GamesRadar – Mastering the art of choreplay in The Sims 3 Ambitions

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 :D  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.

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PocketGamer – SimCity Deluxe for mobile reviewed

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


GameInformer – Sims work hard for their money in The Sims 3 Ambitions (preview)

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)


EA announces 2010 E3 lineup

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:

  • Bulletstorm
  • Crysis 2
  • Dead Space 2
  • 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!


GameSpot – Spotlight on The Sims 3 Ambitions

We had a chance to see some of the new professions in action, such as firefighters, who live at home but report to the firehouse, where they can work on their mechanical skills by upgrading the fire engine (which starts off as a slow-moving clunker that doesn’t always make it out to the fire in time) and slide down the fire pole to respond to distress calls throughout the city. These include fires of all sizes, as well as other disasters, such as earthquakes and attacks by hordes of angry lawn gnomes. PIs, on the other hand, receive cases that take place as multipart quests and may require them to travel across town to search a crime scene for clues or interrogate suspects. Inventors harvest scrap from the local junkyard to hammer out projects, such as a hygienic floor spray (which spritzes a cleansing shower of water from the floor that increases the hygiene rating of any sims that walk over it). There’s also a time machine that lets your sims travel back in time to have past-tense “woohoo” (The Sims’ euphemism for getting to know someone in the biblical sense) and even have your children come visit you in the future. And, there’s a live-in robot that will not only do your chores but can also pursue its own career path and even have relationships with other sims.

The first thing I’m going to do when I get Ambitions isn’t to play it, but rather build the Ghostbusters headquarter and add in the firepoles.  Once I get the place the way I like it, I’ll take on the Ghost hunting career.  Here’s hoping that the wonderful modding community can help a fellow fan up and model the proper uniforms and the Ecto-1.  Please, please, please :D

read the full spotlight article over at GameSpot!


New Career in Ambitions

According to SimFans.de there is a new Education career in The Sims 3 Ambitions.  Here is the link to the article: SimFans.de.  Thanks to GizmonicInstitute for pointing this out.

Here are the career levels of the rumored new career:

1st Playground Monitor
2nd Teachers Aide
3rd Substitute Teacher
4th Elementary School Teacher
5th Middle School Teacher
6th High School Teacher
7th Department head
8th Assistant Principal
9th Principal
10th District superintendent


Official Press Release – The Sims 3 Create-A-Pattern Tool

Ethan over at Sims 3 Fans (Russian fansite) picked up the official press release for The Sims 3 Create-A-Pattern Tool as well as 4 screenshots showing off the program in action!  This is looking good!

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EA’s The Sims Studio is putting the power of pattern creation directly into The Sims 3 players’ hands! Available this summer as a free download on www.TheSims3.com, The Sims 3 Create a Pattern Tool allows players to create and share their own original patterns. Registered The Sims 3 players will be able to design a pattern easily, whether simple or elaborate, using dozens of images available in the Sticker Library or layer and modify their own images to create any pattern their heart desires. Players’ creativity is the limit and once satisfied they can then share their pattern creations online on The Sims 3 Exchange.


  • Pattern Masters – As the official pattern tool for The Sims 3, The Sims 3 Create a Pattern Tool makes it easy for players to make their own patterns and safely add them to their game
  • Customize Sims’ Surroundings – Players can apply newly created patterns to their Sims’ furniture, clothing, floors, walls, and more
  • Powerful and Easy – This powerful yet easy-to-use tool is perfect for all types of users ranging from beginners to advanced designers
  • Preview to Check it Out – Players can view their patterns in 3D with the click of a button, then export directly to their game
  • Share! – Fans around the world can share and download creations through The Sims 3 Exchange

The Sims 3 Create a Pattern Tool is a robust creative tool, which allows players to create millions of patterns and place them on objects in their Sims’ world for a completely unique look and feel to their game. Whether they’ve been hankering for a new plaid for their Sims’ PJs or an exquisite flourish of tiles for their floors, everything they want to create is now within their grasp!


5/10/10 – 6 wallpapers from The Sim Supply

You can never have enough wallpapers!  Tomvanroosmalen over at The Sim Supply has created 6 wallpapers which comes in 8 different sizes (1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1920×1080 and 1920×1200).  Covering about every single resolution, nice!

Grab them here