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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:

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
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Inky
( 472.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Just finished loading the game, can't wait to play it.
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EpicGShot
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Created Mexican Sim
Bought him a crappy house
Cooked waffles in the oven for 5 seconds and burnt them
Went upstairs and ate burnt waffles in the bathtub


10/10 would burn waffles again
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tweets
( 27.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
love this game
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DarkThor123
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I love the sims its the best its sometimes confusing but ITS SO worth it BUY IT~!!!!!
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Arctic Foxx
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I made a male sim, a real ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, and chose his lifegoal to be a gold digger. Met a chick, found out she wasn't rich so chatted up her friend. Got into relationship and married. Moved to her huge house as the only male living with 4 female roommates. 2 of them were ugly, so I trapped them inside the walls to be hidden. Too bad the wife wasn't rich either, but the house was nice and expensive. I made one of the female roommates romance with a random chick. They got married and had a wedding party at the neighbourhood swimming pool. Right before the ceremony some guy drowned in the pool. Everyone was shocked, but the ceremony was held, no matter what. Made this chick move in with her newly wed bride and made the 2 ugly roommates to move with her. Now there were just my sim and his wife. Knocked her up. Moved to a smaller house and sold the old one. Made nice amount of money by it. Still not having a rich wife so I went to visit the Landgraab family. Romanced with the old rich lady and made her break up with her husband. But then she found out I was cheating on my wife and things went bad. She didn't want to date anymore. Tried to romance with the mother of the Alto family, but she didn't like my sim. Went home, insulted my pregnant wife and broke up with her. Let her live with me anyways but didn't buy her own bed, so she could only sleep on the couch with her huge belly. Went to meet the Goth family. Chatted up the old lady and made her break up with her husband. Invited her over to my place and romanced her while my ex-wife happened to have our babyboy. Went steady with the old lady Goth in front of my ex-wife and son. Made my ex-wife move away with my newborn son. Now I'm on my way to get married with the old lady Goth and then I must kill her.

5/7. Would find out I'm a psychopath again, but the DLCs are too expensive.

Edit: 5 hours and life goal achieved.
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Alcoholic | Trump 2016
( 44.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
better than sims 4, best game to get stoned and play. relaxing.
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UnBoundedPage
( 24.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
made two custom sims one was "me" and the other was designed as a neat freak and loved cleaning i dont interact with her on a romantic level and she wears only white and black clothing so yeah i made my own personal maid that i dont have to pay and she can even earn me some $ along the side

Life is sweet

10/10
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Jonald
( 82.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I invited my sim's friend over to my house and so we have a nice time there, and then my sim's friend needs to use the bathroom. So after he used the bathroom he washed his hands and so he broke my sink and I was pretty mad at him when he did that. I called the plumber to fix my sink and so my sim's friend starts talking to her a LONG time, so the plumber left and didn't even fix the sink and charged me 50 simoleons and now that 'friend' is now an enemy to me.

10/10 would make my best friend an enemy again.
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lamont3johnson
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Took about 3 days to download ....
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Sandler Adam
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
"FREE SIMS 3 BOYS!!! FREE SIMS 3 BOYS!!!"
Guys trust me this works and it works 100%
Get Sims 3 with all the expansions for free in steam
Buy all the DLC's and game
download it but dont play it yet
once you can run the launcher pin it to your task bar
refund everything because once you do refund it you can still run the game
and enjoy your "FREE SIMS 3!!!"
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
175 of 190 people (92%) found this review helpful
116 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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98 of 113 people (87%) found this review helpful
155 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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78 of 92 people (85%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 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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41 of 43 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
65.9 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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60 of 76 people (79%) found this review helpful
68 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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41 of 51 people (80%) found this review helpful
23 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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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
35 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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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
11 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
12 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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10 of 14 people (71%) 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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