A great game with great graphics and great new concept of gameplay. The sims in this look more real and less cartoony. The new personality traits feature and moodlets and their effects is a more realistic idea than sims 2 although, sims 2 is not terrible compared to this one. There are many differences with this game you have to get used to and the game itself has its good points and flaws.
For example, objects - what this game does not have that sims 2 had which were great objects:
diving board, pool table, dart board, large expensive telescope, tower clock, aquarium, as many statues and large paintings, multi story columns and windows, piano, hot tub, bubble blower, wardrobes (there are only chest of draws as dressers in sims 3) dj booth and probably more which I can't think of right now. Also no more alien abductions, no more neighbourhood making, your sim teleports out of the house with their car to hit the road (you dont see them step into it), and the thing I don't approve of is the swtiching between active household feature, if you do this then you lose your current household's promised wants and things you dont want to happen can happen to change things with them while you are playing a different household. They should have made it simple like sims 2 where you are able to browse around the neighbourhood and switch between households just by selecting their home then play.
Some of you may think the lack of certain objects is a bad thing while some of you may not have noticed or aren't bothered. The less or limited objects in this game, including less hairstyles in create a sim is only trying to make you flash your wallet even more because you have to sign up to their store website and buy these things yourself. That is quite a downfall on the game, where as just before the game is released you have the awareness of this having more than any of the sims games as its the latest and superior one. Who knows if there are to be expansion packs, maybe the left out objects and features will be included?
Now some things that sims 2 did not have that sims 3 does have which are great:
unlimited customisation with everything! object placement between 2 squares and diagonal, being able to make 2 more (alternate) outfits in addition to what you made for your sims (you will notice this when you direct your sim to 'plan outfit' from clicking on a dresser), better music and less crazy, being able to go to community lots instantly without loading screens and adjust the speed of aging.
So overall a great game with great features and gameplay and highly addictable for sim fans or fans to be. Although there might be some in-game errors so watch out, but thankfully not as many as I have encountered in Sims 2 which was a nightmare!
Mainly I would give this 5 stars but minus 1 because of the few things it lacks which I mentioned above. Worth getting if you want something good, maybe better (its hard to determine how much better this is than sims 2). Enjoy and get 'simming'!!