Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 - Deluxe Edition (PC)
INTRODUCTION I have been playing the roller coaster game since roller coaster tycoon 2, and I have to say it has improved a lot since then. The graphics, sounds and the gameplay are brilliant, although it can be addictive to some people, I don't feel I am addicted to this game, although I do enjoy playing the game. I love ... these types of games so I knew after playing the roller coaster tycoon 2 I would sure know I would enjoy this one more especially with the added bonuses you have in this one. I do have to say that this review may be a long one to read, as this game has the expansion packs within the roller coaster game and have to write on them too, so I am sorry if this may bore some people to tears but a review is a review and does not matter on the length of it.
The installation process takes around 20 minutes to install completely, as I have mentioned about the added expansions that get installed too. Place the game into the drive of your computer, it will auto run, proceed in choosing the language, then follow the onscreen instructions to proceed with the installation. Once it has finished the installation you're ready to start the game up and have some fun.
The main menu comprises of
PLAY - This is where you can choose your game style, either follow the tutorial, go into a career, play endlessly in sandbox mode, or make a custom scenario. Following the tutorial is helpful to new players that have not played the game before has it enables them to understand the game better, how to build shops, attractions, put down decorations, hire and fire staff, prices on the rides and shops, etc. If you choose to go into a career mode you will be asked to complete certain tasks to complete the career, they do get harder as thy go on, but a lot of fun to play. For those who like to play with no limitations, and who don't want to wait for added attractions etc. then this is the game style for you, you don't have any limitations just play and build until your heart is content. If you have customised your own scenario then you can load it here and begin playing it.
TOOLS - This is where you have certain tools for the game where you can build, edit or change things. First of all if you want to put your own family in the game you can do so in the peep designer, it is fun and easy to make up a family to put into the game, just click add family, then add family members, customise each one to your liking then click save once you happy and then you see them in game. Then you have the scenario editor this will enable the player to make their own scenario to play either by themselves or by sharing them with friends that play the game too. It is easy to do and fun to play; you can edit anything to make it easy or hard, limitations or not, certain rides and shops, you name you can do it. Then you will come to the roller coaster designer now this is a fun part of the game this enables the player to make their own rollercoaster as big or as little as they want, fast or slow as they want, gentle or as wild as they want, with no limitations of money, you then save the coaster and will then appear in your game to buy, it is so much fun, the best thing about it is, you can actually ride on the coaster once you have built it. You also have a building designer which is the same as the rollercoaster designer but you can design your own buildings to use in the game.
OPTIONS - You will be able to toggle with the game settings, like the brightness, sounds, music, graphics, and currency and temperature, you name it you can toggle with it, and you can have your own music playing from your computer if you wish, just browse to the music you want to add then click the tick, and there you have it. You can also take snapshots within the game, and change the controls so they are easy for you. Once you have had your play around in the tools and got yourself the game style you wish to play, and toggled the options, then you're ready to set yourself up for the ride of your life in the game.
I will break this bit down seems that there is 2 expansion packs also installed with this game.
Roller Coaster tycoon
Roller coaster tycoon3 as changed a great deal from roller coaster tycoon 2 in many ways. I was always on playing roller coaster 2 until this came out then I just had to buy it, you don't have to buy the expansions pack separately with this deluxe edition as they are all on the one cd which helps. Roller coaster tycoon is a theme park game, not many people like it, but others do, and there are so many rides, attractions, shops, and decorations to buy in the game to make your theme park one of the best. If you want to add a roller coaster of any type in the game it is either easy to build or it's not, you can build it as high or as low as you want it, make one in the designer although if you are building one in the designer take into consideration of the price you will have to pay for it in the game. If you're building it in game, then you still have to keep your eye on the money factor, unless you're playing in sandbox mode, which I mostly do. It does take a lot of preparation into making a roller coaster because you do have to lay down the track, so it isn't the case of buying it and placing it and then opening it.
Buying and placing the attractions and shops is easy just click and place, always make sure it's open, and toggle with the options available for that attraction. Keep the load of the attraction to your liking, either wait for the load is full, ¾ full, ½ full, or a ¼ full before the ride will work, this will keep the queues down to a minimum, you can also toggle the waiting times too. You can enable extras in some shops too, which can be toggled to your liking this will help boost your sales for that shop.
