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Release Date: Jun 2, 2009

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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
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    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
398 of 480 people (83%) found this review helpful
453 people found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
-Sim died
-Grim Reaper came to do his job
-Forgot what he was doing
-Sat down on the couch and watched TV
-Went to have a conversation with him
-Grim Reaper is now my best friend

10/10 would befriend the Grim Reaper again
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520 of 716 people (73%) found this review helpful
219 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Game is fun
Goes -75%
adds all dlc to cart
Nope not fun enough
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86 of 103 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
72.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
This game
What can I say?

The sims is a game series,thats been around for a long time.
I personaly love this game,with or without mods
I have almost all the expansion packs,and yes,they do add more fun,but the base game is just as good

Like games where you play god,have a family,and play out real life?
Then,this game will be your favorite
I'd rate this game a 8/10,it just needs a bit more to it,yes,Expansion packs are a thing,but what if someone can't buy them,the base game can be a bit flat.but an otherwise great game.
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56 of 61 people (92%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
The job I'll never have.
The house I'll never be capable to buy.
The car I'll never be capable to pay.
The girlfriend that friendzoned me.
The life that I dreamed.
10/10 would feel depressed again.
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259 of 377 people (69%) found this review helpful
301 people found this review funny
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Single, balding male, lives alone, no friends or family.

Hungry, so he buys a pizza.

No drive to find a job, finds out he can easily hack on his new computer to make money.

Earns over $200 dollars first time hacking.

Puts away left over pizza, goes to bed.

Wakes up, eats some left over pizza and decides to master his logic to hack further.

Months later, becomes extremely logical to the max.

Hacks again, makes 2-300 dollars.

Devestated by his failure to excel at hacking, he adopts a baby.

Baby arrives next day, signs papers and the adoption agency leaves.

Builds doorless room around baby.

A week later, agency finds out about mistreatment of child and teleports baby out of home.

Sim kills himself.

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233 of 340 people (69%) found this review helpful
365 people found this review funny
60.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
a fire started in my house and i died trying to extinguish the flames

everybody outside cheered
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122 of 173 people (71%) found this review helpful
156 people found this review funny
48.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Finally I can live out my dream of being a painter/hacker/jacked/criminal/fisherman while neglecting all human needs of both a virtual man and a live one.
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156 of 236 people (66%) found this review helpful
156 people found this review funny
59.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
You don't play The Sims. The Sims plays you.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
120.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Five years, eight expansion packs, and eight "stuff" packs after The Sims 2. Considering all the development and content released for The Sims 2, it seems strange that The Sims 3 could be anything more than a retelling of the same story. However, with the addition of some new features and improvements on older ones, The Sims 3 may just be the best game in the series.

Despite its upgraded graphics and features, The Sims 3 very much remains true to fans of the series. Veterans will have absolutely no problem diving in and getting to it. The user interface has remained mostly unchanged, which is a good thing considering how well it manages to take the complexities of the game and making them manageable.

The game is also easy to learn for the newcomers. A brief tutorial helps introduce the user interface and features to the player, and it does an efficient job of it too. Once completed, "lessons" are available to the player in case they ever need a refresher. But, to The Sims 3's credit, these helpful tutorials don't even seem necessary considering how sleek and intuitive the game's controls are.

Once again, the developers chose not to deviate from the familiar when it came to how players control the action in the game. Managing your sims is mostly down to using the mouse and following through dialogue bubbles and text trees. Keyboard shortcuts provide a quicker alternative to those who care to memorize them. The sims are governed by six needs in this third edition, as opposed to eight in earlier versions. The removal of "Environment" and "Comfort," coupled with a minor tweaks to how the needs fluctuate, results in players being able to enjoy the many intricacies and events in the game much more than in previous titles.

The visuals and music are a step up from previous Sims games. Not only are the music tracks varied and interesting, but the player can choose which tracks get played and when. If you'd prefer to hear the indie tracks while in general "living mode," then make it so; if you'd rather hear rock tracks while your sim is at work, you can. The Sims 3 doesn't boast the greatest visuals out there, but its host of new features and gameplay options certainly pick up the slack - what little there is.

Of all the new features and improvement that can be found in The Sims 3, perhaps the most talked and enthused about is the persistent towns in which your sims will live. Over are the days in which loading screens interrupted your sims' trips to work or movies. Now, players have the option of zooming out and in to any place in town, allowing them to see what is taking place. You'll be able to see other sims jogging on the sidewalks, sitting on benches in the park, or hanging out at the beach. Traveling is no longer a matter of leaving one area and suddenly appearing in another. Your sim can drive, call a cab, or even jog to the location if you choose. One minor drawback to the persistent town is how taxing it can be on the player's computer. Rendering an entire town at once is no small feat, but avoiding it altogether because of that would have been a mistake.

