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The Sims 3 (PC & Mac)

Released on 05 June 2009

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The freedom of The Sims 3 will inspire you with endless creative possibilities and amuse you with unexpected moments of surprise and mischief! Create millions of unique Sims and control their lives. Customise their appearances and personalities. Build their homes - design everything from exquisitely furnished dream homes to quaint cottages. Then, send your Sims out to explore their ever-changing neighbourhood and to meet other Sims in the town center. With all-new quick challenges and rewarding gameplay, The Sims 3 gives you the freedom to choose whether (or not!) to fulfill your Sims' destinies and make their wishes come true.

New Seamless, Open Neighbourhood - Explore the Neighbourhood Freely: See the sights with your Sims! The new seamless neighbourhood architecture allows your Sims to roam freely around the neighbourhood and visit their loved one and friends or foes. Discovering other Sims homes and families, traveling around to new locations like City Hall or the local park will create a whole new way of life for your Sims.

New Create A Sim - Create Any Sim You Can Imagine: In addition to the open, living neighbourhood, the all-new Create-a-Sim interface will feature easy-to-use design tools that allow you to make truly detailed Sims that are more realistic than ever. Create-a-Sim gives you the incredible freedom to customise just about any Sim you can imagine.

    New Realistic Personalities - Every Sim Is A Unique Person, With A Distinct Personality: With the innovative and proprietary Realistic Personality System in The Sims 3, you can attribute each character with five distinct personality traits, helping shape your Sims behaviour and how they interact with others and their surroundings. This new system will empower you to create extremely complex and diverse in-game personalities.

      New Unlimited Customisation - Everyone Can Customise Everything! New and accessible creativity tools in The Sims 3 make it simple for anyone to customise anything, anywhere! From floors to flowers, fashions to sofas, wallpaper to window shades and more, The Sims 3 gives you all the flexibility and options you need to be the architect of your dream house or explore your interior design skills to outfit your ultimate home.

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       Sims 3: The Highs And The Pitfalls

      | | See all Spuddy1991's reviews (1)

      What is the Sims 3? Is it to much of a 'Loser'? To 'Brave'? Are we being to 'Over Emotional' when it comes to the latest installment of EA's Sims franchise. Or maybe we're just 'Unlucky'? These are just some of the traits from the Sims 3.

      However you look at it, the Sims 3 is an amazing game in that it has taken many leaps and bounds ahead of Sims 2, providing features that thousands of players from around the globe have wanted. Features such as the trait system are truely unique, making your sim who YOU want them to be. This means you can make anyone you want. With dozens of trait choices you can make a unique sim and take them into the amazing new town of Sunset Valley.

      Other great features that have been included in the game is the way in which you now have a free-flowing environment. There are no loading times accept when you start up the game to play it. This means you can move from one household to another with no trouble. You can even take your sims to work, going with them and telling them how hard (or not so hard) they should be working. These new features make the game truely unique in almost every way. The customization of nearly everything from shoes( yes you can pick your own shoes now too!) to your own car and changing the height of your roof. If you can dream it you can probably do it.

      However, there are some faults with the game. EA said that when it came out you could play it on a medium spec PC, but really most PC's won't be able to handle the data that the game has. Lots of people are putting down 1 or 2 stars because of this, but this review is meant to review the game, not the fact that some people's PC's won't handle its demands. I had to use a high end PC to get my game to work, so its something important to bare in mind if you want to buy the game.

      Other negatives is the choice of clothes, hair styles and objects to use and buy within the game. Alot of the best objects and styles have been taken out, and it feels like a big hole. The great thing we all loved about Sims 2 was the quantity and the great quality of the objects. In the Sims 3, its seems like great quality again, but little quantity.

      Also, and this is just a personal nag at the game is that for a game that is meant for 2009, certain features feel very archaic. By this i mean the car animation. It feels like the cars all have built in rocket engines with the speed they rush around the map, how cars pass through each other, how they suddenly appear and disappear. You don't even see your sims drive the car out of the driveway! They stand on the pavement, then the car suddenly appears and they drive off, how come in Sims 2 Nightlife they could do that, but in the latest installement they leave that out? Its just not on.