Prices of attractions and shops must be right for your peeps and yourself, you need to keep the prices low enough for the peeps to buy things, or go on the attractions, but not too low as you will lose money, you do need to make a profit in order to keep your park maintained, and keep the peeps happy. If your placing food or drinks shops it might be a good idea to place lighting, bins and benches nearby so that peeps can sit, lighting will be there for when it is dark, and bins to keep the paths relatively clean.
There are such things as cash machines, for your peeps to use which should always be placed. You have the first aid tent this is a must too, as there are peeps that might require this at some stage to their visit to your park, as they can get quite ill. You also have an information kiosk for your peeps to use and buy things from; this will also boost your sales as they can buy maps and umbrellas from there.
Don't forget also to hire your staff, this helps with the security for your park, cleanliness, and safeness for your rides, you do also have entertainers to this will keeps your peeps occupied, especially when they are queuing for rides. You can toggle with the staff's options, the pay, where they are to be working, and training, keeping the training up to date is a must as this can reflect on our quick and efficient they do their job, but you will have to treat them to a pay rise too. If you can see that a certain member of staff is not doing their job then you can fire them, or offer them training. You might find that some of your staff maybe over worked and want to walk out of the job, try and keep them in the job by offering them a pay rise and training; this often does work, and also lay off some of the jobs they do as this will help too.
You can also build swimming pools for your peeps and now these really do boost the money in the game, there are so many peeps that enter the swimming pools, you do have to build the swimming pool yourself but it is not time consuming or difficult. You will then need to add the changing rooms, in order for your peeps to use the pools, you can make it as big or as small as you like. You can add lighting in the water, spring boards, safe guards, waves, spa's, seating, and ladders, and the amount of people you will get in the pools is amazing and looks great too.
This is just one of the expansions that come with roller coaster, and it's brilliant, you can purchase animals, habitats and toys, this will boost your park up. It's a bit like zoo tycoon added to your rollercoaster game, I know it might sound a bit odd having animals in a theme park which I suppose it is as you know in real like I have not gone to a theme park with animals in it. Anyway you start off with buying the habitat, hovering over each habitat will give you what animals would be suited in it, so you can't put in the wrong animals and risk them escaping around your park. Once you have placed your habitat you can then dress it up for the required animal, like bed, toys, plants etc., your park keeper is already in the habitat, they will keep it clean and feed the animals.
Choose the animal that will suit the habitat you have made, and place them in, depending on the size of your habitat you can have many animals in there, same species obviously. In order for the peeps to watch the animals play, sleep and eat you need to open up a stand for them, which is found on the habitat menu, you can either have a small, medium or large stand, once you have chosen your stand place it on the habitat, put on your queue and exit paths and then let your peeps enjoy watching the animals. Again make sure it is open, and toggle with the prices.
In this expansion your about to get soaked because this is the place where you can build your water slides, coaster, and pools, unlike the roller coasters you cannot design these in the roller coaster designer which is a shame. Once you have chosen your water slide, pool or coaster, you then have to lay down the track, you do have the choice on how you design it, and you do have a chain to help with those high up tracks, be careful you make it safely for your peeps as we don't want them flying off. You also have pools you can make where you can drive about on the water on water bikes, or dinghy's and boats, you still have to build the pool/track but looks great and fun when you have mastered it. Make sure when placing tracks that you can still place your queues and exits, otherwise you will have to edit your track or start again, once you have it safely and satisfactory then you can open it, and toggle the price and load, then watch them have fun.
GRAPHICS & SOUNDS
The graphics are excellent in this game, ok the people in the game are a little cartoony but the rides, shops, attractions and scenery is great. The game is just a lot better compared to roller coaster 2, and even though the peeps are cartoony they are still better looking than in roller coaster 2. The sounds are also great especially for that fact you can add your own music into the game, which can be selected in the attractions that are placed in the park. You can hear the peeps having fun, being sick, the rides working, the music blearing, it all makes it realistic.
