The Sims 3

The third title of the series, The Sims 3, was one of the biggest steps the franchise ever took, with many new exciting features and gameplay mechanics. The game is developed by Maxis and published by EA.

The Sims 3 download is offered by Origin – the price will depend on where you live and also when you want to buy it. If there are any disounts we will let you know about them on this page!

Develop relationships from your childhood through to adulthood. Make friends, enemies and lovers! The gameplay is very similar to real life, there isn’t a specific target which your playing towards, instead you can do whatever you feel like (for example choosing a career) and set your own targets for your Sim’s life.

The Sims 3 introduces a new feature: the “Story Progression”. In story progression, the Sims lives continue on autopilot, where you do not have to control every single aspect of their lives, such as when they sleep, eat, or go to the bathroom. The stages of life in The Sims 3 include baby, toddler, child, teen, young adult, and elder!

The Sims 3 Features

Create a Sim SimsQueen

Create a World

A new feature released in 2009, Create a World or CAW, quickly became a populat tool amongst Sims fans. This editor game mode gives players the ability to create entire cities within the game, which their Sims can live within. Neighbourhood aspects which can be controlled and changed include the roads, environment, trees etc.

How to buy and build in TS3

Signifcant changes have been made to the Buy/Build mechanics of The Sims 3. For example, the square outlines which suggested to players in previous games where they can build, have been made much smaller to allow greater customization of furniture position etc. You can even disable the square tiles feature completely, therefore allowed you true freedom in choosing where you want to place what you buy. You can also further customize furniture (e.g. color and size).

Careers

You can choose your Sims career and build him/her upon that career throughout the game. The possibilities for careers are numerous, anything from office work to being a sportsperson to being a rockstar is possible. Get your dream job with The Sims 3!

About The Sims 3

The Sims 3 is the 2009 sequel to The Sims 2, a life simulation game published by EA and developed by the genius Maxis  (Sims Studio). The game was extremely popular, just like its predecessor, and is available to be played on multiple platforms, including PC, PlayStation and Xbox. Furthermore, the game is even available to be played on Android and iOS phones, although you should expect considerably worse graphics with these devices.

The purpose of the game is to control your Sim in any way which you want, and control them as they go through different stages of their lives. The game also includes challenges/quests in order to give the player certain direction. Relationships with other Sims are extremely important to the game – a central aspect is making friends and eventually marrying and having kids. The game does try to emulate a real-life experience as much as possible, while at the same time maintaining the fun gameplay aspects.

Your Sim can develop skills by undergoing certain tasks (e.g. reading, jogging, playing music, studying). The skills can be used for your Sims career, where they can allow you to get significant promotions and in turn, more Simoleons (§) (the Sims currency, which is assumed to be equivalent to 1$).

Each Sim has a Lifetime Happiness score – maintaining your Sims happiness is very important to ensure he/she progresses in life and you can even gain rewards in exchange!

As the game tries to emulate a realistic experience, your Sim can actually die (although critics have claimed that for a game targetted at a child-teen age group, the aspect of death should be removed) from old age or even spontaneously from aspects such as starvation, drowning, fire etc.

The game also includes numerous expansion and stuff packs – the most popular of which include The Sims 3: Pets and The Sims 3: Into the Future. You can read more about these packs below.

 

The Sims 3 System Requirements

  • 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
  • The latest version of DirectX 9.0c
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games

 

  • 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1
  • At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games
  • For computers using built-in graphics chipsets under Windows, the game requires at least:
  • Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA 3-Series or above
  • 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
  • 0.5 GB additional RAM
  • Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
  • Intel Core Duo Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100.
  • At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games
  • This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.

The Sims 3 – Expansions and DLC

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