May 12, 2010 in (PC) Ambitions by Judhudson
AJ Glasser over at GamePro spent some time with The Sims 3 Ambitions and shared his view of the 2nd expansion. Here’s a snippet from the writeup:
What’s the Same?
- Having sex in weird places: The Inventor Sim can create a time machine, and true to Sim tradition, you can WooHoo other Sims in the time machine. Doing so might cause a strangely-dressed adult Sim to show up on your doorstep claiming to be your kid from another era.
- Going to the Hospital: The Doctor job is a hybrid of classic gameplay and the on-the-job gameplay of Ambitions. The Doctor still has to go to the hospital for a day shift, but he or she also gets house-calls during off hours where they have to go to a client’s house. Similarly, the Firefighter is required to be at the Fire Station for shifts and is on-call for emergencies at all times.
- Breaking into people’s houses: I’m pretty sure you could always “break” into a Sim’s house in Sims 3 just by ringing a doorbell and pushing past whoever answered it, but Ambitions formalizes the process for the Private Investigator. Instead of having to ring the doorbell, for example, the P.I. could pick the lock on a door and tiptoe through the house just like the non-playable burglars in the Sims. However, if a Sim sees you or an alarm goes off, the jig is up and you’d better run for it. Oh, also, you can break Sims out of jail.
- SimBot: Fans of the original Sims remember Servo, the lovable Sim robot who could be nanny, butler, and maid to Sims willing to purchase him. The beloved bot returns to Sims 3 through Ambitions as a Lifetime Achievement award or as something the Inventor can create.
full article at GamePro
May 12, 2010 in (PC) Ambitions by Judhudson
We’ve learned so much the past few days about Ambitions, most of anything else that comes up from now on will just be repeated. Regardless it’s our duty to post whatever gets published, and in this case it’s an interview with producer Grant Rodiek conducted by Guardian.co.uk:
How important is the Sims community when it comes to developing new expansion packs and features?
I can think of fewer things that are more important. We are always checking the boards, engaging players for their feedback, and trying to incorporate loads of tiny improvements they’ve requested. The update that will be provided to all players, even those who do not purchase Ambitions, will feature a great deal of new content and polish updates, like a completely revised user interface to make the experience easier and more enjoyable.
Our community is what keeps the game alive much longer than most games. They are constantly sharing new creations, stories, and movies and we are always thankful to have such a vibrant community supporting us.
more questions & answers here
May 11, 2010 in (PC) Ambitions by Judhudson
A new article appeared online by GamesRadar with a short preview on The Sims 3 Ambitions. Less then a month to go, are you excited yet? I just hope EA sends my pre-order out in a timely manner Thanks to Sims 3 Nieuws for the tip.
But all that’s going to change in the Ambitions expansion thanks to the introduction of a new and improved career mode. “Instead of sending your Sims off to work all day, The Sims 3 Ambitions lets you pick a career like firefighting, investigator, architect, ghost hunter, stylist or doctor and then guide your Sim to make choices and succeed (or fail) every step of the way,” explains Grant Rodiek, Associate Producer on The Sims 3 Development Team.
This means that your new career will require you to take on a much more active role during your Sim’s workday, making it play more like an RPG or a point-and-click adventure game. For example, as the firefighter, we received a call about a house fire and got their as quickly as possible with our cherry red fire truck. We broke down the door, and quickly put out the flames. We were rewarded for responding quickly and minimizing the amount of damage done to the homeowner’s property.
From what we’ve seen, a similar rating system is in place for the rest of the new careers. As an interior decorator, we were asked to redesign a Sim’s garage and were provided with a list of new furniture and accessories the customer wanted to have added. Using the editor interface, we made the changes and managed to please our client. But there’s always another, more evil, way to do things in the world of The Sims. Pick the stylist career for example, and try your hand at dishing out the most horrible haircuts possible. It’ll horrify your customers, but the sweet sound of their Simlish screams will make up for the lack of Simoleons in your bank account.
May 11, 2010 in Site News by Judhudson
EA Mobile hopes not as the objective in SimCity Deluxe remains unchanged from previous entries – build up a town from nothing except a wad of cash and some big ideas.
This is done by zoning areas of land for housing, commercial buildings and industry, as well as building public amenities like roads and hospitals for your resident sims.
As the city grows larger so the demands for jobs and housing increase, and the building of public services – not to mention your budget – requires clever management skills to keep everything ticking over.
Taking control of city hall
It sounds overwhelming but it’s a fairly smooth ride due to the large amount of advice dolled out by your friendly advisor lady who pops up on screen at regular intervals.
It doesn’t take very long to get into the swing of things, helped by controls that are logically laid out, with everything easily accessed through the various menus.
I did occasionally wish there was a way of assigning particular buildings to shortcuts, especially when it came to extended road building, but as the game pauses for placing new structures it didn’t end up affecting gameplay to a serious degree.
Along with the controls, EA Mobile has also done a good job of keeping the screen relatively clutter-free, with very little extraneous information obscuring the view of your city.
This gives you a good appreciation of the improved graphics, which posses a decent variety between the various different zones and a high level of incidental detail like smog clouds and traffic build-ups.
PocketGamer rates SimCity Deluxe mobile an 8 out of 10 – full review here
May 11, 2010 in (PC) Ambitions by Simillion
SimTimes.de presented some (I hope) of the new cheats that will be featured in The Sims 3 Ambitions:
a selected NPC (non playable character) is an older age
Turns to the buying and building mode in all situations freely. For example, even if it burns.
DiscoMaptags on / off
The plot symbols in the neighborhood overview flash in countless colorful colors.
May 10, 2010 in (PC) Ambitions by Judhudson
To get some hands-on experience with Ambitions’ new investigator profession, I created a sim with a striking resemblance to TV sleuth Lieutenant Columbo, Unlike most other jobs, investigators work their own hours; no carpools arrive to whisk them away at dawn. To bring home the bacon, you need to be self-motivated. I had Columbo stake out various public gathering places like the pool and park – where he disguised himself by holding a conspicuous shrub in each hand. After that, he stopped by the police department to pick up an open case, which he solved by following a quest-like trail of clues.
full preview at GameInformer (via Sims 3 Nieuws)
May 10, 2010 in (Console) The Sims 3, (PC) Ambitions, EA by Judhudson
With a month left to go, E3 will be hitting sunny California and all of the game publishers will be under one roof to show off their upcoming games for the 2010 and 2011 season. EA has announced what they’re planning on showing off:
- Crysis 2
- Dead Space 2
- EA SPORTS MMA
- FIFA 11
- Madden NFL 11
- Medal of Honor
- MONOPOLY Streets
- NBA Jam
- NCAA Football 11
- The Sims 3 Ambitions
- The Sims 3 Console and more!
So expect the week of June 14th – 19th to be a very active one for this site! I keep telling myself that one of these year’s I’ll make it out to one…but once again had to opt out for this year due to personal reasons. Maybe next year!