AVAILABILITY & PRICE
I bought this deluxe edition from amazon at a bargain price of £8.25 which is a great price to say you have the expansions with it as well. I am not sure you can buy it any cheaper than that to be honest but shop around and you might pick up a better bargain.
I really do enjoy this game; my 5 year old son likes watching me play on this and will help me choose what to put in my park next he loves the animals in the game and especially the rides. There are different game styles, add you own music, make your coasters, buildings and scenario and with the additional expansions makes the game bigger, better and different to play. I love everything about this game and the fact it only cost me less than a tenner to buy is a bonus.
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The Sims 3 (PC)
The Sims 3 Introduction I have been playing the Sims right from the beginning after my ex's step mum told me about it. The sims2 was great and couldn't stop playing it, and bought all the expansion packs for it. I was excited when I heard the Sims was bringing out the 3 version as I know it could only be better than ... 2 and I wasn't disappointed. It is easy to play and fun for all the family, and most of all its good way of teaching your children what life is all about and the responsibilities that lie ahead of them.
The installation can be lengthy especially if there is updates to the game that need to be installed as well. The game should auto run once being placed into the drive, follow the onscreen instructions, for it to be installed to your computer. Once you have installed everything that needs to be installed your now ready to start playing the game. You will need the cd in order to play the game so don't remove it from your drive. You will also be installing the Game Launcher; here you can access the game, download free content, purchase from the sims3 store, and share with other members of the sims3, you can upload any of your items out the game to.
The first thing you have to do is make your character, don't worry this is an easy step and you can take as long as you want on your character. Choose the sex of your character, build, even breast size, hair, clothes, star sign, traits, and then give it a name. Now the option is you can either play one sim, or make a family it's entirely up to you, but if you are new to the game then controlling one sim will be enough until you get used to it.
You start the game with simoleons which is the Sims money currency, this will enable you to buy an house on the map, either furnished or unfurnished, browse over all the houses that are available to you, and the price will appear of how much it is for unfurnished and furnished, bear in mind it will cost you more for an house that is furnished, but you won't need to buy anything for your home. Once you have chosen your ideal home, click to move in, and there you will see your sim standing outside your new home.
Getting a Job
The first thing you must do is get a job; you won't get far in the game without money as we know in real life. You can either find a job by visiting places on the map, reading the newspaper or by using the computer. If you're going to view places on the map then just click on the place that interests you by hovering over a place it will tell you what it is, clicking it will bring up a menu of what you what to do, either visit, buy things or get a job. Reading the newspaper for a job is easy just pick up the newspaper, find job and then accept if it is right for you. Using the computer providing you have one is basically the same as reading the newspaper. No matter if you're reading the newspaper or using the computer it will give a few options of jobs available, although you can change jobs in the game whenever you want to.
Always make sure you attend your working day which will be given to you on the careers tab, this will tell you the job you're doing and what days and times you're expected to work, the more times you go to work there is a chance of getting promotions, which lead to pay rises and boosts your mood in the game. You will always be picked up from your home and drove to work, or you can buy your own car or bicycle in the game, or if you're a fitness freak then you might want to jog, run or walk to work.
You have many options to your when you're at work, chat to colleges, take it easy, help out your boss, work harder, but be careful what you option you take as it does have an effect on you. You will also get opportunities whilst working to, where you can earn extra bonuses, like you have to attend a class, or watch a movie or something like that, it will tell you and what you will receive as a reward, but the choose is yours in whether or not you accept.
Mood & Needs
You must keep an eye on your mood and needs in the game as they are important, always try and fulfil your needs as much as possible as this keeps your mood metre high, the risk of it getting low will lead your sim not wanting to do anything, and we don't want that. Always make sure you get enough sleep especially when you're working the next day as this will have an effect on your and could lead you to falling asleep at work. Stay clean and full, they are the most important and always make sure your bladder is empty when you go to work otherwise you could have an unpleasant accident.
