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The Sims 3
Score: 9.0 / 10
Famed PC game creator extraordinaire Will
Wright single-handedly created an entirely new gaming genre – the “life
simulation” when he first introduced his The Sims, his SimCity-inspired
spin-off, back in 2000. Wright has refined his Sims games throughout the
years since, and with his latest, The Sims 3, Wright has nearly
perfected the life simulation, where gamers control the entire universe
of human-like Sims and their everyday existence in the ultimate “God”
Once more, the Sims have found their way from the PC to the latest batch
of home consoles, including the PS3. Most of the game performs and
functions as its PC inspiration. But there are a few console-specific
features in The Sims 3 that differentiate it from its PC counterpart.
The first are Karma Powers. Gathering
Karma Power points is done a few ways. The
easiest is just completing a day during your Sims 3 gameplay. At the
stroke of midnight each night, Karma Power points are awarded.
What do these Karma Powers do? Well, they spice up the typical gameplay
in some rather funny and unique ways, by being a karma chameleon –
gamers can choose from either naughty or nice Karma
Powers. Some of the “nice” ones include meeting a basic Sims need (such
as going to the potty) or even bringing a beloved dead Sim back to life.
Then there are the “bad” Karma Powers. If gamers are in a devilish or
feisty mood, they do something can initiate an earthquake. One of the
funniest “bad” Karma Powers is calling upon frightening poltergeists to
haunt a Sims household. Scared Sims will be unable to control their
terrified-out-of-their-Sims-wits bowels as they flee the intruding
Then there are challenges – like learning a new skill such as cooking
that accumulate points that can be redeemed for items and Karma Powers.
And there is also the Integrated Exchange, a console version of the
feature that allows gamers to both download content from other Sims 3
gamers and also let others download their created content, giving gamers
a infinite supply of new items/Sims to use.
As in previous Sims console forays, the PC controls of the mouse and
keyboard that work so well don’t entirely smoothly transition to a
console controller. The PS3 controller can wildly swing the camera
around, thus making it a bit difficult at times to easily follow the
Sims’ movement around the screen. It’s not too unwieldy, but those
already accustomed to the PC version might notice the less-precise
Despite some schizophrenic and disagreeable at times controls, with a
few new console-centric additions to the already excellent life
simulation gameplay, The Sims 3 does a great job of retaining the
awesome aura of the PC game while appealing to the console gaming crowd.
It does that with some PS3 trophy achievement and gameplay refinements,
particularly the Karma Powers that are both naughty and nice diversions
from the mundane, everyday Sims lifestyle activities (cleaning, cooking,
sleeping, etc.) for the Sims 3 gamer.