Archive for December 2010

Current Poll Extended To 8th January

Saturday 25th December 2010 | 7:01 pm UK time | Categories

First off: Merry Christmas!

Now that’s out of the way, on to business: the current poll, asking whether you’ve ever purchased anything from The Sims 3 Store, has been extended due to an unsatisfactory number of votes. If I’ve received enough votes by 8th January, the poll will end then with the results revealed. Not voted yet? Make it your Christmas present from you to me – vote now to the right of any page.

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Late Night Reviews Wrap-Up

Monday 20th December 2010 | 7:50 pm UK time | Categories

Nearly two months since its release, and with very few now being posted, I think it’s about time I wrapped-up my The Sims 3 Late Night reviews coverage – and in the unlikely event you’ve holding out on buying it until you saw this, it’s just in time for Christmas. As I have done previously, I’ll now compare the Ranking from GameRankings and Metascore from Metacritic that Late Night attained to those attained by its predecessors.

First, Metacritic. Late Night’s Metascore stands at 75 based on 14 reviews, which is one better than Ambitions (74, based on 25 reviews), but worse than World Adventures which has a ‘score of 81 (based on 31 reviews). It’s also lower than the base game’s ‘score, which is 86 (based on 75 reviews). Comparing it to The Sims 2 expansion packs, this is higher than the ‘scores attained by Bon Voyage (74) and FreeTime (74), but lower than every other one, except Apartment Life which has the same ‘score.

GameRankings then. Late Night’s Ranking is 80.00%, but this is based on just five reviews, so could change quite a lot if they add any more. Comparing what we’ve got now though, this is higher than Ambitions’ Ranking of 75.19% (based on eight reviews), but lower than World Adventures’ Ranking of 82.74% (based on 17 reviews). This is also lower than the Ranking attained by the base game – 86.65% based on 54 reviews. Late Night’s Ranking is higher than every The Sims 2 expansion pack bar University, which has a Ranking of 81.11% based on 31 reviews.

Go to the full article page (or scroll down a tad if you’re already there) for links to all the games mentioned on Metacritic and GameRankings with the Metascore or Ranking each one has in brackets.

If I become aware of any more Late Night reviews in the future, I won’t post about them here, but will still add them to the Reviews tab, and note that change on the Updates page. I still want to see your reviews too! Click the second link below, login with your Google, Yahoo!, AIM, Twitter, OpenID or NetLog account if you haven’t already, then type away.
 > The Sims 3 Late Night reviews
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Latest Late Night Reviews: GameSpot

Thursday 16th December 2010 | 6:20 pm UK time | Categories

At long last, GameSpot has reviewed The Sims 3 Late Night, giving it a rating of 7.5 out of 10, a score described as “good”:

On one hand, it’s disappointing that The Sims 3: Late Night isn’t as noteworthy as the previous expansions. On the other, it’s so much fun to grab your bandmates and go out for a night on the town, grooving and gabbing with the rich and famous, that you might temporarily forget you’ve seen some of this stuff before.

 > The Sims 3 Late Night review at GameSpot

Since last time, the Metascore from Metacritic has gone up a point to 75, based on 13 reviews, while the Ranking from GameRankings has gone down a percentage point to 80.00%, based on five reviews. I’ll compare these to the scores attained by previous games and expansion packs when I wrap up my reviews coverage soon (when I have time, basically).
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at Metacritic
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at GameRankings

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Grant Rodiek Gives A Walkthrough Of Late Night In New Video

Thursday 16th December 2010 | 4:00 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released a new video in which producer Grant Rodiek gives a walkthrough of The Sims 3 Late Night:

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See Jessica Mauboy Record “Saturday Night” For Late Night Soundtrack In Full

Wednesday 8th December 2010 | 11:45 pm UK time | Categories

It doesn’t look like we’re going to get any music videos to promote The Sims 3 Late Night, but I’ve got what’s probably the next best thing for you. You may remember the videos featuring clips of Jessica Mauboy recording her song “Saturday Night” for the soundtrack for Late Night and The Sims 3 on console, interspersed with her discussing the experience. Well now EA has released a video showing her recording the song in full:

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The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff Announced

Wednesday 8th December 2010 | 4:33 pm UK time | Categories

The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff logo

EA has now announced the next stuff pack as The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff, confirming the product previously spotted on Amazon.com. The logo is on the right. The description and features given in the announcement and on the dedicated page are pretty much the same as they were on Amazon.com when I quoted it the Saturday before last. The release date previously (and still) given by Amazon.com (1st February) has not been confirmed. Go to the dedicated page at TheSims3.com for a couple of renders and the box art.

> The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff at TheSims3.com (UK)

Source: News at TheSims3.com (UK)

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Latest Late Night Reviews: IncGamers

Thursday 2nd December 2010 | 8:39 pm UK time | Categories

Two whole weeks after I posted about the last The Sims 3 Late Night review, I finally have another one for you – IncGamers rated it 8.0 out of 10:

Another solid expansion for The Sims 3 that, while not changing any fundamental aspects of the game, provides yet more charming ways for your little computer people to fail or succeed in their virtual lives.

 > The Sims 3 Late Night review at IncGamers

The Metascore from Metacritic remains at 74, now based on 11 reviews, while The Ranking from GameRankings is still based on just three reviews (so remains at 81.00%).
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at Metacritic
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at GameRankings

If you’re wondering why I still haven’t wrapped up my reviews coverage, it’s because there’s not enough reviews on GameRankings for me to be able to fairly compare The Ranking with those attained by previous expansion packs yet, and GameSpot (one of the biggest gaming websites) has still not posted a review, which surely they’re going to do considering the number of previews they did, right?

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New The Sims 3 Game Update Stops Drink Trays Sticking To Hands, More

Wednesday 1st December 2010 | 2:15 am UK time | Categories

EA has released a new game update for The Sims 3, fixing lots of bugs, mainly affecting Late Night. Here’s a choice few:

Late Night Updates

  • Hot tubs can now be placed on the balconies of high rise buildings by using the moveobjectson true cheat.
  • Vampires now receive the “Slept like the Dead” moodlet after sleeping in the Altar Bed.
  • Crying babies will now prompt Sims to leave a hot tub and tend to the baby.

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Base Game Updates

  • The tray of drinks will no longer become stuck to a Sim’s hand when performing the “Make Drinks” interaction on regular bars.
  • Wall tops are no longer invisible when building on an empty lot on PCs with ATI video cards.

You should be prompted to get the update when you next open the launcher – but make sure you follow the all-important checklist first! For the full list of updates, and that critical checklist, click below and scroll down until you come to the article titled “Game Update for 1.18/2.13/3.9/4.6/5.4/6.1” (not there? Scroll all the way to the bottom, click Select Language, then select English > United States).
 > News at TheSims3.com

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