Issue 131 Tuesday 12th March 2013

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Reviews tab enabled on ”The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 University Life” page with first reviews by Game Revolution, GameZone and GamesRadar

Two new videos, seven new screenshots and a preview link added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 University Life” page

Latest News

The Sims 3 University Life is now available in stores, so this issue brings a launch trailer and the first reviews, among other things

New University Life Screenshots Show PlantSims, Dumpster Diving, More

I’ve found seven new The Sims 3 University Life screenshots showing such things as PlantSims, protesting, dumpster diving and more. Check ‘em out on the game page (updates of Thursday 7th March 2013 and Wednesday 6th March 2013).
 > The Sims 3 University Life screenshots

Meet Some Of The Sims 3 Development Team In New Interviews

Some interviews have been posted on TheSims3.com allowing us to get to know some members of The Sims 3 development team:

GRAHAM NARDONE, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER (@SimGuruGraham)
EA REDWOOD SHORES

If you could be any icon from the 70s, 80s or 90s, who would you be and why?
I’d have to go with Dan Marino. Growing up as a kid in Miami I could actually see Joe Robbie Stadium in the distance from my bedroom window, so it only stood to reason that I became a huge Miami Dolphins fan. There was no bigger name in Miami for a near 20-year span then “Dan the Man.”

 > “Feature Blog: Meet The Sims 3 Development Team & Take a Walk Down Memory Lane! Part 1″ at TheSims3.com
 > “Feature Blog: Meet The Sims 3 Development Team & Take a Walk Down Memory Lane! Part 2″ at TheSims3.com

First University Life Reviews

The first The Sims 3 University Life reviews have arrived. First is Game Revolution, who has rated it 4.0 out of 5:

Among the stronger expansions for The Sims 3, University Life fills in the time gap missing from the series and offers enough depth to extend the life of every Sim meaningfully. In addition to introducing a new plant-based Sim type, the added social content broadens the interaction of the Sim universe.

  > “The Sims 3 University Life Review” at Game Revolution

Next is GameZone, who rated it a “Great” 8.5 out of 10:

The Sims 3 University Life is more than just a themed  expansion. It’s a refreshing add-on that will have  lasting effects beyond that of just your Sim’s college  career. More importantly, it’s a meaningful expansion  that fills a gap in The Sims 3 gameplay.

  > “Review: The Sims 3 University Life bridges an important gap” at GameZone

Last is GamesRadar, who rated it a “Mediocre” two and a half stars out of five:

In many ways, The Sims 3: University Life does a great job of replicating those wild college years. However,  what works in real life doesn’t always make for  compelling gameplay. The classes, parties, finals, streaking, and keg stands are great touches, but that doesn’t change the fact that you’ll spend a lot of time with your finger on the speed up command, and your family at home may as well not exist in the meantime.

  > “The Sims 3: University Life review” at GamesRadar

GameZone Gets Some University Life Questions Answered

GameZone has posted an interview with The Sims 3 University Life producer Sarah Nelson:

Gamezone: Why a University Life expansion and why now? What made this the best time for this expansion?

Sarah Nelson: In conceptualizing our next expansion pack as a team, we felt that is was time for Sims to move into a new chapter of their lives. University made so much sense. We also took in feedback from our community of fans and university was one of the most requested themes they wanted to see.

  > “The Sims 3 University Life Interview: Some last minute questions answered” at GameZone

University Life Launch Trailer Released

The launch trailer for The Sims 3 University Life has been released:

University Life Live Broadcast Now Available On Demand

The Sims 3 University Life Live Broadcast is now available to watch on demand. The demo features a look at life at university and a brief look at Plant Sims.

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