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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Expansion Pack !, 9 Mar 2012
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This review is from: The Sims 3 Showtime - Limited Edition (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
The Sims 3 Showtime expansion adds a lot of new content to the game.
There's a new neighbourhood "Starlight Shores" which contains new performance venues and of course new sim families.
You can now perform as a D.J, singer, acrobat or magician (personally I think the latter is the most fun). You can use existing venues or build your own - there's a big new range of stage props etc.

There is now a new "Performance" tab in the clothing menu, with new stage outfits & make-up to use for your shows.

Start your career by performing for tips and as your skills and performance abilities improve, you can get gigs at local venues by using the "audition" interaction on the proprietor of the venue, if you impress them they will give you a gig date which will be recorded in the "gig schedule" tab which has been added to the career section of your sim panel.

If you have a gig scheduled you can visit the venue up to two hours before the show to prepare your stage. Just click on the stage & you can choose props, lighting, special effects machines etc for your performance - if you like your set, you can save it for future use (props can be bought & stored in your inventory or just used for the show).

When your performance actually starts (usually lasts 2-3 hours), you can click on the stage and/or your sim to choose which actions they will use to dazzle the audience (bubbles sometime appear above the heads of the audience showing what they'd like to see/hear). You can also change the special effects and background music throughout your performance.

Other new features include, new lifetime wishes & happiness rewards, new skills (golfing & pool) and new character traits. As well as new objects, a few old favourites like the mechanical bull and the D.J booth have returned.

Haven't tried out the much heralded new social features yet, but apparently you can now "simport" your sims into other players games to perform at their venues (earns extra rewards). You can find new "friends" via an internet linked search box that can be accessed in-game via the options menu (look for the simport tab).

No instruction manual is included, but the in-game tips are helpful to newcomers to the game. Finally it's a good idea to make sure that your system meets the spec before you buy the game, you can use the Can You Run it website to check. So many people experience freezes, crashes or distorted graphics with new sims games, and it's often because they don't have enough RAM or their graphics card isn't up to scratch (though I must admit that EA games is notoriously slow to patch glitches & bugs). I've had no problems so far, but the odd crash isn't unusual with sims games so remember to do regular saves.

All in all a worthwhile expansion pack that adds a lot of fun to the original game.
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2012 22:11:14 GMT
happy hermit says:
Since writing the review I started to get some annoying game freezes. Solved the problem by upgrading the drivers on my graphics card, deleting some old saved games from the main menu, and giving the vents on my P.C a quick hoover. Know the latter sounds weird, but if the vents get dusty it causes overheating which can make your games crash or freeze. It's all working fine now, so might be worth trying if your system meets the spec, but you still experience problems.

Posted on 10 Mar 2012 09:12:33 GMT
R. Zerbini says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2012 11:35:25 GMT
I think the review is very good and about the right length.

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 09:07:47 GMT
A very good review, thanks for the tip on "Can You Run It" I'd never heard of it before and now i've just checked my laptop. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2012 11:44:32 BDT
S1mone says:
I agree with Pigty. The review was the right length. If you're a real fan of the game you'll appreciate it.

Thanks happy hermit
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