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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
654 of 683 people (96%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
96.0 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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472 of 490 people (96%) found this review helpful
23 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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274 of 290 people (94%) found this review helpful
10 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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186 of 201 people (93%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
196.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
I made a big pool party, a meteor came and killed half of my neighbors and my wife, now i have to raise my two children alone.

11/10 real life simulator
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169 of 195 people (87%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
i cant stop making a whole family of people who look like adolf hitler. Ive done it like 8 times now
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173 of 203 people (85%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
1,124.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
help me
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101 of 111 people (91%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
My sim has been walking around with a salad stuck to its hand for 3 days.

10/10
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91 of 99 people (92%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
56.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
My sim snuck up behind wife and scared her causing a fire that killed them both

20/10 Game of the Year
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105 of 119 people (88%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
92.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Created myself in the game and watched myself scream at a dishwasher before breaking the toilet with a presumably huge dump.

I loved it.
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87 of 96 people (91%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
116.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
My sim was a broke ♥♥♥ scrub, and so instead of getting a job themselves, Winston the pet cat got employed to help keep food on the table. At some point, my sim DID get a job. But the cat was still making more money.

My neighbors were rude, and swam in my pool without even being invited, so I removed the ladders to exit the pool and watched them all drown to death.

I made friends with the burglar that broke into my house. While they were in the process of robbing me. And then eventually I went and invited the burglar to my wedding.

Later on my sim burned to death because she was too concerned with eating a bowl of cereal and didn't even care the kitchen she was standing in was consumed by flames.

This game is like real life. Only 100 times more dysfunctional. It's hilarious.
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72 of 78 people (92%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
117.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Guy came to my house, ate all my food, got in my way. Trapped him in a small room and let him slowly die


666/10 would recommend
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72 of 85 people (85%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
I made my guy cheat on his wife with 6 men
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49 of 53 people (92%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Took photographs of children and sold them to an old man who lives alone in the park. 10/10
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44 of 46 people (96%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
The baby crawled to the neighbors house and never came back. My sims are now stuck walking in circles and yelling at the sky. 10/10 - It worked okay
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48 of 54 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
36.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
So that's what having a life looks like.
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136 of 195 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
£329.80 for the DLC you are joking right. Base game ok.
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47 of 55 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
1. i dared a sim to devide by zero
2. the sim got on fire
3. i did not help the sim
4. the sim died and was about to be gone before i challenged death to a chess match
5. i somehow won and got the sim back
6. instead of thanking me they left me
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
59.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Amazing game, 10/10.

You get to control people without their consent and make sure their life doesn't collapse because they chose to take a bath seconds before they needed to go to work.
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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
I made a Tumblr feminist and the first thing she did was make fun of a white guy.


10/10
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Married Eight People, Had at least four kids, Became Millionaire, Super Genius, Died while making pancakes.

10/10 Would Make those Pancakes again.
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