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User reviews: Very Positive (2,966 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 2, 2009

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"If the tale of Nick Breckon is any indication, The Sims 3 is the perfect engine to enact an unsettling simulacrum of your subconscious. Beware."
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About This Game



Play with Life.

Create the lives you've always wanted!

Ready to live a freer, more creative life? In The Sims™ 3, you can let your fantasies run wild as you design your ideal world. Start with your Sim, refining each shape, color and personality trait until you get the precise person that pleases you. Design your dream home, but don’t let a grid limit you; place, rotate and stack furniture and walls freely and to your heart’s content.

Once the “hard work” is over, it’s time to be a mentor. Guide your Sim’s path through life, developing a career, finding love, and pursuing dreams and desires. Spending time with friends and family is just as important as mastering painting or accumulating knowledge.

Take things to the next level and record movies of your Sim’s adventures and share them with the ever-growing and thriving community. With a huge catalog of expansion packs and fun objects to discover, there is no end to the possibilities awaiting you. It all begins here; your adventure awaits!

Key Features

  • Customize Your Sim: Mix and match a vast range of facial features and body types to get the look you want. Infuse your Sim with personality traits and help realize their dreams.
  • Stage Your Own Extreme Makeover: Decorate your Sim’s home however you want, neat or messy. Use odd angles, create tall stacks of items, and apply your favorite self-made pattern to the walls and floors.
  • Range From the Home: Get out of the house and explore the lively and entertaining neighborhood for the first time. Be a part of the larger online community!

Online Disclaimer:

INTERNET CONNECTION AND ACCEPTANCE OF END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT REQUIRED TO PLAY THE SIMS 3 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PRODUCT. ACCESS TO ONLINE SERVICES REQUIRES AN INTERNET CONNECTION, EA ACCOUNT AND GAME REGISTRATION WITH THE PROVIDED ONE-TIME USE SERIAL CODE. REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO ONE EA ACCOUNT PER SERIAL CODE AND IS NON-TRANSFERABLE. EA ONLINE PRIVACY POLICY AND TERMS OF SERVICE CAN BE FOUND AT http://www.ea.com/. YOU MUST BE 13+ TO REGISTER FOR AN EA ACCOUNT. INCLUDES SOFTWARE THAT COLLECTS DATA ONLINE NECESSARY TO PROVIDE AND ACTIVATE IN-GAME ADVERTISING FOR ALL THE SIMS 3 PRODUCTS PREVIOUSLY OR HEREAFTER INSTALLED.


EA MAY RETIRE ONLINE FEATURES AFTER 30 DAYS NOTICE POSTED ON http://www.ea.com/1/service-updates

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)
    • Processor: (XP) 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent; (Vista) 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
    • Memory: (XP) 1 GB; (Vista) 1.5 GB
    • Graphics: 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
    • DirectX®:
    • Hard Drive: At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content
    • Sound:
    • Built-in Graphics:
      • Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA X3000 or above.
      • 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
      • 0.5 GB additional RAM
    • Supported Video Cards:Nvidia GeForce series: FX5900 or greater, G100, GT 120, GT 130, GTS 150, GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 275, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 295; ATI Radeon™ series: ATI Radeon 9500 series of greater, X300, X600, X700, X800, X850, X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950, 2400, 2600, 2900, 3450, 3650, 3850, 3870, 4850, 4870 series or greater; Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA): GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series
    • *Please note that the GeForce 6100 and 7100 cards are not supported
Helpful customer reviews
1,774 of 1,922 people (92%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Had 12 kids with 8 different women, became president, then died when I tried cooking spaghetti. 10/10
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254 of 274 people (93%) found this review helpful
55.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
My sim was very sad when his friend Carl passed away, so I "resurrected" Carl as a ghost so we could still chill together like old times. But then the dude wouldn't leave. I mean, I know he needed a place to crash, and I was happy to let him sleep on my couch, but he was the worst ****ing houseguest ever. He ate all my food (I still haven't figured out how ghosts eat), left dirty dishes all over, broke my shower and hogged my computer.

And if that weren't enough, when I invited my girlfriend over for some quality woohoo time, Carl started flirting with her!! My sim went to bed alone, frustrated and ****ed off.

