Issue 107 Saturday 21st April 2012

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Review by Gaming Nexus added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Showtime” page

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New Katy Perry Sweet Treats Venue Revealed In New Screenshots

“Bonbon Lawn Park”, one of the three pre-built venues featured in The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats, has been revealed via a couple of new screenshots posted on the The Sims 3 Facebook page. It’s a playground that looks like it’s made of sweets and gingerbread men.
 > Photo at The Sims 3 on Facebook
 > Photo 2 at The Sims 3 on Facebook

EA has also been sharing some concept art on Facebook:
 > Photo 3 at The Sims 3 on Facebook
 > Photo 4 at The Sims 3 on Facebook
 > Photo 5 at The Sims 3 on Facebook

GamesRadar Lists Their 19 Favourite Woohoo Spots In The Sims 3

As part of their week of love, GamesRadar has listed their top 19 favourite places to woohoo in The Sims 3:

The Sims series has come a long way since the tame days of the first game in the series. Those no-fun prudes would barely go near each other unless it involved making a baby. Things loosened up when the concept of WooHooing was introduced in The Sims 2, and with The Sims 3 and its six expansions, Sims are presented with over a dozen zany places to get it on.

  > “Sims WooHoo spots – Our 19 favorite places to love our fellow Sim” at GamesRadar

As mentioned in the introduction to that article, The Sims 3 also featured in their top 7 “game characters we (seriously) fell in love with” with “Your neighbor in The Sims” at number 4:

It started off plainly enough: our neighbor came over for a housewarming party once we moved in, and we told them a few jokes. But then they came over again and the jokes became flirts. And then the flirts became more flirts. And then they slapped us, but then the jokes became more flirts. Cut to a few months later and we were married, pumping out kids like no one’s business.

Read the rest of the entry on page 5:
 > “The Top 7… Game characters we (seriously) fell in love with” at GamesRadar

Katy Perry Sweet Treats Preview Event Now Available On-Demand

If you missed it but are interested, The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats Preview Event is now available to watch on-demand here:

Showtime Reviews Wrap-Up

I think it's about time I wrapped up my The Sims 3 Showtime reviews coverage. Before that though, there's one more review, which sadly doesn't come from GameSpot or IGN who don't appear to be bothering this time. No, it's from Gaming Nexus, who has given it a B- grade:

Although it comes packed with several new career paths and a brand new town, Showtime is really still just a few more goodies in the Sims universe. Good for fans, but won’t win over any converts.

  > The Sims 3 Showtime review at Gaming Nexus

As usual, I'll now compare Showtime's Metascore from Metacritic with those of its predecessors to see how it stacks up against them. So Showtime's probably-final Metascore is 71 -- this doesn't beat the base game but then neither did any other expansion pack. It is though the second worst scoring expansion, with only Generations getting a lower score (70) -- all the others range from 74 to 81. Comparing it to The Sims 2 expansion packs, it, along with Generations, got a lower score than all of them, ranging as they do from 74 - 81. Links to Metacritic along with the Metascore attained by each game are listed below.

So that concludes my reviews coverage. With the possible exception of any from GameSpot and IGN as they're such major websites, I will not inform you about any more reviews here. However, I'll still add them to the game page and mention that change in the Latest Updates box.

Metacritic sources:

Katy Perry Sweet Treats Trailer Released

EA has released a trailer for The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats (which you'll have already seen if you watched the preview event further up). While the Simlish version of her single “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” plays in the background, Katy talks a bit about the new items, plus there’s a brief glimpse of her recording the song:

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