It's official: Maxis is hard at work on Sims 3, the next major step forward in the greatest selling PC game series of all time. While a ton of details have been revealed through various interviews with major gaming publications and PC Gamer, a few really caught our eye.
It's nice to see that Maxis is taking the Sims in a new direction. It would have been easy for them to milk the cash cow indefinitely by relying on the same old formula.
With so many exciting details emerging, it was easy to miss Maxis' confirmation that the first seventeen expansion packs for Sims 3 are in the works.
While the specifics of each expansion are still under wraps, we did manage to uncover a few of the packs' titles: Sims 3: Dog Houses!, Sims 3: More Yawning Animations, Sims 3: Mexican Soap Opera Costumes, Sims 3: Slightly Racist Thought Bubbles, Sims 3: Nonstop Compulsive Texting, Sims 3: More Dog Houses!, Quake V, Sims 3: Home Mortgage Crisis, Sims 3: Papercuts, and Sims 3: Jokes For Your Sims That Go Absolutely Nowhere.
March 22nd, 1998 - Warren Spector, the legendary game designer behind Ultima Underworld, System Shock, and Deus Ex, is born.
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City Life 2008
The perfect advertisement for property in the suburbs and countryside. 3/10
Condemned 2: Bloodshot
So scary that if the game didn't already take place on Planet Solar Eclipse, I'd recommend playing through it with your eyes closed. 8/10
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2
If Rainbow Six doesn't completely clear the infestation this time around, Las Vegas might want to consider renting a crop duster and spraying Las Vegas with anti-terrorist spray. 8/10
Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty
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PDC World Championship Darts 2008
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Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword
A fantastic - if not difficult - installment in the series that can only be faulted for prolonging the relevance of lame "ninja humor" in popular culture for a few more months. 8/10
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Ring Of Fates
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It's still okay to like Ben Stiller, guys.
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