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Mostly Positive (158 reviews) - 77% of the 158 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (5,619 reviews) - 86% of the 5,619 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Mostly Positive (158 reviews)
Very Positive (5,619 reviews)
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( 38.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Best Sims Game. Hands Down. Absolutely Brilliant.
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Gandolf Dumblewizard
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Story of Craig Adams:

Craig was a simple man. He had no life, no job, no girl and no family. He didn't realise his loneliness but one day, he became controlled by a mysterious person called "The Player". Craig was scared, the player started changing his personality and clothing. The player said "I'm gonna make you a success". Craig was excited and he soon found a job after playing CoD. After his first day he met a girl who he got on pretty well with until he found out she was married and Craig beat her up (because of the player). Craig met another girl and they became good friends. Eventually Craig invited her over and that's when things went to the extreme. Craig lost his virginity and became a father. After that, his girlfriend had a baby girl and Craig had his birthday. Craig and the player knew that he needed to get married so Craig asked his girlfriend on a date and proposed. The wedding was only two minutes and Craig had a family. As one last goodbye, Craig thanked the player and lived his life. Craig is now dead. The end.
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( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Best simulation game EVER!
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( 905.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Just like real life!! Except for being trapped in a swimming pool... :/
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( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Great game! I love it!
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Doc Boc
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
One word: motherlode

Seriously though apart from the guilt factor of spending so much time on creating your Sim and house when you should be, you know, reading a book or going outside, this is a great game. Of course it's laggy and you don't get achievements but it's Sims what do you expect? Just be thankful you have it on PC and not the unspeakable disgrace on consoles. Just joking. Partly.

My faviourite way to play the game is creating a dream life for myself with some comedic relief in the background. I'm glad no one has asked why a white young adult is living with a fat black man in a hotdog suit.

See I'm nice I don't steal AI's wives and make them my own. I find a decent girl, give her a makeover if need be then become married the slow, right and proper way.....ctrl+shift+c testingcheatsenabled true edit: relationship status.


An illegitimate legitimate Sims player who only started buying Sims once Sims 3 Gold gave me viruses. Ergh I mean what? I've always supprted this franchise with every penny.
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( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I can say that this game is way better than The Sims 4, this game is the one that changes how The Sims work (most of it). Personality is the biggest changes made, in The Sims and The Sims 2 you can only change Neat, Outgoing, Active, etc. but in The Sims 3 this is where personality becomes more specific, from Absent-Minded to Charismatic sims, the base game is already fun but purchasing the DLCs (I'd recommend expansions pack instead of stuff pack) makes the game more complete.

Before purchasing the DLCs make sure to go online to see what features it offers, also ONLY buy the DLC (at least try to) when on sale. because they are overpriced. Want to know why to buy the DLCs on sale? Check the total price of The SIms 3 plus DLCs, it's just mental.
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SpookyObama( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
i just bought this game to drown all people
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( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
yeah.. no.. just no.

I need to go have a blood test and an MRI because I am fairly sure this game gave me cancer. My advice is to enjoy the sale by purchasing something that is as far removed from the Sims 3 as possible!
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( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
i bought this with the pets pack and it wont open i have a good computere so i dont know whats wrong with it? help plz
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534 of 575 people (93%) found this review helpful
850 people found this review funny
1,173.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Just finished making my first Sim. Didn't take too long.
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292 of 340 people (86%) found this review helpful
28 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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99 of 107 people (93%) found this review helpful
62 people found this review funny
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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59 of 67 people (88%) found this review helpful
76 people found this review funny
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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47 of 53 people (89%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
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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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
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.

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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
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 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 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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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
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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