Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
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  1. Dec 14, 2010
    Despite some schizophrenic and disagreeable at times controls, with a few new console-centric additions to the already excellent life simulation gameplay, The Sims 3 does a great job of retaining the awesome aura of the PC game while appealing to the console gaming crowd.
  2. Nov 8, 2010
    The developers need to be commended for their efforts and if you like sandbox games, this is unmissable.
  3. Nov 6, 2010
    If you've been put off by lackluster The Sims ports in the past - as I have - I would definitely urge you to check out The Sims 3 on consoles. It's a really great port that doesn't sacrifice much in the transition, and it's going to be a lot of fun for anyone who hasn't already played the PC version. Combine that with EA's built-in content-sharing system that allows you to share unique Sims with other players, and The Sims 3 will easily provide you with hours upon hours of gameplay.
  4. Oct 26, 2010
    Sims 3 for console is the first time the franchise has been presented as a near-match to its PC counterpart.
  5. Oct 26, 2010
    With Sims 3, console gamers finally get a true translation of the gameplay that has made the PC entries such a hit. Engaging new content and intuitive design makes picking up the console port of EA's digital dollhouse a no-brainer.
  6. Play UK
    Nov 30, 2010
    Really good fun. [Issue#199, p.93]
  7. Nov 1, 2010
    The Sims 3 for PS3 is the first of its kind: a fully-featured translation of the hit PC series to the console. It isn't without some occasional gameplay snags-load times, laggy menus, and the like-but that's all overlookable in context with the accomplishments seen here.
  8. Dec 22, 2010
    The Sims 3 succeeds on all counts, despite some technical difficulties.
  9. Oct 28, 2010
    A good porting of the PC experience. Maybe some extra content could've made this one a must buy deal, but still if you love the Sims and have an HD console, this must be yours.
  10. Nov 8, 2010
    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.
  11. Nov 30, 2010
    It's wonderful that console players of The Sims can finally enjoy the game in nearly the exact same way as their PC gamer counterparts.
  12. Games Master UK
    Nov 17, 2010
    Superb creative "toy". Hilarious domestic slapstick awaits, despite control woes. [Christmas 2010, p.71]
  13. Nov 12, 2010
    So there you have it console gamers, a fully fledged Sims title without the dreadful feeling of missing something or not getting what the PC gamers have gotten.
  14. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 24, 2010
    The important parts work perfectly. [Christmas 2010]
  15. Nov 22, 2010
    And in that respect, as a life simulator, it's depressingly authentic; an endlessly-looping cycle of tedium interspersed with brief moments of happiness and, eventually, death.
  16. Nov 12, 2010
    If you ever wanted to play the Sims but never had the PC to do so, your time has come. The Sims 3 on consoles is a direct port, and a faithful one at that.
  17. 80
    Thankfully, EA delivered a product that warrants the conversion from its veteran PC status to the king of high-definition gaming. The game sports a creative suite of tools and items to provide an adequate amount of customization without becoming overly complex for the user.
  18. Nov 4, 2010
    Load times grow as you add more Sims to your household, and that load screen is something you'll see every time you move around town. It's inconvenient, but a small price to pay for finally having a full Sims experience on console.
  19. Nov 4, 2010
    The game is quirky and humorous and full of things to see and do. So much in fact that it should keep you occupied for months on end.
  20. Nov 2, 2010
    While the Console Sims 3 paints its picture with broader brushstrokes than its PC counterpart, it still captures all that's great about this series. The customisation, irreverent humour, bizarre character creation options, and online exchange features are all here, with good design and time-suckingly great gameplay.
  21. Oct 27, 2010
    The new console format allows you to have control of up to six Sims at a time, who you can follow, nurture, torture, or ignore. The possibilities are endless. And when they can just create more!
  22. Oct 27, 2010
    The console versions of The Sims 3 are exactly what we expected: a well crafted PC porting with some little new features that add some spice to the original formula.
  23. Oct 27, 2010
    The Sims 3 isn't what you want to play on a console. The handling's pretty crappy, but if you're okay with that, the game is fun for a long time.
  24. Oct 28, 2010
    Console version of The Sims 3 is finally a decent porting of the PC Game. Still, annoying controls and irritant loading times are there to frustrate the player.
