Issue 105 Tuesday 20th March 2012

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44 new screenshots and one new video added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Showtime” page

Reviews tab enabled on ”The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Showtime” page with first reviews by, Metro, Digital Spy, News10, The Guardian, Blogcritics Gaming, Game Chronicles, GameZone and Gaming Blend

Latest News

It's Showtime as the first reviews come in, The Sims 3 appears in an interesting Top 7, and more

The Sims 3 Is Number 4 In GamesRadar’s Top Watchable TVs

GameRadar has posted a new feature listing the Top 7 Watchable TVs in games, and The Sims 3 has made it in at number 4:

The Sims has always been largely about making mundane people do mundane things, so it’s no surprise that one of those things is watching television. And as the series has steadily marched on through sequels and expansions, that television has gotten progressively more elaborate and watchable. Cut to The Sims 3, which features 10 channels of repeating clips, each one tailored to a different set of Sim interests.

You can read the rest of The Sims 3′s entry on page five.
 > “The Top 7… Watchable TVs” at GamesRadar

New Showtime Screenshots

There are quite a few new The Sims 3 Showtime screenshots since last issue. View them by clicking below -- screenshots added on Wednesday 7th March 2012 and Thursday 8th March 2012 are new.
 > The Sims 3 Showtime screenshots

First Showtime Reviews

The first The Sims 3 Showtime reviews are in. The first comes from, who rated it 7.5 out of 10, a rating described as “Good”:

Although a lot of the new content is pretty fun, unlike some of the best expansions, Showtime doesn’t feel particularly integrated with the rest of the Sims world, an aspect I always look forward to when I get a new expansion.

  > The Sims 3 Showtime review at

Gaming Blend has given it 3½ stars out of five:

Between the new professions, the SimPort feature, the new world, and all of the added objects, Showtime is an above-average expansion pack, with some thought-out additions to the game.

  > “The Sims 3 Showtime Expansion Pack Review: Music, Magic And Acrobatics” at Gaming Blend

GameZone gave it a “good” rating of 7.5 out of 10:

It’s a nice change to dream big with Showtime, but unless you are really into show business or willing to fully utilize the SimPort feature, you’ll probably find little use in this expansion pack.

  > “The Sims 3: Showtime review” at GameZone

Game Chronicles rated it an “Amazing” 8.5 out of 10:

As with the previous expansion packs, The Sims 3: Showtime provides many hours of new content and storytelling options for those who enjoy The Sims 3, with the additional perk of allowing players to interact with each other while they game. Admittedly, many of the experiences might feel familiar if you’ve already played previous expansions and Sims iterations, but it also brings back some fan favorites and is all in all a decently solid addition to the Sims fan’s library.

  > The Sims 3 Showtime review at Game Chronicles

Blogcritics Gaming gave it four stars out of five:

I would say that if you’re an experienced player looking for more from the game, go ahead and get it, you’ll enjoy yourself, but if you’re less experience/devoted you won’t really be missing out on all that much.

  > “PC/Mac Game Review: The Sims 3 – Showtime” at Blogcritics Gaming

The Guardian gave it three stars out of five:

For dedicated fans of the series, Showtime is a worthy add-on, chock full of new diversions and clearly on a mission to take its audience out of the bedroom and into the wider world.

  > “The Sims 3: Showtime – review” at The Guardian

News10 have given it a B grade:

So, is The Sims 3 Showtime worth getting after all of that? Well, yes it is. It gives just enough to the player to make it worth picking up and the new jobs, as well as their play mechanics, are a good addition.

  > “Game Guys review – The Sims 3: Showtime” at News10

Metro rated it six out of 10:

Not the best expansion for The Sims 3, but still one with some fun new extras and interesting ideas – many of which hint at a new direction for the series.

  > “The Sims 3: Showtime review – The X-Factor” at Metro

Digital Spy gave it three stars out of five:

The Sims 3: Showtime is another solid addition to the fold. With this being EA’s sixth add-on to the game, fresh ideas are beginning to look thin on the ground with concepts from previous packs re-emerging. That said, Sims fanatics will always be hungry for new content, so there’s no reason why this won’t be another roaring success.

  > “‘The Sims 3: Showtime’ review (PC)” at Digital Spy

Metacritic, who work out scores for games based on the ratings given by critics’ reviews (a sort-of weighted average), has got enough reviews to give a Metascore — 72 out of 100, a score described as “Mixed or average reviews”, based on eight reviews.

Source: “The Sims 3: Showtime” at Metacritic

New The Sims 3 Game Update Updates Art, More

EA has released another The Sims 3 game update, which includes the following changes:

  • Some art updates
  • Stability improvements
  • Sims saved with game update 1.32 that exhibit overly dark textures can be restored to normal by editing the Sims in Create a Sim

You can get the update through the game launcher, but before you do, make sure to go through the all-important checklist! You can find it on the page linked below – you may have to change to English > United States using the Select Language link at the bottom of the page.
 > “Game update for 1.33″ at

See Some Of Showtime’s Karaoke Singing Being Recorded has got hold of a video showing some of the karaoke singing in The Sims 3 Showtime being recorded:

Multiple Issues With Store Items To Be Fixed

SimGuruTaterTot has posted a message from a producer onto Forums regarding some issues with The Sims 3 Store items that they are working on fixing. If you are having problems with anything you downloaded from the Store, you may want to look to see if the items in question are being worked on.
 > “Store Update – In the Works (Posted 3/8/2012)” at

Showtime Launch Trailer Released

The launch trailer for The Sims 3 Showtime has been released, and here it is:

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During This Fortnight: 2008
This was an exciting fortnight in 2008. Near the start the first details about The Sims 3 were revealed, by way of an email to fan sites including mine. Ben Bell's email excited us with the revolutionary new features including the "completely seamless, living neighborhood", the "new realistic personality system" and the ability to "customize the appearance of everything".

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