Archive for November 2011

Current Poll Extended To 13th December

Tuesday 29th November 2011 | 5:57 pm UK time | Categories

The current poll, which asks whether playing The Sims 3 Pets Create a Pet demo affected your decision to get the full expansion pack, has had to be extended due to a lack of votes. I now plan to close it on Tuesday 13th December — if I’ve received enough votes by then that’s when I’ll reveal the results. If you haven’t voted yet, please do so now — you don’t need to have played the demo to vote.

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Pets Reviews Wrap-Up

Wednesday 23rd November 2011 | 6:13 pm UK time | Categories

It’s time to wrap-up my The Sims 3 Pets reviews coverage. Unlike previous times, I’ll only be comparing the Metascore at Metacritic, as The Ranking at GameRankings is still only based on three reviews which isn’t really enough for a fair comparison. Among The Sims 3 expansion packs, Pets has the second highest Metascore at 79 (“Generally favorable reviews”) after World Adventures (81). It’s five points higher than Late Night and Ambitions, and a whole nine points higher than Generations. It doesn’t beat the base game which stands at 86, but neither has any previous expansion pack. If we compare it to The Sims 2 expansion packs, Pets looks better and better, as its ‘score is higher than every single one expect University! Click “Read more” or scroll down if you’re already on the full article page for a list of all the games mentioned and their Metascores.

This concludes my reviews coverage — I will not post news about any more reviews. Any reviews I come across will still be added to the game page though, a change that will of course be noted on the Updates page.

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EA Advertises The Sims 3 “Franchise” In New TV Spot

Tuesday 22nd November 2011 | 11:57 pm UK time | Categories

EA has posted a new “TV Spot” which advertises the whole The Sims 3 “Franchise”. If you can’t wait to see it on TV, you can watch it here:

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Latest Pets Reviews: El33tonline

Friday 11th November 2011 | 4:08 pm UK time | Categories

There’s finally another The Sims 3 Pets review, and it comes from El33tonline, who rated it an “Excellent!” four stars out of five:

The extra level of interactions that Pets provide changes the way you play the Sims… again. This is by no means a bad thing as it keeps things fresh. The game you end up with after all the expansions is now a very different experience, and in my opinion a much more complete and fuller game.

> The Sims 3 Pets review at El33tonline

The Metascore at Metacritic has gone back down a point since last time to 79 (“Generally favorable reviews”) based on nine reviews.
> “The Sims 3: Pets” at Metacritic

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Master Suite Stuff: Full Details And Item Renders Now Available

Wednesday 9th November 2011 | 9:47 pm UK time | Categories

TheSims3.com has now been updated with a section for The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff, including full details and item renders. Go to the page to read the description and feature list then click Items on the left to browse the item renders.
> The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff at TheSims3.com

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Master Suite Stuff: US Release Date, New Renders

Wednesday 9th November 2011 | 2:25 pm UK time | Categories

Render of someone having a bath in a new item from The Sims 3 Master Suite StuffDigital Spy has posted a news article about the announcement of The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff, with some details:

The item pack features a number of additions for bedrooms and bathrooms, including new furnishings, four-poster beds and bathtubs.

Items such as candles, roses and vases can then be added as finishing touches for a romantic evening.

Elsewhere, new hairstyles and romantic nightwear will also be available for Sims to try on.

The article confirms the US release date as 24th January. If you click through the gallery at the bottom of the article, you’ll find some new item renders.
> “‘The Sims 3: Master Suite Stuff’ pack revealed – Pictures” at Digital Spy

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ABC7 Gets A Look Behind The Scenes Of Testing Pets

Wednesday 9th November 2011 | 2:22 pm UK time | Categories

ABC7 has featured a report on game testing that focused on The Sims 3 Pets. As well as an actual tester discussing his job, the report also features Graham Nardone (or “Mardone” as they think he’s called). Apparently they spent nearly a year testing it! The reporter only talks about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to start with but the bulk of the report is on Pets:

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Next Stuff Pack Confirmed As “Master Suite Stuff”, Out January

Tuesday 8th November 2011 | 3:41 pm UK time | Categories

EA UK has confirmed on their The Sims 3 Facebook page that the next stuff pack will be The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff. They’ve posted an album containing three screenshots and the box art, with the following comment:

Add some sizzle to your Sim’s home life with The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff Out January 27th 2012!!

No other details have so far been given.
> “The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff” at The Sims 3 (UK) on Facebook

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Latest Pets Reviews: Video Game Writers

Wednesday 2nd November 2011 | 2:51 pm UK time | Categories

Today’s The Sims 3 Pets review comes from Video Game Writers, who rated it three stars out of five:

If you’ve been dying to let your Sims play with a puppy or learn to ride a horse, or stare at a snake for an hour, then this is the expansion pack for you. If you’re a casual player, there may not be enough here to warrant the purchase, nor will it particularly suck you in.

This review is mostly based on the Mac version with a bit on the Xbox 360 version.
> “Review: The Sims 3: Pets (Mac & Console versions)” at Video Game Writers

The Metascore at Metacritic has gone up two points since last time to 80 (“Generally favorable reviews”) based on seven reviews.
> “The Sims 3: Pets” at Metacritic

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Poll Results: The next non-free town (Hidden Springs) has been announced for The Sims 3 Store, but did you buy the last one (Barnacle Bay)?

Tuesday 1st November 2011 | 5:51 pm UK time | Categories

Yes, it’s finally over, and I have the results — it seems half of you bought Barnacle Bay and half of you didn’t. Click below for the results in bar form and to discuss them — you’ll also find two rare choice explanations.
> Poll Results

A new poll has begun. This time, I want to know whether playing The Sims 3 Pets Create a Pet demo affected your decision to get the full expansion pack. Don’t think you can’t vote if you didn’t play it though — there’s an option for you too. Go vote now on the right of any page. Now!

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