      Overall, im giving the Sims 3 a solid 4 out of 5. This is just due to the loss of features, but not the character. In some ways the game has gone back to its roots from Sims. This is great for players such as myself, who have been playing Sims since it came out in 2000. The loss of features is a serious pitfall for the game, but the new streamlined town and trait features give the game truely something speical. Buy it if you have a high end PC, i suggest not to follow the min specs exactly, and make sure you have something a bit better. It is a great game, and i would truely recommend it to anyone who is a long time lover of the Sims series, and to anyone new looking for something just that bit different. The set of expansion packs set to come out in the next few months or the next year look set to make the game even better, introducing old favorites such as universities, holidays, nightclubs and pets. Oh and yes, you still have the Goth family

      Taraz all!

       The Third Step of greatness!!!!

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      First I think it's important the people complaining that the game running slow or bad graphics need to understand this is a direct result of the PC your using and has nothing to do with the actual game, those who incorrectly state the graphics on the Sims 2 are better is because the game is four years old and the basic system requirements were significantly less, naturally you need a better graphics card to meeting (preferable exceed) the game requirements.

      Clearly they have taken more time on the little details that have no doubt been suggested from fans of the game, the ability to choose how your Sims spends their day at work is a real nice idea, mood modifiers, character traits and the wishes system all add depth to the game play, the map is now fully open which mean no tedious loading screen so you can go visit other house's and really get to explore which adds a feel of openness to the game.

      The customising idea is another winner as you get to add your own personal style to everything and some options might be limited but you can't put everything imaginable into the first game as they would never finish production. Although, you do get the feeling they have held back 10-15% of what they could have put into the game for the 1st expansion packs.

      This game is based around freedom and that's the best part you don't have to spend hours micro managing each Sim, it's all about getting out there exploring, having fun and chatting with friends. Plus if you visit the Sims 3 website you can download an addition town for free!!!!

      This game is good, actually this game is very good but a serious word of warning, ensure your computer is capable of running it otherwise you'll be disappointed so check your processor, RAM and graphics capabilities before you commit to a purchase.

      If your computer's good enough it's easy to become addicted!!

       It's not worth a sequel

      | | See all jay1007uk's reviews (33)

      Firstly, charney1813, it depends what the laptop runs (version of Windows, tech specs etc)

      As for the game, I bought it with high hopes. When The Sims 2 came out, I was overjoyed as it was a hige improvement on the original. As for this... it's the same! Okay, not as many loading times, the layout is a bit different and you can walk around other houses and stuff, but it had to be an expansion pack if anything else. This is not worth a new, full, 30 pound game, unless there was something new and truly groundbreaking.

      If you haven't got the SIms 2, by all means, get this instead. If you've got The Sims 2, I wouldn't bother unless you're a huge fan.

       Excellent and unmatched

      | | See all littleface's reviews (1)

      The Sims 3, unlike a fair few reviews like to suggest, is actually very well executed, deep in gameplay, much more forgiving than 1 and 2 and most importantly brings a whole new level of fun and interesting features to the Sims franchise. Without going into crazy detail (you can probably access a much better credible source from a review site), for me, the game looks, plays, sounds and controls in the way I feel is a true evolution for the franchise and definately trumps in the new gameplay areas explored.

      My only concerns are the initial lack of objects to purchase -- having the ultimate dollhouse aint so ultimate since you have less to choose from compared to 1 and 2 (No hot tub sex!!!). This is said to be rectified through micro-transactions through the online store (A scheme I am not entirely at ease with) and future expansions.

      My other concern is the hardware demands on the user. I have noticed that many people are trashing this game simply because they can seemingly not run it properly. I play the sims 3 on a current gen macbook I bought last October. Despite being very much a target system to support a current-gen game, I must run my game on medium details to maintain a stable -- but never silky smooth -- framerate, and this only dips when introducing more characters. However, I simply cannot suggest that this is the games fault. There is so much happening in this game that you WILL need a good machine to run it on else you WILL have to scale back the details. Pay premium to play premium, it's simple. The animations are excellent and the AI --though sometimes curious to it's decisions and logic-- are a step up and will drain your resources.

