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The Simsā„¢ 3

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  • Release date: 6/2/2009
  • Developer: The Sims Studio
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Genre: Simulation
  • Languages: English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
  • Features: Single-player
  • Requirements: View details
The Simsā„¢ 3

The Simsā„¢ 3

The Sims Studio
Requirements minimum
  • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)
  • Processor: (XP) 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent; (Vista) 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
  • Memory: (XP) 1 GB; (Vista) 1.5 GB
  • Graphics: 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
  • DirectXĀ®:
  • Hard Drive: At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content
  • Sound:
  • Built-in Graphics:Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA X3000 or above.
  • 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
  • 0.5 GB additional RAMIntel Integrated Chipset, GMA X3000 or above.
  • 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
  • 0.5 GB additional RAMSupported Video Cards:Nvidia GeForce series: FX5900 or greater, G100, GT 120, GT 130, GTS 150, GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 275, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 295; ATI Radeonā„¢ series: ATI Radeon 9500 series of greater, X300, X600, X700, X800, X850, X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950, 2400, 2600, 2900, 3450, 3650, 3850, 3870, 4850, 4870 series or greater; IntelĀ® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA): GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series
  • *Please note that the GeForce 6100 and 7100 cards are not supported
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The Sims 3 is a virtual life simulator game from the house of The Sims Studio, published by Electronic Arts. If simulation games and creativity excite you, this game deserves a slot in your computer.

Graphics – 4/5

The developers have done a justifiable job with respect to graphics of the game. When the Sim (a character in the game) moves across towns and habitats, you will witness smooth transitions without any glitches. However, at some transition points, the game may appear to be sluggish.

The background score sounds fascinating as it complements the happenings in the game. Further, the radio tune will surely captivate your attention. Some of the tunes have been incorporated from the previous versions of the game.

Gameplay —4.5/5

The game revolves around a central character known as the Sim. You are responsible for imparting desired characteristics that define you in the most elaborative manner. For example, you can change the physique, color, shape, and so on. As your imaginary character is ready, you are all set to explore the virtual world.

First of all, you have to design your own home. You can perform operations such as framing structure, paint the walls, install furniture in the home, and so on. There is no end to your creative approach. You can take your time while accomplishing the tasks. At the end, you should be satisfied with the work. There are a total of 11 career options in the game. Based on your preference and skills, you can take up the job.

Now, you can embark upon various activities without any restrictions. Join the neighborhood gym, shop at the supermarket, arrange beach parties with your friends, go to work, manage your family life, cater to your spouse and kids, and much more.

Controls —4.5/5

As you have endless tasks to fulfill, you have to control the Sim at each point in time. To advance in the game, you just have to follow the instructions on the screen. By tapping on the arrows, you can change the direction of movement.

Some of the controls may seem ambiguous. For example, when you enter the supermarket, you cannot view the internal surroundings. But a menu pops up, and by selecting suitable options, you can proceed in the game.

Replay Value — 4.5/5

If you have played the previous versions of the game, you will realize that there are major improvements in The Sims 3. Now, the lagging issues have been reduced considerably. Since there are loads of activities in the game, the player will not get bored at all.

And once you are hooked on the game, it’s difficult to break the habit. As you treat the character as yourself only, you are bound to experience elevated interest in the game.

Conclusion

The Sims 3 is an excellent choice if you prefer virtual simulation games. However, you should consider that the game requires a robust technical configuration for efficient, lag-free functioning. At least 1 GB RAM, 6.5 GB of hard disk space, and Windows XP & above are necessary requirements.

Further, there are various expansion packs available that will be necessary to unleash activities and missions in the game. If you can invest in these, there are no limits for you in the game.

Conclusion

For the creative lot who want to experience superior graphics and intriguing game levels, The Sims 3 seems to be an ideal game.


Pros : Superb graphics & sound effects
Numerous game levels & activities

Cons : Can be addictive & timeconsuming
An expensive game considering it is 8 years old


Graphics 4.0

Gameplay 4.5

Controls 4.5

Replay Value 4.5


Average : 4.4




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