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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
1,504 of 1,646 people (91%) found this review helpful
139 people found this review funny
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
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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1,032 of 1,123 people (92%) found this review helpful
88 people found this review funny
57.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Sim burnt to death while making salad. 10/10
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839 of 908 people (92%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
55.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
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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580 of 637 people (91%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
941.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
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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892 of 1,066 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
321.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
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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312 of 350 people (89%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
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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180 of 189 people (95%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I started off with a tiny, one-room bungalow in a new neighbourhood. I had no job. I had no friends. All I had was my sole aspiration: to become a Forensics Specialist - Dynamic DNA Profiler. I spent every evening alone, playing chess into the early hours of the morning. I would paint random images throughout the day on my easel, stopping only to sate my appetite, or occasionally wash my bodily odour away. I didn't talk to anyone. I didn't need anyone. I just needed this job. I was going to be the best. And then that day came. I had reached the pinnacle of my profession. Finally I could stop worrying about my career and enjoy the finer things in life. But being at the top is perhaps the loneliness place you can be. I still had no friends. No lover. No relations of my own. I tried going out to community lots but by this time I was old and the youngsters found me creepy and odd. I once again found myself spending the days alone in my home, trying to be the best at everything. I'll show them! I don't need anybody! I've come this far on my own! But, whereas time had once been my greatest ally, it had now become my sole enemy. Yes, I was the best at all things. But I had no one to share it with. I sat alone in the place I had once called home, surrounded by all of my beautiful creations, and I felt even more miserable than at the start of it all.

Now I'm going to try out this game.

10/10
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168 of 177 people (95%) found this review helpful
42 people found this review funny
87.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
had 12 children with 8 different people, became president then died cooking pancakes.

10/10
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315 of 365 people (86%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
385.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
10/10
My Sim Died when atempting to make his B-day wish
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271 of 310 people (87%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
The only acceptable way to inbreed.

10/10 IGN
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362 of 447 people (81%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Better than the sims 4!
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164 of 188 people (87%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
10/10 my house caught fire after I tried repairing my dishwasher would reccommend
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407 of 520 people (78%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
I named a lesbian couple after my exes.


10/10 would fap again.
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108 of 116 people (93%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
My son got stuck in a sink while brushing his teeth while the house was on fire.
10/1 would fix sink again
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98 of 104 people (94%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
349.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
who wouldn't want to make their "sim-self" and make it have a better life than you do?
10/10
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346 of 460 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
The DLC's are expensive as ♥♥♥♥.
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88 of 96 people (92%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Pool homicide simulator
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55 of 59 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
196.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Instead of going out and succeeding in real life, I help virtual me succeed.

11/10 would put virtual self over real self again.
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106 of 138 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
if only dlcs are <$5 each
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62 of 71 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,108.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
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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