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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably The Best Expansion Released. Highly Entertaining.
"The Sims" became an international gaming phenomenon. And since it's original release almost 5 years ago, a succession of official Expansion Packs have added much more to the original. This is perhaps one of the best of these expansions. The basic premise is very simple - turn your sims into celebrities! It all sounds very exciting, and fortunatley, it really is. When you...
Published on 22 Jan 2005 by Trey Mercartné

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sims Superstar
I love the Sims and spend many hours of the day upon my computer, addicted to the little manipulated people on my screen. I own all the Sims, and can't wait for Sims 2 to come out (i've reviewed that one too).
The previous expansion pack, Unleashed, was a stroke of genius. The idea of adopting little cats or dogs, with all the accessories for them, was brilliant...
Published on 8 Aug 2004 by misssixtyxxx


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably The Best Expansion Released. Highly Entertaining., 22 Jan 2005
This review is from: The Sims: Superstar Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
"The Sims" became an international gaming phenomenon. And since it's original release almost 5 years ago, a succession of official Expansion Packs have added much more to the original. This is perhaps one of the best of these expansions. The basic premise is very simple - turn your sims into celebrities! It all sounds very exciting, and fortunatley, it really is. When you first launch your new and improved game, you'll find a brand new location for your Sims to explore. "Studio Town" is baisically a miniture Hollywood where your sims can make it big. There's a variety of activities for you to explore in this new area, including laying down tracks in the Recording Studio, making movies On Set and even getting the A-List Luxury treatment at the Spa.
But it's not just the new activities and items that make the expansion pack so good, it's how you unlock them. As a budding actress, singer or model you won't have anything given to you. Practice your talents at home and networking and working your way up the social ladder will both be required for you to succeed. In essence, the new "celebrity" status is another career. You'll have to work hard at it just like any jobs your sims have had before. Although this can get slightly frustrating [How many more famous people's universe-sized ego's must I flatter to get the role in that movie?!] it's mostly enjoyable and the rewards are all the more sweeter for your endevours.
Baisically, this is a very well thought out and executed Expansion Pack. The whole idea of making your sims worldwide celebrities is a very appealing one, and the new items, interactions and gameplay ensure that reaching your goals is as enjoyable as reeping thier benefits. If you own The Sims and are getting bored with it's 'everyday' approach to life, this is sure to give you and your sims a dose of decadance you both need.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're a superstar; that's what you are, 16 Jun 2003
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Sims: Superstar Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
The Sims Superstar Expansion Pack is, in my opinion, the best expansion pack yet released for The Sims. As long as EA keeps releasing expansion packs as impressive as this one, adding even more incredible nuances and capabilities to an already addictive game, I will never complain about their growing numbers. Superstar really revolutionizes The Sims in a way no other expansion pack, not even Hot Date, has managed to do. The drudgery of having to send your sims off to a boring workplace you never get to see is now a thing of the past. If you choose to forego the mundane and take a chance on stardom, you control your sim's career in fashion, music, or acting, scurrying him/her along from one money-making opportunity to another. Best of all, the superstar's life is not an easy one. You have to work to get your sim noticed, practicing such skills as reading lines at home, embarking initially on such activities as karaoke singing, open mic entertaining, and small print ads; there are paparazzi to be cornered for posing or publicity stunts and a network of stars to be won over by your obvious charms (including, at least in the original "Limited Collector's Edition Box," Avril Lavigne and Marilyn Monroe); the only thing missing is the old casting couch method of succeeding. Even superstardom with its coveted awards sometimes comes with a price; fans may bombard you with requests for autographs whenever you enter Studio Town, and the obsessed fan who loves you today can become the stalker hounding your every move tomorrow should he/she come to think you aren't sufficiently acknowledging his/her devotion to you.
Studio Town, by far the most expansive new area ever introduced into The Sims has a world of new things to offer: e.g., spas featuring mud baths, massage tables, and oxygen bars, sushi carts, and star trailers. There are so many new things to do in Studio Town that EA provides a guide of sorts at the top of the screen with which you can quickly identify which lots offer which types of new activities. There are a number of different gigs available for your rising superstars as they advance through the ranks of their chosen field, including recording studios, soap opera sets, and high fashion venues. Your sims don't just get up on stage and mumble, either; Superstar finds them putting on some impressively expression-laden displays.
