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: The latest Sims game is also the greatest, striking a terrific balance between the fresh and the familiar.
Pros: Free-to-explore town leads to a sense of community, Robust, intuitive creation tools, Charming visuals and audio, Good balance of sandbox play and specific goals, Loads of content to keep you busy for months
Cons: Most additional official content costs real money, Some pathfinding issues
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.
Summary: Heck, the ability to invite over the neighbors, switch into build mode, and wall them into windowless rooms until they expire gives even anti-Sims (and slightly sadistic) hardcore gamers something to love. Allowing you to play virtually any way you want is The Sims 3’s greatest strength—you are virtually guaranteed to find a way to enjoy it.
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.