Conclusion: Concept: Continue to refine the Sims experience by filling in the smaller spaces of life
Graphics: Lots of great detail in the world, and the sims are more expressive than ever
Sound: Ambient music and gibberish words fill the air – unobstrusively
Playability: Navigating the neighborhood view is a bit of a pain, but otherwise the controls are intuitive
Entertainment: Expect this game to give you funny stories to tell for months to come
Summary: My relationship with The Sims has always been sort of like a junior high romance. I get hot about the games for several weeks and we have a lot of giggly fun while spending way too much time together. Then, almost at the drop of a hat, things turn cold and I lose interest. Maybe the Sims is finally ready for a long-term relationship, because this entry has matured.
Summary: Featuring a brand new engine that has been in development for nearly three years, The Sims 3 allows you to immerse your unique Sims in an open living neighbourhood right outside their door. The initial feature-set unveiled includes the new seamless, open neighbourhood, new Create-A-Sim, new realistic personalities and new unlimited customization.
Excerpt: By now, when people think of The Sims franchise, they think of a virtual dollhouse in which you guide little idiot people through the mundane details of their lives rather than living your own. That reputation is both well-deserved and unjust. Now in its third iteration, you still have to worry about getting your Sims to a bathroom before they wet themselves.
Pros: Simulates an entire town of Sims; great home-building tools; complex personalities.
Excerpt: It seems like just the other day when Maxis announced The Sims 1, a strategic life simulation game, something completely different from any game ever developed, where you had the opportunity of being in total control of someone’s life, be it good or bad! The Sims opened a window to something else and, with awesome expansions like House Party, Hot Date and a few others, The Sims franchise rapidly grew to one of the best-selling series in the world.
Excerpt: The Sims is one of those rare franchises that has real universal appeal, and it shows with the series' regular dominance of the PC sales charts - between the game and its many expansions, often several spots are taken up by Sims titles. If you're not familiar with the series, The Sims basically puts you in the role of puppetmaster for a household, directing the people as they go about their lives - though obviously there's a lot more to it than that, and a fair bit of...
Excerpt: Will Wright’s game of life came out a few months after the world appeared to be going into meltdown with rumours of the millennium bug destroying every computer ever built. Thankfully, our desktops all survived and thus countless hours of real lives were poured into this virtual world of limitless opportunity.