Conclusion: Another slice of life in the skewed, Simlish American suburbia, number 3 is the most comprehensive Sims experience yet. Packed to the gills with improvements, both small and large, the game proves every bit as compulsive as it always has been, boasting the same odd, somewhat voyeuristic charms that the series is so renowned for.
Excerpt: There’s something to be said for retro games and Woody Two-Legs Attack of the Zombie Pirates certainly fits the bill. You play the unlucky pirate who, having found a vast cache of treasure, is suddenly chased down by a certain Mr Jones. Heaven forbid that Mr Jones’ first name is Davey, though the ships laden with undead pirates may be a give away.
Excerpt: It's a beautiful day over at the VideoGamer.com office. The sun is shining, the birds are singing. All of this can only mean one thing: I'm ill. Yes, nature is laughing at me, wiping its hideous diseases on my face and mocking me triumphantly. Here I am, in the height of HD weather, bedridden. What's even more pleasant is how ill I really am.
Excerpt: Maybe someday gamers will stop being surprised when a license-based game is actually worth playing, but today is not that day. When I say that Toy Story 3 is an enjoyable experience that makes good use of a beloved license, I know full well that most core gamers won't be inclined to believe me. They'd be more likely to take me seriously if they saw me stepping out of an outhouse and I remarked that I'd just been somewhere that smelled like vanilla.
Excerpt: The Sims and the consoles have not gotten along. Because of the inability to translate the full Sims experience to differing platforms, the essence of the franchise was lost most of the time. The PS2 iterations were too different from what people were familiar with. URBZ ? Don’t get me started.
Excerpt: The Sims has traditionally been a stronghold on PC. For EA, it was a license to print money. Endless expansions and now on its 2nd sequel, it seems nothing can stop them now. But on console it has been a different story. The Sims 2 did not sell as well on console as it did on PC, and I am having a hard time recalling any version before that. So it’s with some trepidation that I’m venturing back to the land of the Sims with this new version for console, The Sims 3.