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The Sims 3 Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gameplanet has posted a new review of the recently released The Sims 3. The game adds customizable personalities, goal oriented gameplay, movie creation and editing, and an online community to the familiar lifesim formula. Gameplanet gave The Sims 3 a score of 9. out of 10.

From the review:

Needs such as Bladder, Energy, Hunger dominate the majority of your day, however these are far easier to manage than in past iterations. This leaves you much more time to go out and have fun, and maybe even do some gardening if your Sim is keen. It's certainly great to be growing your own vegetables for the fridge or for the market.

A big ease-of-use improvement has been made to the careers. Now when your Sims go to work you have a number of options such as slacking off, sucking up to the boss or hanging with your co-workers. The nice part about this is that your Sims co-workers will become your friends, allowing you to increase your Sims friends base without having to constantly seek out people to communicate with. This was the bain of my previous The Sims experience. Having to have ten friends simply to rank up in my Sims career would result in endless headaches, and generally once I befriended the tenth person the others no longer liked my Sim. It made it a tedious process, and yet now it's just so easy. The career track itself too is much easier, and simply getting close to the boss can be enough to get a promotion, even if your skills arenít quite up to scratch in the field.

Once things are running smoothly for your Sim and they have enough money coming in from their jobs to pay the bills and upgrade some of your things (such as getting the new flat-screen telly) then you can think about getting married and having kids, and even same sex relationships arenít a problem for our Sims. This process happens much as you would expect, with the life phases allowing you to have a baby which grows through several stages. These stages can get set to any length in the options, in case you donít want your original Sim dying quite so quickly, or if it's all going too slowly for you. But you will have manage the rigours of teenage years, as well as the difficulties surrounding old age and losing loved ones. In that sense, the Sims hits on a slightly disturbing note.
Head over to the link below to read the full review.

Gameplanet: The Sims 3 Review
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