Issue 134 Sunday 21st April 2013

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The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Island Paradise” page added with information, first eight screenshots, first three videos and first two preview links

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University Life Reviews Wrap-Up

It’s been more than a month since the first The Sims 3 University Life review was posted, so now is a good time to wrap-up my reviews coverage. As usual, this means seeing how it compares to previous expansion packs through the medium of Metacritic and GameRankings.

The Metascore at Metacritic stands at 74, “Mixed or average reviews”, based on eight reviews. This is the same ‘score attained by Supernatural, Late Night and Ambitions, and higher than that attained by Seasons (73), Showtime (67) and Generations (70).

Comparing to The Sims 2 expansion packs, Bon Voyage and FreeTime have the same ‘score, while all the others are higher.

Metacritic sources (with specific Metascores):

The Ranking at GameRankings stands at 80.60%, based on five reviews. Only Late Night and World Adventures have higher Rankings than this. In fact, this is a higher Ranking than all The Sims 2 expansion packs have too.

GameRankings sources (with specific Rankings):

New Blog Post Discusses The Beach And Scuba Diving In Island Paradise

The Sims 3 Island Paradise assistant producer Theresa Chen has posted a new blog entry on TheSims3.com discussing the beach and scuba diving:

Also new to the beach is the Lifeguard Career. Lifeguards are the sworn protectors of the beaches they watch over. While on duty, a Lifeguard’s job is to survey the beach for any swimming Sims in need of assistance. When a Sim is struggling at sea, the Lifeguard races to the rescue, helping drowning Sims back to shore and performing CPR if needed. However, not all alerts are real emergencies; some Sims may be inclined to “fake it” in order to get some one-on-one time with the Lifeguard on duty.

  > “The Sims 3 Island Paradise – Underwater Activities” at TheSims3.com

Island Paradise Page Launches With First Screenshots

I’ve now added a The Sims 3 Island Paradise page, which features the first eight screenshots and the official description, as well as all the previously released videos.
 > The Sims 3 Island Paradise

Latest Live Broadcast Shows Resorts In Island Paradise, Reveals Next Stuff Pack Details

If you missed the latest The Sims 3 Live Broadcast you can watch it right here (it starts about one and a half minutes into the video):

Don’t fancy watching the whole thing? Well here’s the details so you can skip to what you want: the Island Paradise demo, which took place about three and a half minutes in, featured the resorts; there was some information about the next stuff pack, Movie Stuff, including some concept art about 27 and a half minutes in; the next town to be released on The Sims 3 Store (and at retail), Dragon Valley, was announced about 30 minutes in; and there was a Q&A session for Island Paradise and Dragon Valley about 32 minutes in.

Island Paradise “Announce” Trailer Released

EA has now released the “announce” trailer for The Sims 3 Island Paradise – months after it was announced. And here it is:

This Is The End

After more than nine years, this is the end of me covering The Sims games on the internet -- Danny's The Sims Website will no longer be updated, making this the last News Email. Tomorrow I start a new full time job -- keeping this website up-to-date will make it even more of a struggle than it already will be to do everything I want to do. If there is anyone out there who's been following my news updates, I'm sorry about this, and hope you find an alternative source for your news fix.

Thank you for your understanding
Danny Cox

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