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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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ChiyukiAkutabi
( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I wanted this game because the pc has diffrent stuff other then the sims 3 or sims 3 pets... I just wish the DLC didnt cost so much. I also wish they would add more pets to the Pets DLC other then the dogs, cats and horses. It would be so cool to be able to have small pets, reptiles, and birds i'd really love to see that. Other then that i really Love all sims games just because i like to see what happen to them when they do stuff on the own. Its really funny how out of no where they die or almost kill them-selfs or burn down the house when they were just fine 2 mins ago
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✮ZombieReborn✮
( 71.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This is a really fun game while it's not perfect It's a great time killer and it can be really fun Marrying a AlienWolfman as John Cena the amount of things that you can make is insane The load times are horrible through While this is not the best review it's still pretty fun However the dlc is pretty overpriced while not on sale
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Kermit E. Frog
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
i loved it until i had to rebuy it when i accidentally deleted some files that a couldnt get back unless i bought it again warning to all you new folk who are modding sims DONT DELETE FILES IT CAUSES BAD THINGS
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Angélica
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
One of my favorite games. Sims 3 is really well developed, and its expasions are amazing. Let's see if Sims 4 can beat it.
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NukaHusky
( 35.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Super happy that the expansions of the Sims 3 is on sale, so I decided to get every expansion. No regrets. I played Sims way back in the 90's, and have been a Sims fan, there's no real goal in Sims 3, its your goal. You can do whatever you want in it. Create a house of your dreams, romance, or socialize your way through the game, even if romancing isnt your thing, there's being in the work force, get the job you want. You can also mod the game to hell and back if you want too as well. Everything about this game is awesome. Cheating in this game is also fun, there's no repercussions doing that. I think cheating is commended actually, you can play it vanilla. It's entirely up to you.
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KetoRocks
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This Game is Fun and Can Be Addicting but it doesnt have too much stuff this game has alot of things but not everything, you cant watch your sim at work or at school you cant do too much with your sims besides keeping them alive and having them keep there jobs, but otherwise the things that are left out on this game i still reccomend it for people who like these type of games.
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rainbowspikes123
( 22.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
had to mess with my comp settings to get it to stop crashing that was super anoying but that game its self is awesome lots of fun
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Jace_Spark
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
The Sims series has always been one of my favorites, due to the ability you get to create a family that you can control completely and adding the dlcs just makes the experience that much more fun. I honestly would recommend this game to anyone looking to have a great time playing it.
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Deadly Peanut
( 9.4 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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Glitchd
( 32.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Good game, but with the steam sale and the price of the dlcs, an even better value.

A lot of the dlcs are item packs...things you don't really need. Showtime is $19.00, and after some research I heard its not worth getting. So...you're spending closer to $30-40 depending on what you want. I already had the base game, and loaded up on six or seven expansion packs...Can't beat that deal.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
252 of 272 people (93%) found this review helpful
161 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
This game is fun. If you have $400







or can just enjoy what you have
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139 of 161 people (86%) found this review helpful
211 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Accidentally set a fire while in my kitten sweater and underwear. Got the fireman's number when he came to rescue me. Married him after kissing 16 times in a row.
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116 of 134 people (87%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I have a couple hundred hours on disk version, back when this game was first released

I can't believe what a microtransaction wasteland this game has become, I spend £6 on this game to be told "LOOK AT ALL THIS STUFF YOU DON'T HAVE" and have it dangled in front of me whenever I'm creating a family, buying items for my home and building stuff.

I do think the price is a pretty good deal for the amount of time you'll get out of it, but the base game is genuinely just showing you all this stuff you should buy, and it honestly gets extremely annoying. It's not really what I remember when I first started playing it, sure, it's the same game, but it's so full of "LOOK AT THIS ITEM FOR 200 CREDITS"

Also if you want all the expansions you'll have to part with a LOT of money, Sims is definitely one of my favourite franchises of all time, but the old ones didn't throw DLC in your face, sure, there was a metric f*ckton of expansions that you CAN buy, but it wasn't plastered all over the game. Honestly, the game is great, the DLC isn't.
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64 of 68 people (94%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
74.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Should I buy The Sims 3?

Even if you have mixed feelings about the simulation genre of games, I think every gamer should try out The Sims 3. It's normally 20 USD, but when it's on sale it's cheaper and worth buying.

But all of these DLCs! How can I ever afford all of this for one game!?

Try the main game first. If you hate it, don't buy any expansion sets. If you like it, maybe look into buying the ones that look good (Research them first!). If you love it and want more of it then I would still be careful as some expansion sets (Mostly the Stuff Packs) are NOT worth 20 dollars. Maxis is a good game studio (RIP), but EA are a bunch of greedy scumbags that would sell their mothers into slavery if it meant they could make a few extra bucks.

