Conclusion: I’d not visited The Sims 3 since its launch and Late Night has successful reignited my passion for the series. It’s a welcome addition the Sims 3 family and one that’s executed to the high standards that we’ve come to expect. A must buy for fans of the series, but it’ll do little for convincing sceptics. Then again, Late Night wasn’t built for the naysayers; it was built for those that enjoy crafting imaginary lives.
Conclusion: includes what many in real life would love to experience: being a VIP that can move directly to the front of the line and has all-access to the hottest nightlife spots – lounges and the deepest of dive bars to dance clubs –along with all the adoration that comes with celebrity status.
Add-on pack skews older with nightlife and hook-ups.
Common Sense Media
22 January 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Late Night is an expansion pack to the Sims 3 game for PC and Mac platforms. It adds the ability to go out on the town and visit night clubs late at night. Players can take their Sim to dance, socialize, and hook up with other characters. Its entire emphasis is on nightlife and encouraging players to get into more and more exclusive venues.
Excerpt: When Gran Turismo 5 (GT5) was announced, there was a certain degree of anticipation. This was fuelled by the release of GT5 Prologue giving us the first glimpse and feel of how the cars might appear and handle on the PS3. Now, finally, at the end of 2010, months, nay years, after GT5 Prologue started gathering dust, we have our hands on the latest iteration of The Real Driving Simulator.
Excerpt: Those who may have thought that Sims 3: Late Night sounded a wee bit risqué might want to look at the recommended age group for the game and temper their expectations, stepping back slightly from any excitement that this could be bordering on the indelicate, with sexy, drunken shenanigans. This is not to say it’s bad, just that it may not have been the extension some [depraved? – Ed] people were looking for.
Excerpt: The Sims 3 Late Night sees the return of vampires, night life, and celebrity status. The Sims 3 has yet another expansion to add to the experience of playing with the every day lives of little people. While the expansions are designed to keep the game fresh and entertaining, does Late Night keep things interesting?
Conclusion: The Short Version: Admittedly, it does sound like there's more wrong with GT5, than there is right. Many of the negative points are based around the menus and the lack of progression in the game's format when we've seen the competition flourish in recent years. Once you get on the track though and brave the in-car viewpoint, the game fires into life and demands respect.
Pros: Superb handling using in-car or road cameras, Hundreds of beautifully rendered cars, Races are more exciting than in previous GT games
Cons: Utterly horrible menus, Career mode feels too restrictive in car choice, Top Gear and Rally events are hugely disappointing
Excerpt: If you’ve been dying to get out of virtual suburbia, this is your chance. Electronic Arts’ The Sims 3: Late Night expansion pack features an entirely new urban cityscape – “Bridgeport” – complete with high-rise buildings, celebrities around every corner, and a pumping nightlife. Not to mention all of the other features of cities – muggings, snobby socialites, and a rather dark supernatural underbelly.
Pros: Level of customisation; Sims can be celebrities, rockstars of vampires;
Cons: Can’t move Sims from standard game into the city, so you need to start from scratch; only one apartment per building