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The Sims 3

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"Addiction at it's Finest"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

To be honest, I've never really been this into The Sims until this version came out. My main reason for buying was for the fact that holidays have just began, but if you really want to enjoy your holiday, don't buy this game, you'll spend it locked up in your room playing The Sims 3 for hours on end. I've read a lot of reviews, the majority saying that this game totally rocks, and I guess The Sims 3 lives up to it. It really does take SIM-ulation to a whole new level, flirting with death, becoming an Astronaut, robbing other Sims, become a kleptomaniac, even earning life time rewards where you may spend them on such things like “steel bladders” so you never have to use the bathroom again, or the “fertility treatment” so your Sim has a much higher chance of having twins/triplet­s/quads, etc. One thing I really like about this version of The Sims is that now we can really set our focus towards building and enhancing skills, there are about 11 different areas (some include Handiness – a skill which, if high enough, allows your Sim to repair things without getting electrocuted to death, or there's Cooking – a skill which, if also high enough, allows you to cook the ol' Tri-Tip Steak without burning it or lighting the place on fire, or there's Gardening, Writing, Logic, Guitar, Painting, the list goes on). It gives you a lot more freedom to do what you want than any other version. Although, what is good news without bad news? There are some down sides to The Sims 3 as well. Right now we have very limited Neighborhoods, one in fact. Or two if you download the free one from their website. They are, however, releasing software to allow people to build their own Neighborhoods (it's the same software which developers use, which is good {great for tech-savvy users who can manipulate their way around the software} and bad {not so good for the faint hearted}). I also highly recommend The Sims 3 – World Adventures. This really makes the game come alive. Check out reviews for WA. ;)

Overall, I'd say the positives outweigh the negatives by far, that's being said that the main disadvantage in the game as of right now is being fixed this month anyway.

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.
"absolutely awesome!!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

The Sims 3 is the best game ever! I am already hooked on it and only got it this morning. It is even better the the Sims 2 and i couldn't stop playing it. I was on my computer all of my spare time with these games and expect to be on my computer for all hours with Sims 3!!

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
"Way better than I could have imagined!"
5 stars"

What a difference compared to Sims2! Being able to go from one house to another or to a community lot is as simple as walking or driving there. It doesn't need to load your destination its all seamless. It's great. You can interact with your neighbours, go for a jog or walk across the road to the shops. It's way better than I thought it was going to be.

Being able to customise your furniture and clothing helps makes your Sims unique, and especially now that the Sims have unique personalities and different goals makes the game a whole lot more challenging and fun.

The only thing I don't like about it is that you need to have an internet connection to get the 2nd city, not all places in the world have internet, especially farmers and people who live in no mans land. We can't get the internet so we're out of luck to get an updates or extras that they didn't put onto the game disc. A bit of a letdown but the first neighbourhood is huge and keeps you busy.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.


The Sims 3 lets you immerse truly unique Sims in an open, living neighborhood just outside their door! The freedom of The Sims 3 will inspire you with endless possibilities and amuse you with unexpected moments of surprise and mischief.

  • New Seamless, Open Neighborhood-Explore the neighborhood freely. Your Sims can roam throughout their neighborhood, visit neighbors’ homes, and explore the surroundings. They can stroll downtown to hang out with friends, meet someone new at the park, or run into colleagues on the street. If your Sims are in the right place at the right time, who knows what might happen?!
  • New Create A Sim-Create any Sim you can imagine. New easy-to-use design tools allow for unlimited customization to make truly individual Sims. Determine your Sims’ shape and size, from thin to full-figured to muscular-and everything in between! Choose your Sims’ facial features, their exact skin tone, hair, eye shape and color and select their clothing and accessories.
  • New Realistic Personalities-Every Sim is a unique person, with a distinct personality. Create realistic Sims with distinctive personalities. Select from dozens of personality traits and combine them in fun ways. The combination of traits you choose-brave, artistic, loner, perfectionist, klepto, romantic, clumsy, paranoid, and much, much more-help shape the behavior of your Sims and how they interact with other Sims. Your Sims can now rise above their basic set of every day needs. They are complex individuals with unique personalities.
  • New Unlimited Customization-Everyone can customize everything! Build your dream house or design the ultimate home. Customize everything from floors to flowers, shirts to sofas, wallpaper to window shades. It’s fun and easy to change colors and patterns giving you endless personalization options. Or you can populate your Sims’ neighborhood with pre-designed buildings and furnishings. Which of your Sims will live in high-end mansions, cool bachelor pads, ultimate dream homes or low-cost cottage?

System Requirements:

Minimum 128 MB GeForce FX 5900 or Radeon 9500 graphics card running on a Pentium IV 2.0 GHz or Athlon XP 2000+ CPU with 1 GB of RAM under Windows XP (sp2) or a Pentium IV 2.4 GHz / Athlon XP 2400+ CPU with 1.5 GB of RAM under Windows Vista (sp1). Laptop 128 MB GeForce Go 6200 or Radeon mobile 9600 graphics running on a Pentium IV 2.0 GHz or Athlon XP 2000+ CPU with 1.5 GB of RAM under XP or a Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or Athlon XP 2400+ CPU and 2.0 GB of RAM under Vista.
Release date NZ
June 5th, 2009
Game Platform
  • PC Games
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