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Sim with real life responsibilities
The Sims 3 (PC)
Member Name: AngelEyes76
The Sims 3 (PC)
Advantages: Great game for all the family, real life responsibilities, lots to do, play ability long lastin, fun
Disadvantages: time consuming, addictive
I have been playing the Sims right from the beginning after my ex's step mum told me about it. The sims2 was great and couldn't stop playing it, and bought all the expansion packs for it. I was excited when I heard the Sims was bringing out the 3 version as I know it could only be better than 2 and I wasn't disappointed. It is easy to play and fun for all the family, and most of all its good way of teaching your children what life is all about and the responsibilities that lie ahead of them.
The installation can be lengthy especially if there is updates to the game that need to be installed as well. The game should auto run once being placed into the drive, follow the onscreen instructions, for it to be installed to your computer. Once you have installed everything that needs to be installed your now ready to start playing the game. You will need the cd in order to play the game so don't remove it from your drive. You will also be installing the Game Launcher; here you can access the game, download free content, purchase from the sims3 store, and share with other members of the sims3, you can upload any of your items out the game to.
The first thing you have to do is make your character, don't worry this is an easy step and you can take as long as you want on your character. Choose the sex of your character, build, even breast size, hair, clothes, star sign, traits, and then give it a name. Now the option is you can either play one sim, or make a family it's entirely up to you, but if you are new to the game then controlling one sim will be enough until you get used to it.
You start the game with simoleons which is the Sims money currency, this will enable you to buy an house on the map, either furnished or unfurnished, browse over all the houses that are available to you, and the price will appear of how much it is for unfurnished and furnished, bear in mind it will cost you more for an house that is furnished, but you won't need to buy anything for your home. Once you have chosen your ideal home, click to move in, and there you will see your sim standing outside your new home.
Getting a Job
The first thing you must do is get a job; you won't get far in the game without money as we know in real life. You can either find a job by visiting places on the map, reading the newspaper or by using the computer. If you're going to view places on the map then just click on the place that interests you by hovering over a place it will tell you what it is, clicking it will bring up a menu of what you what to do, either visit, buy things or get a job. Reading the newspaper for a job is easy just pick up the newspaper, find job and then accept if it is right for you. Using the computer providing you have one is basically the same as reading the newspaper. No matter if you're reading the newspaper or using the computer it will give a few options of jobs available, although you can change jobs in the game whenever you want to.
Always make sure you attend your working day which will be given to you on the careers tab, this will tell you the job you're doing and what days and times you're expected to work, the more times you go to work there is a chance of getting promotions, which lead to pay rises and boosts your mood in the game. You will always be picked up from your home and drove to work, or you can buy your own car or bicycle in the game, or if you're a fitness freak then you might want to jog, run or walk to work.
You have many options to your when you're at work, chat to colleges, take it easy, help out your boss, work harder, but be careful what you option you take as it does have an effect on you. You will also get opportunities whilst working to, where you can earn extra bonuses, like you have to attend a class, or watch a movie or something like that, it will tell you and what you will receive as a reward, but the choose is yours in whether or not you accept.
Mood & Needs
You must keep an eye on your mood and needs in the game as they are important, always try and fulfil your needs as much as possible as this keeps your mood metre high, the risk of it getting low will lead your sim not wanting to do anything, and we don't want that. Always make sure you get enough sleep especially when you're working the next day as this will have an effect on your and could lead you to falling asleep at work. Stay clean and full, they are the most important and always make sure your bladder is empty when you go to work otherwise you could have an unpleasant accident.
Your mood metre will go up and down depending how well you keep your needs maintained. Once one of your needs start reaching half way then maintain that need as this will keep you happy, letting a need run very low is hard to get it back up again, and not good when you need to work. Don't forget to have some fun in the game as this is important to, as if this need is not maintained again it will give your sim the attitude of not wanting to do anything.
The relationship tabs lets you view everyone you have a relationship with in the game, whether it be the love of your life, a college, a friend, your boss, or even your child if you have one. You will always start out as acquaintances but up to you who you want to stay in touch with, the more friends you have the better as being unsociable in the game does not go well with the sim, and can put the sim down.
You will also be invited to parties by people that you met in the game, which is a good way of meeting new Sims, (not real people) this could lead to romance or friendship, but don't forget about your mood or needs whilst you're having fun. You can talk to Sims in the game by using the telephone, using the computer, inviting them over, or you going to visit them, so don't ever think you're alone.
Career & Skills
Careers and skills tab this will enable you to keep track of skills you have learnt in the game, whether it is painting, logic, exercise or even reading books. You can also keep track of your working days and times, and what you do as a living and also will give how much you earn a day. Build up your skills in the game that will help progress your job, and this will get you're the promotions you deserve in the game.
