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The Sims 3
The Sims 3
Seventh console title in The Sims series
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The Sims 3 (console)
Play with life
Developer(s) Edge Of Reality
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Ratings ESRB: T
PEGI: 12
Series The Sims series
Release date(s) INT October 26, 2010
Technical information
Engine The Sims 3 Engine
Platform(s) Xbox 360, PS3
Mode(s) Single-player
Game features
Genres Life simulation
Creatures Ghost
Neighborhoods Moonlight Bay
Related pages
Patches and updates
For the Wii version, see The Sims 3 (Wii).
For other versions of The Sims 3, see The Sims 3 (disambiguation).

The Sims 3 is a console game, developed by Electronic Arts for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3[1]

For the first time ever, players could upload and download content via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, including player creations from the Exchange for free, and new items released by EA, which costed a fee. As of July 2018, the Exchange for consoles has been shut down.

Description[edit | edit source]

Create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires, and control their lives within a living neighborhood that you can customize. Unlock all-new Karma Powers and unleash them on your Sims: help your Sim get lucky with the power of “love connector”, bless them with the power of “age defiler” or "instant beauty" or curse them with an "instant enemy". Use these powers wisely, because they may have unexpected results! As you guide your Sims through life, you can complete challenges to unlock additional items, new buildings and landmarks.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • The brand new Karma system which allows you to either bless or curse your Sims.[1]
  • "The Create-a-Sim tool allows you to create almost any Sim you can imagine. The number of customizations available is countless. You can also set their personality with a huge choice of personality traits."[2]
  • Wishes are up to you to fulfill. You have the choice of allowing your Sims' dreams to come true or not.[2]
  • Complete challenges to unlock additional items, new buildings and landmarks.
  • It has life cycles.[3]
  • It is possible to have children.[4]
  • PS3 and 360 versions featured the Exchange. It was a place where items could be uploaded and shared between both consoles[1].
  • You can connect with Facebook and Twitter to share your achievements and trophies with others.
  • The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game does not have direct controls, but instead uses traditional controls as seen in The Sims 3 for PC.
  • The neighborhood has short loading times when moving between areas, unlike the PC and Wii version.[5]
  • The game supports Xbox 360 achievements and PlayStation 3 trophies.[6]
  • The game features challenges to complete and rewards players for completing them by giving them challenge points which can be used to purchase new karma powers, clothes, furniture amongst other things.

Downloadable content[edit | edit source]

EA released downloadable content for The Sims 3, both paid and free, which were available from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Game Marketplace. This content is no longer available with the closure of the Exchange.

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  • Asian Fusion - Melding Asian motifs and contemporary comfort, this furniture collection always has a sense of humor, much like a fortune cookie.
  • Ultra Lounge Pack - Chic and sleek but always keeping comfort in mind, the Ultra Lounge set updates the jet set 70's look for today. Strong lines, curves, and an eclectic mix of metals and woods are the hallmarks of this daring design.
  • Hairstyles Pack - The latest trends in Moonlight Bay hairstyles are now available. These new haircuts will transform your Sims!
  • Ultra Lounge Kids Bedroom - Nothing says I've got more style than years like these ultra-hip bedroom sets. From high-tech fabrics and floral mirrors, to bunny clocks and robots on the wall, there is something for every boy and girl in this collection of fashionable furniture.
  • Ultra Lounge Teens Set - Too cool for school? You bet. Too cool for the rest of the house? Yep. This teenage haven has personality, spunk, and way too much style for its own good. Best of all this bedroom set has its very own TV for the teen who wants to watch all their favorite shows in their own style.

Trailer[edit | edit source]

The trailer for the Sims 3 console was released on June 14, 2010. It shows many of the original features of the Sims, such as cycling around town and changing Sims' appearance. It also shows the newly added features, such as 'Karma Powers', such as when a female Sim is exposed outside a restaurant, leaving her totally nude with only the blur to cover her, presumably after doing something bad. It also shows that, unlike previous games, players are allowed to build more than one floor onto buildings. Another feature shown was the ability to have children in the game, unlike its predecessors (The Sims 2, The Sims 2: Pets, and The Sims 2 Castaway). The 2nd E3 trailer features the Kris Allen song, "Live Like We're Dying" and shows the possibility of the aging system as the trailer shows Sims life memories of when they were younger as well as one point of the trailer showing the 6 life stages from The Sims 3 as well as an elderly man with the Grim Reaper. The aging system was later confirmed by Sam Player in an interview with GameSpot.[7]

Media[edit | edit source]

Images[edit | edit source]

Music[edit | edit source]

Audio disclaimer:
The following section features recordings from real-life artists. The files are of inferior quality of the original recording and are only 30 seconds in duration. The files will play at your system's volume settings. We suggest you turn down your volume and then adjust it to your liking. If you have problems listening to the audio files, see Help:Audio files.

