Release Date: October 26, 2010
ESRB Rating: Everyone
In a normal day, what do most people do? Wake up in the morning. Use the restroom. Shower. Brush your teeth. Eat breakfast. Go to work for several hours. Go home. Watch tv. Eat. Watch more tv. Go to sleep. Repeat. Since we already live through this monotonous process, why would we want to play a video game in which you go through the same exact process? Well…
The Sims 3 (for DS) is more like the PC games rather than previous Sims-based video games, and allows you to create any kind of character you like. You can even go so far as to use the stylus to stretch and contort the face until it looks exactly how you’d like. You pick out four attributes (lucky, brave, artistic, etc.) that effect its conversations with other Sims and goals in its life. You also choose a lifetime goal and a house to move into and, finally, a job.
Then it’s up to you what you want to do. Get married, get a roommate, quit your job, yell at a perfect stranger — almost anything your heart desires. Except for one thing that differs greatly from the PC games: you can’t kill off a Sim. Try as you might, it just can’t be done. In the PC games, you could simply kill Sims by starving them, or be creative by putting a Sim into a deep pool that has no ladder for escape. In The Sims 3, if you don’t feed your Sim, the Sim faints and is taken to the hospital to recover. Once you create your Sim, it’s immortal.
Throughout the game you have to build your skills by reading books or by practicing (playing chess adds to your logic, making a key lime pie adds to your cooking, etc.). Depending on what profession you choose, these skill points can affect promotions and how your fellow employees/bosses perceive you. You also collect lifetime happiness points by fulfilling wishes that your Sim may have from time to time. Sometimes it’s making someone a friend, or sometimes it’s the urge to primp in the mirror (yes, this is an actual wish). As you accumulate these lifetime happiness points, you have the option to “cash them in”, so to speak, and receive rewards such as being allowed to skip days at work without the boss getting mad or being less hungry on a regular basis.
The gameplay is fairly simple. Make a list of actions that your Sim will follow and watch your Sim follow them. Every time your Sim leaves a location, however, it takes around five to seven seconds for the new location to load. This wait is nothing compared to the wait that accompanies your Sim going to work. Depending on the length of the shift and if you arrive early, you could easily just sit there for five to six minutes.
So, why play a video game that resembles what normal people go through every day? Well, why not? You get to make your Sim as successful, or as lazy as you like. Mean, or nice. Obsessively neat, or filthy. You get to do almost anything you like in The Sims 3, while, in normal life, you can’t. Better yet, if you get bored with your Sim’s life, you can just create a new one. If you are a fan of the PC Sims games, then you should definitely check out The Sims 3.