GamePro
 > The Sims 3 Generations screenshots

Impulse Gamer rated it 8.0 out of 10:

After completed The Sims 3: Generations a few times, I’m still amazed at the
number of antics your Sims can get involved in. Best of all, it crosses all
generations well so not only does it increase the scope of the Sims quite
considerably, it makes a good game ever better.

  > The Sims 3 Generations review at Impulse Gamer

Hooked Gamers gave it 8.0 out of 10:

To answer my original question: as a stand-alone expansion, The Sims 3: Generations leaves much to be desired. After playing it, I found myself wondering what is keeping EA from releasing the Pets, University and Open For Business expansions and that’s never a good thing.

  > The Sims 3 Generations review at Hooked Gamers

Metacritic and GameRankings both now have enough reviews for there to be any point updating you on them. The Metascore at Metacritic currently stands at 70 ("Mixed or average reviews") based on eight reviews, while The Ranking at GameRankings is currently 78.83% based on six reviews.

Sources: The Sims 3 Generations at Metacritic and The Sims 3 Generations at GameRankings

It’s been more than a week since it was released, so now it’s time to open reviews up to you! If you’ve played Generations and have an opinion on it, why not tell the world by posting your own review? You can log in using an existing Google, Yahoo!, Twitter, AIM, Netlog or OpenID account, but if on the off-chance you don’t have any of those, you can create a Google account without supplying anything more than an email address and date of birth. Feel free to make the review as long or as short as you like — just “It’s well good!” or “It’s really dire” would do – but make sure you specify a star rating.
 > The Sims 3 Generations Visitor Reviews

The Escapist Previews Pets

The Escapist has posted a preview of The Sims 3 Pets:

I think what I’m most excited about, the thing that makes all the difference for me, is the introduction of your pets as controllable sims. You can guide them to perform their necessary bodily functions (Yay?) and interact with other animals or people, they can even get jobs and make you some extra money.

  > “E3: The Sims 3: Pets” at The Escapist

GameMarshal's Pets Preview Focuses On The Pets Creator Tool

GameMarshal has posted a preview of The Sims 3 Pets, focusing on the Pets Creator Tool:

The actual customizations themselves are very thorough. Everything from choosing your breed down to the two tone eye colors, stripe colors, fur shading and more. You can “re-make” your real-life pet companion, or go crazy and create something out of this world. Whatever color and style you decide to go with for your pet, you’ll also be able to assign various characteristics and traits to it.

  > “The Sims 3: Pets Creator Tool Hands-On” at GameMarshal

The Sims 3 Game Update Adds Memories, Dates, Catalog Filter, Body Hair, More

Since the last issue I've found details of the latest The Sims 3 game update, though I think it may have been released before the last issue. Here’s the details:

Base Game Updates

  • You can now collect Memories of significant moments in your Sims’ lives in the new Scrapbook. Custom Memories can also be created using the Capture This Moment tool. All Memories can be uploaded and shared on TheSims3.com and Facebook!
  • You can now adjust the lifespan length for each individual phase of life that a Sim goes through via the Options menu.
  • Live Mode
    • Sims can now ask other Sims out on dates!
    • Sims will now be given a Romantic Reputation based on their social interactions in the local dating scene.
  • Create a Sim
    • Body hair can now be applied on male Sims, from head to toe!
  • Build/Buy Mode
    • Players can now use the Catalog Filter in Build and Buy Mode to sort Content from different installed Expansion Packs and Stuff Packs, as well as content from The Sims 3 Store.

There’s also updates for the World Adventures, Ambitions, Late Night and Generations expansion packs with “Additional bug fixes and polish to existing features”. Click below to go to the news article where you can find that update checklist, unless of course you’ve already installed the updates, in which case it’s too late.
 > News at TheSims3.com (UK)

The Sims 3 Pets Live Broadcast Now Available On-Demand

Still from The Sims 3 Pets Live Broadcast featuring Ben BellIf you missed The Sims 3 Pets Live Broadcast, you can now watch it on-demand by clicking below – just don’t expect it to be as long or answer as many questions as the Generations broadcast.
 > “The Sims 3 Pets Live Broadcast” at EA

Discuss this news on the website!

Current Poll Results
Are you happy that the next expansion pack for The Sims 3 will be the pets one?

:

50%

I would have preferred something original:

0%

:

33.33%

I don't really care what the next expansion pack is:

16.67%

Go to the website to vote!

Results were correct when this News Email was sent

Old Poll Results
The Sims 3 Pets was just announced, so let's relive the results of a poll conducted around the launch of The Sims 2 Pets...

You can have cats and dogs in Pets, but which do you prefer?

Cats:

45.45%

Dogs:

54.55%

One poll choice explanation - go here to read it

Ran between Saturday 11th November 2006 and Saturday 2nd December 2006

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