The Sims 3: Late Night
By Mark Raby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Add-on pack skews older with nightlife and hook-ups.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game makes night clubs seem cool and glamorous. It also gives players the idea that randomly hooking up with other people is fine and carries no penalty. However, this game should be credited for its avoidance of any sort of reference to alcohol or drugs. Nevertheless, the overarching message is one for mature audiences who can understand the difference between a virtual life and real-world morals.
Positive Role Models
The "cool" people in this game are the ones who get into the most exclusive night clubs and are surrounded by good-looking people. There is no sense of positive moral values being instilled upon the player, and thus the game may not be appropriate for those who are easily impressionable.
Ease of Play
This game is a sophisticated simulation of real life. Players need to monitor their virtual Sim character through numerous activities, get a job, take care of daily responsibilities, and construct a house. It requires a lot of multitasking, attention to detail, and a strong focus, and as such is more well suited to players with prior gaming or computing experience.
Violence & Scariness
Among the myriad interactions that Sims characters may have with one another, there is the option for them to get into fights with one another. Additionally, it's possible for players to leave their Sims unattended in hazardous situations, such as being trapped in a house fire. It is possible for Sims to die. Such actions are not encouraged, however, because players will have to start all over again if their Sim passes away.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sims characters can hook up, make out, and even have sex, which is referred to in the game as "Woohoo," accompanied by moaning and giggling sounds. The depiction is always obscured, though. This has been seen in previous entries in the game franchise before, but this expansion pack highlights it because of its glamorization of the night club scene. The game encourages players to scope out the most exclusive clubs, all of which include scantily-clad male and female characters dancing in alluring settings. Some of the new locations in the game, like hot tub rooftops and backseats of cars, add to the enticement of the sexual activities.
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Products & Purchases
As part of the game's online connectivity, it is possible for players to buy in-game items. These items cost real-life money and are designed to be cooler than the "free" products otherwise found in the game.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Despite this game's raunchy and realistic simulation of the nightlife world, there is no direct reference to alcohol, tobacco, or any sort of drugs. The clubs do have bars with glasses and drinks, but it is never specified what these drinks are.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Late Night is an expansion pack to the Sims 3 game for PC and Mac platforms. It adds the ability to go out on the town and visit night clubs late at night. Players can take their Sim to dance, socialize, and hook up with other characters. Its entire emphasis is on nightlife and encouraging players to get into more and more exclusive venues. Along with visiting these clubs, players will see provocatively-dressed dancers and see that it is easier to make out with some characters here. However, other factors usually associated with nightlife - including getting buzzed or drunk - are avoided in this game.
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What’s It About?
THE SIMS 3: LATE NIGHT is an expansion pack to The Sims 3, which gives players the opportunity to get out of their digital home and meet new Sims at the city's hopping nightlife. Players are encouraged to gain fame among the entry-level clubs in order to get invited into the more exclusive sites. The game presents this task more like climbing a virtual social ladder than focusing on any of the sleazy or tawdry aspects of real-life nightlife. However, it is possible to meet a character and, moments later, start kissing and making out, and even lead to having "woohoo" with him or her. For the most part, as has become synonymous with the Sims franchise, players create their own story in this open-ended adventure.
Is It Any Good?
The Sims 3: Late Night is part of the best-selling PC game franchise of all time. It has earned that title because of its sophisticated depiction of real life, and as such has a lot of clout in all of its presentation. So even though night clubs and random hook-ups are glamorized, they are presented in a way that comes across as a legitimate part of the player's virtual life. Even so, this includes a lot of material that many children may be unable or unready to understand and should be treated as such. For players who understand how to make moral decisions in their own life, this game is a vicarious adventure that allows them to live out activities they know would have different consequences in real life. For those players, the Late Night expansion is a fun way to add to their Sims 3 experience.
Online interaction: The game does have some online interaction, however most of it is not played online with other players. For example, there is an online store in which players can buy extra items for their game, and the game provides access to online message boards and community sites. However, much of this occurs out of the realm of the actual game.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the importance of a curfew. Why is it unsafe to be out late at night on your own?
The Sims 3 lets you customize your own character and determine its personality traits. Which human traits do you think are the most important?
How can you balance your social life with the responsibilities of work or school?
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Release date: October 26, 2010
- Genre: Simulation
- ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence
- Last updated: August 30, 2016
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