      This game does have niggles and does require a good machine to run it at a level I'd say was acceptable. However the scope of the game, the reward and funfactor are spellbinding and well worth checking out.

      Patches are released to address issues such as buggy AI, crazy instances, crashes and the rest so it can only get better, and with the horizon undoubtedly rife with expansions this game will only get bigger and more consuming of your time!!

      Hope this helps:)

       Where's the rest?

      | | See all Danny012's reviews (1)

      I'm used to this now, but it's still disappointing when it happens. I wish I could review the developer separately, I might give the game a 4 and EA a 1 in that case.

      Starting on a good note, I'm addicted to the game. Few problems with it, wish I could play it on full settings but that's fine. It reminds me more of the Sims 1 with how it plays, a big plus for me. It has a more serious and realistic tone to it, and while I love the fun aspects and wish there were more in some places, I'm not marking it down because of that.

      My huge ******* problem is expressed in the title. Where is the rest? EA the huge money milking beast that it is is back to give us a great game, and steal from us. Hardly any clothes or furniture, we are expected to pay 29.99 and buy the rest from the store. Not only this! No pets, nightclubs, holidays or anything that resembles stuff we are clearly going to get in an expansion pack, some for the THIRD time!

      This is not on and should not be allowed, micro-transactions are one big mess-up by the gaming industry as it is, but EA is allowed to give us The Sims 3: Animal Kingdom in about 4 months when it should have been in the original game. Not to mention The Sims 3: More Clothes and Items... all of which were probably ready before the launch of the first game!

      To conclude, I do love the Sims 3 but it was hugely disappointing to not see any of the expansion stuff from the Sims 2... or any of the humour... or many items/clothing/hair... or anything really. It just mindboggles me how something such as a wardrobe or a diving board could be in THE SIMS 1 but not the 3rd!

      EA disgust me... but we can't change it. If you love the Sims, you'll love this, just be prepared to donate another £200+ before the Sims 4.

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      Rating12+ (PEGI)
      Minimum RequirementsPC system requirements:
      Windows XP (SP2) / Vista (SP1)
      2GHz Intel Pentium IV or equivalent for XP / 2.4GHz Intel Pentium IV or equivalent for Vista
      1GB RAM for XP / 1.5GB RAM for Vista
      6.1GB HDD Space (with at least 1GB of additional space for custom content and saved games)
      128MB Graphics Card with Pixel Shader 2.0 support

      For computers using built-in graphics chipsets:
      2.6GHz Pentium D, 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo or equivalent
      0.5GB additional RAM
      Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA 3-series or above

      Supported PC graphics cards:
      nVidia GeForce series
      FX 5900, FX 5950
      6200, 6500, 6600, 6800
      7200, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
      8400, 8500, 8600, 8800
      9300, 9400, 9500, 9600, 9800
      G100, GT 120, GT 130
      GTS 150, GTS 250
      GTX 260, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 295

      ATi Radeon series
      9500, 9600, 9800
      X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
      X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
      2400, 2600, 2900
      3450, 3650, 3850, 3870
      4850, 4870

      Intel Graphics Media Accelerator series
      GMA 3-Series
      GMA 4-Series

      Mac system requirements:
      Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
      Intel Core Duo Processor
      2GB RAM
      6.1GB HDD Space (with at least 1GB additional space for custom content and saved games)
      128MB ATi X1600, nVidia 7300 GT or Intel Integrated GMA X3100

      Important Note! This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.

      Supported Mac graphics cards:
      nVidia GeForce series
      7300, 7600
      8600, 8800
      9400M, 9600M GT
      GT 120, GT 130

      ATi Radeon series
      X1600, X1900
      2400, 2600
      4850, 4870

      Intel Graphics Media Accelerator series
      GMA 3-Series