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The Sims 3 – hands-on

Micro-managing compulsives, on the other hand, will go nuts over the new customization options, like applying custom textures to most of the objects in your Sim’s house, an option that, in my case, led to the creation of an interior design atrocity involving matching plaid sofas, wallpapers, and refrigerator. Add a modest 4,000,000 fans with that one.

Executive Producer Ben Bell sums up for me the difference between The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 with a very compact description: “It’s not about spinning plates.” The Sims 2 and its expansion packs put players in a series of environments and left it up to them to make sure that everything didn’t collapse into death, decay, or catfights. Not anymore. Now you’re given the cheerful, thriving miniverse of Pleasant Valley to raise a Sim family in, and you’re tasked with guiding the semi-autonomous Sim of your choice on the path of his or her greatest fulfillment. That path is determined by a set of five personality traits, ranging from Charismatic and Computer Whiz to Neurotic and even downright Evil, that inform each Sim’s aspirations.

Instead of intervening when your Sim is on the verge of killing himself, your job might be to push a charismatic and egotistical young man toward a political career, or an evil computer whiz up a career ladder as a criminal until she’s kissing her husband on the forehead before taking a taxi to an abandoned warehouse and putting the finishing touches on her plan to subjugate the entire world to her cruel and capricious nature. These accomplishments add to your Sim’s overall happiness, paying off in bonuses that make them even easier to manage, like a Steel Bladder that makes going to the potty unnecessary, or a Super Green Thumb that lets your Sim grow his own food.

That’s worth at least another 14,000,000 million fans, and I’m beginning to see where EA got the idea to add world domination as an ultimate goal in The Sims 3.

Feb 26, 2009

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32 comments

  • doomdoomdoom - July 5, 2009 4:28 a.m.

    Sim is a Game about living someone else life and if your still sane you'll see that this game will suck your life up like world of fucking warcraft This game is good for boning game characters wives and lesbian getting-it-on. you all are fucking perverts WELL I HAVE CONVINCED MYSELF TO BUY IT!!!
  • ncioffi1 - May 30, 2009 7:32 p.m.

    their is only 3 days to and I'M BUYING WHAT IS THERE NOT LIKE ABOUT THIS GAME NOTHING. I started with the frist sim game and got the senced and i'm going to get the 3ed. There hase been a big chage from 1st to 2nd and to the 3ed. The things that make the sims 3 so differnt form the sims 2 in my opinon is the custmiztion and no louding srcreens what as make me vary happy is thet IT'S GONE GOLD MEAING THAT IT WILL BE ON THE SHELF TUS. JUN. 2nd, 2009 when i started playing i got scook on it and their is some many thing they have done to this game to keep me playing for 16 years out of the games i have played ea doing on this on
  • darkaleks - March 22, 2009 12:47 p.m.

    gus plsmake me happy is this game on market or not?????
  • steeler1 - March 17, 2009 11 p.m.

    awesome
  • DeadGirls - March 3, 2009 9:27 a.m.

    Bring your boners, 'cause they're giving away tits!
  • Nitemarish - March 2, 2009 11 p.m.

    Does the swimming pool ladder trick still work?
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - March 2, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    I'm gonna be one of those new fans.... Mind Control FTW?
  • sheas93 - March 2, 2009 3:39 a.m.

    they really need a plot line to gain 1 fan, me
  • flk - March 1, 2009 12:59 p.m.

    This game is going to be awesome. If it won't have that stupid DRM, thou
  • TrevorISme - February 28, 2009 6:03 a.m.

    AND Im really surprised that Charlie didnt write this =O
  • TrevorISme - February 28, 2009 6 a.m.

    I had lots of fun playing the Sims 2 player on the gamecube and we would have a family and i would live in a shed outside cause we wanted 2 houses and i would always purposly break things in his house so he came to my shed and burned it down with the only oven we had :'(
  • djsn1per - February 27, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    This might actually be the first Sims game that I'll buy. Couldn't stand the super micro-management that it took to keep them alive! Bravo EA Viva la world domination!
  • spiderking2009 - February 27, 2009 5:16 p.m.

    cant wait
  • iKOemos - February 27, 2009 7:52 a.m.

    lucashintz is right! I've read this before too!
  • Yourself - February 27, 2009 4:34 a.m.

    Iucashintz, You did and I did.
  • NelosAngelos - February 27, 2009 12:50 a.m.

    I've never been much of a fan for these games. My girlfriend is nuts about them and is counting the seconds for it to come out. It looks pretty good though, and glad that some of the more annoying aspects of the previous games are gone. Who knows, maybe I'll be one of those anonymous millions to start playing.
  • Skidd - December 18, 2008 3:32 p.m.

    Looks quite awesome, probably going to get it.
  • AMayer - December 18, 2008 3:08 a.m.

    I want this game so much already, because I loved the first two Sims to death. Too bad my computer can barely run the Sims 2.
  • Cwf2008 - December 18, 2008 1:40 a.m.

    Fifth...and...Sims...no commment
  • outergod - December 17, 2008 10:24 p.m.

    I have always loved the Sims and will almost certainly be adding this to my collection unless I get eaten by a frog or something ridiculous like that but the problem is the bloomin' specs... I have no idea what they mean... Can anyone tell me if it'll run on my laptop: Intel Core2 Duo T7500 @ 2.20Ghz 2046MB RAM Thanks :D

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