The Sims 3 Review
The Sims 3 improves on the franchise in fresh and interesting new ways, but intentional lack of content and some underdeveloped ideas keep it from reaching the heights of the original
The game runs on the Sims 2 engine for the most part, and it runs well enough. However, the engine is showing its age when you zoom out to see the town or select a destination to attend. Regardless of the specs, I experienced frame issues on both my test machines, one being medium and one high-end. So it’s not me that’s causing the issues, it’s the engine. And it’s been a number of years since the previous game, so it’s not exactly surprising. Other than that though, if you were able to run Sims 2, you should have no problems with the latest instalment of the franchise. The sound design is still outstanding, with background music being as catchy as ever, and SimLanguage giving you a good laugh now and then. Character animations are fluent, but disappointingly unchanged from Sims 2. There has been some issues reported with corrupt game saves, or struggling to get Sims 3 started because the Download Manager is being finicky, however I have thankfully not experienced these issues during my time with the game.
The Sims franchise is a really amazing piece of work, that’s being well rewarded for it’s accomplishments by loyal fans. At some point though, you would expect that the blind followers of the series will realize they are part of a big money making machine now, and perhaps take caution before purchasing that new hairstyle or clothing item for their game. Sims 3 is a huge step in the series, but not quite the leap that Sims 2 was. A lot of the features in the game are well-conceived but disappointingly executed. I would be all but ready to give Sims 3 an excellent score, because the new character customization and breathtaking customization levels are well worth the price of admission. However, a clear business plan aimed at driving consumers into spending more money simply cannot be ignored. For the new features that you get, yes Sims 3 is worth a purchase even if you own both previous games. Just be prepared to spend a lot more in the coming weeks if you cannot resist the temptation. And according to sales data, many of us can’t. Sims 3 is a good game, but it’s overshadowed by it’s cash-grabbing strategy from legal and loyal customers.
Our ratings for Sims 3 on PC out of 100 (Ratings FAQ)
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