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Very Positive (422 reviews) - 82% of the 422 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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!

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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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Very Positive (422 reviews)
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( 15.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
I only have 15 hours.... but BOY IS THIS HYPE. I have a level 9 journalism carrer, a wife, soon to be children. An AMAZING house I spent an hour renovating completly and the list goes on and on so I'm gonna talk about one of my favourite features....

When you start the sims, everybody has the same town of people, but it changes. If you didn't know already, in this game sims age and even DIE. What happens if you're sim dies? you play as your son or daughter growing up. Then play as their sons or daughters and it goes on and on. The npc's also have children, die and live their lives.

If this helped influence your decision about getting this game, please give it a thumbs up! i DEFINITELY recomend this game
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( 21.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Great game but would not recommend buying it or its DLC while it isnt on sale.
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( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Ok my play time doesn't actually show how many hours I've sank into this game just how many I'v accumlated to buy extra content from steam on the cheap. First off your sims 3 codes you buy off Steam now works with EA origins. This is important if you previously own sims packs. Steam makes you buy another copy of the Sims 3 to buy the extra content. Not cool steam its livable. On the good note; during the steam mega sales you can pick up more content for about 4.99 - 9.99. I have all expansions all store content and am missing only one world and a handful of stuff packs.

In general I love this game. I've owned it since it came out. Purchased most of my content pre-steam and amazed how cheep you can get stuff for now. I've scored most of the store content by watching adds on EA and about all my content was purchased for free. Now that steam has its new controller I am slowly migrating my content onto steam.

This is the only sandbox you will ever play that lets you actually make your own video game in whatever style you want. You download the world creator tool and you have hours of interesting things you can do with your game. Program in story lines and challanges for your sims and you have a whole new game. You have the ability to generate maps and new worlds. You get mod content and the sky is the limit. Lets face facts the sims 3 is just wierd and its not for everyone. How many games do you know that allow you to have ninjas who work as a perfessional jockeys riding unicorns and only eat tofu cheesesteaks?

Now for some of the negative reviews I'm reading. I'm running a top of the line graphics card I play the game on highest levels. I do not have the new nvidia pascals. Only a 970. I have no issues at all. Most of the people who are griping do not realize that there internet cache actually plays a roll on how well the game runs when its in online mode. You donot have to use online mode unless your working on showtime achievements or your planning on buying something in game. All players need to regularly clean out internet explorer even if you don't use internet explorer to maintain a healthy game. Because it is how the game originally connect to EA. Most of the lagging etc comes from IE beeing the worst of all the browsers and no ability to change this in your code. Another issue is too many expansion and stuff packs on at one time. While I run all expansions and all my content most pcs are not capable of doing this. EA suggest limiting how many packs if you want quicker load times. I don't bother because I use a special mod called Overwatch that peserves the integrity of my game by optimizing the game in other ways that EA didn't think of. Mostly by removing lost sims stray horses and animals and cars that your sims careless forget to drive back home to there houses. This makes the who game run much smoother and keeps the game from becomming currupt do to user neglect/error. Mods make this game you can find nearly any type of mod you can imagine. I highly recommend anyone who has ever played minecraft or similar games to give this one a try.
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( 72.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
He stole my car, I stole his son
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( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
i really like this game i got this two weeks ago and i have been playing it alot. The game is good even though to have lots of fun you need to pay but it is ok even if u dont play.
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Bilbo Baggins
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
10/10 would drown my wife again
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( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
10/10 Crashes
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( 100.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
It's a little embarrassing how addicted to this game I've become :| I don't know why everyone complains about things being "shoved in your face", sure there are nice objects that they want you to pay for, but you can also find a LOT of even nicer stuff online that is user created and you can download for free. Once you start downloading that stuff you'll really find yourself falling deeper as it's really fun to find new clothes, hairstyles, objects, you can even download entire houses that are beautiful. (Also you can easily disable a lot of the "purchasable content" popups so it doesn't bother you).
I bought this while it was on sale and I would definitely reccomend that. During the next sale I will be buying one or two expansion packs like Ambitions. I wouldn't even consider buying them at their full price though, so it's likely I will get a bit bored of the game between now and then as I've already maxed out 3 careers and my sim has more money than I know what to do with. For now it's fun to try different career paths, constantly renovate my house and mess with other sims relationships. Have a play and don't take it as seriously as some of the whiners who leave bad reviews :)
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Thugahontus ♡
( 1,623.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
10/10 really addicted.
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( 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
35 of 43 people (81%) found this review helpful
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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34 of 43 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26

This is a DECENT game, even when it's just in vanilla form. However, I would hesitate to recommend this to anybody for a few reasons that are worth considering before start handing over your money to Electronic Arts. And let's be honest. If you play this game enough, you're going to buy more than just the base game. That's how it was designed.
The first reason I would hesitate to recommend it is because it's a SHAMELESS cash-grab. It's over 7 years old and each of the expansions and stuff packs costs as much as a typical game. And if you think that's bad, just wait! From the moment you start playing, the game will try to hook you with endless microtransactions just about anywhere it can put them. Even the loading screens are just advertisements for DLCs. Compulsive shoppers, beware.
The second reason is that some important features, such as Create A World, are unavailable for Steam users. Fortunately, you can re-download it through Origin for free, as well as any expansions and stuff packs you get through Steam (though I'm told it's a pain). This was probably intended by EA to punish players who don't use their (inferior) service.

Other than that, this game is pretty good. When it comes to actual gameplay, I don't have much to complain about. If the basic concept appeals to you or you're already a fan of the series, I would recommend it if it's on a massive sale.
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
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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17 of 21 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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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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.


-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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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Do you like LONG LOAD TIMES?
Constant CRASHING?

Then we've got a game for YOU!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 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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7 of 8 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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5 of 5 people (100%) 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.


+ 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.


- 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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