Is it fun? Is there a point to the game?

Much like Minecraft, the goal of the game isn't really set in stone. You do what you want to do in it. There are no rules or ways that you have to play it. If you want to create a family that goes through life with success, you can do it. If you want to make sims just to find ways to kill them, then you can do that too. There is quite a bit of customization and building in this game so go nuts.

Some people will like it. Some people will hate it. Some won't get it. Some will see it as a glorified doll house (It is). I can't really explain exactly why I like it, but I guess it's because I like making people and doing things that I can't do in the real world such as making a fat unattractive socially awkward nerd get all of the ladies (It's not me, I swear ^_-) Also I like making people I know and even some famous people.

Yesterday I made a somewhat famous youtuber (MrRepzion) and he's currently moved in across the street with his gay black lover (He's not really gay irl, but it's fun to think he is). He is now currently becoming a blogger on the internet with his lover Uhuru.

OMFG SUMMER SALE! 5 dollar an xpac! What should I do?

Well if you were on the fence about buying an xpac, buy it now, because this is about the price this stuff is actually worth. The EA store items (Which you can see via the game launcher) are not worth paying for even when on a sale. The stuff packs are also pretty lame. Get the expansion packs as they add in the most to the game (There are 11). That's around 60 dollars (Showtime is not on sale! HOWEVER if you buy it with the main game it's only 7 bucks)

This or The Sims 4

In my opinion The Sims 4 is a good game, but a bad Sims game. It takes several steps back even if you compare the base games with no expansions. The graphics are better, the sims are more detailed, and the social aspect (of the sims) is better. Everything else is 15 steps backwards. No open world, No in depth color or patterns designs. Fewer community lots. Fewer sim traits to pick from. Mods are not supported well for The Sims 4. Worst of all they are asking 40 dollars for the expansion sets. (20 dollars for the extra item sets). If 20 dollars wasn't worth it for The Sims 3 expansion sets, what makes EA think that 40 is more fair? Oh yeah that's right, EA doesn't give a ♥♥♥♥. They just want your money. They even are willing to sacrifice their development companies to get that money.

So uh... The Sims 3?...

Oh yes! It's a fun game. EA doesn't deserve your hard earned money, but this is a good game nonetheless.

Take advantage of the 75% markdown.

Also there is a large collection of mods you can use.
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70 of 92 people (76%) found this review helpful
90 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
I spent 13 hours of my life and $20 to get all 8 available turtles in the Pets DLC.

Worth it.

Turtle/10
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49 of 61 people (80%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
550 euro for the full expierence....

Theres alot better things in life that will give you the full expierence for less. ;p
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Recommended
133.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Great game if you like to control lives! Also fun if you like to kill people.
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Firstly, this game is an easily controlled game, you can create characters, pets and houses. You can get jobs and earn Simoleons (money). (You can choose the job you want.) You can also buy DLC (which I have done and got Pet Plus) which is really good.This is good if you want to design a new house or look at some new house ideas! I find it really fun when you get your Sims to go out on dates, when they Woo Hoo and most importantly when they get married!

Secondly, NO! THIS ISN'T A MULTIPLAYER GAME! All of my friends have been saying these exact words to me:
"Oh, Golden Soldier, I'm free today, wanna join up on Sims?" NO I DON'T! CAUSE I CAN'T!!!!!! Lot's of people think It's multiplayer when it's not, they think you're on their world but your not, It's the computer! Well, that's the long answer, short answer no, It's not multiplayer.

Finally, I find this game fun to play once you've just finished a test, having friend issues or just plain bored. I also like playing this instead of doing my Math homework! I would rate this 4 ½ /5 (4 and a half out of 5.)



You actually read this whole thing? GOOD ON YOU! Thanks.
Golden Soldier.
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
45.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Sims DLC on sale.
Check price for all DLC.
90 dollars.
♥♥♥♥ my life.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
You may see the "2.8 hrs on record" and think "Okay, surely you have a funny story to tell from your game."
But in fact, all that time was just spent in Create a Sim, perfecting four sims.

10/10

UPDATE: I had to add a young adult, since everyone else was a teen. I randomized her traits, trapped her in a box outside of the house and thought nothing of it.

She burst into flames from the heat and died.
But I didn't pay attention to what traits she had. The grim reaper resurrected her because of her 'Unlucky' trait. I was so mad.
I had to use cheats to age her up to the point of death, something I swore I wouldn't do.

10/10, my verdict still stands.
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