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The Sims 3 (console video game)

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Composer(s)  Steve Jablonsky
Series  The Sims
Initial release date  26 October 2010
Publisher  Electronic Arts
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Mode(s)  Single-player Multiplayer (Wii version only)
Developers  The Sims Studio, Edge of Reality
Platforms  PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Nintendo DS
Genres  Life simulation game, Social simulation game
Similar  The Sims games, Electronic Arts games, Life simulation games

The Sims 3 is a console/handheld version of The Sims 3 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS consoles. It was released on October 26, 2010 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo DS and for the Wii platform on November 15, 2010.

Contents

The game has a co-op buddy mode or take on up to three friends in the Life Moments Game on the Wii, upload and download content on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, including furnishings, houses, and player creations or experience a full life simulation on a handheld with Nintendo DS. Reviews for the game have been mixed.

Features

The Sims 3 features a new Karma system (similar to the influence system in The Sims 2).

  • Challenges are completed to unlock additional items, new buildings, and landmarks.
  • Sims can age and die, but life cycles can be disabled optionally as well.
  • Sims can interact with child Sims around the neighborhood, or have children of their own.
  • Same-sex romance and marriage are possible in the console versions. Same-sex couples can also adopt children.
  • Connect through Xbox Live and PSN to share your creations and download content from other players around the world.
  • Connect with Facebook Connect and Twitter and share your achievements with your friends.
  • Unlike the PC version of the game, the console versions of The Sims 3 have loading times when moving from one area to another, and when accessing build / buy modes.
  • House building is enabled.
  • Nintendo DS differences

  • The NDS version allows players to "sculpt" Sims using the stylus.
  • Same-sex romances were disabled, possibly due to fear of the game receiving a Teen rating from the ESRB.
  • Reception

    The Sims 3 has received mostly positive reviews. On Metacritic, it currently holds an average score of 77 and 76 out of 100 on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, respectively. Game Informer gave the 360 and PS3 versions a 9/10, praising the new Karma system and The Exchange. GameSpot gave the game a 7/10, noting that "the game lacks fluidity, but is fun in its own right." In a positive review, IGN praised the game for its controls on consoles, but said they were disappointed by the fact that there is only one town in the game, as well as bugs, including a glitch where the game will not save once a certain week has been reached.

    EA released a Title Update for the Xbox 360 and PS3 on May 17, 2011 to fix an issue that caused the game to freeze when trying to save.

    References

    The Sims 3 (console video game) Wikipedia


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