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THE SIMS 3 : EA BEST-SELLING PC GAME. GAME SIMS 3 REVIEW AND NEWS

By • Jun 11th, 2009 • Category: ! Daily Info & Reviews, Entertainment

THE SIMS 3 : EA BEST-SELLING PC GAME. GAME SIMS 3 REVIEW AND NEWS

 

If the recession has you in the doldrums, you can always escape to the virtual world of Sims for comfort. And according to game maker Electronic Arts, many people are doing just that: Reportedly, video gameThe Sims 3” was the largest launch of a PC game in the company’s history with 1.4 million copies sold in its first week retail.

THE SIMS 3 : EA BEST-SELLING PC GAME. GAME SIMS 3 REVIEW AND NEWS

LOS ANGELES: Electronic Arts (EA) Inc says that 1.4 million copies of The Sims 3 were sold the first week, making it the best-selling PC game launch in the company’s history.

The company also said on Tuesday that more than seven million user-designed items — such as home furnishings and clothing — were downloaded from the game’s website.

THE SIMS 3 : EA BEST-SELLING PC GAME. GAME SIMS 3 REVIEW AND NEWS

The third installment of the life-simulating game was released on June 2 and features a new movie-making tool and additional ways to customise the personalities of the game’s virtual townsfolk.

EA announced last year that the original Sims passed the 100 million sales mark since its launch in 2000, making The Sims the world’s best-selling computer game. — AP

Who said people are cutting back discretionary spending? Although unemployment figures have climbed to more than 9 percent, gamers are finding the $49.99 (at Amazon) to spend on creating and nurturing lifelike or “Sim”ulated people with individual personalities and lives. “The Sims 3” introduces a “traits system” that lets players make truly unique characters: neurotic, compulsive, loners, etc. Players can also create and edit videos they make in the game.

In addition, the $10 downloadable iPhone and iPod Touch version of The Sims 3 had hit the No. 1 paid App Store spot in 37 countries worldwide since release, according to Electronic Arts. Overall, the Sims franchise has sold more than 100 million units worldwide since its debut in February 2000.

THE SIMS 3 : EA BEST-SELLING PC GAME. GAME SIMS 3 REVIEW AND NEWS

 

However, the road has not been completely paved with gold for Electronic Arts. Immediately after its June 2 launch, fans of The Sims 2 were vocal in their disappointment that certain features of the earlier version were missing, in particular the player’s ability to be God-like. No news yet on whether Electronic Arts will add more controls in future expansion packs.

Electronic Arts may get criticized in the press for its reliance on long-running franchises, but if the record first-week sales of The Sims 3 are any indication, gamers aren’t concerned with such matters.

The game giant reported Tuesday that The Sims 3, the latest full iteration of the storied Sims franchise, sold 1.4 million copies in the first week following its June 2 release. That made it, according to EA, the best launch of a PC game in the company’s history.

In the newest version, as in the previous iterations, players can create sims–lifelike simulated people with unique personalities–and control their lives while trying to keep them happy and alive. The new game also allows players to create and edit videos they make in the game.

All of this goes to show that just when you think a franchise may have reached its limits, gamers make it clear that they have their own ideas about things. And for that, EA is smiling all the way to the bank.

THE SIMS 3 : EA BEST-SELLING PC GAME. GAME SIMS 3 REVIEW AND NEWS

 

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A virtual world where the sky is truly the limit – the Sims 3 offers an even more expansive and immersive gaming experience than its predecessors. And you know what that means: Yep, say goodbye to your real life and hello to the virtual world of Sims 3.

I’ll be straight up and say that I was never a fan of any of the previous Sims games. So you may find it odd to hear that I am now what you could call a “Sims convert”. After spending almost an entire day playing Sims 3 as in 24 hours (I literally had to drag myself away from the PC to stop), I am 100% convinced that anyone with an addictive personality type should seriously stay away from this game. You will lose all sense of time playing it – the Sims 3 will eventually take over!

