A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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.
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