The Sims 3 Showtime Review
Showtime is the sixth expansion pack to be released for The Sims 3. I am not sure if this is because it followed the ever-so-boring Pets expansion pack (EP), but this is certainly my favorite EP thus far. When this EP was first announced people were complaining and whining that this should have been a part of Late Night, and not on its own. I disagreed then, and now I have even more reason to disagree now. Like I have stated before, Late Night was all about the night life. It was about bar hopping, dancing, partying, and late night hot tubbing. Showtime is about performing. It is about allowing your sims to start off as street performers to eventually make it to the “Big Show” with new professions.
What a profession does in The Sims 3 is allow you to go to work with your sim, this is opposite of a career, which is simply what we call a rabbit hole, where your sims just disappear for a few hours. I’ve always wondered what happens in that rabbit hole. Are my sims xeroxing their asses? Are they making out with the boss in the janitor’s closet? Or are they planning to just climb out of my computer and take over the world? We may never know. But we do know is what they are doing every second in a profession because we can control their every move with special interactions. The new professions allows your sim to become a singer, magician, or acrobat. You perform on a stage that you have the option to customize with stage props, and from there it’s all up to your sim. I really like the new professions. I think that they are what The Sims franchise has been missing. I find myself wanting to play all three of the new jobs at once because they are all so different and fun. *Click on images below to make them bigger*
One of my favorite contributions of Showtime are the new clothing and hairstyles that are available in Create-A-Sim. The clothing is stylish and fresh. The new styles are things that you might have in your closet or see someone wearing in a magazine or on the street. The new clothes are not too simple, or too out there (like some items you can get in The Sims 3 Store). I absolutely love what they have done with the girls portion. There are more dresses than pants/shorts outfits, but that is okay. The style of the dresses make up for that. The new clothes are meant for the girly girl if you ask me. Luckily, I am just that. As far as the men’s attire goes, oh em geeeeeeee! I have every EP and stuff pack (SP) and I have not seen great clothes like this since Late Night! If you do not like the theme of this EP, buy it for the men’s clothing. I promise you, you will not regret it. The men’s clothing has a street casual kind of feel to it. Granted they only have one outfit, but they have tons of tops and bottoms to choose from. I love it. One down fall is that all of the new hairstyles (except one for the men) are simply okay. There is nothing really that stands out, and I find myself choosing other hairstyles when I play my game.
Starlight Shores is the new town that comes with the Showtime EP. My first impressions were that this is a great town that is big with tons of new community lots for me to explore. I still think that it’s a great town, but I’m still not as impressed with the sims occupying this place as I was with Late Night. I hate to make so many comparisons to Late Night throughout this review, but when it came to clothing and the town, it was amazing. Now back to Showtime. I did find a few interesting sims, like the Luck brothers, but there really isn’t much room to sleep around, or have a million romantic relationships. Everyone seems to be involved with someone. I do understand that with story progression, things like that happen outside of EA’s control, but sheesh. My sim ended up dating an NPC (party dancer). The architecture of the new lots are great. The interior design for the new community lots and homes is well planned out as well. You enter these new lots and instantly feel the vibe of the theme, whether it is western, rave, or just a hangout. I like Starlight Shores. It might just be my new go-to neighborhood. It has everything I want, plus leaves rooms for me to add bars and lounges from Late Night.
As far as objects for build/buy mode go, I would say that this EP reigns above all others. It reintroduces pool tables and the dance sphere. Showtime also introduces old school arcade games, the mechanical bull, and a skeet ball machine. There are new furniture sets as well. One of the sets kind of reminds me of something that should be in a retirement community in Florida, but maybe that’s just me. The other set is very fancy, a great addition to the theme of a superstar.
Then you have SimPort. SimPort is pretty much a new social feature that allows you to send your singer, acrobat, or magician to a friends game to perform, or to allow your friend’s sims to perform in your game. As of right now, in my opinion, it’s still a little glitchy, but once you get it to work, it is… interesting. Using SimPort will unlock new stage props for your sims to use in their performances. You also get simoleons and lifetime reward points for using the system. I do see this as getting very played out in the future though, maybe with new EPs they can do something different with it, but I feel like simmers will get bored sooner than they might expect. I certainly think that I will. The initial excitement for SimPort has already abandoned me.
Overall, I think that this is a great expansion pack that offers even greater objects. If these professions do not appeal to you, then buy it for the new items. You don’t have to be a singer, acrobat, or magician, you can be anything you want. I give this EP 4.5 out of 5 stars. I recommend The Sims 3 Showtime over any other expansion pack for this game. It is that good. If you have any questions, be sure to leave a comment below.