by EA Games
Developed by Maxis
Platform: PC CD-ROM
Released - Out Now
Price : £19.99
have to give credit to the developers of The Sims. For three years
now they've kept the game fresh and have constantly dominated the
PC games sales charts and that is a phenomenal achievement. They've
kept our interest in the game by releasing themed expansion packs
that forever broaden gameplay and give longstanding players something
different to do with their Sims. If I'm not mistaken this is the
sixth expansion pack for The Sims and yet again it introduces new
concepts and refines existing ones that are already in the game.
the title would suggest Superstar is all about giving you the ability
to make your Sim a star. As with other expansions: Hot Date, Vacation
and Unleashed, a new location has been added, Studio Town. Studio
Town is where all the glitzy, celebrity Sims work and hang out.
Studio Town is split into 9 different areas for you to visit. Each
of these areas has different facilities for your Sim to train to
become a star. You simply phone for a cab to take you wherever you
want to go. Like the Hot Date expansion it'll cost you 50 simoleons
to get a cab to any of these regions.
can't become a celebrity Sim overnight though, it has to be worked
at. It's also worth noting that it's the first career in The Sims
where you can actually see your Sim work. Being a star is a full
time career and once you make the decision to head for the big time
you'll have to quit your current career, should you already have
one. The road to fame and fortune begins with a search for an agent
that you can find in The Studio Town Insider, a daily paper that
is now delivered with your daily newspaper. Once you have an agent
it's off to Studio Town to begin your road to stardom.
not possible to simply walk onto a movie set and launch yourself
to stardom. Initially you'll only have access to the Karaoke stage
and the open microphone. To progress in your quest to become a star
you'll have to improve your star rating. You begin with no stars
and have to progress, in half star increments, until you reach the
maximum of five stars to have access to all Studio Town has to offer.
Photo shoots, TV commercials, soap operas and music videos are just
some of the activities your Sim could be taking part in on their
road to the top. You can't step onto a movie set until you have
four and a half stars so it's going to take time for your Sim to
make it onto the silver screen.
in all of the Careers in The Sims, initially you'll only be paid
silly payments of twenty to thirty simoleons but as you progress
and gain more stars you'll earn money that is plenty enough to keep
you in style and allow you to mingle with the elite Sims. The Studio
Town Insider shows you the list of who's hot in Studio Town and
one of the goals of Superstar is to get among this top ten and be
seen with them as much as possible. Once you've made it as a star
you'll be asked for autographs and you might even have an obsessed
fan that follows you around everywhere. It's even possible to win
a Simmy Award if your star rating is high enough. There are two
types of award. There's the Achievement Award and the Performance
Award. One thing you have to consider with the Performance Awards
though is that if you have built up your stars concentrating on
one specific category (out of Music, Fashion and Acting) then you're
more likely to win a Performance Award. Even the paparazzi are present
and will go out of their way for a picture when you've hit it big.
In addition to the Superstar specific items and characters (including
Marilyn Monroe and Christina Aguilera) you'll also find other additions
to the game. There have been new wallpapers, and floors included
which is always welcome. There are new lifestyle items such as personal
steamers and satellite dishes that enable you to have double the
amount of TV programs for your Sim to choose from. If you have The
Sims Unleashed installed you'll find that more pet skins have been
added and there's even some extra material for those who have The
House Party expansion pack. If this is your first expansion then
you'll notice too many differences to mention here but one of the
major pluses is that it adds three extra neighbourhoods which gives
you even more potential to create a whole new bunch of Sims. If
you're rolling in the money you can even hire a Butler but at five
hundred simoleons a day he certainly doesn't come cheap. The phone
book is now much improved and it's far easier to understand. If
you choose to 'call neighbour' a menu now appears and you can choose
whom you want to phone rather than having to go through a whole
load of menus as you did before. In total there are over 150+ items
that have been added in The Sims Superstar.
there ever a game more deaf gamer friendly than The Sims? We think
there isn't and Superstar does nothing to change this. As with The
Sims all conversations use icons rather than speech or text so deaf
gamers are on an equal footing with hearing gamers. All information
that is given out is done via text so again there are no problems.
Sims Superstar is certainly one of the best expansions for The Sims.
To be the sixth expansion for the game and still offer something
completely different is a remarkable achievement. It's great being
able to see your Sim at work at long last. All the new items and
features that have been added will certainly please longstanding
fans of The Sims and will help keep their interest until the hugely
anticipated The Sims 2 is released early next year.
Game Rating: 8.5/10
may be the sixth expansion but it's also one of the best and offers
fans of The Sims the chance to make their Sim a star.
No problems at all. If only other games were this deaf gamer friendly
this website wouldn't be needed.
thanks to Jo Upton at EA for enabling us to review this game.