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Release Date: Jun 2, 2009

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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!

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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
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    • 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
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32 of 32 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
120.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Five years, eight expansion packs, and eight "stuff" packs after The Sims 2. Considering all the development and content released for The Sims 2, it seems strange that The Sims 3 could be anything more than a retelling of the same story. However, with the addition of some new features and improvements on older ones, The Sims 3 may just be the best game in the series.

Despite its upgraded graphics and features, The Sims 3 very much remains true to fans of the series. Veterans will have absolutely no problem diving in and getting to it. The user interface has remained mostly unchanged, which is a good thing considering how well it manages to take the complexities of the game and making them manageable.

The game is also easy to learn for the newcomers. A brief tutorial helps introduce the user interface and features to the player, and it does an efficient job of it too. Once completed, "lessons" are available to the player in case they ever need a refresher. But, to The Sims 3's credit, these helpful tutorials don't even seem necessary considering how sleek and intuitive the game's controls are.

Once again, the developers chose not to deviate from the familiar when it came to how players control the action in the game. Managing your sims is mostly down to using the mouse and following through dialogue bubbles and text trees. Keyboard shortcuts provide a quicker alternative to those who care to memorize them. The sims are governed by six needs in this third edition, as opposed to eight in earlier versions. The removal of "Environment" and "Comfort," coupled with a minor tweaks to how the needs fluctuate, results in players being able to enjoy the many intricacies and events in the game much more than in previous titles.

The visuals and music are a step up from previous Sims games. Not only are the music tracks varied and interesting, but the player can choose which tracks get played and when. If you'd prefer to hear the indie tracks while in general "living mode," then make it so; if you'd rather hear rock tracks while your sim is at work, you can. The Sims 3 doesn't boast the greatest visuals out there, but its host of new features and gameplay options certainly pick up the slack - what little there is.

Of all the new features and improvement that can be found in The Sims 3, perhaps the most talked and enthused about is the persistent towns in which your sims will live. Over are the days in which loading screens interrupted your sims' trips to work or movies. Now, players have the option of zooming out and in to any place in town, allowing them to see what is taking place. You'll be able to see other sims jogging on the sidewalks, sitting on benches in the park, or hanging out at the beach. Traveling is no longer a matter of leaving one area and suddenly appearing in another. Your sim can drive, call a cab, or even jog to the location if you choose. One minor drawback to the persistent town is how taxing it can be on the player's computer. Rendering an entire town at once is no small feat, but avoiding it altogether because of that would have been a mistake.

There were also improvements made to the "create-a-sim" tools. Players can now customize their sims' initial physical characteristics, clothing styles, and personality traits to a level of detail greater than before. Varied hairstyles, clothing options for different occasions, and customizable patterns and color options are just a few examples of the ways in which players can create unique-looking sims. Once finished with the appearance aspect, however, The Sims 3 has added personality traits, which allow players to determine how their sim behaves and reacts with other sims. Picking certain traits unlock different options for communicating with other sims and can even impact what types of careers the sim will excel at. And, for every positive trait there is a negative trait, so it is entirely possible to create some truly diabolical or demented sims.

The rewards system in The Sims 3 is also a nice change. When creating sims, players will have to select a long-term goal, which the sim will strive to meet. Moreover, during the game players will be able to choose up to four short-term goals for their sim to complete. Some goals are as simple as taking out the trash or reading a book, while others may be a little more complex, such as discovering another sim's personality traits. When completed, each short-term goal adds life-time happiness points to the sim's happiness meter.

Once enough happiness points are accumulated, the player can spend them on lifetime rewards that can benefit the sim. For example, accumulating 10,000 points allows the player to unlock the "Steel Bladder" reward, which means their sim won't have to go to the bathroom as often. There is no penalty incurred for not completing a short-term goal, and even if a goal has been set, it can be dropped and replaced by another one at any time, allowing players to change their minds and still dictate what happens.

