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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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Very Positive (187 reviews)
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LonelyAssassin
( 170.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
I've played The Sims 1, 2, and now 3. I have always adored these games and this one doesn't disappoint.
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bart.bisbee
( 172.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
This game is comepletely and utterly AMAZING!! :)
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|-/
( 128.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
The Sims 3 is the next sensible step of development for the The Sims series, namely the open world feature. It's a great concept, but some people may find this game incredibly laggy. I personally haven't had issues with it, maybe the occasional crash, but other users have reported serious lag. All I can say is check the specs; don't chance it is doesn't meet minimum requirements. The Sim customisation and traits is great and adds a lot to the gameplay, but I've always found that the Sims look a bit weird, and the game has lost some of its charm compared to The Sims 2. Not to mention, EA love a good cash grab, so the normal price is a bit steep- definitely grab it when it's on sale. Also another to keep an eye out for is the Story Progession is broken. You can get mods, and I'd recommend NRaas' mods, but there's a chance it can seriously slow the game down. Overall, I've never had any problems with this game, but definitely get it cheap.
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MetsoFatso
( 214.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
OH MY GOD!!! I LOVE THE GAME!!!! I have at least 125 hours of playing the game and it never gets boring! The $500 in expansion packs is a little crappy but other than that would definately reccomend it! If you love The Sims 2 then this is perfect!
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Meme Gril
( 23.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
A very fun game! if you like raising a family and building a town then you will love this game!
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human malteser
( 82.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
GOOOD ♥♥♥♥ING DAMMIT
I HAVE READ EVERY SINGLE ♥♥♥♥ING ARTICLE ABOUT THIS PROBLEM AND IT KEEPS HAPPENING
I HAVE MANAGED TO RECOGNISE MY GRAPHICS CARD BUT IT'S STILL ♥♥♥♥ING LAGGING
I HAVE LOWERED EVERY ♥♥♥♥ING SETTING BUT IT MAKES NO ♥♥♥♥ING DIFFERENCE
IF YOU HAVE A ♥♥♥♥ING SOLUTION MSG ME
ALTHOUGH IT IS A VERY GOOD GAME I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT BECAUSE OF THIS PROBLEM
IF EA WASNT SO DUMB AND SUPPORTED EVERY GPU I'D GIVE THIS GAME A 9/10
GTX 750 TI
I5 QUAD CORE 6500
8 GB RAM
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Icey Rayne
( 1,120.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Just finished making my first Sim. Didn't take too long.
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draven_ward
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
LOVE this game!! I play it all the time. Got this after having Sims 2 for a very, very long time. It's more fun than 2 because it has far more customization than 2 has.
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Note
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
I play this game because my life sucks.
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Pinky ☆
( 891.9 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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mpschrodinger
( 46.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
The game is very entertaining and very enjoyable, and despite that there is already the fourth sim game, this game still is quite so much fun to play. If you're ever a sim fans in the past you just need to get this one, the game is so much fun to play with mods a couple of expansion pack make the game further increasing the fun.
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Tequila
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Pretty fun, add on are just annoying
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DespicableDamo
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
The Sims
Nostalgia got the better of my for more than the 2 hour refund limit
♥♥♥♥
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Brooke the gamer
( 110.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
you can do anything you want to do in this game!!!
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Joey
( 299.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
The Sims 3 is a very fun game with lots of things to do including being able to download mods and custom content from various websites to add on to the base game.
Pros:
The Graphics are decent for a game realesed in 2009 nothing great but not hideous
The Gameplay is fun and very and addicting (as you can see by my play time.
I have run into very little bugs that I have found (I have a very good PC so I can't speak for those with worse computers)
You can buy it on steam and I don't think you need origin (ew)
Good amount of content in the base game

Negatives:
$380 worth of DLC really EA
Long loading screens.....
Having pets or seasons or alot of things in everyday life is $20

Overall an 8/10 maybe an 8.5/10 if you can get the game and the DLC's especially on sale
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SlashingHades
( 33.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Made a lesbian couple

69/10

Would bang again
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Naruse
( 20.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
i invited a guy over from the park and he got mad and left my house because my sim went and made mac and cheese
11/10
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gvinson36
( 247.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
The Sims 3 is one of my favorite and most played games, quite enjoyble, and something that is it's own genre in it's entirety
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
80 of 85 people (94%) found this review helpful
95 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,438.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Great game, but slightly time consuming.
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81 of 94 people (86%) found this review helpful
91 people found this review funny
37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
1.Had a party for my sim
2.friend tells me to trap all of them inside the house
3. living outside, puts stove outside
4.leaves it on by accident
5. neighboors come
6. traps all of as well
7. friend tells me to burn them
8. spams rugs and one fire place
9.takes 6 attempts to burn them
10. everyone burns alive
11. 10/10 would do it again
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35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
114.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Product received for free
$400 to completely max out your experience.
10/10 would buy more DLC again

(seriously, it is a good game and what you get without DLC is filled with content, but getting some DLC is also great. Just don't buy Island Paradise as the map you get with it is completely unstable and impossible to play and the features aren't that amazing)
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
The game itself is great, but if you buy it in steam it's not gonna work with the ones you bought through origin or discs
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
103.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
God Simulatior but with a f*ck ton of DLC (EA at its finest). But hey, at least its better than Sims 4.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Recommended
100.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Joined science career. Became head houncho. Did experiment in a nieghbors house turning their toilets to have car alarms.

100/10 would Mad Scientist again.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
I have built a large house. Then I trapped all my visitors in the basement until every one in the town died. Besides this one woman. We made tons of babies then they took over the town.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Got the game for ♥♥♥♥ an' giggles, got out of bed and started playing it because i was bored, looked out the window, saw it was dark, looked at clock and relizes it's 4 in the morning.
10/10 would waste life again.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
42.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Sold my soul for game. 10/10 IGN, would sell soul again
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
78.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Finally got a girlfriend after spamming flirt. Wish that worked in real life.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
I just love traping people in rooms killing them then trap more people
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Great game for casual gamers, passes time, pretty light hearted.
Gives you a chance to use your imagination and there's a good level of immersion - this game gives you a double life.

decent graphics no need for high specs eathier.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
891.9 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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Made Donald Trump and The Zodiac Killer. Trump steals everything from his neighbor's houses and they still haven't realize they are living in an empty house while Trump kills anybody who catches him. The Zodiac Killer got a job as a chef. Make Sims Great Again
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
My House got robbed when I was robbing someone.
11/10 would get robbed again
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
122.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
If you buy this game you really need to get all of the expansions. The base game alone will not cut it. EA's out of the box version is not the best either. You will wanna get a few mods to improve the engine thus prolonging your town's life. It sucks so bad when a town save gets so bugged it becomes nearly impossible to play.

Other then the cost involved Sims 3 is one of my all time fav games. I LOVE this one!

Overwhelming 5/5 !!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
299.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
The Sims 3 is a very fun game with lots of things to do including being able to download mods and custom content from various websites to add on to the base game.
Pros:
The Graphics are decent for a game realesed in 2009 nothing great but not hideous
The Gameplay is fun and very and addicting (as you can see by my play time.
I have run into very little bugs that I have found (I have a very good PC so I can't speak for those with worse computers)
You can buy it on steam and I don't think you need origin (ew)
Good amount of content in the base game

Negatives:
$380 worth of DLC really EA
Long loading screens.....
Having pets or seasons or alot of things in everyday life is $20

Overall an 8/10 maybe an 8.5/10 if you can get the game and the DLC's especially on sale
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,120.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Just finished making my first Sim. Didn't take too long.
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