The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion Pack Impressions

We get out of the suburbs and live the glamorous city life in EA's third expansion pack for The Sims 3.

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If you're tired of having your sims live the quiet life in suburbia surrounded by a white picket fence and nosy neighbors, then pack your bags and head to the bustling city of Bridgeport, the city that sleeps only in the wee hours of the morning. In The Sims 3's latest expansion pack, Late Night, your sim can stay up all night long and party until the sun rises. New locations, furniture, objects, and wishes are just some of the things that have been added, and we got our first look when we went down to EA in Redwood Shores.

Live the glamorous life of a celebrity.

In Late Night, a new grouping mechanic has been added, which makes it easier to go out for a night on the town with your sim friends. Wherever you go, they'll go too, that is, unless you're in a group of three, and two of your sims start to get cozy, and then the third wheel will eventually leave in a huff. Vampires have been on the scene since Sims 2: Nightlife, but now they've gotten a bit of a Twilight makeover. These bloodsucking (or in this case, plasma-fruit-sucking) demons are now sexier and are part of the most elite group in town, so you'll be compelled to be in their bloodthirsty presence. To get into one of the most exclusive clubs in town, the Plasma 501--a vampire haunt--you must befriend a fellow vamp or you'll be left waiting outside. These intoxicatingly good-looking vampires can read minds along with being able to dash from one end of the neighborhood to the other with little effort. The downside is that they don't like the daylight (obviously) and will start to smoke a bit and complain about the heat. If you find yourself drawn to these creatures of the night, know that by befriending a vampire you can eventually ask him or her to turn you, or if you happen to mate, there's a chance that you may end up with a vampire baby. Consider yourself warned: There's no going back.

Other places to visit include dive bars, which we got a chance to hang out in to see what it was like to moonlight as a bartender--and order wings and nachos during happy hour! Your skills as a mixologist (a new gig that has been added) go up over time, but in the beginning you'll fumble around with the drinks and break a few glasses. We were told that eventually you can even come up with your own concoctions by doing a supermarket run. Another way to make some cash is to start a band. You'll start off with playing gigs during the day, but once your band gets better, you'll be invited to play at better venues. Instruments such as a bass, a drum set, and a keyboard have been added so you can jam in a subway if you want to--although you do have to worry about getting mugged.

If you prefer to take a more traditional job approach and start from the bottom, there's a film career to pursue that allows you to branch off on different paths as an actor or a director. You'll earn different rewards at the end, such as a director's chair or your very own trailer where you can throw star tantrums.

Late Night is primarily about living that VIP lifestyle by boosting your celebrity status and getting to know the bouncers so they'll let you in on sight. A new lifetime wish could be to own a penthouse, which you can then deck out with a hot tub on the balcony and tons of swanky furniture. A couple of character traits have been added as well: your sim can be shy or have star quality, which makes your sim more likely to gain fame and hog all the attention. However, during our demo we noticed that your sim doesn't need to have that quality to get up and dance on a bar (apparently that particular sim had the insane trait).

Yes there will be rooftop hot tubs.

Other objects that are worth mentioning include a bubble bar, which is similar to an oxygen bar, where your sim can sit and blow different-colored bubbles. An effects machine can be added to spruce up the atmosphere with snow, lasers, or confetti. For a more low-key type of setting, there are shuffleboards, arcades, and dart boards to keep your sims busy. Everything we saw at the bars can be used in your own home, so you can have your own cocktail bar in that penthouse suite you've been eyeing. The city of Bridgeport is quite big, with landmark buildings and plenty of towering high-rises. A red dot on the map will indicate which club is particularly happening that evening, so it's worth checking out what's hot that night to make the most of your evening. Another way to find out where the party is at is to gossip with your fellow sims or read the newspaper.

It looks like Late Night lets you experience what a Hollywood starlet likes to do in the evenings. Not only do you get to mingle with other socialites and wannabe aspiring actors, but to blend in better, you can add muscle definition to your sim as well as augment your sim's assets. Live the life of a celebrity when The Sims 3 Late Night arrives on October 26.