Despite all of the added features and persistent world, The Sims 3 oddly leaves out the intimate view of your career. When players send their sim off to work, they can watch as far as the door to the building, at which point the sim enters and the player is given an aerial view of the building until the sim's shift ends. Behavior options are available while the sim is at work, which affects the productivity and chances of promotion. For example, as a police officer, the player can set their sim to "Chat with Partner," which improves their relationship with their partner, but doesn't increase their chances of promotion as quickly as say setting their behavior to "Work hard." This system does give the player some control over their sims' career on a day-to-day basis, but seems strange in comparison to the amount of depth found in other areas.

Another interesting and mildly irritating limitation is how a sim can only have one career at a time, despite whether work shifts overlap or not. If one shift ends at 2 p.m. and the other begins at 3 p.m., why should you not be able to work two careers at once if you want? Sure, working two jobs in real life isn't fun at all, and maybe this was the thinking behind limiting a sim to one career, but if you want to make your sim a work-a-holic with two jobs and no social life, then the option should be there.

While The Sims 3 continues the tradition of a solely offline and single-player experience, the continuation of social networking features remains as strong as ever. The Sims 3 launcher allows players to do a variety of things such as upload their own content, including individual sims, objects, houses, public buildings, and entire towns. Players have the option of creating their own player page, which includes a blog and an area to display all their created content for sharing.

The Sims 3 was a huge undertaking and it shows. The core gameplay remains largely unchanged, with minor tweaks and improvements that unquestionably add to the fun. Enhanced visuals and an expectedly good soundtrack excel at creating truly immersive moments, especially when moving around the largely persistent world. Even though there are areas that lack the level of detail and depth of the game as a whole, they still provide options to the player that keep the game from running into issues, which makes them identifiable as areas for improvement rather than a complete overhaul.

If you're a fan of the series, then The Sims 3 will deliver all that you've come to expect and throw in a ton of new ideas, even if the amount of extra toppings doesn't seem as vast. Newcomers to the series take note: if you've ever thought about playing The Sims, but were overwhelmed by the many expansion and "stuff" packs on the shelves, fear not; The Sims 3 is your window of opportunity.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
34.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Launched the game and spent a lot of time on character creation mode. Here's my adventures so far:

✓ Created Mr and Mrs Bennet
✓ Added Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine and Lydia
✓ Dressed everyone in Regency-ish clothes
✓ Chose a 6BR house to move in to, not enough funds
✓ Forced to settle in a 1BR and 1bath property
✓ Got everyone a job at the supermarket
✓ Alternated everyone on using one bed and bathroom

✓ Fell asleep while playing
✓ Woke up and found that the furnitures are repossesed, there are pee puddles everywhere and everyone's fired from their jobs

✓ Went house to house as Elizabeth to find a Mr. Darcy
✓ Found a wealthy elderly man living alone
✓ Started flirting with said elderly
✓ Couldnt stand the elderly and Elizabeth making out
✓ Quit the game and apologized to Jane Austen
✓ Restart the game

✓ Created one character and rose to Rockstardom
✓ Game crashed while hosting a party at the club
✓ Found out the game was not auto-saved
✓ Rage quit. Will not play again
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
103.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Had a crush on this girl IRL, made a copy of her in game, made sure we lived next to eachother, made a family, both started as kids, grow to teens, get relationship, grow up, married, happily ever after.

the life i'll never get to live.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
I don't normally review, but I wanted to counter the baseless negative ones that I've seen popping up. I've loved my time with this since I brought it a couple of days ago and haven't put it down. Incredibly fun and diverse gameplay that doesn't stop being entertaining with or without DLC. The community is vast and amazing, so even if you get bored with what you can come up with there are always challenges and mods to download galore.

On the topic of DLC, listen up folks - you're not supposed to buy it all, and you don't have to. The stuff packs are just decoration and not worth buying. The EPs - University Life, Late Night, Supernatural - add /different/ worlds and specific themed content ouside of the base game. The only ones that are integral really are Generations, Ambitions, Seasons and Pets. Which all come in a cheap bundle together during this sale season. Buy what looks good to YOU instead of wanting all the DLC for no reason.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
44.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Get a refund while you can if you plan on playing this on Windows 10. The game lags and freezes at loading screens a good majority of the time
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
I used to own this game from a disk, but I lost it several years ago so I decided to buy it on steam when I saw it was 75% off. I love this game but it is blocked by the requirement of a Sims account, which in itself requires and EA account, so as I'm typing this I am requesting a refund from steam because I am tired of EA's rediculous practices.