Your mood metre will go up and down depending how well you keep your needs maintained. Once one of your needs start reaching half way then maintain that need as this will keep you happy, letting a need run very low is hard to get it back up again, and not good when you need to work. Don't forget to have some fun in the game as this is important to, as if this need is not maintained again it will give your sim the attitude of not wanting to do anything.
The relationship tabs lets you view everyone you have a relationship with in the game, whether it be the love of your life, a college, a friend, your boss, or even your child if you have one. You will always start out as acquaintances but up to you who you want to stay in touch with, the more friends you have the better as being unsociable in the game does not go well with the sim, and can put the sim down.
You will also be invited to parties by people that you met in the game, which is a good way of meeting new Sims, (not real people) this could lead to romance or friendship, but don't forget about your mood or needs whilst you're having fun. You can talk to Sims in the game by using the telephone, using the computer, inviting them over, or you going to visit them, so don't ever think you're alone.
Career & Skills
Careers and skills tab this will enable you to keep track of skills you have learnt in the game, whether it is painting, logic, exercise or even reading books. You can also keep track of your working days and times, and what you do as a living and also will give how much you earn a day. Build up your skills in the game that will help progress your job, and this will get you're the promotions you deserve in the game.
Your inventory never seems to get full, some items will be placed here especially if you go shopping for anything, although is easy enough to empty out when you get home, if you pick anything up in the game it will be placed here, like if you like gardening everything you harvest will go straight into your inventory, which then can be emptied into the fridge. Also sometimes books will appear in here especially if you have gone out to the park and read a book it will be placed into the inventory as when buying books, but again easy enough to store them on your book shelf.
If you receive any medals, certificates they will be placed here too, any paintings you may have painted can be here, until you sell them or hang them on your wall. The inventory is shown as a backpack on the tab menu; you can access your mobile phone here too.
Opportunities are given to you, although whether you accept them or not is entirely up to you, these will be placed in the tab if accepted and can help be found on the map, keep an eye on the opportunity as it will give you specific details on where, what to do, your rewards on completion and what time.
Each opportunity is different and all will give you different rewards but are worth doing, as they do help with your work too.
Here you will find rewards that you can spend on boosting up your life a little and making things easier (something we need in real life sometimes) these are earned by completing tasks that are given to you, either by buying something worth a x amount, visiting places, making friends with someone, it can be anything. You will know what to do as they show up in the menu box near the mood metre, completing thee tasks will depend on how many lifetime happiness rewards you get, but keep checking the tab to see what you can buy with them.
They are worth it as you can choose either to never get tired, never need the loo, boost your speed when cleaning, anything that is listed you can do, so keep an eye on your points and get whatever you want to help you in the game, some are quite fun to use.
Shopping & Building
Now then here we have the fun bit, shopping and building. There can be a lot of shopping in the game, especially buying new furniture, you don't go out to buy the furniture it's all tucked up into a tab, when you click it, it opens up like a catalogue, browse either by room or contents, some are nice some look old and horrible, but it's the comfort and stats that are important, I mean you might get something looking really nice but only gives you something like 1 comfort, where s something that looks awful might give you 3 comfort, choose wisely. In saying this though you can change the appearance of any item in the game, so all is not lost.
Buying any item out of catalogue is easy click on the item you want to buy, another menu will pop up giving you the stats, price and colour range of that item, place it in your home, anyway you to, as now you can have items in the diagonal position which helps with some items, you can buy anything you like, from appliances, to hobbies, beds to sofas and chairs, it's all there for you.
Below that tab you have a build tab, this allows you to place windows, put up walls, take walls down, place stairs, floors, wallpapers, tiles, build a pond, decoration items like fences and gates, flowers and trees, everything you need to get your home looking nice and cosy. It's not hard to replace items hovering over an item in your home that you want to replace, you will have a hand as a cursor, click on what you don't want anyone and drag it down to where it will say delete item, then it will be gone, to place an item choose the item you want, click it, and place it in or on your home. To decorate with flooring or wallpaper, choose your desired wall or floor covering, shift and click on the desired space in your home. Easy as that.
Moving around in the game is easy and simple to do, always best if put on edge scrolling which will be an option given to you as you start the game, if not you will find this setting in the options tab. This will allow you to move to the edge of the screen to move around the map, or your home. Moving your sim around is easy just click on where you want him/her to go and she will go there, if you don't make a move for a while or run out of instructions they will move and do whatever they want.
