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El33tonline Reviews Town Life Stuff

Tuesday 30th August 2011 | 3:22 pm UK time | Categories

If you’re still on the fence about whether to get The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff, maybe El33tonline can help with their review:

As with all Sims expansions from now on, it will be very hard to actually tell what items are new and which ones were missed from the previous pack. If you have the luxury of having all these packs available you will realize just how much value they add up to. The game is now almost completely different from the game that was released a few years ago. Thankfully this is a good thing: these packs keep things fresh in between full expansions, but their actual value will always come under fire since they are priced pretty much the same as the full expansions and even the game.

> The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff review at El33tonline

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The One Way Is The Sims

Monday 29th August 2011 | 1:17 pm UK time | Categories

If you like The Only Way Is Essex (a UK reality show), you may enjoy this trailer — I just found it cringeworthy:

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Gaming Blend Reviews Hidden Springs

Monday 29th August 2011 | 12:09 am UK time | Categories

Gaming Blend has posted a review of Hidden Springs:

What do you get for $22.50?
I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that Hidden Springs is the most scenic and beautifully laid out world in the game. What’s more, there are plenty of lots on it, so those of you who like having the opportunity to populate your neighborhood, build houses and community lots, Hidden Springs gives you plenty of room to spread out.

> “The Sims 3 Hidden Springs World Review: A World With A View” at Gaming Blend

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Pets: Graham Nardone Interviewed At Gamescom

Monday 29th August 2011 | 12:08 am UK time | Categories

Heather Evens, one of EA UK’s community reporters at Gamescom, got an interview with The Sims 3 Pets producer Graham Nardone:

H: Other than the cats and the dogs and the horses, what other kinds of smaller pets are there?

G: Those are the big three that you can control, but there are other types of pets in the game. Turtles, snakes, lizards, birds, rodents, there’s a lot of different ones out there that can live in your home. They aren’t fully controllable, but there are places to keep them in your household and have fun interactions with them.

> “The Sims 3 Pets PC  – gamescom 2011 Behind Closed Doors Interview (@Blackgarden)” at The Sims 3 (UK) on Facebook

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Hidden Springs Released, Costs 2450 SimPoints

Sunday 28th August 2011 | 3:03 am UK time | Categories

Hidden Springs has now been released at a standard price of 2450 SimPoints — it is in a sale at the moment though, so the price currently stands at 2250 SimPoints. The sale ends on 24th September.
> “Explore an All-New World – Discover Hidden Springs Today!” at

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Pets Live Broadcast Available On-Demand

Sunday 28th August 2011 | 3:01 am UK time | Categories

If you missed last Saturday’s The Sims 3 Pets Live Broadcast (like me — I was on holiday until yesterday which is why I’m so late posting this), it’s now available to watch on-demand. If you have the time, and are interested in Pets, it’s worth watching. If you’re not interested in the console versions though, the bit about the PC/Mac expansion pack begins at about 18:50:

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IGN Previews Pets At Gamescom

Friday 19th August 2011 | 2:14 pm UK time | Categories

IGN has posted a new preview of The Sims 3 Pets, in which the PC/Mac expansion pack is compared to the console versions. It’s still worth a read if you’re only interested in the former:

The new city to explore has a mid-western theme. Herds of wild horses roam around and you can take a shot at taming them. There are also gnomes you can place in your yard that encourage strays & wild animals (like raccoons and deer) or prevent them from crossing your property line.

> “Gamescom: The Sims 3 Pets – PC vs. Console” at IGN

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GameSpot Posts A New Pets Preview

Thursday 18th August 2011 | 3:54 pm UK time | Categories

GameSpot has posted an “Updated Preview” of The Sims 3 Pets:

Outside of the charming town, you’ll find oversized billboards, dinosaur bones, and a potential tourist hot spot once the game is complete. Because horses are the big addition to this expansion, you’ll likely want to spend your time on the flood plains riding horses and perhaps even taking them over to the equestrian center so you can take part in competitions or even get into horse breeding.

> “The Sims 3: Pets Updated Preview” at GameSpot

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EA Parodies The Inbetweeners

Wednesday 17th August 2011 | 12:29 pm UK time | Categories has got hold of the latest in EA’s series of parody videos — this time it’s The Inbetweeners, a UK sitcom which is just about to hit the big screen:

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New Pets Trailer Confirms Unicorns

Tuesday 16th August 2011 | 5:53 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released a proper trailer specifically for the PC and Mac version of The Sims 3 Pets, with proper Simlish music and everything:

As you will have seen, the trailer confirms the expansion will feature unicorns — will we find out more about them in the live broadcast on Saturday?

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