  25. Nov 7, 2010
    The Sims 3 on consoles is cool for the fans, but contains too many options so the game is confusing. The gameplay with the many different challenges is pretty fun and the new karma system can deliver hilarious situations. But the main problem is that the problems from the first part, like the pretty bad AI are still around.
  26. Nov 29, 2010
    It's everything you've come to love about the PC title re-imagined for the console set. Featuring the same addictive gameplay and a number of new features The Sims 3 is sure to please even the biggest skeptic.
  27. Nov 2, 2010
    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.
  28. Oct 29, 2010
    It's amazing that The Sims 3 works so well with a controller and that many of the PC functions are still intact. So if you're curious about the Sims and don't own a computer, you should try out the console version.
  29. Oct 28, 2010
    May be users will perceive such things stripped from the PC experience as the deep gameplay, the entirely free roam or some technical issues, but The Sims 3 is the most serious entry for the series in consoles.
  30. 70
    The long-running series' third outing makes the leap to consoles with style. It's impressive how EA have managed to cram in almost every aspect of the PC game, without having to make any notable compromises. The controls take some getting used to, and the game frequently has to load, but Sims-fans will be happy to know that this is the best console-outing the series has offered yet.
  31. Jan 6, 2011
    At last: a console version of The Sims without a crappy control scheme. The Sims 3 may be not as extensive and flawless as the PC version, but is still a nice translation of the original concept that made The Sims great in the first place.
  32. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Nov 23, 2010
    Role-playing elements and a bizarre karma system lubricate the works, and its easy to get sucked into completing one more challenge, getting one more promotion before quitting a session. [Holiday 2010, p.74]
  33. Nov 19, 2010
    The console version of Sims 3 isn't bad, but it's better on the PC. The control scheme is surprisingly good, and that well-known Sims formula is as good and addicting as always, but the problem is, you have to wait so much longer for everything to happen on this version. There's a lot of unnecessary loading screens in this game, and the menus can prove slow sometimes. But it's a good game that should keep many playing for a long time.
  34. Nov 12, 2010
    Despite some interesting additions to the game's formula and the series' lasting charm, the console version of The Sims 3 takes about as many steps back as it does forward. For PC veterans of the series, there's not much reason to take the dive, unless you want to experiment with karma and the in-game achievements. For the curious who can't or won't play the PC version, however, The Sims 3 maintains enough of the series' high points to be worth a look.
  35. Oct 25, 2010
    The console version of the PC megahit lacks fluidity, though it's still fun in its own right.
  36. Dec 19, 2010
    The Sims 3 commits the greatest crime a game possibly can: I want to have fun, but it just won't let me.
  37. Oct 28, 2010
    Quotation forthcoming.
  38. Oct 25, 2010
    Quotation forthcoming.
  39. Oct 28, 2010
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 60
  2. Negative: 13 out of 60
  1. Oct 27, 2010
    This game has many pros but only one con. I may never see my ps3 again. You see, my sister is a casual gamer, which means she games justThis game has many pros but only one con. I may never see my ps3 again. You see, my sister is a casual gamer, which means she games just enough to where its fun to watch her play. But, now the tables are starting to turn. She giggled when ever they did something cute, took at least an hour to make and edit one character, and added some pretty lofty life goals that will take days of play time to accomplish. In short, if you're looking for a game for a female gamer, this game is perfect. That is the only con, this game is fantastic otherwise. Less of a game and more entertainment. Full Review »
  2. Oct 26, 2010
    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 playedThis 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 have plenty of awards. I would say about half are pretty easy to get...the other half will take some time. Good stuff EA! Full Review »
  3. Nov 1, 2010
    The game is a lot of fun and very addictive for those without access to a capable PC. Be warned, however, as there are some sizableThe game is a lot of fun and very addictive for those without access to a capable PC. Be warned, however, as there are some sizable disappointments, one household per save being the biggest. That said, I have to disagree with the critics who complained about long load times. I find the load times to be completely acceptable, although perhaps a bit too frequent. The core gameplay is rich, but I think replay value might depend heavily upon future dlc, hoping we get any. All in all, a strong title that leaves a bit to be desired. Full Review »