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The 100 best-selling games on Steam in 2018 so far

We've just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It's a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you'll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there. 2018 releases Jurassic World…

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Feature: The biggest hits of the past 12 months

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol' breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong…

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Feature: The best Sims game

Have You Played… The Sims 3?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. In some respects, if you've played one The Sims game you've played them all. They're all about building a house, populating it with people, making those people look like your friends, and making your friends kiss one another. It's just that The Sims…

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Feature: Another mouth to feed

Surviving With The Sims

Note - this was originally published a month ago as part of the RPS Supporter program, hence the reference to our now-finished Survival Week. It's Survival Week here at RPS, so I decided that I'd write about my earliest experiences with The Sims, a survival game like no other. Left to their own devices, Sims are just about smart enough to struggle through life but…

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Shock As New Sims 3 Expansion Packs Announced

Far in the distance, a tiny speck appears on the grassy horizon. You can't quite make it out - it could be anything, but it is moving. It is moving towards you, faster and faster now - you can make out a person's features. It is a brunette with a bubblegum pink streak in her hair, and dark black square-rimmed glasses. She is wonderfully beautiful;…

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A Time To Expand: The Sims 3 Seasons

Like the games themselves, the expansions for The Sims are a surreal blend of the mundane and the extraordinary. There was an expansion that allowed Sims to go out to bars and clubs, which is something that most people can do anyway, but in the world of commercialism and gobbledegook it also became possible to turn into a vampire. The Sims Seasons adds weather and…

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Vampires Are People Too, In The Sims 3

I thought it was deja vu, but it was actually just another expansion pack. The Sims 3: Late Night already gave us the capacity to become a vampire, in a sexy out clubbin' sort of way, but this time it's all gone a bit Young Adult Fiction with vampires, fairies, wizards, and even zombies becoming simulated people. With a bunch of silly magic, and transformations…

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Feature: The fall of Societies

And Now The Game: A SimCity Preview

After all that back and forth about the DRM, let's see what this new SimCity really is. There's no number because it's not a sequel as such, or so the word goes. I can't help but see it as a statement of intent - the series first turned fallow and then was perverted, but now it's back, back, back on track. Pure and faithful. In…

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The SuperMes: Arch Social Criticism?

I'm not sure whether Channel 4's The SuperMes is an extremely extensive advert for The Sims 3, or an arch criticism of the nature of reality television. Either way, it's a man commentating over edited footage of the game, in an attempt to create a Big Brother-style narrative. You can see the first episode, spotted by Gamasutra, below.

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Feature: Mods And Ends

Mods And Ends: The Sims 3

Oh no! It’s for girls! And not even the good type of girls. The bad ones. The ones who like Hollyoaks and reality TV, and feast on swirling and scurrilous rumours about Brangelina. Except that’s a load of old rubbish, like claiming that games with guns only appeal to violent sociopaths or wargames only appeal to retired colonels. I have it on good authority that…

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Crossbreeding: The Sims 3 Pets

The Sims 3 Pets is now out and a little birdie informs me that horses are exclusive to the PC version, so that's good. That same little birdie is in every version though, being the sort of creature that doesn't care too much about the company he keeps. I actually had quite a bit of fun with the Create a Pet doohickey, treating it as…

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The Sims Pets “Create A Pet” Creates Pets

Since I know just how much you lot love playing with cute fluffy animals, I thought I'd better point out this pet creator demo. From The Sims 3 website: "Create a wide variety of unique dogs, cats, and—for the first time ever—horses!" HORSES!? Best of all the animals? You can download Create A Pet here. This concludes our The Sims 3 Pets coverage for today.

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Old, School: The Sims 3 Generations Coming

Information about this expansion leaked, like a rude analogy, onto a German Sims 3 site a couple of weeks ago, and now The Sims 3 Generations has been officially confirmed by Electronic Arts. Sims will be able play in treehouses as kids, play pranks as teens, and have a mid-life crisis as an adult, but in general the expansion seems focused on fleshing out the…

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Steam Bun: Sims 3 Ultimate Bundle On Steam

I wasn't going to post about this, but here I am posting about it. I wish I understood my mind. Sometimes it's like I have a hedgehog inside my skull with whom I am not friends. So this weekend The Sims 3 and every single expansion to date appeared on Steam, and not only that, Steam are currently hosting a 50% off sale on the…

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The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff Video

That's got to be one of the more opaque headlines I've written in my life. Look at it! It's just a collection of words, strung together like clothes on a washing line. Man, this job*. So the Stuff packs are little chunks of DLC for The Sims 3 that retail at some £7.50 each. The first, High-End Loft, added a catalogue of sleek, expensive designer…

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The Sims 3: Late Night announced

It seems every Sims game means a sexy expansion pack. The original game had Hot Date, the second had Nightlife, and this Autumn The Sims 3 will have Late Night, adding nightspots, celebrity-filled parties and a new hot tub to everybody's favourite domination simulator, as well as the chance for your sims to go on tour with their bands. Meticulously choreographed teaser trailer can be…

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Fate And Agency: Rod Humble On The Sims 3

During EA's E3 press conference last night there was one moment that was by far the most extraordinary of the evening. Rod Humble, the man in charge of the Sims, came out and began to lecture on free will. The corporate reason for this was the announcement that The Sims 3 is to come out on consoles this Autumn - not something we need to…

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The Sims 3 Create-A-World Tool

The Sims 3 Create-A-World Tool, which is a tool for creating worlds in The Sims 3, is now available in beta. EA says: "Design Entire Worlds – Players can choose terrain patterns, vegetation and neighborhood accents like water towers and lighthouses, then place lots and roads to create something totally unique." It actually looks fairly impressive, and appears to be a free download update for…

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Sim Raider: EG Review Action

'Tis a quiet day indeed in RPS's musty central brain-chamber. More Friday words by one of the hivemind nodes can at least be found over on Eurogamer, where they tasked me with reviewing the first Sims 3 expansion, World Adventures. It's far more conceptually interesting than you might expect from this much-milked series - but is that entirely appropriate for the Sims? Find out here.…

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