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“Outdoor Living Stuff” Spotted On Amazon.com

Saturday 27th November 2010 | 11:35 pm UK time | Categories

What’s likely to be the next stuff pack for The Sims 3 has been spotted on the website of US retailer Amazon.com: “Outdoor Living Stuff”. Here’s the description given:

For the first time ever, your Sims can get the best in outdoor luxury for their homes. Whether they’re decorating the perfect patio, setting the mood with a new hot tub, or firing up a state-of-the-art grill for the ultimate BBQ, your Sims’ outdoor decor is getting a boost.

…and the product features:

  • Build the perfect al fresco setting for your Sims with stylish furnishings, outdoor electronics, and cozy fire pits and fireplaces.
  • Give your Sims several uniquely styled hot tubs where they can relax with friends or get romantic with someone special.
  • Turn up the heat with an all-new built-in countertop grill as part of your Sims’ outdoor kitchen and take their cooking to a whole new level.
  • Choose from two new styles. ?Garden Terrace? features elegant wrought-iron pieces, while ?Sunset on the Veranda? embraces the warmth of outdoors.
  • Dress your Sims in an array of chic but casual attire for a great day in the sun or a relaxing evening under the stars.

It says it will be released on 1st February.

Source: “The Sims 3 – Outdoor Living Stuff” at Amazon.com

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Poll Results: “Bought The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff yet?”

Saturday 27th November 2010 | 7:23 pm UK time | Categories

The poll asking whether you’ve bought The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff yet has ended, and the results are in – it seems about 58% of you have it or will get it eventually. To see and discuss the full results, click below.
 > Poll Results

To replace that one, a new poll has begun – this time, I want to know whether you’ve ever purchased anything from The Sims 3 Store. Vote now to the right of any page.

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Latest Late Night Reviews: EL33TONLINE

Thursday 18th November 2010 | 10:34 pm UK time | Categories

One further The Sims 3 Late Night review for you tonight, this one from EL33TONLINE, who gave “Night Life” (as they call it throughout) a “Good!” three stars out of five:

Yes, we have another Sims expansion that adds less to the game than previous iterations, but is still fun to play. By now the amount of content is getting so much that you probably won’t use half of it. But then a true Sims fan will never have enough, and EA will be ready to provide us with our next fix.

 > The Sims 3 “Night Life” review at EL33TONLINE

Nothing’s changed at Metacritic or GameRankings since yesterday.
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at Metacritic
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at GameRankings

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EL33TONLINE Reviews Fast Lane Stuff

Thursday 18th November 2010 | 10:25 pm UK time | Categories

EL33TONLINE has posted a review of The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff – they gave it an “OK!” two stars out of a possible five:

“Stuff” packs are bloated by distribution costs, cover-art design and attempts to add some sort of theme. Adding these packs as downloads rather than disc based packs will save everyone money.

 > The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff review at EL33TONLINE

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Latest Late Night Reviews: Game Chronicles

Wednesday 17th November 2010 | 10:04 pm UK time | Categories

I bring you one new The Sims 3 Late Night review tonight, this one courtesy of Game Chronicles, who rated it 8.3 out of 10:

To be perfectly frank, I’m annoyed by the separation between urban and suburban neighborhoods because it doesn’t make sense in real-world terms and isn’t consistent with the add-on nature of an expansion. Barring that, however, Late Night is a solid expansion that builds upon the complexity that makes the Sims series so enjoyable and is a worthwhile addition to any Sims fan’s collection.

 > The Sims 3 Late Night review at Game Chronicles

Both the Metascore from Metacritic and The Ranking from GameRankings have gone up a point since last time, with the former now at 74 (“Mixed or average reviews”), based on nine reviews, while the latter is now 81.00%, based on three reviews.
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at Metacritic
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at GameRankings

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“Bang Bang” Song From Fast Lane Stuff Now Available From iTunes

Wednesday 17th November 2010 | 9:53 pm UK time | Categories

Following on from the release of some of the music featured in The Sims 3 Late Night earlier, the song “Bang Bang” by Pretty Lady and the Big D’s, which featured in The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff, is now also available. Click below to get it – it costs $0.99 in the US.
 > “The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff – Single” at iTunes (US)

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Late Night Music By Steve Jablonsky Now Available On iTunes

Wednesday 17th November 2010 | 6:22 pm UK time | Categories

Six music tracks from The Sims 3 Late Night by Steve Jablonsky are now available to download from iTunes. In the US, each track costs $0.99, or you can buy all six for just $1.99.
>  “The Sims 3: Late Night – EP” at iTunes (US)

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Latest Late Night Reviews: GameZone, NZGamer.com

Sunday 14th November 2010 | 10:20 pm UK time | Categories

Two new The Sims 3 Late Night reviews for you tonight, starting with GameZone, which gave it seven out of 10:

Overlooking the fact you might have to start from scratch, there is a ton of content to ensure your time spent with the Sims will borderline on the obsessive. The celebrity, rock star and vampire aspects change up the gameplay enough to keep it fresh even for those who have dedicated an unhealthy amount of hours to the game.

 > The Sims 3 Late Night review at GameZone

The other one is from NZGamer.com, which gave it 8.5 out of 10, a score described as “Great”:

And like all great Sims expansion packs, once you’ve finished thrashing out all the new features, the real prize lies in discovering all the new and weird ways in which the changes ripple out through the rest of the game.

 > The Sims 3 Late Night review at NZGamer.com

The Metascore from Metacritic remains at 73 (“Mixed or average reviews”), but now based on seven reviews, while The Ranking from GameRankings has gone up to 80.00%, based on two reviews.
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at Metacritic
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at GameRankings

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Current Poll Extended To 27th November

Saturday 13th November 2010 | 6:44 pm UK time | Categories

The current poll, asking whether you’ve bought The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff yet, has been extended to 27th November as I haven’t quite received enough votes. The final results will now be revealed on that date, assuming enough votes have been received by then anyway. Not voted yet? Do it now to the right of any page!

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Play The Latest The Sims Games At UK Plumbob Tour

Friday 12th November 2010 | 4:02 pm UK time | Categories

EA has announced a UK tour where you can play the latest The Sims games (presumably including The Sims 3 Late Night), discover your player personality, and get your The Sims confessions recorded on video. Here’s where and when the tour will call:

Xscape Centre, Castleford 13-14th Nov

Festival Place, Basingstoke 8-9th Jan

Mall at Bristol, Bristol 15-16th Jan

Queens Arcade, Cardiff 22-23rd Jan

Grange and Pyramid, Birkenhead, 19-20th Feb

Golden Square , Warrington 26-27th Feb

If they’ve fixed them by the time you read this, you can see some pictures of the booth in the news article linked below.
> News at TheSims3.com (UK)

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