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Release Date: Jun 2, 2009
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About the 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
Helpful customer reviews
777 of 1,034 people (75%) found this review helpful
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15 reviews
2.6 hrs on record
My sims threw his baby in a pool.

11/10.
Posted: March 15th, 2014
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592 of 806 people (73%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
28.5 hrs on record
Why have a life when you can pretend to have one?
Posted: February 24th, 2014
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101 of 115 people (88%) found this review helpful
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14 reviews
55.6 hrs on record
Seeing all the negative, discouraging reviews for this game, I decided to write my own, and give my two cents.

I've played the original The Sims and a couple of the console spinoffs on and off for nine years, give or take; I guess I consider myself a fan of the series. I held off on buying The Sims 3 for the longest time because, like many other people, I wasn't willing to spend the absurd price for all the "expansion packs."

As a game, The Sims 3 is far superior to the original. The AI pathfinding is fantastic by comparison- Sims won't get stuck in doorways for hours on end. The neighborhood is large and open enough to feel like a real, living, breathing world, complete with shops, sales, parks, and tons of activities- a huge forward step from the neighborhood of the original. Instead of having to call up a friend or a community shuttle, you can walk or drive virtually anywhere in the neighborhood. It's stuff like this that makes your Sims' lives feel more real than in the first game.

There is a massive amount of customization in this game- from clothes, to cars, to floors and walls, virtually everything can be personalized with custom color schemes or patterns.

Instead of the "Personality Points" of the earlier games, The Sims 3 allows you to pick traits for your sims that make them more interesting or unique, and allows for more "personality" than earlier games.

There are, of course, plenty of problems to be had with the game. The "expansion packs" are ridiculously priced (I wouldn't even bother, but then again I can't really say) and there is no "complete collection." To buy all the expansions and stuff packs would easily set you back a couple hundred dollars, which is absolutely ridiculous. There's plenty of game in this game without the expansions, though, and the modding community has made lots of neat stuff, all free of charge.

The game relies more on "Moodlets" than your sim's actual condition to determine mood. This is another complaint I have with the game- keeping mood at the maximum is extremely easy. A good meal and 8 hours of sleep is enough to keep them at full mood really no matter what happens throughout the day. The Sims has never been a "hardcore" game, but there isn't really any challenge at all in this game, aside from maybe some initial budget issues and relationships. While this does solve some of the issues of the original game, like constantly having to juggle things like Hunger and Energy to maintain a good mood and have any free time, I feel like it should have been implemented in a more subtle way that would require a bit more attention to be paid to your sims' needs.

I bought The Sims 3 when it was on sale, and I can safely say I wouldn't regret paying $19.99 for the base game if I had to. If you're a fan of the series, I'd say grab it. Unless you have a couple hundred bucks to throw away, though, steer clear of the unnecessary expansions and microtransactions. In the end, Maxis made a quality game. It's just a shame that EA's dubious practices have gotten to be what they are.
Posted: March 3rd, 2014
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408 of 562 people (73%) found this review helpful
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33 reviews
106.5 hrs on record
Love this game so much
I just hate one thing about it and that the DLCs are expensive but everything else is perfect
Posted: March 3rd, 2014
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202 of 284 people (71%) found this review helpful
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16 reviews
49.6 hrs on record
Dlc's cost more than the actual game
Posted: March 1st, 2014
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6,943 of 7,913 people (88%) found this review helpful
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16 reviews
32.4 hrs on record
"Hey kids! We have a FABULOUS game! Want to play it?"

"Okey dokey, Mr. EA!"

"well here is an eighth of it!"

"but... I want the whole game!"

"That'll be 410 dollars."

Well played, Electronic Arts, well played...
Posted: December 5th, 2013
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