Archive for January 2013

Latest Seasons Reviews: Destructoid

Wednesday 9th January 2013 | 4:56 pm UK time | Categories

The Sims 3 University Life may have been announced, but The Sims 3 Seasons reviews are still coming out. Today’s review comes from Destructoid, who rated it a “Mediocre” 5.0 out of 10:

If you find yourself playing The Sims 3 a lot anyway,  then Seasons will add something to the experience. If  you are waiting for a new expansion to make you get back  into playing The Sims 3, however, skip Seasons and wait  for the next one.

> The Sims 3 Seasons review at Destructoid

Thanks mostly to that poor score, the Metascore at Metacritic has fallen four points to 74, “Mixed or average reviews”, based on 11 reviews, while the Ranking at GameRankings has also gone down nearly four per cent to 76.25% based on eight reviews.

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

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University Life: Details, First Screenshots, Developer Blog Post

Tuesday 8th January 2013 | 11:57 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released University Life’s official description, as well as five new screenshots, which you can check out on the new game page.
> The Sims 3 University Life

Senior Producer Kari St. John has posted a new blog entry on introducing the expansion:

Making the Grade

When you think university,one of the top things in your mind is academics. I mean, it’s the “real” reason you go to university, right? So we wanted to make sure we made this part of the game as robust as it is in real life. That meant we wanted a richer experience than just “doing time” to earn a passing grade. So, we created different objects Sims can use and activities they can do to improve their grades.

> “The Sims 3 University Life Intro” at

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Technical Problem-Riddled Live Broadcast Announces THREE New Expansion Packs, More

Tuesday 8th January 2013 | 9:02 pm UK time | Categories

A live broadcast riddled with technical problems announced an insane THREE more expansion packs earlier, as well as featuring a demo of The Sims 3 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff. The broadcast started close to half-an-hour late them having seemingly given up updating the Origin page, so it was tough if you weren’t following them (or me) on Twitter or something. Technical problems continued with echoing and other issues cropping up.

Anyway, when it finally started first was the 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff demo. As there was a break after this for some reason this has ended up its own video which you can see here:

The rest of the broadcast can be seen below — a breakdown follows (click read more if you can’t see it).

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Current Poll Extended To 22nd January

Tuesday 8th January 2013 | 3:20 pm UK time | Categories

As I haven’t received enough votes to close it yet, the current poll, which asks whether you watch the live broadcasts, has been extended to 22nd January. If I’ve received enough votes by then, that’s now when I’ll close the poll and reveal the results. If you haven’t voted yet, please do so now to the right of any page, or click below if you wish to explain your vote. Those reading this on smartphones or through the RSS feed can also vote without explanation by clicking below then using the form on the right.
> Vote with explanation

Talking of live broadcasts, don’t forget the one later today if you’re interested.

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Latest Seasons Reviews: GamingExcellence, Worthplaying

Thursday 3rd January 2013 | 1:36 pm UK time | Categories

Two new The Sims 3 Seasons reviews today, starting with GamingExcellence, who rated it a “Decent” 6.5 out of 10:

An okay expansion with a major flaw becomes a massively  flawed expansion.  I really wanted to love this one  and I started to, as soon as I saw all the detail and  effects that were put into it. I was incredibly  impressed by the Aliens as soon as I was able to get my  grubby mitts on one and I wasn’t too badly put off by  the lack of activities.  But when I realized that  my beloved Gardening was going to be so heavily  impacted, I was completely turned off.

> “The Sims 3: Seasons Review” at GamingExcellence

The other one is from Worthplaying, who rated it 8.7 out of 10:

All in all, I found Sims 3: Seasons to be an enjoyable  addition to the franchise, though it’s not as exciting  as some of its predecessors. The changing of the seasons  has the gradualness, unpredictability and subtlety of  real life and makes your sims’ world that much closer to  reality.

> “PC Review – ‘The Sims 3: Seasons'” at Worthplaying

The Metascore at Metacritic has gone up a point to 78 (“Generally favorable reviews”) based on nine reviews, while the Ranking at GameRankings has gone up to the nice round figure of 80.00%, based on seven reviews.

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

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