The Sims 3: Ambitions

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The Sims 3 demo launched, runs in a browser

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EA have launched a Sims 3 demo that will theoretically run in your browser. The demo was announced on the EA site, spotted over on Blue's News, and contains "elements from The Sims 3, The Sims 3 Late Night, The Sims 3 World Adventures."

EA's link doesn't seem to work, but we managed to launch the demo from the Gakai front page, the service providing the streaming tech behind the trial. The demo is time limited to 20 minutes. You'll be able to create a sim and lead them to their a gruesome death in an Egyptian pyramid, a haunted house and a vampire lair. Or you could keep them safe and watch them live long, happy fulfilled lives, but where's the fun in that?


The Sims 3 and all expansions are now available on Steam

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The Sims 3 is now on Steam, bringing interactive soap operas, dysfunctional families and suburban nudist colonies to your Steam account. The game's many expansion packs are also on Valve's digital download service, including World Adventures, which lets you take your sims treasure hunting in exotic and often booby-trapped locations, and Late Night, which lets you take your sims out on the town. There's also a bundle deal offering the Sims 3 and all five expansions for half price. I'm off to build my sims a glorious mansion, and then delete all the doors and watch the carnage unfold.


Football Manager comes out on top for 2010

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Statistics for new retails sales across 2010 have been released, and it's been a big year for SEGA with Football Manager 2011 and 2010 taking the titles of first and second best-selling PC games., respectively. Read on for the full top 10.


UK Christmas bonanza - Day 8: Win a 16-game EA Store bundle

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There's only one thing better than a huge bundle of great games, and that's a free bundle of great games. You know what's even better than that? Five free bundles of great games. By stunning coincidence that's exactly the number of EA Store game bundles we have to give away today. There's more than £1700 worth of games up for grabs, so read on for a chance to get your hands on Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the Dragon Age 2 Digital Deluxe Edition, both Mass Effect games, Crysis, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and more.


The Sims 3: Ambitions review

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The Sims 3 residents who dressed up for off-screen jobs as Chefs, Policemen or Scientists might as well have been going to daily costume parties. We never actually saw them earn their Simoleons, leaving players to simply fast-forward until their “Hi, honey, I’m home!” return. Ambitions changes that, letting players into that full third of their lives that happens at work. It goes a long way towards convincing us that these little people are living real little lives.


PC Gamer US August issue

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The time to stick with the prod is over. The new Deus Ex is our cover this month, and it's sleek, shiny, and doesn't mind breaking a few eggs - a little like PC Gamer, then. We've got a huge six-page preview for your conspiracy-hungry eyeballs, packed with gorgeous screens, honest impressions, and enlightening quotes from the daring developers at Eidos Montreal.

But if bionic shades don't grab you, how about MMOs you can play with your kids? Josh has found nine free worlds you can enter with urchins in tow. We've reviewed Alpha Protocol, Split/Second, and The Sims 3: Ambitions, and we've played three new missions of the Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty singleplayer campaign. We've even written about what they were like! We're thinking of calling it a "pre-viewing" of the game. Tell us what you think.

We've had to endure much, you and I, but soon there will be order again. Speaking of order, you can click here to order a subscription to the mag. Or if you're already a subscriber, click here to login to your customer account, to change your details, deliver address, etc.