Your inventory never seems to get full, some items will be placed here especially if you go shopping for anything, although is easy enough to empty out when you get home, if you pick anything up in the game it will be placed here, like if you like gardening everything you harvest will go straight into your inventory, which then can be emptied into the fridge. Also sometimes books will appear in here especially if you have gone out to the park and read a book it will be placed into the inventory as when buying books, but again easy enough to store them on your book shelf.
If you receive any medals, certificates they will be placed here too, any paintings you may have painted can be here, until you sell them or hang them on your wall. The inventory is shown as a backpack on the tab menu; you can access your mobile phone here too.
Opportunities are given to you, although whether you accept them or not is entirely up to you, these will be placed in the tab if accepted and can help be found on the map, keep an eye on the opportunity as it will give you specific details on where, what to do, your rewards on completion and what time.
Each opportunity is different and all will give you different rewards but are worth doing, as they do help with your work too.
Here you will find rewards that you can spend on boosting up your life a little and making things easier (something we need in real life sometimes) these are earned by completing tasks that are given to you, either by buying something worth a x amount, visiting places, making friends with someone, it can be anything. You will know what to do as they show up in the menu box near the mood metre, completing thee tasks will depend on how many lifetime happiness rewards you get, but keep checking the tab to see what you can buy with them.
They are worth it as you can choose either to never get tired, never need the loo, boost your speed when cleaning, anything that is listed you can do, so keep an eye on your points and get whatever you want to help you in the game, some are quite fun to use.
Shopping & Building
Now then here we have the fun bit, shopping and building. There can be a lot of shopping in the game, especially buying new furniture, you don't go out to buy the furniture it's all tucked up into a tab, when you click it, it opens up like a catalogue, browse either by room or contents, some are nice some look old and horrible, but it's the comfort and stats that are important, I mean you might get something looking really nice but only gives you something like 1 comfort, where s something that looks awful might give you 3 comfort, choose wisely. In saying this though you can change the appearance of any item in the game, so all is not lost.
Buying any item out of catalogue is easy click on the item you want to buy, another menu will pop up giving you the stats, price and colour range of that item, place it in your home, anyway you to, as now you can have items in the diagonal position which helps with some items, you can buy anything you like, from appliances, to hobbies, beds to sofas and chairs, it's all there for you.
Below that tab you have a build tab, this allows you to place windows, put up walls, take walls down, place stairs, floors, wallpapers, tiles, build a pond, decoration items like fences and gates, flowers and trees, everything you need to get your home looking nice and cosy. It's not hard to replace items hovering over an item in your home that you want to replace, you will have a hand as a cursor, click on what you don't want anyone and drag it down to where it will say delete item, then it will be gone, to place an item choose the item you want, click it, and place it in or on your home. To decorate with flooring or wallpaper, choose your desired wall or floor covering, shift and click on the desired space in your home. Easy as that.
Moving around in the game is easy and simple to do, always best if put on edge scrolling which will be an option given to you as you start the game, if not you will find this setting in the options tab. This will allow you to move to the edge of the screen to move around the map, or your home. Moving your sim around is easy just click on where you want him/her to go and she will go there, if you don't make a move for a while or run out of instructions they will move and do whatever they want.
Going places you just click your map and either walk, jog, run or catch a taxi, unless you have your own car or bike to get to places on the map. The taxi will automatically come to you when clicking somewhere on the map that you want to visit.
Graphics & Sounds
I have to say the graphics on the Sims as always been great, they are very realistic, clear and very sharp, there is no way that they can be better surely. The sounds however are good, especially when you have a TV on, radio, or playing games on the computer or console, when the sim talks it's a different matter as thy don't English or a language e understand which is a shame I suppose really. I suppose in that sense there is room for improvement. I give the graphics and sounds 10/10
Availability & Price
You can buy the Sims 3 for £33.99 at Argos, £16.85 at Amazon. You might be able to get it cheaper from other places just shop around to get the best deal.
There is lots to do in this game, and as well as it is fun to play, it is very time consuming when you get into it, but worth it. I could have said a lot more about the game but it is long enough already, the most important parts of the game is to keep an eye on your money, mood and needs, and stay healthy. I have enjoyed this game since I started to play the sims2 and so when this one came out I was excited to see the changes and what it would be like. I do have to say the graphics are much better in 3 than they were in 2 in opinion. I would like to say also that you can choose your job in the starting up character selection, and when you get in game you can build yourself up in that job until you reach the top, also watch tv a lot especially channels that will help with cooking, gardening and exercise, it all helps. I hope this has been a good review and maybe got someone to actually play it.
Summary: The Sims3 pc game