Product Type: Electronic Arts PS3 games
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The Sims 3 (PS3)
Member Name: JoJo-1988
The Sims 3 (PS3)
Advantages: Improved graphics and game layout.
Disadvantages: Can be slow loading. Addictive.
The first Sims games I ever played was The Sims 2 a few years ago and even though I am not a huge computer games fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this one so I jumped at the chance to go out and buy The Sims 3. I noticed a big difference between this version and older versions straight away. The graphics have been improved massively and I find that the game lay out on the whole is so much better. Even the amount of detail into your Sims background has taken a massive jump ahead of the older version. Where as you only used to be able to pick one trait for your Sim which would shape the whole way they would live there life, you can now choose a number of traits making it much more interesting and complex. You can also now choose a lifetime wish which if accomplished, you get 30,000 lifetime points.
Another new feature to the game is that your Sims now age so that they can grow from babies to elders and eventually pass away making the game much more realistic. Your Sim can marry, raise a family and travel about the town visiting different locations such as the beach, the supermarket, bistros and many other locations.
At the beginning of the game, you are only given a certain amount of "Simoleons", that's their currency, to set you up in a home so you can only really afford to buy one of the smaller houses. However, as you progress through your career and earn more money you can eventually afford to buy bigger and better homes and possessions. A good tip I have learnt from playing is that to make more money its best to have more than one working adult Sim in your household.
As with previous Sims games you still need to carry out certain tasks to develop various life skills such as cooking, repair and writing, etc, and this hasn't really changed much apart from the fact that if I remember correctly, there are now more skills than in previous versions.
I really like the fact that you can also buy into businesses around the town as a partner and still carry on working in your normal career. If you can afford to, you also get the opportunity to buy businesses straight out.
There is one very new feature to the game that I am still trying to fully work out...."Karma Points". From my limited understanding you earn these by completing Sims wishes and you are also awarded them every midnight. The points combined with completing challenges unlock various karma powers that can be good or bad. You might look at the good ones like I did, like the one that gives your Sim full everything, eg. Hunger, fun, hygiene, and think "Great". That is until midnight comes and to balance out the good karma I had claimed, I was dished out some bad karma that set my house on fire. It is quite amusing using the bad karma points on other unsuspecting Sims though.
I have only recently started playing the game so I am sure there is a lot more for me to discover but so far, I think it is great, yet addictive. In fact, so far the only grievance I have is that it does take a while to load up when moving between locations and this gets me really annoyed. Apart from that, I would definitely recommend The Sims 3 to anyone, especially those who have enjoyed playing older versions previously.
Summary: Money well spent.
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