EA Releases The Sims 3 Into the Future, Plans The Sims 4 for 2014

SimsIntotheFutureThe Sims 3 Into the Future Expansion Pack, from Electronic Arts Inc. for PC and Mac, is now available at retailers across North America and on origin.com. This time, Sims have broken through the space and time continuum to meet their descendants, play with technologies of tomorrow, and change the destiny of their entire world. Set against the backdrop of the new world of Oasis Landing, Sims discover new adventures when they travel back and forth between the future and present worlds. Players, meanwhile, have the option of blazing a trail towards Utopia, or charting a Dystopian course and leading the Sims into a state of desolation.

In related news, The Sims 4 will ship worldwide next fall. The new game brings new ways to play with life, powerful new creative tools, Sims with enhanced emotion and intelligence, and more. Pre-orders are available at www.TheSims.com/TheSims4, and those who pre-order will receive the limited edition, which comes with The Sims 4 Life of the Party digital content.

Ubisoft Releases Trailer for Rocksmith 2014 Edition Session Mode

RocksmithUbisoft has released a trailer showcasing Session Mode, a new groundbreaking feature of Rocksmith 2014 Edition.

In Session Mode, players lead a band that plays along with them and follows their lead, and in the process, learn to improvise and create their own music. Players can jam with a friend in Multiplayer mode and create their own band experience.

Rocksmith 2014 Edition allows players to plug any real guitar or bass directly into their Xbox 360PlayStation 3, PC, or Mac to begin their musical journey. Rocksmith 2014 Edition will launch on October 22.

SimCity Cities of Tomorrow Expansion Pack Coming in November

SimCityCOTElectronic Arts is developing a SimCity Cities of Tomorrow expansion pack for Mac and PC that will be arriving on November 12. The expansion lets players transform their cities as they take a journey 50 years into the future, and to shape them using new technologies and experimental urban planning techniques.

Players will have the option of creating a utopian society underpinned by clean technology under the auspices of the Academy, or to encourage OmegaCo, a giant corporation, to strip-mine natural resources and pollute. Meanwhile, for the first time in the franchise’s history, cities can be built vertically with enormous, multi-zone MegaTowers that extend high into the sky.

Education and research are also factors in the game, and can help players discover new technologies that make their cities less polluted, less reliant on natural resources, managed day-to-day by service drones, and fueled by green energy. Whenever players have finished deciding whether they want their Sims living together in harmony, they can unleash new disasters exclusive to the expansion pack.

Since its launch in March, SimCity has had seven major game updates. SimCity Cities of Tomorrow will be available for Mac and PC, and is not yet rated. Pre-orders will begin soon at www.SimCity.com.

Go on a Royal Journey with Disney Princess Video Game

Disney Interactive will release Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure on September 25. The new video game will be available for Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Windows PC/Mac.

In the game, players will find that a spell has been cast over the Princess worlds, and they will need to use their magic wand to help Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle, and Tiana restore peace and bring “happily ever after” back to each kingdom. As the Fairy Godmother’s apprentice, players must pursue the imps into each kingdom to prevent them from causing any harm and change them back into friendly sprites. Each Princess world allows players to explore and interact with familiar Disney characters who guide them through missions. Players can also customize their avatar—changing the avatar’s skin tone, hair texture, eye color, etc.—and room in the Fairy Godmother’s castle,  as well as utilize gems that are earned throughout the game to trade for items in the in-game “Wishing Well” store.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Electronic Arts’ New Video Game Lets You Create

I got a chance to view Electronic Arts‘ new video game Create at EA’s Holiday Preview event and thought it was one of the company’s more innovative titles. In Create, players are placed in various floating landscapes that can be altered with hundreds of items collected throughout the course of the game.

The developer I spoke with said Create is about two things: solving puzzles and creating worlds. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of puzzles scattered throughout the floating landmasses that act as canvases for creation. The game’s puzzles ask users to capture or transport various objects to designated points while deflecting rockets and other hazards. In this regard, the game feels like a combination of Capcom’s Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure and 5th Cell’s Scribblenauts in that puzzles have multiple ways of being completed, although the actual completion steps are passive (you don’t control the action so much as you create the setup. For example, a player can place a convertible car under some cannon balls, push play, and watch the balls fall into the car as it speeds away). [Read more...]