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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 (437 reviews)
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( 91.8 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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( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Sims 3 is a great game. I got the game when I first came out but re-purchased it this year. I've read the reviews about the DLC and I have to agree, wait for when they're discounted. Of the DLC's, many recommended Ambitions, Generations, Into the Future, Late Night, Pets, Seasons, Supernatural, University Life, and World Adventures. Many reviewers have said to stay away from Island Paradise; it makes Sims 3 unstable.

As for me, I'm content with just having Ambitions, Generations, Seasons, University Life and World Adventures. I may pick up Into the Future and Pets when they are discounted again. I'm not into the supernatural so I won't get Supernatural and Late Night (it has vampires in it).
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( 96.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I have no life atfer playing this All i do is play this
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( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Woohoo'd some random dude while my girlfriend; who turns out to be the maid, watched us go at it.
11/10 would play again
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they call me jarvie the goofy
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
i got more mods here
play the game
create a character
dress a fashion for female
great ♥

Cons. ===> too expensive for DLC
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A Divorced Hermit Crab
( 32.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
got married and died immediately afterwords

10/10 simulator, would abandon my wife again
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( 24.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22

i want a refund its nothing like the ad
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The Legend Alpha Omega
( 200.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
I have purchased everyone of The Sims 3, I haven't had a problem till recently, the version was the correct originally, then it became while in the game and screwed me up, The Sims will not let me get stuff from the sims exchange and won't work due to the incorrect version, I'm disappointed in it, I have played over 200hrs of the TS3 but yet steam won't even count that even, I don't know who's problem it is, but they can fix it, or they can refund me, there choice I won't sit idly by and watch a good game become trash because STEAM, ORIGIN, EA or whomever, THEY NEED TO FIX THIS PROBLEM ASAP BECAUSE IT'S BULLCRAP TO PAY A LOT OF MONEY AND THEN NOT HAVE IT BECAUSE OF A VERSION ERROR! but even though it's messed up, anyone who likes the sims I would highly reccomend this game, once the on TS3 version is fixed.
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177 of 189 people (94%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
128.1 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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31 of 39 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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27 of 34 people (79%) 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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33 of 50 people (66%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
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.


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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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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16 of 20 people (80%) 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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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
9 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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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
5 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
The game is so laggy after I've installed the Paradise island DLC. I would use this computer for Devil May Cry or Fallout 4 without laggy. But this one, oh no!
It stops about every 2 minutes and I could do nothing about that.
Why are you doing this to me EA
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 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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