Will Wright once again has been spotted out in the wild, giving a presentation at the Augmented Reality 2010 Event. Good way to kill 30 minutes is to listen to this genius (and of course, get lost while doing so) 😛
A portion of a review by Metro.co.uk on The Sims 3 Ambitions:
The lack of variety isn’t really a problem in gameplay terms since you can just switch jobs (or turn your sim into a mooching slacker for a bit) but in terms of value for money there is certainly an issue. Especially as the other extras in the expansion don’t really add up to much – just some new character traits and lifetime wishes, plus a couple of new hobbies.
The new inventing and sculpting hobbies are fun novelties but they don’t change the game in the way the professions do and we’d much rather have seen them left out and had a few more job types instead.
And that’s the real issue here: there’s nothing wrong in what it offers but instead the amount you’re expected to pay for it. The professions are a great idea and add a welcome new angle to the game but either there needed to be a lot more or the expansion itself needed to be a lot cheaper.
A new interview popped up online today from Digital Spy questioning Grant Rodiek on The Sims 3 Ambitions. Pretty much the same old stuff we’ve heard in past interviews…wonder why they bother when they can do a simple Google search for most of these answers :/
Were there any jobs you wanted to put into the game but couldn’t?
“Always. We always have far more ideas that we find out they’re not going to be that fun, or we don’t think they’re going to fit, or basically we look at what players think from focus tests and our own internal tests. It means if we keep doing this one we’re not going to be able to do another one, so we cut one and swap out the other. I can’t say which ones we have cut, because honestly we’re thinking about the future where we might want to add new ones, keep people surprised. Assuming this does well we will probably do more.”
CinemaBlend is continuing their playtime with Ambitions sharing more impressions:
When we left off last time, Karen moved away from Riverview and settled down in the new town of Twinbrook. Given that Riverview and Sunset Valley were the only “official” towns offered by The Sims 3 since the game’s release a year ago, a new neighborhood was long overdue. (We’re not counting the “worlds” in World Adventures EP as Sims can only visit them temporarily).
Twinbrook is a big town, that’s been flooded in areas, leaving some parts marshy and overgrown while other parts are cozily developed.
A few french Sim fansites (SimSoucis, Alice aux pays des Sims, LamaPaluzza, DailySims) were able to join EA to celebrate their 10th Anniversary of The Sims 3 in Paris. All I can say is when I get my place, I’m decorating my Sims room in green with some of the cool future below. Also, plumbob stickers on everything!
If you need icons – for god knows what – from the Ambitions expansion pack, you may want to hit up Sims 3 Cri as they put together 150 of them and are offering them up to download!
For the month of June, those who purchase SimPoints will be rewarded with free items for your Sims page. You know my opinion on this so no need to beat a dead horse any more than I have to. Guess I should look on the bright side as at least now they are increasing more items for more points you spend. Thanks to Frankie for letting me know about this.
Buy 4,000 SimPoints and get the Cows of Wrath garland, the Cow Plant Background, the Laganaphyllis Simnovorii badge, the Laganaphyllis Simnovorii sticker & the Potted Vine garland
Buy 2,000 SimPoints and get the the Cows of Wrath garland, the Cow Plant Background, the Laganaphyllis Simnovorii badge & the Laganaphyllis Simnovorii sticker
Buy 1,000 SimPoints and get the Cows of Wrath garland, the Cow Plant Background & the Laganaphyllis Simnovorii badge
Buy 500 SimPoints and get the Cows of Wrath garland & the Cow Plant Background