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Showtime - First Impressions
« on: March 06, 2012, 04:06:36 AM »
Showtime's release is here!  Tell us what you think of this new expansion pack for Sims 3.
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2012, 11:08:34 AM »
There are two huge empty lots in Starlight Shores: a 64 x 64 and a 60 x 60.  However, if you have pets, the equestrien center automatically takes over the 60 x 60 lot and if you're not looking you may not see it there. 

The addresses are 339 Hill Street (60x60) and 684 Vista Blvd (64x64).    No deathbush at the graveyard but there is a pond.  The library has kids books and skill books.   

There is another 60 x 60 empty park area.   The only buildings from other expansions are the ones auto populated so in addition to the equestrien center the generic junkyard, fire station, tattoo parlor and consignment shop are also auto placed on lots.  Most of the town seems to be Big Venues, Live Show Venues and Private Venues which work for the new professions.  There seems to be a stage everywhere.   

Overall the town isn't that large but the people in it are interesting to say the least.  Two of the families are Gooder and Best. 

Strangely enough this is also the prettiest cemetery I've seen EA make so far.
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2012, 11:27:45 AM »
I'm working on getting an acrobat started. To become an acrobat (or singer or magician), you look in the newspaper under profession. You click on the Sim to practice or to perform for tips. I can see why you get the option to moonlight as a DJ; my biggest tip so far has been $20. You can perform for tips in any public place, and you advance with athletic, perform for tips, and getting gigs.

She went to a SimFest -- the acrobat was slightly more advanced than she was, but managed to set himself on fire with the fire baton. Luckily he didn't keep burning, but I don't know what happens if the active Sim does that.



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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2012, 11:54:48 AM »
I'm working on a list of residents for people to have and while doing so I think I have met the first townie that will ever autonomously get her lifetime wish without any help from the player.    Catherine Best wants to be surrounded by family and at the start of the game she has four children and is pregnant.
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2012, 11:59:05 AM »
Just got the game at Walmart, my first impression - I love Walmart. Why? Because I didn't preorder, and they had copies of the Katy Perry Edition and the Limited Edition. They didn't even HAVE the regular edition of Showtime. Going to go install and will let you know when I get back. :D
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2012, 12:30:18 PM »
Someone named Willard Wright showed up at my Sim's first gig. She bombed, by the way, and the moodlet is cute, a cane hooked around the neck.
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2012, 12:45:50 PM »
Can someone get some pictures of the town for us that won't have it for a few days (Or a long while for some).  :)
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2012, 12:50:35 PM »
I've been reading some of the bios for the families.  Wow! Such drama for a little town.  There are two households that share a corner of the road that are supposed to be the same lot.  One is the ex husband living in the "pool house"  while the wife has the main house where her gold digger boyfriend lives with her.

Another house is a lovely young couple where the woman's best friend from school just moved in.  That best friend wants to steal everything her friend has.. fame, fortune,even the boyfriend!
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2012, 12:52:04 PM »
Oooh, the town sounds like room for a whole bunch of stories! :D Has anyone tried out the chat feature thing yet?

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2012, 01:26:55 PM »
Started a game in Union Cove and demolished a couple sites to make room for the new venues.  The big venue doubles as a theater, and the coffeeshop doubles as a diner.  Decided to try out magician first, your only option at first is street busking (performing for tips), and you only know two tricks, neither which you perform well.  Now, it appears that you have a time limit to performing, after which you get fatigued, similiar to working out.  Even so, I made $33 my first time (enough to buy dinner at the coffeeshop) and got halfway through the first level.  You can also perform the tricks for practice, but have to queue them individually.  Finally, with the natural born performer trait, you get a new "Ta-Da!" action that gives you a +5 moodlet for 2 hours.

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Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2012, 01:39:54 PM »
I'm having great fun with my singer. I did notice that there's no go home arrow after she finishes a gig so i have to go to town view and click on her house. My next thing is to figure out how she can make an album.

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2012, 02:24:45 PM »
Oooh, the town sounds like room for a whole bunch of stories! :D Has anyone tried out the chat feature thing yet?
I can't figure out how to chat in the game so unless there is something hiding all the chatting is basically done through your wall which you can get with the patch.   Which is what some of us have been doing already I think.
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2012, 02:33:51 PM »
I can't figure out how to chat in the game so unless there is something hiding all the chatting is basically done through your wall which you can get with the patch.   Which is what some of us have been doing already I think.

Oh right, I see. I thought they actually meant a proper chat thing like msn. ;D

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2012, 03:18:58 PM »
I did have some messages pop up while playing and commented on them , sort of like msn . I kind of liked it .
So far I'm just loving Showtime . :)
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2012, 03:24:05 PM »
Yes, chatting during the game doesn't seem as intrusive as I had feared. The game doesn't pause while you write a response, however. I'm looking forward to using SimPort, but want to wait until my acrobat can do a gig without bombing.
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2012, 03:34:58 PM »
It will pause if you bring up the wall instead of just using the thing in the corner but that can be a little bit more of a hassle I'm afraid.  This also means that no conversations are purely private because any of your friends can see them.
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2012, 04:27:51 PM »
The List for Starlight Shores Residents can be found here.
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2012, 04:28:14 PM »
Sitting patiently, waiting for the UPS man, lol. ::)
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2012, 05:02:04 PM »
Thanks for the list, Ricalynn. They are a strange bunch.
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2012, 05:06:12 PM »
There is only a hand full of LTWs in the whole city which cracks me up. 

I would like to mention that I love the new vanities.  They are a mirror and a dresser so they can do both sets of interactions.  You can change appearance and plan outfit with the same item.
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2012, 05:08:04 PM »
That's sweet.  And I find it interesting how many sims wnat to be professional authors, have no writing skill, and are in jobs at start that don't help with writing, like level 10 singer.

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2012, 05:14:48 PM »
To me this just means if I ever played such person, his first 10,000 LTHP would go to changing his LTW to Vocal Legend for instant fulfillment.
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2012, 05:37:35 PM »
Just started playing. The new town crashed 3 times before I got to save. On the third time, it just stopped playing, but the animations were still going (spinning plumbob, sleeping z's). Normally that's only for a few seconds, but I let it go for 10 minutes this time, and it never resumed and I couldn't click anything. But you know, I'm okay with this. The new town is not impressive at all to me. It seems positively tiny! I may be the only person who thinks that, but I'm going to completely pass on playing this town again. Oh, and when I tried to get my singer a career, only magician and acrobat were in the newspaper and computer.

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2012, 05:37:44 PM »
I've only poked around at it a little bit so far, but I think the new town is awesome (there's finally a 2 bedroom house that a single starting sim can afford to buy!), and so far I'm enjoying it as much as I thought I would.

I'll add further impressions as I get deeper into it.

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2012, 06:53:19 PM »
I found the bull was hilarious, sorry for so many pics.  I do have a few of the town I will put in another post.





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