The Sims 3: Showtime - Katy Perry Collector's Edition (PC DVD)
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Rise to Fame in The Sims 3 Showtime Katy Perry Collector’s Edition with unique Katy Perry themed in-game content and exclusive poster. This Collector’s Edition includes a full expansion pack, plus downloadable content including a venue, two bespoke guitar picks, Katy Perry themed hairstyle, fashions, guitar, and fruit stage props. Venture into a new world of Starlight Shores and live the story of your Sims as they become superstar singers, acrobats, magicians… and they can even moonlight as DJs. Watch your Sims rise to fame—or go down in flames as they perform and practice for other Sims. New optional features allow you to share showtime moments and connect to friends and other fans of The Sims like never before. Send your Sim into a friend’s game using the new, optional SimPort feature to perform in their world, book gigs in their town, go on tour and be reviewed. Along the way, earn rewards for achieving goals and accomplishing special challenges that can be tracked and shared via in-game messages. Post your Sims’ successes, share gameplay techniques, create wishlists, send gifts, search for new friends and share memories through in-game news feeds, messages, and e-cards.
- Collector’s Edition: Enjoy The Sims 3 Showtime Expansion pack and an Ultimate Stage bonus venue plus special Katy Perry themed iconic content including fashions, a guitar, two bespoke guitar picks, a hairstyle, and various stage props plus an exclusive Katy Perry poster
- Rise to Stardom: Venture into a new world and live the dream as a singer, acrobat, magician or moonlight as a DJ. Watch your Sims rise to fame—or go down in flames as they perform for other Sims.
- Create New Sims: New traits and Lifetime Wishes give you more tools to tell stories the way you want to.
- A Whole New World: The brand new world of Starlight Shores features new venues and new objects to hone your Sims’ talents.
- Make Your Rise to Fame: Build your own custom stages and see your Sims perform in sold-out arenas and in front of packed crowds.
- Book or Host Gigs: Using the optional SimPort feature, send your Sim to a friend’s game to perform in their world, earn rewards, book gigs, go on tour and even be reviewed.
- Be Connected (Optional): Make new friends, connect and share your stories and experiences without ever leaving the game. Using the new individual in-game news feeds, messaging, and live updates, post your Sims’ successes, share gameplay techniques, create wish lists and gifts, search for new friends and share memories.
- New Achievement System: Earn rewards for achieving goals and accomplishing special challenges that can be tracked and shared via in-game news feeds and messages.
Top customer reviews
Now onto the installation. Installing the game was no problem, requiring the serial code just like the base game, the problem for me came with the start of the game. As soon as the game loads and you want to enter a neighbourhood or saved game you are prompted to log in online. Of course you can refuse and continue without logging in but I found this an annoyance as every single time you load a game it prompts you.
The new online features I haven't tried but this expansion went crazy in trying to make sure everyone goes online. When you click on memories to look at them you can't just tick the box that you are done viewing them, you have to press the x to go back to your game or the game will try to post that sim's memory on facebook. The online features in this game allow your sims to go into another player's game, at least for a short while, more on that in a moment, first to the gameplay.
The sims showtime is actually a great expansion pack if you ignore all the obsessive online prompting. Showtime introduces the idea of sims being able to be on stage as either singers, acrobats or magicians. If you have the late night expansion pack installed then there will be opportunities for sims to gain fame stars which helps if you want to introduce stars into any neighbourhood that isn't Bridgeport.
Sims start out their new career at the bottom and have to perform for tips in public before being able to perform on stage at venues. There are various types of venues and for those that already have saved neighbourhoods, the game will prompt you to place a bunch of these venues before starting your game. The game will also turn several NPC sims into magicians, singers and acrobats so you can see them on stage if you visit a venue.
The gameplay for showtime is actually very fun. I really enjoyed the acrobat career and the magician's career when asking audience on stage to help, but the game automatically brings more lag with all the extra features as there are constant contests at venues and the game lags as it's trying to find NPC sims to perform there and often creates new NPC sims just for that purpose (and of course the more NPC sims the more laggy the game becomes).
The game DOES come with a new neighbourhood though. If you don't want to start a sim off by scratch then you can load the new neighbourhood which has different performing sims at different levels of their careers. The neighbourhood actually is like a sim copy of Hollywood and to go with the new Hollywood/LA style neighbourhood there are a lot more dishes that sims can prepare. Every dish that had meat or fish can now have a tofu alternative, great for vegetarian sims! And there are a few new dishes to come with this expansion.
SimPort is a new feature that allows your performing sims to go away for a while into another player's game, perform there and come back levelled up in their career. You don't actually see your sims performing there but apparently your sim disappears for a few hours then returns. You can also host sims which means importing them to perform at a venue from another player's game. Of course to do any of this you have to be online and logged in while playing your game. I haven't tried this feature so I can't comment on how well it works.
Although the idea of SimPort seems great, and maybe it is there is one thing that I'm very upset and even angry about with this feature. And that is that a lot of the stage prop items that come with the expansion are ONLY accessible if you send your sim through simport. For example there is a set of chess pieces for the stage but you can only have access to 2 of them when you install the game, and if you are a strictly offline player like me, you will never be able to get the other pieces as they can only be unlocked through simport.
The game has a LOT of pieces locked like this and it's unfair for offline players. The game also assumes that you have people online with to send your sim to and with the sims 4 now out the amount of people able to simport with will slowly decrease, a big negative for me.
The game also keeps creating wishes for sims such as 'Host a Magician at Coffee House' this means your sims want to host or import a sim from another player to that venue. An annoying wish I keep having to delete as again I play this game offline.
The only other bad this I'd say about this collector's edition is that I did too believe there would be more Katy Perry stuff in it and there really isn't. The expansion pack has no bonus features unless you download them all and if you are not keen on that then I'd suggest getting the standard edition. The only other things are a picture and guitar picks which unless you are Katy Perry mad don't impress that much.
If you are looking for Katy Perry items then the stuff pack 'Katy Perry Sweet Treats' is the one to go for, and again like I said I'd suggest the standard edition for offline players and to be wary that the codes for downloading bonus content may have also expired by now.
Other than those warnings I'd still give this game a 5 for fun as it really is a lot of fun to play and a great expansion for those that missed the sims superstar from the original sims series!
Aside from all the Katy Perry stuff (and by the way she isn't a pre-made character just incase you were wondering! Although you can make her yourself obviously), the game is a good expansion. You can be acrobats (which is so far all I've managed to do because its such a good career I just keep playing it!), erm you can be in a band or a singer. There are new personality traits such as Diva and Natural Born Performer to use which are good.
You have to get gigs at local venues and there is a new town which is full of bars and places where you can play. The more places you play at the more become available as some are only able to be used if you're at a certain career level.
You can play for tips too to boost your skill level and obviously earn some money so you can work a lot longer that normal jobs as you have open hours.
Overall this game is well worth the money- far more than any of the other expansions and I have all the ones that are out including the "stuff" packs. I just can't wait for Supernatural to come out now :D