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Sims 3: Their lifes in your hands for the third time
The Sims 3 (PC)
Member Name: Coconutter
The Sims 3 (PC)
Date: 25/01/12, updated on 30/09/12 (25 review reads)
Advantages: Better graphics, Variety of expansion packs, New wish/ point system, Just a generally great game
Disadvantages: A lot of glitches, Slower than previous games, Need a fairly advanced computer to support it
I'd like to start this off by admitting I have been a Sims addict on more than one occasion and chances are will full back into it a number of times before I finally leave my Sims days behind me.
I'm pretty much your average novice gamer; I enjoy video games and will maybe spend a couple of hours a week playing, however I'm normally far from obsessive and literally can't sit for hours of endless playing (much prefer having a healthy mix between being outside and sitting indoors). Sims has been my one exception to this and over the years I have clocked up more than my fair share of play hours. Between myself and my siblings we had the full collection of 'The Sims' (original and expansion packs) and most of the 'The Sims 2' expansion and stuff packs so it seemed obvious that we would get 'The Sims 3'.
The Sims 3 follows the game idea of it's predecessors: you control a person, a family, a bunch of family or even a whole town. The game is what you make of it which for me personally is something that makes this game so great and opens it to such a large audience. You have the option to create a Sim or use one of the pre-existing characters that come with the game and from there you choose what they want to do with their life: a romancer, career obsessed, family man/woman: their life is in your hands. Like the previous games the main aim of the game is to keep your sim(s) alive and try to keep their needs maxed.
The massive difference between the Sims 3 to those previous is the graphics of the game and the way that you now play with the whole village from one house rather than having control of just one house/ building at a time. This was quite an interesting change for me and came with both it's improvements and some bad points. Though obviously far from real life this new feature has made the game a little more life like, opening up the whole world rather than keeping them predominately in one house and creating sims that are slowly (scarily) getting more and more human like with each new generation. It also makes going to the shops, work, school, etc a lot easier and more interactive. However one thing I had always enjoyed doing was playing my way through generations of one family which (without loosing all relationships) isn't possible in the Sims 3 as you can only control one household in each town.
Another improvement from the previous games is the bigger variety of stuff/ options you get. A normal occurrence with new Sims games is a new selection of cloths, hairs, etc and although it did come will some new styles it was a little disappointing at first to see quite a small selection. This is instead substituted with the Sims shop on the EA Games site where you can purchase a variety of different clothes/ Sims: some free, some available for purchase. Alternatively the new variety of shops/ outdoor activities was quite impressive now including a library, a gym, a place to fish, among others. The biggest change in making the Sims is the new traits options where you can now choose specific traits that make your Sim an individual and give them characteristics that will affect their life's and wishes/ desires.
As with 'The Sims' and 'The Sims 2' after the release of the original, main game expansions packs have been realised to bring a bigger, more specific selection of products and activities. Although these are going to cost you they can be a very nice addition to the game and bring some very nice features. Current expansion packs for 'The Sims 3' are: 'World Adventures', 'Ambitions', 'Late Night', 'Generations', 'Pets' and soon to be released 'Showtime'. There are also a fair few stuff packs available.
My faviroute new feature is by far the mood/ wish system, the points avaliable for completing these wishes/ desires and the rewards (life time awards) you can buy using these points. In the previous game doing the things they wanted would improve their mood an eventually lead to some rewards which I didn't really find to be so useful but in the new game completing fairly mediocre tasks like reading a book, or making food (sometimes depends on your sims traits) can give you points and buy you rewards such as increased fertility (now possible to have triplets without using a cheat).
My main problem with this new game is the amount of glitching and general getting it started. Compared to the previous games it is incredibly slow as the computer try to work with it's much larger content, this obviously gets really boring when you are left staring at a screen. After waiting for this game to come out for a good couple of days I was mortified when it wouldn't work on my laptop for some reason, asked in store and they didn't have an answer, though it did work on my much older computer I was able to play it though very limited play. We eventually got a new laptop (not because of sims though lol) and it did work a lot better on here however still brought a lot of problems to the point where I don't play it anymore as I don't want to sit playing when it constantly seems to be glitching up or just generally being slow. I also had a lot of issues buying and downloading stuff off the online shop, something I personally wasn't too happy with any way as most items cost real money not considering I had already paid out £30 on the game.
All in all 'The Sims 3' is a very good game with a lots of improvements from it's predosessors in terms of graphics and choice of things to do. However these improvements come at the cost of quite a lot of glitching and much slower game play. Generally it is a good game that I happily recommend ready to bring a new sims addict into the world.
Summary: A great game with quite a few improvements but still has it's fair share of issues.