The Sims 3: Late Night

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The Sims 3: Late Night
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Front cover of Late Night
Developer(s) EA Play/The Sims Studio (Windows, Mac OS X)
EA Mobile (Mobile)
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series The Sims
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, OS X
Release date(s)
  • NA October 26, 2010
  • EU October 28–29, 2010
  • AUS October 28, 2010
Genre(s) Life simulation game
Mode(s) Single-player

The Sims 3: Late Night (LN) is the third expansion pack for the strategic life simulation computer game The Sims 3[1] and is similar to previous expansions The Sims 2: Nightlife for The Sims 2 and The Sims: Hot Date for The Sims. It incorporates some elements from The Sims: House Party, The Sims: Superstar, and The Urbz: Sims in the City.

This expansion pack also introduces a brand new city neighborhood named 'Bridgeport', based on the city of San Francisco and Los Angeles, which is divided into an urban/downtown area, a less dense uptown area, and a hilly, affluent suburb.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

In The Sims 3: Late Night, your Sims can go out to the downtown area of the brand new world, Bridgeport. The downtown area includes: Dive Bar, Sports Bar, Local Watering Hole, Dance Club, Poolside Club, Disco Club, Exclusive Lounge, Vampire Lounge, Fusion Lounge.

All of these community lots have their own unique names but some require for you to be a high-class Sim for your entry. With these new community lot types come new rabbitholes and high rises; and also some new types of Sims- vampires and celebrities.

As a vampire your sim receives new abilities such as increased skill learning speed, the ability of reading other Sims' minds to find out their traits and relationship status, and lastly the ability to run faster than ordinary Sims.

In Bridgeport there are some premade vampire families such as the Slayer and Hemlock households. New Death: Now, Vampires can die of regular deaths including starvation. But it is called Thirst and it is a different animation.

Instead, they will hold their necks, turn into ash, and die. Their ghost will be dark crimson with a red pulsing light flashing where the vampire's heart used to be. To become a vampire, you either have to befriend or become romantically involved with one and ask them to turn you, or when your Sim is a celebrity they receive a lot of perks. If The Sims 3: Supernatural is installed, the player can create a vampire straight from Create-a-Sim.

If Sims are Celebrities, then they will get discounts or completely free food, fan mail and gifts from obsessed fans and your Sims will be able to get into the most high class clubs in the neighborhood.

In Create-a-Sim there are more than a dozen new clothes and hairstyles available for your Sims and the new muscle definition is introduced.

There are also 2 new traits: Shy and Star Quality. Sims that dance frequently throughout the day eventually get the Club Dance interaction. In build mode, there are now half walls and a few new flooring, and wall covering options and one new flowering plant. Additionally, pools can be placed on other building levels (2nd, 3rd, 4th floors and the basement.) In buy mode, there are new objects such as hottubs, strobe lights, and dance floors and new object additions (new couches, beds, bar stools, etc.)

Bridgeport[edit]

It is the first urban city of its kind to be featured on the Sims series games as most past neighbourhoods were either towns or suburbs.

Bridgeport is designed to focus on late night activities, and is similar in many respects to Downtown, a previous sub-neighborhood introduced in The Sims: Hot Date and The Sims 2: Nightlife expansion packs. However, Bridgeport is not a town but rather a major metropolitan city which apparently based on New York City or other major city in the US. Therefore it is a much larger version of a Downtown.

With the official announcement of Late Night, it was apparent that a new town would be created to showcase the new features in the expansion. Initially, it was unknown whether this would be a sub-neighborhood and thus similar to the Downtown of The Sims and The Sims 2, or whether it would be an entirely new neighborhood (much like The Sims 3: Ambitions introduced Twinbrook) although it is said that Bridgeport is 3 times bigger than Twinbrook. During a Twitter session, game producer, Grant Rodiek, confirmed the existence of a "downtown" that would be its own separate neighborhood; it was also announced that the town was unnamed, thus indicating that the new town would most likely not be named 'Downtown'.[3] GameSpot, in an article released on August 16, 2010, revealed that the name of the new neighborhood is 'Bridgeport'[4]

The city of Bridgeport includes high rises and penthouse lofts. It has similar features to Twinbrook, in the way that it is made of multiple islands connected by bridges. Sims are able to both drive and walk over these bridges.[5] It has been described as "a mix of downtown San Francisco with the hills of Los Angeles/Hollywood just across the bridge"[6]

Bridgeport is divided in two main areas. An urban city center and a more sub-urban area with luxury mansions[7] Bridgeport features new graphics for certain rabbit holes.[7] An interesting fact about Bridgeport is that Sims here (and in Twinbrook) are much richer on average than sims in Sunset Valley and Riverview. Bridgeport families start with around $5000 and there are several rich families with large houses you can play.