Discussion

49 comments
Zmzk52
Zmzk52

When will The Sims 3 Seasons Come I am waiting for it

Zmzk52
Zmzk52

I love The Sims serien especially Sims 2 & Sims 3 I am Gonna buy This expansion

BrunoBear
BrunoBear

What I didn't like is the fact that they put a new town. This means we have to start a new family from scrap. That sucks... will the new town have the benefit of the other packs?

beyonce15
beyonce15

I think its a big improvment better than Hot date sims1 or Nightlife sims2, Late night has a totally different approach to the whole nightlife saga, they add vampires and you automatically assume its a remake, its been taken over completly from will wright so the producers either look to further improve on what they have and what people want or make new stuff and I think this is the best ep they have come out with to date!

Glic2K
Glic2K

People always complain about how EA keeps "milking" the Sims franchise, but you have to realize: there are people who never played The Sims 1 or The Sims 2. If you feel like you're just buying the same content again, then keep right on playing The Sims 2. But some people are actually experiencing this stuff for the first time, and don't mind paying for what looks like a great expansion to an already great game...

VitorHF
VitorHF

Hey... i Just found out that this new expansion will have a bass... i was REALY excited... but then i saw a picture of the bass (cello)... i was wandering... are they gonna put the Bass Guitar in the game? I'd love it... If Someone knows the answer tell me pls =D THX

happyfatman021
happyfatman021

True. I doubt they would ever provide them for free, but I think they could get away with selling them in downloadable form for just like $10 or something.

CyberLips
CyberLips

@happyfatman021 But i HAVE to buy them , they have new stuff that i like but it's like buying another game! They should be free and downloadable! :D

happyfatman021
happyfatman021

@CyberLips: So don't buy them. I'll admit though, this is pretty lame; a blatant re-release of Nightlife. Ideally, they would start with what was added through expansions in the previous game and expand even further from there. But of course, as long as people keep buying the same old stuff, EA will continue to make it.

smileyfaceLOL
smileyfaceLOL

'a new group mechanic has been added' NO! the OLD grouping mechanic has been REadded so we can all spend £30 on something we already own!!! the sims used to be fun but there is no point in making sims 3 if it is just a glitched up version of sims 2!

naomeh
naomeh

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Xz55000
Xz55000

Finally they added hot tubes but what I really want is The Sims 3 Seasons, it was my favorite expansion pack in The Sims 2.

Rx_Nightmare
Rx_Nightmare

They should have based the expansion in Detroit, put your sim in a $200/month slum, add guns, crime, and pollution. Then it would be realistic city life.

Flonne_N_Etna
Flonne_N_Etna

Excited as always! The sims 3 is still the best game for me...

BlackTargetmark
BlackTargetmark

God damn!! I'll be absolutely waiting for Sims 3's "Open for Business" EP.

CyberLips
CyberLips

i hate buying expansion packs!! :(

lehoang15tuoi
lehoang15tuoi

Those who called Starcraft2 "Milkcraft 2," don't forget there's still The Sims and EA to learn from...

Lothos_Delion
Lothos_Delion

I think everyone that ever played the previous version of sims had this expansion and missed the vampires. It's obvious now why they did not included them in the original version. They wanted to save them for the night lift expansion. Don't care for the twilight change to the vamps but oh well thus is life.

kpuff
kpuff

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Hurvl
Hurvl

With all the expansions that the Sims have gone through I often think "Hey, wasn't this done in an earlier expansion?". It's like we get almost the same expansions with each new game. Not saying that every expansion is a copy of the ones for the first or second game, but I often get a deja vu-feeling whenever I think about the new Sims expansions.

