Reader Review: The Sims 3

Reader Review: The Sims 3

Do you have what it takes to get a review published right here on Kotaku? Ben does, as he monitors his hygiene levels in EA’s little computer people sim.

Yes, that’s right, we’re now publishing reader reviews here on Kotaku. This is your chance to deliver sensible game purchasing advice to the rest of the Kotaku community.

This review was submitted by Ben Latimore, his second byline on Kotaku following his Quake Live review. If you’ve played The Sims 3, or just want to ask Ben more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

The Sims 3 (PC)

We’ve come to love the little computer people, with the whole Sims series selling 11 million+ copies. Does this live up to the good name of the series?

Open World: Sunset Valley is the new environment of the game. There are lots of places to go and see. And there’s another city for free download. It’s all seamless too – get a bike and ride to the park, or the beach, and there’s NO loading screens.

Smarter, More Unique: Many new systems are introduced in The Sims 3, including Moodlets, Wishes, Traits and even hidden skills, such as chess or hacking. There’s even Opportunities for rewards and new stuff everywhere, not to mention Lifetime Bonuses. You’ll enjoy guiding each Sim through a completely unique life. Promise.

Even More Customisation: Nearly anything is customisable here – wall textures, patterns, Sim clothes, Sim body features… anything.

Aging Off: There are lots of miscellaneous details that will appease fans, including the abilities to place furniture on multiple angles, the good old Ctrl+Shift+C motherlode for newbies, branching careers, and my personal favourite – aging can be turned off.

Community Content: Content created by the community can be accessed using the launcher interface and downloaded by anyone, and you can upload anything from Sims and houses to blogs and videos. Not only is the system flawless, it’s also FUN.

Not Much Else: I could say there was bugs, but they’re gone. I could say the lack of ‘true’ multiplayer is a downer, but they tried that already.

The Sims 3 keeps an awesome blend of the old, introduces a crapload of the new, and pulls it off in such a great way, I’ll be back time and again. I recommend this to anyone who can actually play it.

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  • The Sims 3 is a huge improvement over The Sims 2. I’ve found a couple of bugs but they’re not enough of a problem for me to take the time to whinge about it to EA.

  • The problem with the Sims line of games, is that they only really hit their stride about six months after they’re released; when the community has had a chance to mod them and create new meshes and content.

  • Elly Hart: Agreed.

    James-Mac: Agreed. It’s only been a month, but there is some good content up already.

    • Nicely put Ben. It is nice to read positive reviews about the Sims 3 when there are so many people complaining about it. The game has just been released, of course it is going to have bugs and some things are going to be missing. And if it was the same as Sims 2 what would be the point of having a Sims 3? I am a huge fan of Sims 2 and even though I had over 40000 downloads in my game, I love the Sims 3 and can’t wait to see what is coming up in future expansion packs.

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