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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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Merilily
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I thought this game would be fun, but then I leanred about how money hungry EA is. I never played much of their games so I thought to give this one a try, I even went as far to get DLC for it too! It was fun at first, but then I realized that I could not access items in the DLC I just bought.

This is how it works: You buy DLC to have extra stuff, then EA makes items within that very DLC you just bought unusable saying you have to pay more to get it.

This game seems like it may be fun, but that whole money hungry thing turns me waaay off of it. I spent around two hours in character creation and 30 minutes in game arguing with buttons and frustrated why I didn't have access to items/characters I bought. Buyer beware.
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Endurance
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Sims 3 and Sims Freeplay ARE TEH BEST SIMS GAMES
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manguyjoe
( 177.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
im just reviewing this for the steam xp
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Brownfroggy
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
bought house
flirted with honey darnell for 3 days straight
moved in with her
killed her
stole her home
went inside
wrote review

10/10 would kill again
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Breizh
( 126.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Honestly, the only thing I wish this game did was give the player the ability to build homes without having to first create a household. Design and architecture are things that really interest me, and I love creating and designing houses, but it's tedious to have to first build Sims. Sure, I could speed through that process by choosing Randomize, but I would still have to wait through at least two long loading screens. I wish this wasn't necessary. Sometimes, I just want to build a house.

Other than that, I like Sims 3 better than Sims 4. Sims 3 is pretty straight-forward for a new player to get into and there is a good deal of DLC that sometimes is very inexpensive (note: always wait for the sales; $20 for a single DLC for a game that's nearly ten years old is kind of ridiculous) that add a lot to the game.
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PitFlywing
( 115.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
well to be honnest this is not the "best" sims game but sims 1 and 2 played a huge part of ny childhood being the first games i played on pc, but i would mostly not recemend because of all that dlc is a cashgrab well mostly stuff packs... but anyways i'l give this a pass because it is the sims, one of my favorite games ever! but still if you plan on getting dlcs the only ones i recemend are seasons and sorta pets, the reason i say sorta is it has to be your kinda thing because if you hate pets this is not for you.


anyways at least is is not worst as my sims...

but still i had a lot of fun playing it but not as much as the other 2
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Asch The Bloody
( 49.9 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? /b]

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 (There are nine total). That's 50 dollars for everything including the base game. Well worth it considering that it does add in quite a bit of content to the game.

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.
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Iselin Solheim
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
Nice Game.. i play whole day and never bored.
Thanks EA for great game. but High Price..

thanks Steam for make that game so cheap
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Sharon
( 840.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I play this game absent mindedly. It's a really fun game to play. But, the DLCs' should not cost the same as the game itself.
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mkepler77
( 150.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
love it been playing for 3 years now
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
382 of 413 people (92%) found this review helpful
626 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,173.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Just finished making my first Sim. Didn't take too long.
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184 of 218 people (84%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
This is a great game, even when it's just the base game. But I simply cannot recommend it to anyone for two reasons.
Reason number ONE. It's a giant cash grab. You think all the overpriced expansions and stuff packs are bad? Just wait. The game will dangle microtransactions in front of you from the moment you start playing. What can I say? EA really wants your money.
Reason number TWO. Some very important features, such as Create A World, aren't available unless you download the game through Origin (or screw around with your registry, which isn't a good idea). Fortunately, you can uninstall your Steam version and re-download it through Origin for free, but I've heard that once you do, any expansions or stuff packs you get through Steam will no longer work, so don't plan on saving money during the sales. Seriously, EA really wants your freaking money.

EDIT: For all the butthurt fangirls who are mad at this review, I will reluctantly recommend it if it's on a massive sale. There, you happy now?
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63 of 69 people (91%) found this review helpful
40 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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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
892.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
♥ You can do anything.

Want to have a polygamist family? Want to roll around in money? Want to travel to Egypt, steal treasure from tombs, and have an affair?

With Sims 3, you can. If you only have the base game and none of the DLC's, you can easily get mods for the game that will add an endless amount of things: instant money, incest, custom jobs, etc. With Sims you can have the character live the life you imagine for them.

♥ Relationships.

This is by far why I've played Sims 3 for as many hours as I've had. In Sims 3 you can find a boyfriend, marry him, cheat with his brother, and divorce - all in the same day. Sims 3 doesn't have morals and doesn't want you to have them either.

For that reason, you can cheat as much as you want, have as many kids as you want, or embrace the single, celebrity rockstar life. If you want to have an arch nemesis and revel in kicking their trash can, you can.

Or you can be the seemly modest grandmother who writes erotic tales at night and takes care of her grandchildren, plays chess with her husband at the park, and bask in your retirement during the day.

♥ Everything is up to you.

From the design of the house to the look of your Sim to their likes and dislikes, you control anything and everything. You aren't limited in any area for even their needs you can control. If you use a cheat code, you can easily make their needs (hunger, sleep, etc) to 100% meaqning you'll have more time to focus on the fun aspects of their life.

With Sims, the character is entirely in your hands.

✘ This game lags.

A lot. It's known for crashing without warning, freezing at any vital moment, and can be quite fussy to run. I've learned that when you first launch the game - DON'T DO ANYTHING. Just let it play through the cutscene and go to the main menu. Don't try to skip it, don't try to rush it.

The same goes for when it freezes and lags.

Otherwise it's going to sulk and quit on you just when your Sim becomes famous or is about to have their baby.

✘ The base designs are...bleh.

I used to think they were amazing - the blocky hair, the ill fitting clothes, the ugly looking earrings. However once I discovered the world of mods, I learned how awful the base items are. Unfortunately installing too many mods can severely lag your game - so you'll have to be strict about which ones are worth keeping and which aren't.

✘ There are bugs.

A lot of them. University can cause errors with assigning you to "study" when you aren't enrolled in school, a Sim that is aging up can end up with their bones disjointed and their head all stretched, your Sim can decide they can't walk forwards because dust is in their way, etc.

Overall the Sims 3 is by far the most beloved of all the games I've ever played, aside from Harvest Moon, and is a MUST play. Absolutely amazing as a simulator/choice game.
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40 of 47 people (85%) found this review helpful
51 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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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
6 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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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
7 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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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
27 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
12 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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