|New articles and reviews on The Sims 3|
|Monday, 01 June 2009 23:41|
Today, June 2nd 2009, The Sims 3 is officially on the market in many countries, and of course in the USA! Here in Italy we have to wait for three more days, and that's the reason why we're trying to keep busy reading reports and reviews of all those people, critics and normal players, who had the chance to play the game and describe its features.
SimPrograms, who is officially our source of information, has found a dozen of reviews, that of course have to be added to all the other reviews we have found during the year...and to our surprise, the game is having very high ratings! Here below you can find all the articles, links and ratings..
EAâ€™s Sims 3 game could be critical for companyâ€™s future
The Sims 3 game launch today is likely to be critical to the future of Electronic Arts. And weâ€™re not just talking about the companyâ€™s performance in the current quarter.
The Sims 3 for the PC and Mac is the latest edition in a nine-year-old franchise that has become the best-selling game series of all time, with more than 100 million units sold. Itâ€™s an open question whether EA can still innovate in this franchise, which has seen a ton of sequels in the form of expansion packs (follow-on software).
EA launched The Sims in 2000 and The Sims 2 in 2004. Each launch represented an opportunity to launch multiple expansion packs every six months or so. Fans kept on buying, making the series singularly successful.
The game is pretty much what EA executive Ben Bell described last year. EA pretty much stuck to its plan for the game. Thatâ€™s a good sign, considering how critical this game is for the company. There is one big problem. Shawn Milne, an analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott, said that the piracy rate for the Sims 3 appears to be unusually high. And Torrent trackers suggest 180,000 copies have been illegally downloaded already.
EA is expected to combat that by requiring authentication for new downloads and access to the Sims 3 store. That motivates people to buy the real thing.