Careers[edit]

There is one new career, the film career. The career puts emphasis on the Celebrity mechanic, also introduced with The Sims 3: Late Night, as it is a factor that influences job performance. Sims in the film career go to work at the new rabbit hole: Film studio, but are also able to do other career-related tasks around the neighborhood, much like the Medical career, or the careers added in The Sims 3: Ambitions.[8]

Some of these tasks include promoting movies at bars and picking up food for shoots. Sims in the film careers can win awards, similar to the ones in The Sims: Superstar. Sims in the career can also write movie scripts. The movie studio rabbit hole name is Plumbob Pictures Backlot.

Players are able to model their sims after real celebrities, if they wish. Here, a band is made to look like the rock band U2.

There is a big emphasis on becoming a celebrity. Celebrities are fun for storytelling or for those who play the sims for the challenges. They also fit perfectly with the penthouse suites, clubs with VIP lounges, and bands. You can become a celebrity by befriending celebrities or impressing them by talking about your job, wealth, name dropping, or simply making things up. You can also buy a round of drinks for other sims at the bar to prove you are a hot shot.

A celebrity is something you have to become, although the spouses and offspring of celebrities get an extra boost. Celebrities are granted access to better clubs and VIP lounges. They are given discounts around town. Like free drinks or food at the club. They are invited to hang out at exclusive parties with other celebrities. Sims that are celebrities are stalked by the paparazzi and admiring fans, who will ask you for their autograph.

There are also scandals. If your celebrity sim is caught doing something in public like cheating on their spouse this could affect their public image. To defend themselves, celebrities can pay off the paparazzi or go down to the City Hall and sue their trouble makers.

New Lifetime Rewards[edit]

  • The Hustler – 5,000 Points
    The Hustler is usually good at bar games, such as Darts, Football, and Shuffleboard.
  • Watering Hole Regular – 7,500 Points
    Watering Hole Regulars are frequent customers at local bars, so they get a discount on all drinks and food.
  • The Next Big Thing – 10,000 Points
    Sims who are the Next Big Thing are bound to make any band successful. They earn extra Simoleons when playing gigs with a band.
  • Excellent Groupie – 10,000 Points
    Excellent Groupies make every good outing a good time!
  • Master of Seduction – 15,000 Points
    Masters of Seduction never feel the pain of romantic rejection. Their romantic advances always succeed.
  • Better Mixologist – 15,000 Points
    Better Mixologists make higher quality drinks than the average Sims.
  • Always on the List – 17,500 Points
    Sims who are Always on the List will never be refused entry into bars, clubs, and lounges.
  • Map to the Stars – 20,000 Points
    Sims with a Map to the Stars can see all Celebrity homes in Map View, making it easy to be a frequent uninvited guest!

Development[edit]

System requirements
Requirements
Windows[9]
Operating system Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or Windows 7
CPU Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
2.0GHz (XP)
2.4GHz (Vista or 7)
Memory 1 GB (XP)
1.5GB (Vista or 7)
Hard drive 3.5 GB (9.6 GB of hard drive space if installing with The Sims 3) with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games
Graphics hardware DirectX 9.0c compatible card with 128 MB RAM (NVIDIA FX 5900/ATI 9500 or better) with Pixel Shader 2.0 support. The NVIDIA FX series is unsupported under Vista.
Macintosh
Operating system Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
CPU Intel Core Duo Processor
Memory 2 GB
Graphics hardware ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 7300 GT with 128 MB RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100. The NVIDIA GeForce 6100 and 7100 cards are not supported. The NVIDIA GeForce 7300 is unsupported under Snow Leopard.

The expansion pack was announced on July 20, 2010,[10] with a trailer featuring "Bridgeport", a new downtown and urban area, along with new objects and musical instruments, such as a piano, keyboard, a drum set and an upright bass.

The game was released on October 26, 2010[11] in North America.[12]

Music[edit]

The Sims 3: Late Night features the following artists and songs in its soundtrack.[13]

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