There are very few games that last a lifetime, and even less that can do so without an entire ‘reimagining,’ however EA and Maxis have managed to do just that with ‘The Sims’ a title I played as a teen until all hours of the morning before Xbox live and the PSN. One my mates who at the time didn’t ‘Game’ like myself would look at and say “What the *oops* are you playing?” Needless to say they to eventually got hooked and from that early title spawned expansions galore and now 3 generations of The Sims.
Now first things first let’s get this clear, this is not a DLC, and this is not a whole new game. This is an expansion. The way developers used to expand on games after their release, you don’t pay big money for a few minutes of extra gaming or a couple of costumes. With an expansion you pay decent money for 100’s of costumes and add-ons that can bring an old game back to life. That is exactly the case with The Sims 3 Showtime.
What do I get and why do I want it?
In this latest expansion the game lets you see your Sims hit the road on the journey to fame and stardom from new career modes such as a Superstar Singer, DJ, acrobat or magician. But it isn’t all about the bright stars of Hollywood in the new town of Starlight Shores as leisure plays another part in the life of a star. From the mechanical pool to the brand new pool table, down time is still fun time and with the ability to now send your Sim into a friend’s world, you can also have your ‘show off time’ as you dazzle everyone with your new abilities. Thankfully you also get a heap of new items and additions, such as the ones listed below.
- New Town “Starlight Shores”
- New hairstyles for both guys and girls
- New head pieces
- New facial hair
- New tattoos
- Over 130 new items of clothing, including shoes
- Over 160 new housing items
You can also now ask your friends and neighbours for their autograph so if you happen to live next door to Miss Katy Perry you can have her doodle down her digits! Or you can check out the sites at some of the new show events across the world.
These new items and features are great for anyone who may have tired of the original Sims 3 game, or are just looking to have their love for the series revived. You can easily have as much fun in the Showtime expansion as you could with the main game if you are a Sims fan and really take the time to enjoy your stay in Starlight Shores.
Depends on where you buy it and what edition but anywhere from $30 to $50 so while I enjoy it I wouldn’t suggest it to someone who barely plays the game. If you are looking for a reason to get back into it however, you couldn’t spend the money better anywhere else.
- It can bring back your love for the game
- It adds a lot and if you make good use of the new items can feel like a new game
- New careers compare greatly to whole new missions in other games
- For the cost, if you don’t play it enough it could be a bit much
- Some might expect more, but it all depends what you are used to
To those unfamiliar with the difference between some DLC and an expansion, this is the perfect example to set you on your path… Actually where do we sign up for some more full blown expansions?