Imagine all the good elements of the sims 2 with expansions into a slicker, funner version..........bringing you The Sims 3.
There are many elements cut out which some may find dissapointing, such as looking after babies is much easier but the elements building on the currently stretched thin franchise have really bought it back to life. Time passes a little slower meaning you can do more with your life (with a lot more to do) and by having the entire town in one seemless environment it is no longer a chore to go anywhere and feel you cant be bothered to leave your own home.
The trait system is amazing, even by having negative traits such as heavy sleeper brings a new depth and challenge to the game. Using various combinations of traits now leads to a selection of 5 ultimate goals in either getting to the highest job in your career path but also lifestyle wants like living in the lap of luxury and these give you massive bonuses to your lifetime points once achieved to be spent on additional traits and bonus items etc.
There are so many new elements to the game i could write an essay but i will leave it by saying The Sims 3 has bought the franchise back to life, the only down side is the amount of content you will have to buy from the sims 3 website with a credit card to change into simoleons to then buy and download new items and hairstyles etc. But the bog standard game from purchase is enough to keep you amused for a very long time!
A must buy for any sims fan and even those of you who never got round to the others, it is sure worth a play.