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- Share your creations online and download content from other players around the world, without ever leaving your game
- Create any Sim you can imagine and give them unique personalities, fine-tuning their appearances
- Build the ultimate home for your Sims, improve your town with building upgrades, and more
- Unlock all-new Karma Powers, wielding the ultimate control over your Sims, giving them wealth, beauty, and love
- Choose whether or not to fulfill your Sims' destinies by making their wishes come true, or letting their dreams die
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Create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires, and control their lives within a living neighborhood. Unlock all-new Karma Powers and unleash them on your Sims: help your Sim “get lucky,” bless them with “instant beauty” or curse them with an “epic fail.” But use these powers wisely, because they may have unexpected results! Design and build your Sims' dream home and share your creations with others. As you guide your Sims through life you can complete challenges to unlock additional items, town upgrades, and new buildings and landmarks. For the first time ever, upload and download content from your game, including furnishings, houses, player creations, and more!
The Sims 3 for PlayStation 3 is a single player life simulation game that brings authentic gameplay elements, long enjoyed in PC versions of the game, to PlayStation 3 players. From character creation and customization tools, to persistent online access and the ability to share content with the larger The Sims community, The Sims 3 allows players to craft the lives of their Sims, like never before. Additional features include: a new Karma game element that can impact the lives of Sims for good or ill, and controls conveniently mapped to the standard game controller layout.
A True The Sims Experience for PlayStation 3
In The Sims 3 players create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires, and control their lives within a living gameworld. To a large extent this has been the case in previous console based The Sims games, but things are taken several steps further in this release. The Sims 3 features Sim creation functionality that is essentially the same as players enjoy on the PC platform, with the only appreciable difference being that the interface is optimized for game controller use. Players also enjoy improved and easy movement throughout the game by way of the standard controller layout, using the analog stick to move your Sims and the D-Pad for motions in the up/down directions in 3D space. Additional features include the ability to connect to the Sims Store and the greater online Sims community to share your creations and download content from other players around the world, without leaving your game, and the inclusion of life cycles and lifetime wishes, that can lead to ultimate happiness for Sims, if fulfilled.
New Karma Powers
Another major addition to the series in this release is the inclusion of the concept of Karma. The Sims 3 allows players can unlock all-new Karma Powers and unleash them on your Sims. These can be used to help your Sims get lucky with the power of "rapid romance", bless them with "instant beauty" or at the opposite end of things, curse them with the "instant enemy." Use these powers wisely, because they may have unexpected results. Either way, as you guide your Sims through life The Sims 3 allows you to complete opportunities to unlock items and rewards like never before.
Key Game Features
- Create any Sim you can imagine - Fine-tune your Sims' appearances and create millions of different personalities. Make them evil, romantic, paranoid, kleptomaniacs, or a mix of something completely different.
- Build and Customize - Build the ultimate home for your Sims, improve your town with building upgrades, and more.
- Control your Sims' Destinies - Choose whether or not to fulfill your Sims' destinies by making their wishes come true, or letting their dreams die. Will your Sims be emperors of evil, world leaders, or expert thieves? It's up to you.
- Build and Share Online* - Connect to share your creations and download content from other players around the world, without ever leaving your game.
- Unlock All-New Karma Powers - Wield the ultimate control over your Sims giving them wealth, beauty, and love, or take it all away with the click of a button.
- Complete Challenges to Earn Rewards - Face short and long term challenges and reap rewards. Connect and share your achievements with your friends.
PC level creation abilities.
Persistent online access.
New Karma based system.
Earn rewards for challenges.
*Internet connection required. See product pack for details.
Top customer reviews
There are only a few things that don't seem to flow, the major point being build/buy mode. It is so easy to switch in and out of build and buy on PC - just a click - but now I must hit the select button and navigate over to build/buy mode. The town map is also accessed from the select button menu. These things take away from the larger feeling of The Sims 3 PC version, especially since that aspect was one of the few improvements over The Sims 2 (PC). The continuity could be improved with Build/Buy and the Town Map being on a menu that is quicker to access. The town also seems small after playing the previous games with expansions. (Though I imagine there will be plenty of add-on content to come.) I don't think the loading times are bad, but I have been playing New Vegas. Anyone who has played Sims with about six expansions installed will think the loading times are lightning-quick.
The slight annoyances do not take away from the full game experience. All the great aspects are still there; pretty much everything is customizable, the graphics are gorgeous, and the music and sound are fantastic. I missed being as engrossed in the lives of my sims as I was playing Sims 2 on PC, and I am once again delving that deeply into the world of The Sims.
I had, as a kid, spent several hours on Sims 2 for the PS2. You could say 10s upon 10s of them. So, when I saw this PS3 version I knew it could only be better - and still addicting.
This review mainly compares this to the PS2 Version I had.
Stuff that met expectations:
- Really nice graphics (720p w/ HDMI)
- Much better Soundtrack (Music is catchier and more upbeat from Sims 2.)