There were also improvements made to the "create-a-sim" tools. Players can now customize their sims' initial physical characteristics, clothing styles, and personality traits to a level of detail greater than before. Varied hairstyles, clothing options for different occasions, and customizable patterns and color options are just a few examples of the ways in which players can create unique-looking sims. Once finished with the appearance aspect, however, The Sims 3 has added personality traits, which allow players to determine how their sim behaves and reacts with other sims. Picking certain traits unlock different options for communicating with other sims and can even impact what types of careers the sim will excel at. And, for every positive trait there is a negative trait, so it is entirely possible to create some truly diabolical or demented sims.

The rewards system in The Sims 3 is also a nice change. When creating sims, players will have to select a long-term goal, which the sim will strive to meet. Moreover, during the game players will be able to choose up to four short-term goals for their sim to complete. Some goals are as simple as taking out the trash or reading a book, while others may be a little more complex, such as discovering another sim's personality traits. When completed, each short-term goal adds life-time happiness points to the sim's happiness meter.

Once enough happiness points are accumulated, the player can spend them on lifetime rewards that can benefit the sim. For example, accumulating 10,000 points allows the player to unlock the "Steel Bladder" reward, which means their sim won't have to go to the bathroom as often. There is no penalty incurred for not completing a short-term goal, and even if a goal has been set, it can be dropped and replaced by another one at any time, allowing players to change their minds and still dictate what happens.

Despite all of the added features and persistent world, The Sims 3 oddly leaves out the intimate view of your career. When players send their sim off to work, they can watch as far as the door to the building, at which point the sim enters and the player is given an aerial view of the building until the sim's shift ends. Behavior options are available while the sim is at work, which affects the productivity and chances of promotion. For example, as a police officer, the player can set their sim to "Chat with Partner," which improves their relationship with their partner, but doesn't increase their chances of promotion as quickly as say setting their behavior to "Work hard." This system does give the player some control over their sims' career on a day-to-day basis, but seems strange in comparison to the amount of depth found in other areas.

Another interesting and mildly irritating limitation is how a sim can only have one career at a time, despite whether work shifts overlap or not. If one shift ends at 2 p.m. and the other begins at 3 p.m., why should you not be able to work two careers at once if you want? Sure, working two jobs in real life isn't fun at all, and maybe this was the thinking behind limiting a sim to one career, but if you want to make your sim a work-a-holic with two jobs and no social life, then the option should be there.

While The Sims 3 continues the tradition of a solely offline and single-player experience, the continuation of social networking features remains as strong as ever. The Sims 3 launcher allows players to do a variety of things such as upload their own content, including individual sims, objects, houses, public buildings, and entire towns. Players have the option of creating their own player page, which includes a blog and an area to display all their created content for sharing.

The Sims 3 was a huge undertaking and it shows. The core gameplay remains largely unchanged, with minor tweaks and improvements that unquestionably add to the fun. Enhanced visuals and an expectedly good soundtrack excel at creating truly immersive moments, especially when moving around the largely persistent world. Even though there are areas that lack the level of detail and depth of the game as a whole, they still provide options to the player that keep the game from running into issues, which makes them identifiable as areas for improvement rather than a complete overhaul.

If you're a fan of the series, then The Sims 3 will deliver all that you've come to expect and throw in a ton of new ideas, even if the amount of extra toppings doesn't seem as vast. Newcomers to the series take note: if you've ever thought about playing The Sims, but were overwhelmed by the many expansion and "stuff" packs on the shelves, fear not; The Sims 3 is your window of opportunity.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
I had played the Sims, The Sims 2, The Sims 3, and The Sims 4.

Of course, I've been playing the Sims 4 since it came out, and despite all the content, it's lacking more content, you get me? Then I see the Sims 3 on sale here on steam and I thought, hey, why not buy a bunch?

So far, worth it.

It's pretty nostalgic and exciting to play the Sims 3 again. There's just so much content on this one than the Sims 4 (they really need to catch up a lot). The one thing that I missed about this was the colorpicker. Creativy is much more flexible here and the imagination is endless. Then there was the open world aspect of just this huge town and city, no loading screens whatsoever. It's just.... Ahhhh, relieving.

On the other hand, the Sims 4 was a little more entertaining with all the hype graphics and awesome changes, especially the sex and gender where a sim's sex would be male but identified himself as female, or vice versa. Gameplay is less laggy for me than the sims 3, probably because it wasn't open world.

Either way, it's hard to compare and contrast both worlds, since "one was born from the last." They're both so good if you can really play it right.

Overall, I like them both. So worth to play The Sims 3 again.

