The Sims 3: Showtime
The Sims have been a social media gaming
phenomenon since it first started, and over the years there have been
new incarnations and add on content to enhance and expand on a gamers
The latest add on is the Sims 3: Showtime, requiring the Sims 3 main
game to enjoy and benefit from some of the new nifty features this add
on brings with it. It does not change how the game is played in any way
mind you, but it does add some nifty perks and more spin to your Sims.
If you want a little more for your Sim, that chance at stepping into the
lime light and also sharing that rise to fame, or the struggle and fall
from stardom, then The Sims 3: Showtime gives you what you need to make
your Sims life something a little more out of the ordinary.
Living the dream is where it’s at; you can have your Sim be a Singer,
Acrobat Performers, Magicians, or even a DJ. What’s interesting about
all this is that it’s not just, wham! given to you on a silver platter.
Oh no my friends, you have to work for it and that’s all part of the
game. It can in some respects be repetitive in having to go through the
motions to climb the ladder of success.
Players guide their Sim through all of the little nuances of their goal
to rising to fame. Running around town getting gigs to perform, and even
decorating the stage yourself assists or hinders the outcome of the Sim
performance. During the performance players have the chance to decide on
what songs or tricks they will perform and their interaction with the
During these times of running around and doing these not so glamorous
jobs, you are gaining experience and money, as well as building on your
song base, or other tricks and stunts. Be it performing on the street or
doing singing telegrams it all adds up, and then the player can
eventually level up on their chosen profession. As time goes on you can
create your own venue. From a concert hall, a stadium, or even a more
intimate setting like a night club.
There is an event that takes place once in a while so that players do
not have to run all over the place setting up gigs. It’s called SimFest,
it is new and it is also a random event. It’s a special talent show for
Singers, Acrobats and Magicians compete against each other, the event
gets you experience that can be used in your advancement of levels to
their profession. Think of it as America’s Got Talent or in this case
Sims Got Talent.
Those who want to go a little more star struck can go with a different
edition of The Sims 3: Showtime. There is also The Sims 3: Showtime Katy
Perry Collector's Edition with unique Katy Perry themed in-game content
and an exclusive poster. The Collector's Edition includes The Sims 3:
Showtime Expansion pack, plus downloadable content. You also get an
Ultimate Stage bonus venue, iconic Katy Perry themed items, and an
exclusive poster. The iconic content includes fashions, a guitar, a
hairstyle and various Katy Perry themed stage props.
Pushing the social networking envelope we are also introduced into an
optional part of the game. It enabled the player to share tragedy and
triumphs with friends and fans alike. The feature also enables you to
send your Sim into a friend’s game. It is called SimPort, you can do all
this and more. Perform in their world, book gigs in their town, go on
tour and be reviewed. It also enables you to host friends Sim in your
EA seems has been supporting social networking for some time and only
solidifies it even more with this optional part of the add on. You can
search for friend’s online, access that friends profile online all in
game. Updating your status is something the social network butterflies
out there will enjoy. Access and update things on the community website,
the web site
http://www.thesims3.com/community has a rather lively community.
The Sims 3: Showtime brings us some interesting features with the new
professions, and even brings back the Genie. If you would like to take
chance with the Genie, find the old lamp and rub it, the Genie will
grant wishes, though consequences may turn out good for the player, or
it can turn bad.
With the content it almost feels like old hat, even with a celebrity
name attached to a special edition. The Sims 3: Showtime is a solid add
on that brings a small twist to the game and some optional social
networking fun on the side for those that really live the Sim Life. Good
for the hard core fans, and a nice intro for those just getting into the
Sims, grab up The Sims 3, and the add on The Sims 3: Showtime.
Create New Sims—New traits and
Lifetime Wishes give you more
tools to tell the stories you
- A Whole New World—The brand
new world of Starlight Shores
features new venues and new
objects to hone your Sims’
- 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, book
gigs, go on tour, and even be
- Be Connected (Optional)—Make
new friends, connect, and share
your stories and experiences
without ever leaving the game.
Using the new individual in-game
newsfeeds, messaging, and live
updates, post your Sims’
successes, share gameplay
techniques, create wishlists 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 newsfeeds and
messages. New achievements will
be introduced on a regular
Have fun, play games