31 January 2013

Duplo Island

Just when you thought it was safe to go near the official TS3 site again, there's yet another new world coming out.  And there's at least a dozen threads over there about it so you shouldn't have any trouble finding some info.  

Here's the somewhat doctored panoramic view of Aurora Skies ... but I wouldn't bother to enlarge it since it doesn't get any better than this.  It looks pretty unfinished for something that goes on sale in 3 weeks.  Well, I guess they do have a bit of time ... it's not like they have to test it or anything. 

29 January 2013

Ever Had One of Those Days ...

... where several things attack you at once?  It's no problem for the Dovahkiin.

(that's a dragon, spriggan, frost troll and snow bear taken care of)

25 January 2013

Supernatural Seasons

And the good news is that the post-Xmas sales brought me both Supernatural and Seasons for the normal price of one expansion, with enough left over for a cup of coffee.  I finally installed Supernatural a couple of weeks ago and started a new game in Moonlight Falls.

And have been making over a few lots and households ever since.  I haven't played at all but decided I might as well install Seasons straight away so I didn't have to redo the lots (again).  Here's a selection of changes I've made in Moonlight Falls so far.  

23 January 2013

Worlds Apart

And now (finally) a TS3-related post.  I started a post on the new store content but there were just too many things to comment on.  So I decided to break it down a bit, starting with the new worlds offered.

First off there was Sweaty Lucky Palms.  Wasn't going to get this one as it didn't interest me.  Actually I think it's interesting that so many things get tip-toed around in TS3 and deemed "not suitable for teens" but gambling isn't a problem.  But mostly it's that I don't like the desert theme, though some of the building styles aren't bad.  And then I picked it up in the Cyber Monday sale for 65% off (with the simpoints I got for half price) since that made it not much more than the cost of the Wishing Well (which was the only bit I really wanted, at least a little bit).  Haven't played it though. 

Next off came Sunburnt Sunlit Tides.  Still not convinced by this one as the lots seem to be too restrictive in size and number to use it as a home world and utilise at least a range of expansions.  Maybe one day if I feel the need for a holiday destination or story location (and it's on sale).  That's if I finally feel brave enough to send my Sims off travelling, perhaps never to return (or to return as clones). 

My favourite bit though is the POW camp.  Nice touch!

Lastly, there was Monte Cristo Vista ... a Tuscan-influenced town, with more than a few Ancient Roman decorations.  'Cause Italy's a small country, right?  Though I guess it's not much different from being able to the Eiffel Tower from the South of France (รก la Champs Les Sims).

My main objection to this world though is the awkward live chat that was used to market it.  Seriously, Mario and Luigi are the only Italians you could think of?  I bet Nintendo were happy with the free plug ... and that I went right out and got New Super Mario Bros 2 instead.  Monte Vista looks interesting, though again lot numbers and sizes are restrictive, but I'm waiting for this one to be heavily reduced in the shops.  

21 January 2013

Believe, believe, the Dragonborn comes ...

... to PC and PS3 in February! (and Hearthfire and Dawnguard for PS3 too)

I've been playing Skyrim on PC (as you can probably tell from previous posts on Dawnguard and Heathfire) but we also have a sadly neglected PS3 version.  Looking forward to the DLC for both versions.  *does happy dance*  

Details of releases can be found here:  http://www.bethblog.com/2013/01/18/the-dragonborn-comes-in-february-and-hearthfire-dawnguard-too/