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Release Date: Jun 2, 2009

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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:

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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
    • 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
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Mobo Ronkey
( 167.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Look, this game has been out for a couple of years and I'm still playing the living hell out of it. One might say I'm whittling my life away. I could indeed play sims 4, but with how much junk (expansions, lil things to buy from the store, mods) I'm still willing to stick with the game till probably forever. I mean, who doesnt like playing a God who puts burglar alarms outside the house to see burglars freak out as soon as they set foot on my lot? It's fun, I enjoy it.
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柯達 Kodak
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This game was not what I expected it to be, it would be fun if it wouldn't crash everytime I wanted to make a sim
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dana.grasty
( 44.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This is game is the best thing that I have played in summer!
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santalover62
( 39.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
I Like the game but i wish they had sims 4 on steam.
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Clean Your Shoes
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
best time-waster
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Fable
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Game is pretty fun for those moments where you just want to play lol, got this becasue I heard it was better than sims 4.
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TBM2Gaming
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Don't buy. You need an account for some features, bad controls, etc.
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Kat
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Best Sims game, no doubt.
All Sims 4 has got going for it when compared to Sims 3 is better Sim creation.

I hecking love this game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
43 of 53 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Could be a fun game, But even in the Summer sale the price of that DLC is TOO DAMN HIGH.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Sims 3 is a competent life simulation. it's somewhat heavy on the cleaning, homework, bad smells and bad moods for my taste, but that can be modified through programmed in cheat codes, along with money, housing, etc.

the reason I do NOT recommend the game is because the game constantly pushes the player to buy stuff inside the game for MORE MONEY. CONSTANTLY. Any time you add a couch or flower pot to your little sims' house, five much nicer options are presented that you have to pay real money for. This is very irritating and completely unnecessary.
Also, the player must purchase DLC for BASIC simulation areas like weather, beach visits, careers, etc. The whole thing is a pretty annoying money grab.
It's completely annoying that the player spends anywhere from $20 to $60 on a game and the game constantly pesters the player for more money.
I own many games and DLC that never pester the player for more money. Sims 3 is VERY unusual in this regard.
If you buy this game, do NOT spend more money for clothes, furniture, houses, etc. there are plenty of sites that offer free downloads of stuff that is much better than what is sold inside the game. Also there are many mods that improve this game for free.
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
336.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
The Sims™ 3 is not a game, The Sims™ 3 is my second life.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
I am done supporting this greedy company.
Reasonable Price:
Sims 3 vanilla $5
Sims 3 with all DLC bundle $60

Actual Price:
Sims 3 Vanilla $20
Sims 3 all DLC roughly $400
wtf is this?

Delete Micro payment option or give players at least the option to unlock new stuff by completing challenges.

This is a classic act of the Canadian Devil (south park reverence)
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
+$300 in microtransactions? WELP. BETTER HOP ON MY PIRATE SHIP!
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
bought the game with all the expansion packs.

-made chinese wizard sim.

-calld him "Fire lord".

-made him evil.

-start to learn magic until he learn fire spells,(i mean fire bending)

-he always had a wish to burn other sims.

-go around the town and set sims on fire.
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edit:

-made new sim.

-made him blue and skinny.

-calld him "the avatar".

-fire lord hated him and start to fight him.

-fire lord lost the fight.

-fire lord got bullyied by him ever since.

-ironically few days later he got killed by falling meteor.

11\10 IGN ,had the best avatar experience in video game ever!.
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Do you like LONG LOAD TIMES?
Constant CRASHING?
Incessant ADVERTS FOR DLC?

Then we've got a game for YOU!
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
It's the Sims.

It's awesome.

Always have been, always will be.

Go away haters.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
108.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
The Sims 3:

Review changed from positive to negative since the game cannot recognise my newest graphics card (GTX 970). It's choppy as hell and the graphics are downgraded to the lowest possible, despite my high end PC.

If you have an older computer and are interested in this, go right ahead and read my analysis of the game.

Positives:

+ Purchase a house for your family or build and design your own with hundreds of customisation options. Buy pools, spas, outdoor living areas, decorative garden plants, televisions, exercise machines, kitchen appliances, cars....the list is huge!
+ Work as a master criminal, a journalist or even a detective. Go travelling to...Egypt, France and China (with DLC). This game is packed with plenty to do.
+ Many different skills for your sims to level up, from science to cooking. So you can have a very varied gameplay experience.
+ Several neighbourhoods to play in, each with a unique layout.
+ There's a large amount of playtime in the Sims 3 for players of all sorts. I managed to get about 100 hours out of it.

Negatives:

- While I acknowledge graphics aren't a major focus of Sims gameplay, it could definitely be improved. Aesthetically, this game is disappointing.
- Despite the vastness of Sims 3, it can become boring after awhile. Once you're earning a high wage, built a mansion filled with valuable items and had a family, there's really not much else to do. This game has a cycle of repetition, whereby you continue to do the same tasks over and over, just in different ways. Sure, the kids in your family grow up and you're able to control their lives, but it's like starting from scratch again, where's the sense of accomplishment in that? It's the balance between fun and repetitive content which Sims 3 suffers from.
- The game is quite expensive, even though it's now 5 years old (as of 02/03/2014). DLC is also pricey, so make sure you absolutely want this game before paying in full, or wait for a sale.

Overall Score: 7/10 for those with older systems
0/10 for those with state of the art PCs

The Sims 3 is a nice, relaxing game with many interesting features. For fans of the series, it's really worth checking it out. For those that are new to the game, I recommend grabbing this too, but just be aware of the many flaws.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
damn dude. Pretty boring without dlc's.... Wait of course its boring without dlc's its be EA the dlc master maker.
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