The Sims 3: Showtime - Katy Perry Collector's Edition

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Famous music star takes stardom to new heights as a Sim.

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Positive Messages

This expansion pack lets players live out their dreams of being a music superstar. Players can create their own music venues, watch as their virtual Sims characters rise to stardom, and learn that anything is possible.

Positive Role Models & Representations

This expansion pack stars music legend Katy Perry. This title glamorizes Perry as the leading musician in the fictional Sims world.

Ease of Play

The core gameplay is identical to The Sims 3. There is a new mode that allows players to rise to stardom in a musical career, but they will still need to maintain all the same tasks and activities as the base game.

Violence

Although the expansion itself introduces no new violence into The Sims 3, the core game does include some. Sims can taunt, argue, and get into physical fights with each other. Sims with nasty personality traits may actually feel better after beating up another Sim.

Sex

Katy Perry strikes some provocative poses in this expansion pack, but nothing beyond the level of what already exists in the base game, which allows players to create relationships with other characters, where they flirt and kiss. When Sims reach the appropriate level of intimacy in the relationship, they can have sex (referred to as "WooHoo"), which is depicted as the two characters hiding under bed sheets and making suggestive noises.

Language
Consumerism

This is an expansion pack for The Sims 3. As is common with this series, players need to continue buying add-ons like this to keep the game new and fresh. Also promotes Katy Perry.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Showtime - Katy Perry Collector's Edition is a special edition of the Sims 3: Showtime expansion pack. It has all the same new content as the regular version of the expansion, as well as special Katy Perry-themed decorations, including an exclusive guitar, poster, and props that players can use when creating their music venues. There is additional functionality as well, including a more robust Sim character creation tool and dozens of new items for players to furnish their virtual homes.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byCSKY42 April 18, 2012

really

what the heck are they thinking
Kid, 9 years old December 3, 2012

It's a great game... for after homework

I personally love this game and couldn't wait for this expansion pack and when I got it i loved it. The only thing is the clothing. Some of the clothing i... Continue reading

What's it about?

THE SIMS 3: SHOWTIME - KATY PERRY COLLECTOR'S EDITION is an expansion pack to The Sims 3. It includes dozens of new items for players to use in decorating their virtual homes. It also includes a new space that players can venture to outside of their home. This space focuses entirely on concerts and performances. In the venue, players can choose to become a musician, a DJ, an acrobat, or any of a number of other performers. This version of the Showtime expansion also includes a special concert stage themed after Katy Perry, along with exclusive items like a guitar, poster, stage props, and more. Players have an active part in helping their Sims characters reach stardom and fame, giving this expansion a whole new gameplay mechanic for those who want their character to have a career in the limelight.

Is it any good?

The Sims 3: Showtime - Katy Perry Collector's Edition somewhat breaks the mold of The Sims 3 in the way players develop their virtual characters' professional life. Those who are interested in turning their virtual head of the household into a star performer will be able to climb the ladder of success, going from sparsely-attended shows to ones that pack a full house and everything in between. This expansion packs adds another layer of depth to the actual gameplay experience, making it worthwhile because it keeps the base game fresh and interesting. The addition of Katy Perry content makes this a great addition to the game for anyone who is a Katy Perry fan, although those who aren't will be more than content with the standard Showtime expansion.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their role models. What musician or performer do you most look up to?

  • Do you think you could live the life of a rock star? What would be the hardest part?

  • Do these expansion packs help keep the Sims experience fresh? Was this one worth the extra money?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: EA
  • Release date: March 6, 2012
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for Violence, Sexual Themes, Crude Humor

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