Review of the pc-based roleplaying game The Sims 3.
The Sims evolved out of the computer game SimCity, in which you create and oversee a virtual city. When The Sims came on the scene, it introduced the concept of having virtual people living in a virtual world. You could choose physical and mental attributes for the people you create, as well as build and decorate their environment.
As The Sims progressed in popularity, several expansion packs became available. Expansion packs are additional features within a package that you can download to your existing game version to enhance game-play. These include: Livin' Large, for creating additional types of characters and various features; Hot Date, for the characters to go on dates and build meaningful relationships; Unleashed, for pet adoption; House Party, for hosting parties; Makin' Magic, for enabling characters to perform magic tricks and spells; Sims Vacation, for characters to travel; Superstar, providing characters with celebrity careers and pursuits; and Sims University, for characters to attend and graduate from college.
By the time The Sims 2 was added, the characters were fine-tuned to become more uncannily "real", with the ability to procreate, display every type of emotion, go shopping, and have goals to achieve. The addition of being able to download even more items online and interact with other gamers put the series into a new era.
What The Sims 3 Offers
The Sims 3 continues where the last version left off - with new careers, an increased capacity to create more customized characters, different places to explore, more ways to develop traits and achieve lifetime goals, and new ways to interact with other characters. However, it does not have more than one neighborhood to choose from, with only a handful of homes and lots available for your characters to purchase. Additionally, there appears to be a few things taken away from the game. For example, the only instrument is a guitar (as opposed to several styles of pianos in previous games), and there are less styles of appliances and other miscellaneous items from which to choose when decorating the home. Regrettably, there is no arcade or board walk, the characters can't camp, and shopping is limited to the bookstore or grocery store.
With this version, you can really develop your characters into complex virtual people. From the moment they interact with their environment and other sims, they are constantly given opportunities to enhance their short-term goals, (earning points to be used on purchasing lifetime rewards), so that eventually they can achieve lifetime goals. Some fun features include gardening and fishing (with the ability to use the food in creating higher quality meals and/or sell the food to the market); going to the spa for beauty treatments; typing reports and writing novels; and competing in contests both within the neighborhood and on-the-job. You can even create movies and show them off (along with your characters) online!
Rated T (teen) for crude humor, sexual themes, and violence, The Sims 3 appeals to a wide variety of audiences. Youth and adults can easily create characters to look like themselves or whomever they wish with just a few mouse clicks. It is not hard to play, but a tutorial is available for extra help, and hint messages will pop up on the screen from time-to-time throughout the game. What makes this game so addictive? People who like to socialize, role-play, and be creative can act out their fantasies.
Cost and Availability
The Sims 3 can be found at video game stores and online for around $50. It is available for Windows and Mac OS X, but will also include Wii, Nintendo DS, Playstation 3, and X Box 360 by the end of 2010. Forum boards and product information can be found on EA's website: www.ea.com.