Vicel0r
Vicel0r

While I do feel The Sims 3 lacked some things that made The Sims 2 great (likes and dislikes, better options for categorising custom music in its relevant genre) I think overall it is better, although I enjoyed The Sims 2 much more, but maybe because I was young(er) at the time.

beatdown200
beatdown200

sounds great but why is coming out the same day as fable 3 and svr 2011

TahaPrice
TahaPrice

yeah guys... i just played sims 3 for 3or4 days and then went back to my family in sims 2. this sims3 was a realy dissapointment to me

N4Red_NYC
N4Red_NYC

You are absolutely right @smileyfaceLOL it gets too repetitive. I stopped completely playing this game. Just rebooted versions which is nonsense to me. It became boring I was not even interested in the expansion packs anymore.

smileyfaceLOL
smileyfaceLOL

sounds good, but then again ambitions sounded good when they first announced it.... i really liked sims 2, but with sims 3 there isnt enough to do and it just gets repetitive after a while. i havent used world adventures for about 7 months.....

VonSohsten
VonSohsten

I just love the Sims series since the early stages of it... and actually what may seem a "re-launch" of the same old is in fact totally revamped (literally Vamped in this case). The game mechanics has changed so damn much in sims 3 that they have the oportunity of taking the same concepts as before to totally new levels... Looking forward to this one.

FunRat
FunRat

I love all the new stuff and what-not in expansion packs, but I hate buying them

Epochend
Epochend

It's pretty shameless of EA to keep taking away stuff that had been added in expansions to previous games, and then re-releasing it as if the idea was new and exciting. I haven't played Sims 3 yet, but did they seriously remove the grouping mechanic?

Seifer-fx
Seifer-fx

Finally!! A successor to the Superstar expansion. That was i favorate, i enjoyed hitting my obessed fan haha.

Trevon05
Trevon05

If this is equivalent to nightlife and world adventures is equivalent to Bon Voyage .Then what is ambitions equivalent to?

RedWave247
RedWave247

So, we've got our equivilent to Night Life. Which is great, because that was one of my favourite expansions. But, I'm still waiting for a new University one, dangit!

Ceraby
Ceraby

lol you can get a vampire baby? This I gotta see. :D

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

YES, YES, YES!! About time EA finally listened! No more sitting in my sim's house late at night, lol. When I used to play Sims 2 the Nightlife expansion was by far my favorite (I'd assume others felt the same). I've been so waiting for a expansion for the Sims 3 similar to that. Damn, this will be a awesome pre-birthday gift to get myself. (comes out 2 days before it!) :D

RostamDastan
RostamDastan

Sims Gets boring in a few days,belive dat

undersquirl
undersquirl

eh, meh... the problem with the sims is that i play for a few days then there's just nothing left to do ingame... guess i'll give this a try

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

FINALLY! Something actually fun to do on the public lots now. Plus, I was so bored with the whole suburbia lifestyle setting. Glad to see we can be in the city now :)

James009
James009

I don't know if I'm gonna buy this... doesn't seem to appeal to me personally. Which means more for the rest of you! :D

fireycheeseball
fireycheeseball

the only problem i have with the sims is that i sit in my basement for about 12 hours playing it. Then i feel like a loser with no life.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

sounds ok, being an actor, or director, and a new town to explore is always good, i am not sure about this yet, i have yet to get a sims 3 expansion yet, and am not sure if i will follows the sims much longer... thanks for the news though guys...

eternal_blade3
eternal_blade3

YEAHH this is gonna be good. And VelvetKevorkian, I totally agree with you.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

But i wanted 3 woman in the hot tub all for myself wth ea..Man why keep it to two only..Thats not a party in a hot tub )..

j0abell
j0abell

I wish they'd do an expansion that'd make the graphics less awful.

Stankmuffin
Stankmuffin

"...augment your sim's assets..." hmm

JFH_PSfanboy
JFH_PSfanboy

Finally the hot tubs come, and vampires!

goutham7
goutham7

sims always rockzzzzzz...its the only real life simulation game by our great EA.