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The Sims 3: A Look at the Highly Anticipated Addition to the Franchise

I have always been an avid player of The Sims since its release in 2000. It was always interesting to me to be able to create characters and to follow them as they went about their lives; what changes would occur, how their families would develop, and what kind of lives they would lead. I was quite excited when The Sims 2 was released, which boasted many new features and a 3D environment. Developers of this incredibly popular game have now announced the release of The Sims 3, which has even more to offer dedicated fans. There are lots of new features and character in the newer version of the game. The latest version also introduces the Pets and allows its players to turn their Sims into a Werewolf or a Vampire as well. There are more details about these new feature on https://sims4mobi.club.

Creating characters in the Sims 3 will apparently surpass tools used in The Sims 1 and 2, allowing you to completely customize every aspect of your Sims. I loved the customization feature in the Body Shop program for The Sims 2 because it allowed you to tweak various facial aspects and provided a means of creating a slew of facial characteristics. In the Sims 3, this is taken even further so that you not only have this kind of creative control over facial features, but over other aspects as well; such as hair and body shape. There’s also an improvement to creating your Sim’s personality. Gone are the days when you had a limited number of traits to choose from. You can now choose up to five traits out of a much larger pool (I hear roughly 80) to create your Sim’s personality. This I’m looking forward to, because it means that you can have a much larger variety of characters in your game.

I’m also looking forward to the changes to home customization as well. I was always intrigued with building and furnishing homes for my Sims, but decorating houses always seemed limited because I could only choose what was available in the game (unless I went online and downloaded custom content created by other players). The Sims 3 will have greater customization features for your furniture when it comes to colors and patterns. Furniture design I haven’t seen that much about yet, but you will be able to select any colors or patterns you want to create matching furniture sets.

Another interesting change is that there is more freedom to roam around. In the Sims 1 and 2, you were pretty much restricted to your home. Sure, you could hop in a cab and drive to some community location, but at home you couldn’t really move around much; you were restricted to that designated lot. In the Sims 3 you can actually take a walk around your neighborhood, visit neighbors, and socialize in public areas. I’m assuming that this change also means that the game graphics will change tremendously. Perhaps you could be outside watering your plants and catch a robber peering in your neighbor’s window. I’m also interested in seeing how this change will affect social interactions.

My favorite change to the game would have to be character advancement. One problem I ran into while playing the Sims 2 was that when I was in control of a character, they would undergo life events (marriage, kids, aging) and all my other Sims would stay the same. Their character would only advance if I had control over them. In the Sims 3, you can still only control one family at a time, but other families in the neighborhood will keep up with you. Whereas in The Sims 2, Bob may have aged to an old man and his childhood friend is still a child, in The Sims 3 Bob’s childhood friend will have aged right along with him, even if you have never controlled his character. This will add much more realism to the game and allow you to put more focus on your favorite characters.

In a nutshell, it appears that the Sims is undergoing a hefty overhaul. All of the most popular features of the game will remain, but others are being tweaked and redone to create more realism and more options for players. The only thing I’m waiting on now is the system requirements. There’s no doubt I’ll be one of the first to purchase The Sims 3 when it is released next year (I hear it will be released in December 2009); I just need to make sure that it will run smoothly on my computer.

 

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