Issue 119 Tuesday 25th September 2012

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Latest Updates

Two new preview links and three new screenshots added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Seasons” page

Nine new reviews added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Supernatural” page

Latest News

“Maxis Live Broadcast” Announced, To Feature The Sims 3 Games

A “Maxis Live Broadcast” has been announced for Tuesday 9th October, and it will feature “announcements, in-depth looks at upcoming games from The Sims 3″, as well as the upcoming SimCity. Assuming (as usual) that when they say 10 am PST they actually mean 10 am PDT, the time here in the UK is 6 pm BST (GMT/UTC+1).
 > “MAXIS Live Broadcast – October 9, 2012″ on Facebook

New Poll: Are you happy about how werewolves in The Sims 3 Supernatural look in “wolf” form, or would you prefer them to look more like proper wolves?

It’s about time I started a new poll, so here’s one for you: are you happy with how the werewolves in The Sims 3 Supernatural look in “wolf” form, or would you prefer them to look more like proper wolves? Vote now by clicking below to go to the vote with explanation page, where you can also vote without explanation on the right if you don't have an explanation for your choice. If I’ve received enough votes by then, the poll will end with the results revealed on Tuesday 30th November.
 > Vote with explanation (and without)

Seasons Producer Discusses “Fall” In New Blog Post

The Sims 3 Seasons assistant producer Alan Hsu has posted a new blog entry on TheSims3.com discussing “Fall”, the season properly known as Autumn:

First and foremost, during the Fall season, there will be a haunted house at the festival where Sims can explore strange paranormal happenings, it’s a rabbit hole but still a lot of fun. Sims who are not brave enough haves a chance to panic, vomit, or may even have a little bladder accident. Sims who are unlucky, or lucky depending on your point of view, may receive a “Cursed by the Witch” buff which temporarily changes them into a ghost when they leave the haunted house.

> “The Sims 3 Seasons – ‘Fall Season’” at TheSims3.com

GamesRadar Has A Look At “Fall” In Seasons

GamesRadar has posted a new The Sims 3 Seasons preview looking at “fall” (autumn to give it its proper name):

Pumpkin patch

Finding the perfect pumpkin is just one of the many family-friendly activities you can do in the fall. There’s nothing like running through rows upon rows of slightly distorted pumpkins to find that one with the flawless side to carve. In the Sims 3 Seasons, you’ll be able to bring a bright orange melon home and put a knife to it, creating a perfect (or not-so-perfect if you fail) jack-o-lantern for your front porch.

  > “The Sims 3: Seasons – Why fall is the best time of the year” at GamesRadar

The Sims In Number 33 In 1UP.com’s Essential 100

1UP.com is counting down the 100 most important video games of all time, and at number 33 is The Sims:

I’d be willing to bet that a lot of you found yourself in a similar situation that I did back in 2000. The Sims caused me to become fused to my monitor as I developed a sort of digital OCD for my virtual family. I had to make sure that their house was spotless, their lives were perfect, and their futures were bright. I spent hours upon hours pecking away at my mouse to meet this goal, until suddenly it hit me: Why was I cleaning up a virtual room when my actual room needed cleaning?

  > “The Essential 100, No. 33: The Sims” at 1UP.com

Latest Supernatural Reviews

The latest The Sims 3 Supernatural reviews have given mostly similar ratings, but one major gaming website has a differing opinion...

Game Revolution, rating 4.0 out of five:

Luckily, the new, magically endowed racial types and the all-around additions to interactions, lifetime rewards, and purchasable items make the expansion park worth it, though the $39.99 price tag is slightly steep considering that the base game is only $29.99 at the moment. Still, The Sims 3 Supernatural works its magic enough that all Sims 3 fans should be left spellbound.

  > “The Sims 3 Supernatural Review” at Game Revolution

Game Chronicles, rating four stars out of five:

Overall, this expansion adds a lot of fun and humorous new character options, interactions, animations, items, and storytelling potential to discover in the game and continues in the franchise’s high standards as far as style and sound and graphics quality.

  > The Sims 3 Supernatural review at Game Chronicles

GameSpot, rating 7.0 out of 10 (“good”):

If you can look past the issues surrounding the zombies and the lunar cycles, The Sims 3: Supernatural provides one of the richest experiences the latest outing of the beloved franchise has offered in years.

  > “The Sims 3 Supernatural (Limited Edition) Review” at GameSpot

El33tonline, rating four stars out of five (“Excellent!”):

Creating new and exciting families of ghosts and fairies is now a reality. It is a pity that the game is not as hard hitting as proper zombie, vampire and werewolf games can and should be, but it still is a whole lot of fun.

  > The Sims 3 Supernatural review at El33tonline

Impulse Gamer, rating 8.0 out of 10:

EA should be commended on another fun Sims adventure with great gameplay and graphics. My one wish for this franchise is to make The Sims franchise online which would combine all the elements of the games into one mega social experience. Nonetheless, The Sims 3 Supernatural is a must have game to all fans of this series!

  > The Sims 3 Supernatural review at Impulse Gamer

NZGamer.com, rating 8.5 out of 10 (“Great”):

I’ve been playing Supernatural for the better part of a week now, and it’s still surprising and delighting me with its cheery take on magic, horror and gothic. It’s an expansion in the very best sense, and now up at the top of my list of Sims 3 must-haves. Definitely recommended.

  > The Sims 3 Supernatural review at NZGamer.com

IGN, rating 4.5 out of 10 (“Bad”):

Supernatural doesn’t augment your Sims or make the neighborhood more interesting: it turns it into an unrecognizable mess that doesn’t even come close to resembling the “life simulator” it’s supposed to be.

  > “The Sims 3: Supernatural Review” at IGN

The Gamer Scene, rating five stars out of five:

This expansion had practically no downside for someone wanting to add a little spice (or with regards to the ghost chili, a LOT of spice) to their game, even if they don’t want to experience the supernaturals.

  > “The Sims 3: Supernatural Expansion Pack Review” at The Gamer Scene

TheGamersHub, rating four out of five:

Overall, however, there’s way more good in this game than bad. It’s a ton of fun to play and I really enjoyed it. Die-hard Sims fans who loved the way things were may not enjoy it as much, but for those looking for some extended casual fun this has great potential to be a favorite game.

  > “The Sims 3: Supernatural Review” at TheGamersHub

There is now a Metascore at Metacritic, which stands at 68, “Mixed or average reviews”, based on 10 reviews, while The Rankling at GameRankings is 76.71% based on seven reviews.
 > “The Sims 3 Supernatural” at Metacritic
 > “The Sims 3 Supernatural” at GameRankings

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