Issue 71 Monday 22nd November 2010

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Reviews by EL33TONLINE, Game Chronicles,, GameZone and StrategyInformer added to “The Sims 3Expansion PacksThe Sims 3 Late Night” page

Latest News

Latest Late Night Reviews

Five more The Sims 3 Late Night reviews for you this time, starting with EL33TONLINE's, which 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

Next is 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

GameZone 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 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

StrategyInformer provides the last review, giving it 8.5 out of 10:

It’s a welcome addition the Sims 3 family and one that’s executed to the high standards that we’ve come to expect. A must buy for fans of the series, but it’ll do little for convincing sceptics. Then again, Late Night wasn’t built for the naysayers; it was built for those that enjoy crafting imaginary lives.

 > The Sims 3 Late Night review at StrategyInformer

Since last issue, The Ranking from GameRankings has gone up to 81.00% based on three reviews, while the Metascore from Metacritic currently stands at 74 ("Mixed or average reviews ") based on 10 reviews.
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at GameRankings
 > The Sims 3 Late Night at Metacritic

EL33TONLINE Reviews Fast Lane Stuff

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

Late Night And Fast Lane Stuff Music Now Available On iTunes

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)

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

Current Poll Extended To 27th November

The current poll, asking whether you’ve bought The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff yet, was extended to 27th November as I hadn’t quite received enough votes. The final results will now be revealed on that date on the website, and in the next issue. Not voted yet? Do it now to the right of any page!

Play The Latest The Sims Games At UK Plumbob Tour

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:

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

You can see some pictures of the booth in the news article linked below.
> News at (UK)

The Sims Was Inspired By Sim Ant – Will Wright

According to Joystiq, Will Wright has said that a previous game of his, Sim Ant, was a key inspiration for The Sims, and the basis of its gameplay:

“We decided to program Sim Ant as close to how real ants work as we could, which means that they’re actually responding to pheromone trails, and the intelligence is distributed environmentally,” Wright recalled when asked how The Sims came about. “We were able to get very complex behavior out of the ants just using these pheromone distributions. So I started to wonder how much of human behavior I could simulate the same way.” As it turns out, a lot.

 > “Will Wright explains what The Sims and an ant colony have in common” at Joystiq

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