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Kotaku – I played DarkSpore and I loved it (GamesCom 2010)

I really wish Maxis luck with DarkSpore…I hate to see what happens if the game bombs.  I don’t think EA will give them any more chances if it performs below expectations.  At least if it does, then more than likely Maxis will go back to their money-making series:  SimCity.  Here’s Kotaku’s preview of DarkSpore from GamesCom 2010:

Darkspore was created using the robust creature creator and procedural animation engine developed for Spore, but that’s where the similarities between the two end.

Because the game uses the Spore engine, players can customize their characters much more than with the typical game. That also means placing the items you get in battle anywhere on a creature. Armor placement, in particular, has a surprisingly high degree of freedom.

The game includes three classes and five fighting styles. The classes fall along the typical archetypes found in role-playing games. The Sentinel is a very strong, melee-centric character similar to a tank class. The Ravenger is like a rogue with very fast movements and the ability to dodge off-setting how fragile they can be. And the Tempest is like a mage or priest, specializing in area effects and healing.

The game’s different types of characters change the way a character attacks and defends.

Kotaku – I played DarkSpore and I loved it

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Pre-order ‘The Sims 3 Deluxe’ at GameStop – 9/28/10

Special thanks to InfiniteSims and jilliankloster from Twitter for catching this piece of news.  It appears that GameStop has added the listing in which you can now pre-order The Sims 3 Deluxe with an estimated release date of September 28.

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EA announces The Sims 3 Deluxe – arriving late September

Here’s a shocker – EA has announced The Sims 3 Deluxe, a combined package containing The Sims 3 base game as well as The Sims 3 Ambitions.  I find it strange how EA likes to leave out expansion packs, I’d figured they’d include World Adventures in it.  Guess they are saving that for The Sims 3 Double Deluxe…or Triple Deluxe.  We all know it is inevitable.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4100/4920610121_2cf5054142_o.pngLet the freedom of The Sims™ 3 and the opportunities of The Sims 3 Ambitions inspire you! The Sims 3 Deluxe includes both The Sims 3 and the popular expansion pack The Sims 3 Ambitions in one!

Start off creating Sims with unique personalities, customizing everything from their appearances to their personalities to their homes, and then share them online. Make their dreams come true—or don’t! Then widen their horizons with killer new career tracks. Will your Sim be the town hero or the neighborhood nuisance? Whatever direction they take, their future is in your hands!

FEATURES
The Sims 3

  • Create any Sim you can imagine and give them unique personality traits. Will your Sims be Evil, Romantic, Paranoid, Kleptomaniacs, or something totally different?
  • Control your Sims’ destinies and decide whether to make their wishes come true. Rock Stars, World Leaders, Expert Thieves—it’s is up to you.
  • Customize everything! Build the ultimate dream house for your Sims, then explore infinite customization possibilities for their clothing, furnishings, even their car.
  • Go online to make movies, show off your creations, download exclusive content and more.

The Sims 3 Ambitions

  • Control your Sim’s actions and interactions while they’re on the job.
  • Choose from new career opportunities—will your Sim work for good or evil, pursue creative endeavors, rise to success as a mogul, or shirk responsibility as a slacker?
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SimWay TV – 8/23/10 GamesCom 2010 edition

Tune in for a special re-showing of SimWay TV as well as all new material from GamesCom 2010!

Watch live streaming video from simwaytv at livestream.com

Starts at 7:00PM CEST (German time) or 12:00PM CST (US Time). Powered by SimWay

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UK: Top 20 PC Games Chart ending August 21, 2010

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Sorry about missing last week’s chart!  As you can see above, The Sims 3 is still holding on strong (as well as The Sims 2) .  On the budget price list, we have The Sims 3 High-End Loft Stuff coming in at #2.

Source:  Chart-Track

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Simlicious – previews for The Sims 3 Late Night, Sims Medieval and Sims 3 Consoles

Simlicious has posted their report from GamesCom 2010 covering The Sims Medieval, The Sims 3 Late Night and The Sims 3 Console.  The original articles are in Dutch, but with the (not so good) help from Google Translator, you can read them in English:

What we first got to see was the new world known as Bridgeport.  The world looks great but it is not in my opinion.  The center is just filled with tall buildings, making it very difficult to view.  You have a large bridge in Bridgeport and if you go across that bridge into the hills you will come to the normal houses where many celebrities live. The houses there all have a pool and look very modern. Whether there are empty lots, I have not seen / asked.

There are a lot of clubs in Bridgeport.  Some are very exclusive and you have to be of really high status and have many friends to go to them but there are small bars where you can get (non alcoholic) drinks you can drink.  Almost all clubs have open and closing times.  Sims will eventually go back home when it is closing and you get to see when the club opens again.  You also get the possibility to build a club.  You can then drop an object that lets you control how exclusive the club (like the bulbs in the tombs of WA) as well as to likely allow you to adjust the opening hours (which we have not seen).  Your sims will be able to dance on the table/counter.  You also have some new dance moves.

Simlicious – preview for The Sims 3 Late Night

The game revolves primarily on completing quests.  At the beginning, you choose a main quest which all other smaller quests related to it.  Once you have chosen the main quest you get Quest Points.  You choose a small quest.  Here you choose the quest who suffer and who will help and what we aim for.  You will lose some points off quest.  You complete the quest by the king to heal example.  It is here that you need a serum makes you’ll have a doctor you need rich. (translation really screwed this article up)

Simlicious – preview for The Sims Medieval

The way of playing xbox360/ps3 is not much change with that of The Sims 2.  You have a stick or a jet type things that you can stroll to an action to perform. Would you change sim then you just press triangle (PS3) or Y (Xbox). To map the menu mode, karma Powers, construction mode, press select to open. Use the arrow keys to change your mode of time, with the left joystick to control the jet with the right to control the camera.

Simlicious – preview for The Sims 3 on consoles