The list of new objects, some 150+, this expansion pack adds to The Sims is also quite impressive. A butler is now available for hire; let him take care of running the household, hiring staff, caring for the baby, etc.; you are now far too important to be bothered with common everyday household chores. Your new lifestyle brings with it awesome new toys and diversions such as satellite dishes, new stereo speakers, skydiving simulators, tanks for scuba diving, and loads of new furnishings to fit your new lifestyle of the rich and famous. One very important innovation provided by this expansion pack is a much improved and more orderly phone book. In addition, new build mode tools let you customize your property in a number of important new ways.
While I would not call Sims Superstar an absolutely necessary expansion pack to own, I do consider it essential for devoted Sims players. It is one thing to offer an impressive number of new objects, but to offer on top of that a vast new area in which to use these new objects (as well as preexisting ones) in an entirely new and exciting way is not far from being everything this Sims gamer could ask for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive! And that�s saying something for me!, 23 Jan 2005
This review is from: The Sims: Superstar Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
Yes!!! It's a good game. Graphics are good; I love the new clothes for them. Work your way up through the ranges to become the new sim superstar. Look in your news paper to see what place you are out of the top 10! Your Sims now have all 6 channels to choose from (not to mention a full time spa with mud baths steam rooms and oxygen bars) and a new feature, star town! Where they can sing to their public, fly in a skydiving simulator or just have fans ask for your autograph! it's a simply stunning game which will have you playing for hours!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How To Live Like A King, 15 Nov 2003
This review is from: The Sims: Superstar Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
This is definatly one of the best expansion packs for The Sims. It opens up a whole new world for them, full of fame and pampering. There are loads of new features in this expansion, and here are some of them:
obviously plenty of careers,
150 new items including karaoke stage, oxygen bar and skydiving simulator,
and the best bit, a new Studio Town location which is where you can meet and make all sorts of star friends.
So, how do you become famous? Well, basically you have a star rating and to improve that you have to do certain things like recording a CD or starring in a TV commercial. They get increasingly harder and as before in The Sims you need plenty of friends in order to go up a star rating. However this time, having friends is not enough, they have to be of a certain 'star' quality, ie how popular they are. Once you have reached 5 stars, then you are a star and can begin to live like one.
Once you get back in Simsville you can live the life of a king, with a whole ranger of new items that will make your life heaven. And with your superstar sallery you can then start to build yourself a mansion complete with swimming pool and room for a pony. Be warned though, once you get past about 3 stars, mad fans will come round to your house so you must put up security walls with barbed wire on top if you want to keep the same level of privacy as you have always had.
If you are really rich, and want some proper pampering, then can employ the services of a butler who will then employ any other nessisary workers, such as a cleaner, a gardener or a massage therapist.
Basically, with this expansion pack you can live like a king in a big house and have all the house work done for you. And when you feel like it, you can phone for a streched limo to come and take you to Studio town where you can chat to fellow stars like Tina Turner and Christine Agulara.
If you are a fan of the Sims or not, buy this game because it is just amazing and will give you hours and hours of fun and enjoyment.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sims Superstar - Informative Review, 30 Jun 2003
This review is from: The Sims: Superstar Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
The Sims Superstar, one of the best Sims expansion pack that has ever come out. I really enjoy playing on this game because there are so many new cool objects and you have to gain star points to become famous enough. You get an obsessed fan following you about and the more famous you are, the more fans you get. As you gain more star points, you get a better care to go to Studio Town in! You get a sports van, the a bigger van, then a limo, the a better limo and you have access to more objects in studio town. When you are in Studio Town you see famous people such as Avril Lavigne! You get cool new objects such as a skydiving simulator and an aquarium to swim in! You have to hire an assistant using the newspaper. Oh, and by the way, you get 2 newspapers on The Sims Superstar. One is the normal one, and the other is the tabloid where you can hire an assistant, see who is famous, and read the news! It is a fantastic game and i enjoy building Studio Town lots and houses because there is a lot of modern items and building materials. So, if you haven't got it, get it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult for Maxis to beat..., 12 Oct 2003
This review is from: The Sims: Superstar Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
The Sims Superstar is in my opinion (and in many other's too) the best expansion pack created by Maxis (creator of The Sims) so far, it's like Hot Date only better. For the first time ever in this expansion pack you can follow your sim to work while they record jingles, pose for photo print ads and shoot movies. Your sim can even hire a butler but at a high price, it costs five hundred simoleons (sim money) a day to hire him and it doesn't stop there because he also hires additional staff, efficient he may seem but beware - he tends to drink like a fish.
