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Seasons Producer Walkthrough Video Released

Thursday 18th October 2012 | 5:25 pm UK time | Categories

A producer walkthrough video for The Sims 3 Seasons has been released, featuring producer Ryan Vaughan’s family:

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Learn More About The Supernatural-Requiring Weather Stone In Seasons

Friday 12th October 2012 | 5:23 pm UK time | Categories

If you have both The Sims 3 Supernatural and The Sims 3 Seasons installed The Weather Stone will appear in your town. A new post on TheSims3.com’s blog explains more:

The Weather Stone can only be activated by one of the four different supernatural characters that appear in The Sims 3 Supernatural. Each one will summon their own unique weather effects which will have a variety of differing outcomes ranging from special benefits to complete and utter chaos. These effects vary based on the supernatural character that activates it. Without further delay here they are!

> “The Sims 3 Seasons – ‘The Weather Stone’” at TheSims3.com

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Supernatural Reviews Wrap-Up

Thursday 11th October 2012 | 3:09 pm UK time | Categories

It’s time to conclude my The Sims 3 Supernatural reviews, so now is a good time to see how this expansion compares to its predecessors through the medium of Metacritic and GameRankings.

The Metascore at Metacritic currently stands at 71, and there’s probably not much chance of that changing much now. This is lower than the base game’s ‘score of 86, but this is true of all the expansion packs. This is also lower though than most of the expansion packs, with only Showtime (67) and Generations (70) getting lower Metascores. It’s also lower than the ‘scores attained by all The Sims 2 expansion packs.

The probably pretty-much-final Ranking at GameRankings is 77.12%. This is lower than that attained by the base game, but no expansion pack has exceeded that. It’s higher than the Rankings attained by Showtime, Generations and Ambitions, but lower than the other three. Comparing to The Sims 2 expansion packs, this has a higher Ranking than Nightlife, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage and FreeTime, with only University, Open for Business and Apartment Life having higher Rankings.

See all the Metascores and Rankings attained in the sources lists at the bottom (click read more if you can’t see them).

So this concludes my reviews coverage — I will not post news about any future reviews I come across, but they will still be added to the game page with that update mentioned on the Updates page.

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Graham Nardone Talks Aliens In Seasons

Wednesday 10th October 2012 | 12:08 pm UK time | Categories

Producer Graham Nardone has posted a new blog entry on TheSims3.com detailing the aliens in The Sims 3 Seasons:

Clearly, aliens are powerful beings all on their own, but you can unlock some of their more powerful abilities through the use of their UFO. A UFO is an alien’s preferred vehicle for zipping quickly around town, but it’s much more versatile than a simple vehicle. As they pilot the UFO, aliens can abduct their friends as a practical joke, although the abductee may not find it quite as funny (perhaps probing them afterwards would lighten the mood).

> “There’s About to be an Alien Invasion in The Sims 3 Seasons…” at TheSims3.com

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Maxis Live Broadcast Demos Seasons, Reveals 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff, Hints At Next Expansion Pack

Tuesday 9th October 2012 | 11:00 pm UK time | Categories

If you missed the Maxis Live Broadcast entirely, or just missed the beginning because they took their time adding the player to the UK page (me), it’s now available to watch on demand right here. There’s a demo of The Sims 3 Seasons three minutes in, but that’s not all — a new town to be made available on The Sims 3 Store was revealed about one hour nine and a half minutes in; a free magazine for iPads and Android tablets was announced about one hour seven and a half minutes in; the next stuff pack, to be called 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff, was revealed about one hour 12 minutes in; plus there was a bit of a hint of the next expansion pack right at the end.



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Latest Supernatural Reviews: Gametactics.com

Tuesday 9th October 2012 | 1:37 pm UK time | Categories

It’s been a while, but I’ve got a new The Sims 3 Supernatural review for you today — Gametactics.com has rated it eight out of 10:

I can really only recommend this to fans of the  supernatural, as the expansion completely alters the  game dynamics. If that’s you, then plenty of new modes  and customizations make this expansion well worth the  extra dough.

> “The Sims 3 Supernatural Add-on – Review (Windows PC)” at Gametactics.com

The Metascore at Metacritic has gone up a couple of points since last time to 71, “Mixed or average reviews”, based on 12 reviews, while The Ranking at GameRankings has also gone up a little to 77.12% based on eight reviews.

Sources: “The Sims 3 Supernatural” at Metacritic and “The Sims 3 Supernatural” at GameRankings

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