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Metacritic (PC): 86/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 76/100
Metacritic (PS): 78/100
Metacritic (3DS): 52/100
Release: June 2009
Reviewed on: PC

The Sims 3

Site Score
8.5
Good: Lots of customisation – Visually impressive – New features
Bad: You’ll quickly be out of pocket to access expansion packs
User Score
8.7
(37 votes)
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The Sims 3 offers great gameplay that you would expect from this old and reputable franchise. The addition to the seres is also available across a HUGE range of platforms so there is no excuse to not try this ultimate life simulation experience.

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The game was developed by Electronic Arts and was released in 2009 for Windows and Mac with a console and smartphone release in 2010. The core gameplay has changed very little from its predecessor and merely adds additional features or refines old ones while also upgrading the graphics of the game.

For those new to The Sims franchise the gameplay focuses on the control of a simulated characters life, activities and relationships. This gameplay is completely open ended with no set endings or objectives, leaving the game entirely in the players’ hands.

Unlike previous games in the series the game boasts more emphasis on the external life of your Sims rather than just the activities they perform in their house. This is also loosely tied with the new ‘wishes’ system which is designed to help push Sims towards a lifetime happiness score. The optional story mode has also proved successful with fans as it allows them to follow the life of their Sims without having a direct impact or giving them direction.

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The Create a Sim system has also had a complete overhaul and now includes even more clothing items and customisable options to create the ultimate Sim look alike or something not even from this world. This increased number of options also extends to your building options allowing you to create some truly amazing houses.

The Sims 3 is an enjoyable experience for both fans of the series or new players that love the ability to create, control and live.

Summary:

  • Stays true to the franchise.
  • Story mode lets you watch the life of your Sims unfold.
  • Create amazing Sims and houses.
  • Available on multiple platforms.
  • Takes the visual aspects of the series to new levels.

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The Sims 3, 8.7 out of 10 based on 37 ratings
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