In the new studio town area your sim can relax in the luxurious spas, go on shopping sprees and splash out on high fashion clothing, money is no object once your sim is famous! But don't get too keen because to become a superstar your sim has to get five stars (you get half a star for everything you do) and try and make friends with other celebrities which is not easy. Studio town comes with studios, spas and shops that Maxis have already built but you can bulldoze them and either download some other sim fans have made on the official sims site or you can get creative by making your own. The only problem with superstar is that because the graphic card requirements have gone up you may experience problems with the graphics like I did but fear not because this can easily be solved with a few clicks of the mouse although once you have fixed the graphics the game will run slow.
The reason why this game is so excellent is because it's a lot more interesting than previous expansion packs - there are more options, more funny scenarios and more typically OTT celebrity objects you can decorate you sim's home with, I thoroughly recommend it to everyone. I think it will be quite difficult for Maxis to release an expansion pack which will be better than this but they do continue to churn out brilliant ideas for games, like The Sims 2 for example. I'd say this game is suitable for people of all ages so enjoy! :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERstar is an understatement!!!, 20 Jun 2003
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This review is from: The Sims: Superstar Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
This game is fantastic! It has all the great features of the other add on packs such as new items, wallpaper etc. but with the added excitement of following your sims to work! Finally you can work on your sims' job skills and actually witness it paying off. This game is so great that my partner who always berated me for spending so long on the computer playing the Sims has been sucked into simworld and is now totally addicted!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sim-ply gorgeous darling, 16 Feb 2004
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This review is from: The Sims: Superstar Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
If you love following every movement of celebrities, you will love controlling them.
The furniture and decorative items you get with this expansion pack are simply stunning. Really nice minimal wallpapers, in cream and white, and lots of gorgeous expensive-looking furniture for your wannabe-rich Sims.
You start out by quitting your job and hiring an agent. Then you hit Studio Town, where you claw your way to the top by singing in smokey bars, posing for photos and generally pleasing fans by signing autographs and letting them hug you. Its such hard work that at the end of it all, you will seriously need to wind down in your own home spa. You can kit out your spa with all the latest equipment such as a new stylish workbench, steamers, mud/sulphur/milk baths, new hot-tubs, your own personal masseur and an oxygen bar!
You're definitely too tired and important to do your own cooking or cleaning of the house, so you just NEED to hire a Butler to do it all for you. The butler will command the maid and gardener to do certain things and can also order food for you. His cooking skills are rubbish though, so I advise you get him to hire the caterer from House Party.
This game is very fun, and you will spend hours trying to make your Sims become famous.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best add-on yet, 2 Sep 2003
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Ms. H. Sinton "dragondrums" (Ingleby Barwick. U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Sims: Superstar Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
This has to be the best expansion pack yet for The Sims. This time your sims can try to become superstars.There is a whole new area for them to visit (Studiotown) where they can mingle with such legends as Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol or attempt to make friends with the local stars....not always an easy task.
Budding stars have to devlop their skills in singing, acting and modelling as well as keeping fans happy by chatting to them regularly and giving autographs. Woe betide the sim who neglects his fans as he will quickly be stalked by the 'obsessed fan' who not only interrupts his work in studiotown but also follows him home and leaves dead flowers around or rummages in bins.
There are new wallpapers, floors etc and lots of new items to keep your sim happy....try the fun oxygen bar or have a relaxing massage. Outdo the Joneses by being the first in your neighbourhood to employ a butler.
If you are only going to buy one expansion pack then this should be the one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SUPERSIMSTARDOM, 26 Oct 2003
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This review is from: The Sims: Superstar Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
Sims superstar is brilliant.Studio Town is perfect for your sims, they can travel to the spa, a karoke stage, the cinema and much more, and you don't have to be famous to go.You can even build your own Studio Town lot. You can run up to your favourite stars and ask for their autograph, including Christina Aguilara and Marilyn Monroe.And after a lot of effort and struggle you can make your Sim famous! But beware..crazed fans can find their way to your 'crib' and hang around your house all day, taking pictures and leaving flowers! Also when you are really famous a Studio Town tour bus will stop at your house and some sim tourists will get out to take pictures. It is harder to meet people when you are famous, you can't compliment them instead you have to show off about your stardom. Don't worry though it isn't all pestering fans, you get a limo to take you to Studio Town, fans coming up to you and asking for your autograph and plenty of work oppotunities from acting, singing and even modelling. When you earn enough stars you can model down the cat walk, construct a music video and even act out a fight scene!
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