This is a list of artists and their songs that were featured in The Sims 3:

Artist Track Real-world preview Notes/References
3OH!3 Double Vision[8]
Flo Rida and Jovi Fresh I Stay[8]
School of Seven Bells Dust Devil[8]
Jessica Mauboy Saturday Night
Deadmau5 Some Chords[8]
Cody Simpson Iyiyiyi

Reception[edit | edit source]

Reviews have been generally positive with giving 3 stars saying that it will "satisfy fans of the series".[9] GameSpot gave a 7/10 praising the new features given to the console version but criticized the performance and load times.[10] However, Game Informer scored the game with 9/10 on the 360 and PS3, praising The Sims Studio for the console controls and the all new features, commenting that "The console edition of Sims 3 plays just like its PC predecessor".[11][12] Currently, the PS3 version of the game is scored at 77/100 at Metacritic,[13] while the Xbox 360 version is scored at 76/100.[14]

Criticism and issues[edit | edit source]

The Sims 3 for Console has received many criticisms when it came out such as the glitches, features and pricing.

The Sims 3 for console has been criticized for being too expensive with the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions costing $60 and the Wii costing $50 compared with Windows and Mac OS X costing $40. In Mid-2011, Electronic Arts lowered the price of the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii versions to $40. The Sims 3's successor, The Sims 3 Pets will cost $50 rather than $60.

Like The Sims and The Sims 2 below it, the game has received mixed reviews from players with players comparing it to the PC/Windows Version despite features are returned that were only on Windows and Mac OS X such as Children.

It has also been criticized for features that were removed such as Direct Control on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions and the inability to change Active Household. The DS version has also been criticized for lacking Children. The game also retains the 'Fire Code' which has been criticized by some users. The Sims 3 for PS3 and Xbox 360 will remove Sims that are kicked out or left behind. One user stated that if the kids move out but left the parents behind, the parents would be deleted.

Unlike previous console games, using cheats causes challenges and achievements (Xbox 360) or trophies (PS3) to be disabled. Furthermore, The Sims 3 will detect if a saved game is cheating and prevent challenges and achievements/trophies from being completed. This led to some users or websites to post warnings about using cheats in The Sims 3.

The Sims 3 has a save game glitch that causes the game to freeze when saving it. On May 18, 2011, EA released an update via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network fixing this issue.

There is a glitch that has been going on for quite a while on the PS3. When downloading the DLC and Updates, it will freeze at a random percentage, then eventually will show that the download is 100% complete and freeze. This renders the game unplayable. As of now, no one has found a solution to this glitch.

Unlike The Sims 3 for PCs, there is no open world gameplay. This has attracted criticism from some players.

Death[edit | edit source]

Sims that die will be playable as a ghost for five days. Their grave will appear during this time, but will disappear once the Sim is resurrected.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The idea of karma is taken from Hinduism. However, the Western interpretation of the term more accurately describes the Karma system in the game.
  • This is the third game that is based on and plays like Windows and Mac OS X; the first 2 were The Sims and The Sims Bustin' Out.
  • No sixth generation console has a version of The Sims 3.
  • If you have twins at one time then have another set, the father will not show up on one of the child's family trees.
  • Obtaining new career outfits works differently on the console version. On the Mac and PC versions, Sims would automatically wear the new career outfit when it's obtained and when going to work unless the Sim's supernatural state doesn't wear clothes (e.g. SimBot) or if the Sim is Singed. However, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions ask the player if they want to go to Create a Sim or skip it (in which case the Sim wears their Everyday outfit) when a Sim obtains a new career outfit. Pets also retains this prompt from The Sims 3.
  • If a Sim's family member dies (a grandparent, or parent, for example), they will not show up on the family tree.
  • This is the first time Edge Of Reality has developed a Sims title since 2002; they developed the console version of the original game for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube consoles.
  • EA servers for the game shut down on July 2, 2018. This means that the Exchange and Store are no longer accessible.
  • It is unclear where on The Sims Timeline it is, there is only one returning family, The Landgraabs. In this title Malcom Landgraab, is an adult. He is the only Sim who is known to be between different titles. He is indeed an adult, not a child showing that The Sims 3 for console is not on the same timeline of The Sims 3. The other two members of the family, Hannelore and Aiden.

Sequel[edit | edit source]

Electronic Arts confirmed that The Sims 4 would receive a console version for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was released in November 2017.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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