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3.0 out of 5 stars A daring installment, but hits as many misses as it does hits., June 2, 2009
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This review is from: The Sims 3 - PC (DVD-ROM)
I am a huge sims fan, and have been since the first game hit the shelves. Since then, I have bought every new expansion pack, and moved on to the next installment when it came.

I wish I could say I was as impressed by The Sims 3 as I was with its predecessor. However, while there are wonderful new additions, they are slightly hampered down by some poor choices on EA's part.

A few of the pro's in this game are of course the seamless neighborhood, which is more immersive, and makes for a interesting change from the constant loading screens.

The personality traits add a whole new level of richness to sim's personalities.

The improved create a sim make personalization so much easier and intuitive than before.

The doll house aspects of making your sim eat, pee, shower, and sleep has been replaced by more intelligent sims.

However, even with all this improvements, there are flaws.

You are only given four save slots, which means you can only follow a maximum of four families. While this is nice as it allows you to have multiple versions of a nhood, it is extremely limiting, and it doesnt seem like maxis has plans right now to add more.

You no longer get to place lots, for you are stuck with the lots included, which can not be expanded or deleted.

The revamped build/buy mode looks pretty, but its counter intuitive. its pictoral version often clumps catagories closely together, meaning you want to go to windows, but accidently click walls or roofs, and have to navigate back to click on the window again.

The graphics in general are not a major overhaul of the previous installment. though the nhood is more complicated and visual, you are usually more focused on your houses and sims to be bothered with it. sims are more detailed, but they now seem out of place as the objects and houses themselves are not dramatically different looking.

coupled with the massive cpu drain that is the game even on good computers *after promising the game would run well on older computers*, the sims 3 has its faults, but shines in other areas.

EA however has alot they need to rethink in the coming expanison to make the game truly shine.
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Initial post: Jun 3, 2009 7:03:17 AM PDT
You have some valid concerns, however I just wanted to point out that you can have far more than four families; each save slot saves an entire town, not just a single family, and within each town you can have as many families as the town has lots.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2009 9:54:53 PM PDT
J. Lopez says:
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Posted on Jun 3, 2009 11:00:27 PM PDT
Caydence says:
Since Sims 3 needs a more powerful video card and more RAM, could you tell me whether or not you are using a laptop, what the make and model is, what kind of video card you have? I'm not asking to be downright nosey or anything but sometimes it helps to know what a person is working with to ascertain whether it's the actual game or if it's the hardware behind it.
Thanks in advance!

~ JB

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2009 2:44:35 PM PDT
Here's my opinion: You need at least 2GB of RAM (2.5 on Vista). You have to have a decent graphics card. You don't need a crazy one to play say Crysis on, but make sure it's not like 10 years old. Now the processor should be at least 2.5GHz and dual-core. You could probably bend a little lower on the Ghz though. Of course, if your computer is a little glitchy with it, you can "dumb down" the settings in options (in the game).

Here's a website to let you know if your computer can sufficiently run the Sims 3.

canirunit.com

It gives you suggestions on how to make your computer run the game faster and lets you know if your current settings are ideal for the game. It's pretty user friendly, no crazy knowledge required! :-)

I don't have the game yet but my desktop has a 2.6GHz dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and an ATI Radeon X1250 video card. The website will tell you exactly what you have if you don't know.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 7:54:29 PM PDT
Jade says:
I can assure you that one can have more than four saves. I have 7 going on in my game right now.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2009 8:21:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jan 23, 2010 10:07:54 AM PST
No, I doubt there's a way to do that.

Posted on Jun 13, 2009 1:42:26 AM PDT
I don't know what "cpu drain" is but this game plays smoothly on the computers of several people I know, including myself. There are existing issues with specific graphic cards, and a lot of people in the Sims community who don't understand computer specifications very well that try to run the game on low-end (in terms of gaming) components. These same players then run out and buy a laptop so they can do it all over again. The game has only been out a number of days so some of the performance issues will either be address by EA with a patch and/or nVidia and Ati with driver updates.

The loss of custom sims with the story progression feature can be a little jarring. We'll see if EA changes anything about that later. The chubby sim issue seems weird to me too. One of my sims looks great in her potraits and avatar but I thought she had gained weight when it turns out its just the way she looks in the game.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2009 12:24:01 PM PDT
As others have said before me, the part about being limited to four save slots is inaccurate. Yes, you only see four blocks at a time, but once you hit your fifth and so on, a scrolling functionality appears. You can have as many save slots as you wish.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 2:49:18 PM PDT
Also to add. You can move/place your lot by selecting "Edit Town".
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