Going places you just click your map and either walk, jog, run or catch a taxi, unless you have your own car or bike to get to places on the map. The taxi will automatically come to you when clicking somewhere on the map that you want to visit.
Graphics & Sounds
I have to say the graphics on the Sims as always been great, they are very realistic, clear and very sharp, there is no way that they can be better surely. The sounds however are good, especially when you have a TV on, radio, or playing games on the computer or console, when the sim talks it's a different matter as thy don't English or a language e understand which is a shame I suppose really. I suppose in that sense there is room for improvement. I give the graphics and sounds 10/10
Availability & Price
You can buy the Sims 3 for £33.99 at Argos, £16.85 at Amazon. You might be able to get it cheaper from other places just shop around to get the best deal.
There is lots to do in this game, and as well as it is fun to play, it is very time consuming when you get into it, but worth it. I could have said a lot more about the game but it is long enough already, the most important parts of the game is to keep an eye on your money, mood and needs, and stay healthy. I have enjoyed this game since I started to play the sims2 and so when this one came out I was excited to see the changes and what it would be like. I do have to say the graphics are much better in 3 than they were in 2 in opinion. I would like to say also that you can choose your job in the starting up character selection, and when you get in game you can build yourself up in that job until you reach the top, also watch tv a lot especially channels that will help with cooking, gardening and exercise, it all helps. I hope this has been a good review and maybe got someone to actually play it.
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The Sims 3 (PC)
I've always been a big fan of the Sims games ever since i discovered the first Sims game around 10+ years ago. The first Sims game was released in February 2000, it quickly became one of the best selling computer games. It was followed by the Sims 2 which was released in September 2004 and then the Sims 3 released in June 2009. ...
The great thing about the Sims is theres no one way of playing it, you can do all different things. My boyfriend likes to use the money cheat and build these amazing houses. He spends ages making them look like real houses (mine are more box like!). My current way of playing the game is to see how well I can do with no cheats- climbing the career ladder, starting a family etc.
You can make your own fun storys- making a serial cheater, a poor family, a filthy rich but evil family, a picture perfect family with a rebel teenager etc. Some of my friends like to make sims of themselves, friends and family.
One of my favourite things about the Sims 3 is how different you can make them look- not only can you now choose hairstyles and clothes but you can even alter their facial dimensions, giving them tiny or huge eyes, mouths etc. You can make them skinny or fat, muscly or not and a range of different skin tones.
There are lots of skills you can have your sims gain from painting to gardening to athletics.
One thing I like about the Sims 3 is you can now go to other peoples houses and all around town. This can be quite fun. Sometimes when I'm doing no cheats but havent managed to give my Sims some of the necessities I send them round other Sims houses to do things like sleep in a good bed or have a shower although my Sim sometimes get kicked out for bad behaviour- apparantly its bad ettiquete to use other Sims showers!
The Sims always release lots of expansion packs- The Sims 3 current expansion packs are:
They also have stuff packs which give you new items and clothing. These packs are:
High-End Loft Stuff
Fast Lane Duff
Outdoor Living Stuff
Town Life Stuff
Katy Perry Sweet Treats
The only bad thing about the Sims for me is it is a time consuming game. Not in a bad way but that you'll play it then realise 2 hours have passed by in the blink of an eye! This is why I dont play it as often as I'd like to, more in evenings when Ive done all my chores and want to relax.
You can currently buy the Sims 3 on Amazon for £19.01 (no idea why the random 1p!) this seems to be the cheapest place other than ebay!
Although I do know some "naughty" people who have downloaded perfectly working versions online. I think £20 is a decent price for a game which will provide endless hours of fun though.
The Sims is probably not for EVERYONE. Some people like an "ending" in a game and one solid goal to be working with. I go through phases with the Sims- I get really into it for a while then I just can't be bothered for a while.
There is speculation that a Sims 4 will be released but perhaps not for another couple of years. It will be great to see what kind of features they have in the next game.
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