- LOTS MORE customization
- Still (very) addicting and lots of gameplay to be had
- Humor in the text boxes/descriptions
- "Moodlets" are things that can raise or lower a Sim's total mood. These can be helpful sometimes, so you don't always have to keep perfect care of your Sims like in Sims 2 to keep that mood bar high.
- You can play music on your PS3 while playing this game! How neat! Every other game I have but Sports Champions doesn't let me do so, so this is really cool.
- Crazy amount of choices for customization... It's not even funny. You can create so much things Maxis/EA has "The Exchange" due to this. Now you can find that *perfect* piece of clothing or furniture.
- You can have kids!
- Completely open world (in pieces); unlike the one house you're stuck in with Sims 2. This was an amazing upgrade; you can even visit neighbors!!
- You can own places! This is a very nice investment and it really does make the game easier/make you feel more... "like a boss." (You can be the owner of 11 places in all!)
- Karma powers an help a lot! From giving you a bunch of money to resurrection, they are sure to bring at least a smile to your Sims' faces. (There are some fun evil ones, too... hehehe)
- Wishes are a nice touch to the game. For every wish you complete, you earn lifetime happiness points. With these points, you can buy perks for your Sim. These range from free food to not having to pee... yeah, they can be helpful.
- Multi-layered houses! Now you don't feel like you're in jail... and if you buy the most luxurious house, you get a LOT of building space!
There's too much for me to say, so let's just move on to the things that threw me off a little.
Took a Bit of Adapting:
- You can't control your Sims anymore! Well, you can... but... as a light beacon thingy that you give commands with. It's more like Free Mode In Sims 2, I got used to it though.
- Learning Curve was pretty awkward, but there's so many features to the game that this should've been expected, and it really is a big (but amazing) change from Sims 2.
- Sims can die and age... this was awkward for me since I had 4 immortal Sims in Sims 2. I did expand their life a little in the options menu, though.
- Loading screens are seen often, but they don't disrupt gameplay (I have patience, though) and do have many, many tips you can read so it's not like you always have to see the same thing over and over again. The also have a scenic picture of where you're about to go, and really doesn't take that long to load, I'm gonna say not even a minute.
- Frame rate drops are constant, but they won't/barely will affect gameplay. My copy of the Sims 2 always did this too though so I am more used to it.
- You don't get the black label anymore; Amazon sent me a Greatest Hits edition. This doesn't really matter since I really bought this for the game and not the case, but for some of you it might?
- Camera can be weird sometimes, but personally clicking R3 helps improve it a bit, and it finds your Sim!
...Where is it?
Hope this helps you guys decide on whether to buy it or not. I recommend it, and it'll keep you busy if you're waiting for PS4.
In case you're wondering how much of this game I know, I have about 55% of the trophies right now, which are barely difficult at all. I remember getting some out of nowhere because Sims can do it naturally!! They really just take time, as one other reviewer said. Finally, this game is excellent for offline gamers, as I am one myself.
Oh, forgot to add that the "long save bug" doesn't exist anymore as long as you download the patch. It wasn't even 100MB, and apparently the saves now aren't compatible with the older version of the game (without a patch).
I currently have an Inventory glitch with my game. In Game time, I have played for about 16 weeks and 3 days. Simply, if I try to enter my Sim's inventory then the game will try to trap me in the menu.
This can be very profitable, as the inventory that appears isn't even the one you had originally. I remember I had 3 cars in the inventory and I was able to sell them! Wow! However, the deeds to the places I owned are gone... so that's a bummer...
The glitch can be escaped by
1.) Pressing R1 (household inventory) and then selecting a food in your fridge.
2.) Being able to sell everything that is in the inventory; if there are textbooks and your kids are graduated... you can't even sell the textbooks and the game tries to trap you in the menu! Just do step 1 to solve this; make sure you have food in your fridge.
*I recommend that you do not download or play music while playing this game, especially not download something.* The PS3 will be strained and the game may have more glitches and odd things happening than usual. For example, I used the "Divine Retribution" karma power to bring my sim back to life but... he's still a ghost.
The heck do I do? ...Just wait for him to pass away or delete him eventually I guess.
The game has strangely been fixed out of nowhere... my guy is back to life and I cannot abuse the glitch for $$$ anymore. Oh well. I'm now in Week 17 day 2 (game time). I had enough money to buy the most luxurious house in the game!!
Eons passed and I started to feel the urge to take it were I left off, so I had to acquire the game, but it was a shame this was "disk only" when I wanted to buy it on PS store, so months passed until I decided to buy it for real.
When it finally arrived I started to play it for like for 5 days this time and I found it soooo booooring. Maybe I'm too old for this now. I don't feel the joy I felt when playing Sims 2 or Sim City. I still play this from time to time, but I usually end up watching Netflix when I wanted to play Sims 3.
If you are not a kid or a collector, maybe you could buy something else.