In conclusion: It's a great game that succumbed to the awfulness of EA.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Only place I get laid.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
340.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I decided to rewrite my review

The Sims 1
I haven't play this one sadly but I did watch my parents play which was great, never been more excited and giggly to see a visual me in a game.

The Sims 2
My first sim game, used to put hours into this sucker. Then my dad came along and created a sim, named it Black Widow and everytime I go to school, he takes the opportunity to lured my sims over, befriend them, flirt with them, seduce them and finally somehow murder them, then inheriting the money from my poor murder sims. He created a bloodlust serial killer to the point of the city becoming a ghost town. I will admit he made a cool graveyard of all the sims victims he murder. I stopped playing for obivous reasons I was quite teary that day, all that hard work for my sims down the drained lol.

The Sims 3
I have over 14 sims, finally did the university expanison such a pain in the ♥♥♥. I do find it slighty creepy that my professor likes inviting my sim and other sims students to their house and party no just no. No one parties with their professer it doesn't help he has the flirty trait too. Lol whatever I hoping to seduce him so I can get my grades up ( if that possible ) if so I can finally explore the rest of this interesting expanison, but again it proves a pain if your force to study every hour. My roomates are ♥♥♥♥♥ they all don't get along also are all snobs, one of them refuses to shower. Then a couple are always making out or doing romantic interactions in the most awkward of places. And finally a cool flower sim lives with me and I now good friends with her.

The Sims 4
Same forumla as the other sims but emotions are added to the mix, happy, sad, angry etc. I made a sim that is identical to me but I decided to make myself pregnant so I excited how that would turn out to be. But it probably going to be the same as Sims 2, if a male sim is aducted by aliens that sim will somehow get impregnated and birth a beautiful alien speciman.

Overall the Sims games has to be my favourite franchise to exist among games but it will require alot of multitasking and managerment to become a sim pro like me :D

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Needs a lot of DLC to be fun. Decent base game life simulator, but seriously, needs more free content.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
The Game is fun. Make sure you buy it with a sale.

+ You can play without Origin account
+ You can disable DLC shop in options menu
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1.0 hrs
Posted: October 22
Burning money is more entertaing than this.
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Ur Gey
0.9 hrs
Posted: October 22
You can tell, that I barely got an hour on this game, that's because I was STUCK on the login tab, kept looping, so, I tried creating a new account , turns out you need a ♥♥♥♥ING Serial Code, and I was thinking "wtf, there's no serial code in steam". so I tried linking (after trying to sign in ((from the loop)) ) my account to sims, I could'nt do that either! Why the ♥♥♥♥, would steam allow this, they should remove this ♥♥♥♥ from the store.
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598.4 hrs
Posted: October 22
I like this game alot.Its a good lad and better than the sims 4.
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5.5 hrs
Posted: October 21
Running this with 2014 laptop and by each day, the performance is dropping and today I CANT GET PAST THE LOADING SCREEN. I tried deleting all the cache, and wasted 3 hours which basically ruins the weekend completely.

Don't by any chance, use the dlc if you play it. YOU WILL fall in love with it, and it will kick you to the ground when you have put so many hours into the game. ESPECIALLY DONT BUY PETS and be careful if you want to buy SEASONS

You want to take the gamble? Google the problem with this game and you are welcome.

SIncerely, someone who loved Sims 3 since 2010.
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Fortress Maximus
44.9 hrs
Posted: October 21
I'm not going to lie- this game is substantially more fun with at least one DLC.
But at the same time, there's a reason I've been playing the Sims series since the very first game. If the game crashes (which isn't fairly often for me), there's such a wide userbase that there's almost ALWAYS a quick fix. My only major complaint is that it doesn't accurately record my play time- I should have over 200 hours played.
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31.8 hrs
Posted: October 21
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15.7 hrs
Posted: October 21
I enjoy being able to control everything- it is very fun and allows me to use my imagination. I recommend it to others as it will never get boring and the story never ends
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1.4 hrs
Posted: October 20
I am so dissapointed with this game. All it does is crash and won't connect, feels like I wasted money on this game.
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70.9 hrs
Posted: October 20
The best game eveeer
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