The Sims 3: Pets Review – Starting From Scratch On Consoles
18 October 2011
Conclusion: Concept: Give your sims pets…again. At least you can control them this time
Graphics: I encountered plenty of slowdown and texture popping, but the level of detail on the pets is impressive
Sound: The extra “meows” and “woofs” mix right in with the classic Sims-style soundtrack
Playability: The controls work fine, though they are cumbersome compared to the PC interface (especially the camera)
Entertainment: If you have an unconditional love of animals – no matter where...
Conclusion: Over all the achievements are all achievable and there are a few sneaky shortcuts to some of the longer achievements, so for all you 100%er's out there i would highly recommend this game. Well thats about it for my review you. If u like you can leave comments with any points you'd like to add or even just your favorite achievement? Anyway Happy hunting everyone!
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Summary: The Sims 3 is the anticipated console port of 2009's remarkable life simulator. It's not an ideal way to experience the hypnotic joys of managing a Sims' lifetime, with menu-heavy controls and too many loading screens. Still, the core experience is wonderfully subtle and capable of creating its magic even within the limitations of the platform.
Pros: Core gameplay still mesmerizes, Fantastic customization options, Options to create and trade objects online
Cons: Controls can be awkward, Only one city to play in, Frequent loading screens
Excerpt: The Sims 3 makes its HD-gen console debut in this impressive port that, despite long loading times and a few technical quirks, retains the addictive and enjoyable nature of its computer counterpart.
Pros: Easy to master console control scheme; Karma powers offer an additional set of tools for toying with/tormenting your Sims
Conclusion: It is no small accomplishment what the developers managed to do with bringing The Sims 3 to consoles as for the first time in the series I actually feel like the controls are well enough designed that you can actually really enjoy playing The Sims 3 on consoles. Although maybe not as deep of an experience as you could find on the PC, if you are looking for The Sims on a console this is a great option.
Conclusion: The laid back nature of The Sims 3 transfers to consoles almost effortlessly in this new age of HD gaming, and if it wasn’t for some serious issues on the older generation Xboxs, it’d be scoring much higher. If you have an Xbox 360 S however, the road is open for good times, as it boasts a great control scheme and will give you hours of hours of addictive fun. What more can you ask for?
Summary: The Sims 3 doesn't mark the first time the PC-centric life simulation series has come to consoles, but it's the first time that the basic gameplay has remained relatively intact. In the console versions of The Sims and The Sims 2, the sandbox gameplay that made the PC games so successful took a backseat to achieving specific goals. The Sims 3 still rewards you for reaching specific milestones, but it gives you room to direct your digital playmates as you see fit.
Pros: Maintaining the everyday lives of your sims is fun and addictive, Charming animations and sound effects, Some nice console-specific additions
Cons: Loading times and jittery performance constantly intrude on the fun