Issue 106 Tuesday 3rd April 2012

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Latest Updates
Two new screenshots and reviews by El33tonline and Rocket Chainsaw added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Showtime” page

Latest News

A new pack thing that's neither a stuff pack nor an expansion pack has been announced, plus more

The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats Pack Announced

EA has revealed the second release in their collaboration with Katy Perry, “The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats”:

Indulge your Sims with the sweet and vibrant style of Katy Perry. The Sims™ 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats pack showcases a vast range of décor items, furniture, and, of course, fabulous fashions and hairstyles! Inspired by Katy’s real-life clothing and props, these fun furnishings, décor, and fashions will add a dash of sweet style to your Sims’ lives. Packed with more stuff than you have ever seen, your Sims will also enjoy three all-new spectacular venues including a local hangout, a town park, and a neighborhood swimming pool—each decked out in delicious Katy Perry style!

Click below to read the full feature list then click the Videos & Images tab for some screenshots and item renders. It is available to pre-order on Origin for £24.99, the same price as the base game and more expensive than some expansion packs and all stuff packs.
 > “The Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats” at TheSims.com

Find Out More About Katy Perry Sweet Treats In Preview Event Next Thursday

EA has announced a preview event for The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats, featuring The Sims 3 Producer Jennifer Lane:

This is your chance to take a sneak peak at the vast range of décor items, furniture, and, of course, fabulous fashions and hairstyles, all inspired by Katy’s real-life clothing and props, plus a look at one of the three new spectacular venues.

It will take place next Thursday, 12th April, at 10 am PDT, which is 6 pm BST (GMT/UTC + 1). You can request to receive an email reminder on the page.
> “The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats Preview Event” at EA

EA Releases New The Sims 3 “Essence” Trailer

EA has released a new trailer for The Sims 3 featuring all the expansion packs, which they’re calling an “Essence Video”:

New Poll: Have you got any of your Sims turned into a vampire in The Sims 3 Late Night?

In this month’s poll I want to know whether you got any of your Sims turned into vampires in The Sims 3 Late Night. Maybe that was why you bought it in the first place, or maybe you didn’t/don’t care for that aspect — vote now to the right of any page, or vote with an explanation via the link at the top of the Poll box. This poll will run until Tuesday 24th April, assuming I’ve received enough votes by then.
 > Go to the website to vote!

See the results of the previous poll at the bottom of this News Email.

New Showtime Screenshots Show Sim With Bent Golf Club, Singer Striking Pose

If you’re still undecided about whether to get The Sims 3 Showtime, you may still be interested in new screenshots, and if you are, this post is for you. Two new screenshots have been released showing a Sim who’s somehow managed to bend their golf club and a singer striking a pose during a performance — check them out on the game page (Friday 30th March 2012 and Monday 26th March 2012 updates).
 > The Sims 3 Showtime screenshots

The Official Renault Twizy Now Available From The Sims 3 Store

If you liked the Renault Twizy concept car, you’ll love the official Renault Twizy – probably. Well it’s now available for free download from The Sims 3 Store (UK), as part of the Renault Positive Energy Pack, which also includes such things as all the previous Re Renault Z.E. cars (including the Twizy concept), a probably-decorative charging station, a probably-decorative solar panel, and more.
 > “Experience the Fun and Fizzy Official Renault Twizy!” at TheSims3.com (UK)

Vote For The Theme Of A Future The Sims 3 Stuff Pack

The Sims 3 producer Jennifer Lane has posted a blog entry on TheSims3.com describing five different potential themes for The Sims 3 stuff packs and asking you to vote for your favourite:

The Sims community has shared so many cool ideas for new Expansion and Stuff packs over the years and I’m here to ask for your help again! The team has been brainstorming possible future Stuff Packs and we have a few ideas to share and get your opinions on.

You may need to change your locale to English > United States using the Select Language link at the bottom of the page Jenn links to in order for the poll to appear.
 > “Feedback Request: Future Stuff Packs” at TheSims3.com

Latest Showtime Reviews

I've found just two The Sims 3 Showtime reviews since last issue. Firstly, El33tonline gave it “Good!” rating of three out of five:

The The game has changed a lot since the original was released, but in many ways has become so complex that simply getting a Sim through his day to day routine becomes very hard and tedious. When Real Life™ beckons it just becomes harder and harder to focus on your Sims’ life.

  > The Sims 3 Showtime review at El33tonline

And secondly, Rocket Chainsaw rated it seven out of 10:

It’sIt’s familiar, comfortable and as traditionally expansive as you’d expect, for better or worse. Those still holding off from jumping on The Sims hype train won’t be sold by this expansion pack and are better off waiting for The Sims 4, but for everybody else dangerously addicted to living virtual lives you can’t go wrong with more fun for everyone.

  > The Sims 3 Showtime review at Rocket Chainsaw

The Metascore at Metacritic has gone down one point to 71 (“Mixed or average reviews”), based on 12 reviews.

Source: “The Sims 3: Showtime” at Metacritic

Behind The Scenes Of Animating The Magicians In Showtime

A new blog entry has been posted on TheSims3.com which goes behind the scenes of how they planned the animations of the magicians in The Sims 3 Showtime:

In order to make our magician Sims feel like ‘the real deal,’ we elicited the help of local magic-man Dan Paulus. We admired his special blend of comedy and magic and thought it would mesh perfectly with the zany world of The Sims. Dan was able to give us a private magic show in which we picked up some great tips of the trade. Ultimately, our team was able to come out of the experience with much more than we had expected.

  > “Try to Understand, He’s a Magic Man” at TheSims3.com

Discuss this news on the website!

Current Poll Results
Have you got any of your Sims turned into a vampire in The Sims 3 Late Night?

There are not enough votes to display results yet

Go to the website to vote!

Results were correct when this News Email was sent

Previous Poll Results
Bought The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff yet?

Yep:

40%

No, but I will!:

20%

No, and I might never bother:

20%

No, and I'm never going to:

10%

Bought what now?:

10%

Go to the news post to discuss these results

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