Product Type: Electronic Arts PC games
Newest Review: ... 'gig' and go nightclubbing as well as go for a quick drink and game down the 'dive bar' pubs. The town of 'Bridgeport' which is the main ... more
The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion Pack
The Sims 3: Late Night (PC)
Member Name: m_illie
The Sims 3: Late Night (PC)
Advantages: Interesting development of an already touched upon concept i.e. downtown/city life
Disadvantages: Too focused on celebrities and going out - things I dont enjoy as a player
As and avid Sims fan in general, and someone quite enjoying the Sims 3, I purchased two of the expansion packs on offer (out of I think 4 in total). I probably would've made it a full house had money permitted but alas, it did not. So one of the pair I bought was the Late Night expansion pack and as soon as I got it home, I installed it and began checking out the new features on offer.
Late Night follows in suit of Nightlife from the Sims 2 and Hot Date from the first Sims series, if any of you are familiar with them, which basically means that you have the option to socialise, go out on dates/to parties and to live the life of a young adult in more city-esque environments. The token town that came with this expansion pack was Bridgeport was supposed to resemble San Francisco and Los Angeles, and was split into an urban/downtown area, a less dense uptown area, and a hilly, affluent suburb with expensive housing owned by 'celebrities'.
The downtown area includes a number of locations called Dive Bar, Sports Bar, Local Watering Hole, Dance Club, Poolside Club, Disco Club, Exclusive Lounge, Vampire Lounge, and Fusion Lounge. Each is frequented by a variety of people at all times of the day. In fact during my exploration I discovered the same non-playable characters sitting there in some of the bars in the middle of the day, although later in the night they become much busier. As well as this, as the day progresses based upon your 'celebrity' status, which is awarded to you by the number of friends you have and your success, you will be invited to a number of parties and have the choice to attend them, as they appear in the top right corned with a short-cut 'go to 'insert name' type button. Some of the downtown locations even require that you are a high-class sim in order to gain entry.
Late Night marks the beginning of open vampires roaming the streets of your neighbourhoods like in previous games. This addition wasn't particularly appealing to me, but perhaps that's simply because I don't tend to stick to one family and so wasn't that involved in playing vampire characters. The way in which you can become a vampire is to become romantically involved with an already existing one and ask, or simply befriend one.
Bridgeport is similar to 'Downtown' from the previous games in the overall Sims series, but is marge larger as a result of its apparent resemblance to cities (which I personally couldn't see). As well as this, as previously mentioned, it was not entirely commercial with residential areas on the outskirts of town. There's not much else worth noting about the town itself, other than that I personally didn't find it as diverse or interesting as other towns in the Sims 3, simply because the highrise flats and apartments are awkward to navigate and (perhaps my biggest grievance and the reason I decided to sell the game on) it is only possible to have one family live in an entire apartment block. I found this really, genuinely annoying as this was pretty much the sole reason for my purchase, as like I said I don't frequent the town much or play one family for too long.
The only real career that came with this expansion pack was being a celebrity and the new rabbit hole Plumbob Pictures Backlot that accompanied it. Being a celebrity entails being invited out to parties, only talking of wealth, success and name dropping, and being stalked by paparazzi or fans. I was actually pretty scared by the paparazzi, as when buying the game I was unaware of this feature and so thought I had some kind of freaky glitch when a random non-playable character appeared to follow me as I walked the streets across town and into my apartment block!
There was also the inclusion of new Lifetime Rewards, such as Excellent Groupie, Map to the Stars, and Always on the List, which again are relevant to the celebrity concept instilled within the game and unless you like that, add nothing really to the game on the whole.
To conclude, this game was really not for me. There weren't any faults with it per se, just simply it was very orientated to a certain type of game player, that is someone who creates or blogs about stories in terms of their sims, or simply those who play more social going out games. My forte is much more families and friends, rather than riches and fame and so the huge amount of celebrity culture witihn this game made it unappealing and just not that fun for me. But I'm sure it would appeal to many others, just makes sure you fit into that particular bracket before splashing out.
Summary: An overall ok game that just wasn't for me, but is dependent on you as a player yourself