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47.0 hrs
Posted: September 30
EA. like 90% of the game is paywalled dispite the release price being fairly high.
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224.2 hrs
Posted: September 30
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1.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
The game is fun if you got some expansions but how can a person really recommend a game and support the devs when all of it's content will cost you about $400 total if you want everything, ridiculous... Not to mention throughout the entire game everywhere there is micro transactions. The sims died after the sims 2. The base game in itself doesn't have much to choose from for objects and creation and is fairly mediocre.
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4.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
Only place I get laid.
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103.7 hrs
Posted: September 30
Had a crush on this girl IRL, made a copy of her in game, made sure we lived next to eachother, made a family, both started as kids, grow to teens, get relationship, grow up, married, happily ever after.

the life i'll never get to live.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 29
This game is just like the second one
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Tronald Dump
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 29
Took me three hours to get the damn game to start, and my specs are far better than necessary to run this. Once I got it up, I was harassed by microtransaction prompts at every corner. I feel like I didn't even own the game. Not only that, the game itself was rather boring.

3/10 for the depth.
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SkinnierSteve (NW)
58.4 hrs
Posted: September 29
Both Sims 2 and Sims 3 are the best games in the series, although Sims 3 has a lot of bugs. Most of them are easy to fix though. I will write a list of bugs and how to fix them, and then the major game breaking bug I'm still trying to fix.
These are glitches I ran into in my 58 hours of playtime with all expansion packs installed:

1. Sims getting stuck in a frozen position. How to fix: use cheat "resetsim first and last name"
2. University seems to be stuck in loading screen. How to fix: Edit town right before going to University, although you can also wait it out, but it loads for like 30 minutes.
3. Can't adopt stray cat or dog even though you are BFF with it. Fix not confirmed, but might work: ask stray to leave, and when it returns the adopt option will appear.
4. Sim stuck in sneak mode after getting grounded. How to fix: Either send your sim to boarding school, or go to edit town, evict your family with their house, bulldoze the empty house, place the family and house back where it was.
5. Can't use bed. How to fix: The same fix as glitch number 4. Not the boarding school fix, the eviction fix.
6. Can't get mail. How to fix: use the buydebug on cheat and testingcheatsenabled true, shift click the mail box, click object, click delete it, go to debug buy menu and buy a new mailbox.
7. Grim Reaper not taking away dead sims. How to fix: This glitch means the grim reaper is stuck, just do resetsim Grim Reaper in the cheat menu to fix it. Reset the dead sim where the reaper got stuck too if you can find the stuck reaper.
8. Bowl of food or any object getting stuck in your sim's hand. how to fix: resetsim first name and last name.
9. Certain sound effects stopped working. How to fix: save your game and load it again or relaunch the game.
10. The worst most game breaking glitch of all, and the one I only know a one time fix for... Sims stop aging when your new generation sims have a baby, even though aging is on. I tried a few stuff that the devs said would work, but it didn't work. I fixed the issue once with the help of a youtube video, but that fix only works once. If your aging stops again, it won't work. That trick is to go to main menu and copy your saved town by clicking copy town next to the delete button, and then play the copied town. Aging will be back in working order until your 3rd generation's baby grew up into a toddler. That's where I'm stuck at the moment, and I searched for a solution for quite some time. People say either use mods or start a new game and delete the old save. I refuse to delete my save though, I played 58 hours with my family. Also, I don't want to download any mods, because the mods changes some things I don't want to change, plus I don't know how to mod games in general. I hope you found my fixes helpful though, and I hope one of you guys can give me a permanent fix that always works once the sims stop aging, because I really want to continue playing with my family.

Why do I still recommend this game? Because it's excellent and the world feels alive and completely dynamic and open world. It not only feels that way, it is that way. Literally. For example, while you are living your life, other sims will live theirs, and you can see them do it. They move, get married, have kids, adopt pets, age, die, go to visit others, visit the park and other places, etc, plus you can affect their lives by interacting with them, like you can break up a couple by kissing someone in front of his or her lover, etc. I bought all the expansions in the sale for about $74. Great game, lots of content, and if it's 75% off, affordable if you want to buy all dlc. As I said, the only bad thing about the game is the bugs. The aging bug in particular. I heard some people had success moving them out and back in, but I haven't tried it yet. Anyways, if you got the money and you like sims or the genre in general, you will love this game. Just use my glitch fix list if you want a smooth experience.
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5.4 hrs
Posted: September 29
the ONLY reason i play this game is because i have no life, which then again - regains my purpose in life, playing the sims 3 so would recommend 8.7/10
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Raven(Wandering Ward)
27.5 hrs
Posted: September 29
So I actually really like the Sims 3..


The a sim in my household went to prison and disapered, permanantly.. That really ruined the game for me, since I couldn't find a fix for it, and resetting via the consol didn't work..

It's a really good game, but it has gamebreaking bugs.
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