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  • Summary: With The Sims 3 for consoles and handheld, create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires...or not, and control their lives within a living neighborhood. Customize your Sims’ appearance and choose up to five traits to create individual personalities. From the “Romantic” trait or “kleptomaniac” trait to “evil” trait, create millions of unique Sims. All-new features make it easier than ever to mess with life as you unlock the ultimate “Karma Powers” for instant control and unleash them on your Sims. New goal-oriented game play enables you to choose which short or long-term objectives you want your Sims to pursue and even determine your Sims’ destinies in life. Get inspired by the endless creative possibilities and unexpected moments of surprise and mischief in The Sims 3. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. 90
    The developers need to be commended for their efforts and if you like sandbox games, this is unmissable.
  2. Nov 8, 2010
    84
    If you've been away from the franchise because your PC is no longer the gaming platform it once was, dropping real-life Simoleons for this one wouldn't be a total waste. Mind you, the definitive Sims 3 experience remains on PC, but this is easily a solid alternative.
  3. Dec 25, 2010
    80
    A high-end conversion of a PC stalwart, marking the first time the Sims formula has migrated intact to a console. [Issue#66, p.89]
  4. Nov 29, 2010
    78
    The Sims 3 for the Xbox 360 retails for roughly 60 dollars, about average for a 360 game, and can provide endless hours of entertainment, provided you enjoy the genre. It's not a perfect port of the original, so if you have access to a PC gaming system, I would still suggest that you stick with the original Sims 3 for the best experience. If you don't, however, the 360 port really isn't shabby and is probably the closest you're going to get to the original, so go ahead and give it a shot.
  5. Nov 2, 2010
    75
    The Sims 3 is perhaps the best console version of a Sims game yet. However, the port is still not as good as the original game on the PC.
  6. Nov 28, 2010
    70
    All in all, keeping the same Sims formula may keep old fans satisfied but in my eyes changing things up a bit more would have made this title much more interesting and successful.
  7. Oct 28, 2010
    50
    It's true that key gameplay elements are still there, and its gameplay options guarantee dozens of hours of play, but its unbalanced pace and its noteworthy technical flaws result in a tedious experience, and make its virtues dilute.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Oct 26, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is fantastic! This is the best Sims has ever been on console... Karma Powers rock!!! I've played Sims 3 on the PC and I've played other versions of the game on handhelds. I've also played Sims 2 on console. By far this is the best translation of a Sims game from PC to console. They got it all right. There is a new feature in the game where you can use Karma powers. This changes the game dramatically. You can "get lucky" in a matter of minutes now. You can curse someone you don't like...and ...well...I'll save a few surprises. This adds a whole new level to the Sims unpredictability. This new Karma power stuff is new and available in only the console versions. Also for all trophy and achievement whores out there...you have plenty of awards. I would say about half are pretty easy to get...the other half will take some time. Good stuff EA! Expand
  2. Feb 22, 2014
    10
    What a prodigious game. It keeps with the normal Sims formula and doesn't even change much from the predecessors, apart from the awesome Karma Powers which adds a whole new level of unpredictability to the game. Not only are the graphics not that bad, it's a unintentionally addictive game that brings out the worst in me; I can play it for hours and it brings out an almost dominatrix quality in me. "SHELLEY HAS TO GO TO THE SHOP!" That type of creepy thing. Expand
  3. Nov 3, 2010
    9
    this game is addicting. if u dont have a powerful pc to play sims 3 like me, then get it for the console. the game is awesome. u can use karma powers to make good/bad things happen (max happy for all need for 1 day/catch house on fire). create a household with either 1 up to 8 sims. juggling their needs, job, friends, the house, and other unpredictable events, you will be playing this nonstop. only things that not make it a 10, no vacant lots, have to destroy building that already exsists for that. cant have more than 1 sim family per save. and sometimes wish there was a go uber fast, because fast x3 and x4 is not fast enough. great game that can be addicting Expand
  4. Jul 24, 2011
    8
    In my opinion, this is a fun, addicting game. Even though I wish there are a little bit more things to do, and places to go, this is still a really fun game to play. Expand
  5. Dec 20, 2011
    8
    If your computer can handle it you should get this game for computer. The console is very limiting and your roommates will be able to see what you're doing in your secret life on the console, but still a good game regardless. Expand
  6. Jul 20, 2011
    7
    This isnt the best sims game out there for sure. It gets pretty boring after a couple hours and its feels like a remake of any other sims game with slight improvements. Yes it is a very fun game but it wasnt enough to keep me occupied. Expand
  7. Apr 13, 2013
    1
    The only reason this game even got a 1 is because it's a "Sims" game. Overall, terrible game. The controls are awful, and these, karma points, are the only reason this game could be playable.
    Overall a awful game, I would NEVER recommend this game to anyone, not even my worst enemy.
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