The Sims 3 is a welcome addition to the franchise that has been around for so long. This is a much improved version that is compelling, fun, and liberating compared to the others.
Presentation is fantastic and just as expected. The player does not get the feeling that the developers let them down. There is still the same humour and the same challenges. Graphically there nothing technologically revolutionary here and there is not much difference between this version and the previous one. However, they still come out believable and are reminiscent of a surreal version of The Truman Show.
Now for the language, well, let’s just say that Simlish is still the standard and the music is much better. Good news is the music is nowhere near annoying. The music has been revamped giving it more energy and sounds more exciting that fits the new game to a T. the background music, much improved again, is also a welcome relief. Whoever chose the soundtrack had good taste.
The performance of the game is smoother even on a high end PC. There are no hiccups even when the graphics get to an overwhelming level. The gameplay offers a wider scope compared to the other versions, however, as mentioned, there is not much innovative differences between the versions. But this does not affect the gameplay at all. The appeal to the fans continues to be positive and this is the surprising part. There is more content in The Sims 3 than the other versions. This only improves on the review which is positive in every aspect.
The online game is also much improved on The Sims 3 compared to the others. But it is important to take a visit to the official Web site and access The Exchange where the gamer can download the contents like The Store which is the place to buy the furniture and make some transactions. The player can also create their own Sims blog through this site, although they make no impact on the game itself.
Now it could be quite disconcerting at times when the player gets to see their Sims acting more lifelike compared to the other versions. The Sims seems more natural looking. It can be amazing to take the Sims off to the beach, watch the day go by and simply laze around. The buildings look well designed too; there are details there which still completely surprise me. There are some bookshops where the player can zoom in read the books placed on display in their windows.
The older versions did not allow the player to go to other homes and interact with the other Sims. The Sims 3 does. Now some may say that the characters are not as cool as the previous ones, I disagree. The old Sims had features which were very sharp and angled, too much of a Sim. However, this newer version is for me, much improved. The features of the Sims are much softer and the curves rounder. This is so much more appealing than the sharp angles.