Thanks for nothing, Carl, you ****ing ****blocking dirtbag.
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157 of 168 people (93%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
had baby, decided he was inferior. locked him in a closet and replaced the door with a wall. Child Services is still looking for him as we speak.



11/10 reminds me of my childhood
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161 of 188 people (86%) found this review helpful
57.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Sim burnt to death while making salad. 10/10
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394 of 508 people (78%) found this review helpful
58.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Sim died while on the toilet. 10/10
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196 of 237 people (83%) found this review helpful
133.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I absolutely love this game and I've wasted way too many hours playing it, but why does the DLC have to be SO expensive? Especially when considering that the next generation of the game has already been released. I understand offering additional content for a little extra, but The Sims 3 takes this way too far. Either make the expansions cheaper or offer more in each one, because they aren't worth $20 as they are now.
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111 of 124 people (90%) found this review helpful
937.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Death came to my sim's party and killed a couple of people. My sim and he started talking and they're now great friends.
10/10
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135 of 164 people (82%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
I named a lesbian couple after my exes.


10/10 would fap again.
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149 of 185 people (81%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Better than the sims 4!
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72 of 84 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
My guy almost burnt to death cooking waffles for breakfast, destroyed his oven, and took care of the fire while the fire department just stood there are and actually watched.
10/10
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74 of 90 people (82%) found this review helpful
370.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
10/10
My Sim Died when atempting to make his B-day wish
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129 of 177 people (73%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
The DLC's are expensive as ♥♥♥♥.
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73 of 93 people (78%) found this review helpful
64.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
First off, this game is good. It's very good. You can do a lot of things in this game that can't really be done easily in real life, like electrocuting Taylor Swift or something. Do I recommend it?

Depends.

The base game is good, obviously, but what ♥♥♥♥es you and me off is Egoistic ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s (EA)'s decision to release about more than 20 DLCs separately. Now this isn't exactly the worst thing, but the costs of each individual DLC is astronomical. $34.99 for an expansion pack, even if it is Into the Future (which is kind of cool), is just ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. Whoever sets the costs have to be high, drunk, and mentally challenged at the same time. That is more than 3 times the price of Goat Simulator, for example. Also, most of the expansion packs cost $24.99, which is also "coincidentally" the same price for each Stuff pack. Yeah, they do bring a lot to the game, but wouldn't it be just nice for Maxis (or EA?) to put at least some of these features, such as Pets and Seasons, in the base game? Now I have to wait for the sales.

I would want to recommend the base game, but the problem is that the lack of features WILL make you want to buy the DLCs. It is really good marketing strategies, to be honest, but it is morally criminal.
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53 of 62 people (85%) found this review helpful
111.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
My sim went to college and got crushed by a asteroid. 10/10
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70 of 90 people (78%) found this review helpful
164.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Don't get Sims 4, get this. Great game.
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51 of 60 people (85%) found this review helpful
47.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Killed a woman because she jumped on my snowman. 10/10
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31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
1,022.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Holy moly, I never thought the sims could get better, but when i got the base game i was absolutely blown away. i didnt last more than a few days without wanting to get all of the other packs to date (and i did just that) . pricey compiled, but so worth it if you are a simmer. not going to get the sims 4 just yet, i want to finish playing the sims 3 completely, with more than 700 hours put into it, the packs i have, and those that i have yet to get, im sure i will probably spend well over another 2 years playing happily on sims 3, besides, there will be time for sims 4, its not a bad idea to wait out all the bugs n stuff... if you like things like design and fashion, this is like playing house, on steroids! LOL! (dont do drugs :3) ... but seriously, i absolutely recommend this game for simmers as well as anyone who likes taking the time, anyone who likes to "level things up" and putting in the effort in learning how to play a new game, its alot to learn, but once you do, you will be able to play any sims game. if you do decide to get it add me, thanks.
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99 of 150 people (66%) found this review helpful
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
EA
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Extremely addictive. The overwhelmingly best life simulator game series there is to date, this is a solid addition to The Sims game franchise. The only annoying thing is all of the expansions, but as The Sims 4 just came out, maybe the prices will drop on some of those. If you can't afford The Sims 4 and don't know if going back is worth it, trust me it is. This game is very fun, very addictive, and is overall just a great, memorable game.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
5,178.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
It's ok.
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