Product Type: Electronic Arts PC games
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The Sims 3: Late Night (PC)
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The Sims 3: Late Night (PC)
Advantages: New objects, new social interactions, stunning new location and downtown destinations to hang in
Disadvantages: bands hard to play, tiny apartments, vampires have to ask victims permission!, empty clubs
The Sims 3 Late Night is the 3rd expansion pack for the ever popular Sims 3 franchise. This game undoubtedly takes inspiration from fan favourite 'The Sims Superstar' expansion, released for the original Sims games back in the early 2000's. Like Superstar, Late Night offers you the chance to make your Sims into stars and there are several ways to do this. For example, you can join the film career and work your way up from a runner to a movie superstar. Another option is to form a rock band and jam and gig your way to fame and fortune. Or you can be a Paris Hilton like socialite and earn your celebrity status by befriending and romancing existing stars.
Bridgeport is the new urban environment in which your Sims will live, in High Rise apartment buildings, perfect for socialising and partying but unfortunately not high enough to escape from the paparazzi and their ever clicking cameras...
- The ability to become, and turn others into, a Vampire.
- The city Suburb of Bridgeport, a gorgeous urban environment with a stunning skyline.
- Apartment buildings for your sims to live, socialise and party in.
- The ability to become and interact with celebrties.
- New city destinations including Nightclubs, Subways and pubs.
- New instruments including Drums, Guitars and Piano's. The Subway is an ideal location to play for tips and the nightclubs are the perfect destination to jam with your band.
- New careers - Mixologists, Film stars, Butlers.
- The option to form a band and invite fellow Sims to become part of that band.
- The option to hire a Butler (But is costly!)
- Hot tubs!
- New interactions include skinny dipping, public woohoo and cooler new dance moves!
- New Sliders allow greater creativity when creating Sims.
It's traditional now for EA to introduce a new B-movie style monster with most expansions. We've had mummies in World Adventure and Robots in Ambitions. With Late Night comes the welcome return of vampires. Vampires are easy to spot thanks to their pale skin and glowing eyes. They can be abit 1940's Count Dracula style looking but with a decent makeover, you can make them more Twilight style, if you wish!
In order to become a vamp, you have to track one down, befriend them and ask them to turn you, which isn't difficult. In fact it's ridiculously easy which is one of my main problems with vamps. I'd prefer them to be some kind of elusive, sophisticated, creature of the night types. Instead, they overrun your town like vermin and give Sims in their presence a 'hunted' moodlet, which has a negative affect on their mood.
Additionally, being a Vamp offers very little advantages. Yes you may look slightly glowier and prettier and have a faster, vampire-style run but that's about it. Oh and they live longer than normal sims too which I supose is the most significant advantage.
Even hunting for new victims to drink from is no fun, due to the fact that you cannot bite pregnant sims or child sims and you also cannot just drink from anyone without befriending and asking their permission first. I find this ridiculous.
Thankfully, the wonderful Community of modders have came up with game mods to allow for more dangerous, less PG friendly vampires who can bite whenever and whoever they wish. I would recommend visiting 'Mod the sims' to search for and download mods to combat this issue.
And then there's the fact that Vamps react negatively to garlic and have to avoid spending too much time in direct sunlight. Overall, the vampire idea is a good one but it has been poorly executed.
Forming a band is easy enough to do. You just need to get your simmy to practice playing an instrument for a bit. Once they have sufficient instrumental skill, your sim can form a band and ask others to join them. A band needs to have 4 members (a guitarist, a pianist, a drummer and a bass guitar player). You then need to register as a band at city hall then practice jamming with your fellow members and wait for the gigs to pour in....Sounds simple enough in principle but being in a band is hard work. Being offered a gig is few and far between. I had sims almost reaching 'elder' status before even receiving a single gig!
Furthermore, the tiny highrise apartment buildings just aren't big enough for all the new instruments. As a result, jamming with your band becomes practically impossible unless you visit a bar downtown and practice there. All in all, I found creating a band to be a long, dull and unrewarding process.
Fame and celebrities
There are a few ways in which you can become famous. I've already discussed the option of forming a band and becoming famous and sucessful that way. The other two ways which I've been able to achieve celeb status are through working my way up through the film/movie career and by socialising with the existing celebrities around Bridgeport. First of all, you have to impress a famous Sim enough for them to allow you to socialise with them. A none famous Sim can impress by discussing their skills (eg cooking, painting etc) or boasting about wealth. Befriend enough celebs and you can easily start earning stars (you can be a 1 star celebrity or 5 star). This system itself is fundamentally flawed. What if you just wanted your sim to befriend or date a celebrity without becoming a star themselves? EA didn't think of this and you often find yourself famous by association, whether you want to be or not.
The perks of being famous include being sent expensive gifts from adoring fans and discounts on food and drink. You're also recognised by other sims around town.
And the disadvantages of being famous? Well being followed everywhere by the paparazzi isn't fun. The papparazzi are all seeing and all knowing, which is highly annoying and are constantly printing stories about every aspect of your life. What annoys me most is the fact that the paparazzi appear to be living in the 1950's, and will publicly shame you for ridiculous reasons such as having a baby out of wedlock! After being publicly shamed, the other sims will then boo and hiss at you when you're out and about round town and bouncers will even refuse you entry to clubs.
And whilst were on the subject of those pesky bouncers, they can get a bit snooty and refuse to let sims into a club/bar if they aren't at least a one or two star celeb. The idea behind this is that you get exclusive celebrity hotspots to hang out in, whilst you socialise and romance with other sims of a similar celebrity status as yourself. The reality is empty clubs because the bouncers turned everyone else away for not being famous enough...
- Stunning city location with some gorgeous views and fun new locations to explore (I love Waylon's Haunt!)
- Re-Introduction of some much missed objects from Sims and Sims 2 - Hot tubs and pianos!
- Finally, breast sliders and muscle tone sliders are available in create a sim. This means more unique sims can be created.
- Instruments all have individual skill bars now, useful for starting a band.
- Public lift woohoo is hilarious! So is skinny dipping then have the option to run off with the other persons clothes.
- New cocktails and new bar food. I personally like the greasy food truck.
- New clothes, hair, social interactions.
- Small apartments and homes don't allow for large groups, families, or bands to stay or play. This is a MAJOR irritant. These homes are so tiny they are almost unliveable!
- Noticeable lack of gig opportunities on offer for budding musicians - makes playing as a band difficult. A mod needs to be downloaded to fix this.
- Paparazzi are ridiculously annoying and are forever tarnishing my poor simmys name. Still, I suppose this is realistic...
- Empty clubs caused by bouncers turning everyone away.
- Vampires must ask for permission before biting someone? Makes vampires more PG friendly but less fun to play.
A typical Sims expansion by EA, shows flashes of brilliance and some good ideas but poorly executed on the whole, with tiny, almost unliveably small apartments and towns overrun with vampires and paps. Thankfully, the games been out for a while now and the wonderful online modding community has been working tirelessy to fix some of the problems discussed above.
http://www.modthesims.info/browse.php?gs=2 and you should find some fixes for these annoying problems!
Summary: A nice idea and some brillant new objects and social interactions but poorly executed in places