The path to addiction really begins with the creation of your Sim. I’m not sure how much customisation was available in previous games but in Sims 3 you can literally spend hours modelling your Sim to look and behave exactly how you want, right down to the highlights in your hair! You can change the colour and shade of practically everything including, clothes, eyes, skin pigment and accessories. There are so many options available; you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Once you’ve managed to spend several hours on your appearance, you can then choose personality traits for your Sim from a list and again, the possibilities are endless. And depending on what traits you choose for your Sim, you can then embark on acquiring the necessities of life such as a house, a job, a career, friends, relationships and so on.

The focus in the Sims 3 is definitely on having more choices to customise your Sim’s virtual ‘life’ by allowing it to do more and to be more interactive with the Sims world. Of course, as in real life, there are things that just can’t be avoided (and will eventually make your Sim very unhappy if they are) such as cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene and even keeping your mood rating high so your Sim doesn’t get grumpy!

I found one of the easiest ways to play the Sims is to look at your virtual life as a series of ‘layers’. For instance, when creating your Sim, you will need to lay the ‘foundations’ for everything before you can move to the next stage. To be able to cook, you need to learn how, to be able to work; you will need to acquire knowledge (usually from books) which is very much how it is in our real, everyday lives. ‘Life experience’ is a very real concept in the Sims 3. Without it, your Sim is nothing more than an empty avatar.

THE SIMS 3 : EA BEST-SELLING PC GAME. GAME SIMS 3 REVIEW AND NEWS

 

All interaction with your Sim is done via the main interface called the ‘Sim Panel’. This is where you control everything you Sim does from eating to cleaning, to interacting with other Sims. The navigation is very simplistic; by clicking on your Sim ‘avatar’ (which is the head of your Sim) you can then choose your next action. You can also control the speed in which your Sim completes each action (for example, a day at work for your Sim can be ‘sped up’ so that you jump forward). Each day in the life of your Sim is represented in hours just as it is in real life.

The world of the Sims is also just as complex and expansive as everything else in the game. Your Sim will be required to make many choices, some extremely fundamental in the development of your Sim. When you finally decide which path you wish to follow as a career (you can even choose to become a criminal if you want), you will then need to ‘build’ upon this choice by queuing up ‘events’ to complete that will complement your chosen career path.

Currently, my Sim personality traits include ‘Ambitious’ and ‘Genius’ because I want my Sim to eventually become a computer hacker. To improve on my logic skills (so I can then afford enough to buy a computer which costs around $4,000) I have a career in the field of science and I ensure my Sim reads a lot of books about logic. I am also working my way up the rankings in the local chess competitions by challenging other Sims to chess games.

This is how the concept of ‘layers’ works in Sims 3. Everything you do is set up in a sequence of events and actions for your Sim and by building on your base skills, you Sim grows and improves.

Interacting with other Sims is one of the highlights of the Sims franchise and is evermore appealing in Sims 3. You can create as many relationships in the Sims as you wish (or choose to become a socially inept hobo if that’s your true Sims calling) and even have other Sims over to party with you.

The interactive environment of Sims 3 allows you to do a lot with your Sim, including putting out the rubbish (and even recycling), renovating your house (upgrading and selling objects to make money) and even tutoring other Sims to supplement your income. The daily tasks such as eating, sleeping, cooking, and working are all staple requirements of every Sim but are sometimes a bit of a drag when you want to do things that are more fun.

Sims 3 is heavy on the micro-management and multi-tasking and you’ll always need to be aware of the current state of your Sim (whether it’s hungry, smelly, moody, etc). With so much more to do, it seems your level of involvement is doubled in Sims 3 but that’s why the game is so appealing and addictive at the same time.

Watching your Sim grow through various stages of improvement can be extremely satisfying (and if you’re a goal-orientated person such as I am, you’ll love this aspect of the game).

As the code I played was preview code and not the final product, I did notice a few graphical glitches (such as cars driving into each other and disappearing) which are sure to be ironed out with the retail release in June. Apart from this, the Sims 3 looks ready to take the world of virtual reality to an entirely new level. I’m now swapping Swords in Warhammer for a lab tech’s coat and loving it!

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