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New Seamless, Open NeighborhoodExplore the neighborhood freely. New Create A Sim Create any Sim you can imagine. New Realistic PersonalitiesEvery Sim is a unique person, with a distinct personality. New Unlimited CustomizationEveryone can customize everything! The freedom of The Sims 3 will inspire you with endless possibilities and amuse you with unexpected moments of surprise and mischief.

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Warning Text: Acceptance of end user license agreement required to play. Access to online services including simpoints and downloads requires an internet connection, EA account and game registration with the enclosed serial code. Registration is limited to one EA account per serial code and is non-transferable. You must be 13+ to register for an EA account. Mac users must update to the latest version of the Sims 3 launcher to access online services, including Simpoints and downloads. EA may provide certain incremental content and/or updates for an additional charge, if and when available. EA may retire online services after 30 days notice. Please note that this game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac).

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Video Game Genre: Miscellaneous - virtual life
Video Game Collection: The Sims
Is Downloadable Content Available: Y
Condition: New Games
Compatible Devices: PC ,  Mac
Size: 1 game
Manufacturer Part Number: 197150
Subgenre: Micro Simulations
System Requirements: Required:
OS: Mac OS X v10.5 "Leopard"
CPU: Clock speed (GHz), Primary (Intel): 2 GHz, Intel Pentium 4
Memory: 1 GB
Disk Space: 6.1 GB
Graphics: Video card memory : 128 MB, ATI 9000 series, nVidia GeForce FX series
Direct X: 9.0c


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CPU: Clock speed (GHz), Primary (Intel): 2 GHz or higher, Intel Pentium 4 or higher
Genre: Social & Economic Simulation
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Brand: Electronic Arts
Required Peripherals: Keyboard ,  Mouse / Track Ball
Release Date: 06/02/2009
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Customer Reviews | 245 reviews | 4.2 out of 5

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6/22/2009

Customer review by DropkickKarry

5.0 stars 6/22/2009 by DropkickKarry
by DropkickKarry

I have to say, that this is one of the greatest Sims achievements ever. Not even kidding. At first I was kind of iffy about getting the game, thinking I should wait till I'm sure it'll be worth it. Well, four of my friends currently own Sims 3, and all their opinions are pretty much the same. It's amazing, it's epic, best Sims game yet, totally worth it. So I decide, well, I'll try it. If I don't like it, I'll just give it to my other friend who's been saving up for it. So I get it, install it, amazed at all the changes they've made. No more waiting like five minutes to get to the actual game. So much more options in creating your Sim and family! I mean, they've even got like I don't know how many traits, but more than 20 to define your Sims. And with each trait your sims will react differently, and such. You can still get custom stuff on there too, which is pretty cool. And to the people that whine about how you can't go into the buildings, did you ever pause to think that the Sims Creators might come out with an expansion pack, that'll change that? It's probable, and it'll probably even happen. I saw it's totally worth getting. :]

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DropkickKarry
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:14 - 18
Ownership:1 week or less
Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
AWESOME!
8/25/2009

Customer review by ShoppingFanatic09

5.0 stars 8/25/2009 by ShoppingFanatic09
by ShoppingFanatic09

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this game!! It is extremely fun and no it does not get "boring" after a few minutes of play. I have been playing the Sims since the first one and have loved them all. They are all fun. People complaining about lagging and graphics need to stop telling people not to buy it. It will not lag on EVERYONE'S computer. You need to make sure you have enough space to run it on. And if you just barely have enough, of course it will lag. As for the small amount of hair styles and clothing, TheSims3.com has FREE hairstyles and clothing that you can download to the game. I would definately recommend this game to everyone IF you have enough space on your computer to run and play it! (I do not have an expensive gaming computer and it runs just fine on it! (: )

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ShoppingFanatic09
Houston,TX
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:18 - 24
Ownership:2 - 3 months
Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
Worth It- Don't Complain!
6/9/2009

Customer review by CompAddict

5.0 stars 6/9/2009 by CompAddict
by CompAddict

So many of you are complaining about the bad graphics or the lagging or whatever. Not everyone has a five-star computer that will run something that incredibly large in a few seconds. If your system requirements are just barely making it, then YES, you will have lagging and YES your graphics aren't going to look 100%. EA could've really lagged down your computer. They could've made it to where you could barely run the thing by including so much more little things. But to be honest, a lot of us would be stuck at the loading screen! Also, you can find so much FREE clothing, hair, shoes, objects ect. in the exchange on the main sims 3 website. They're user-created and can really spice up the game. I never went without custom content in the sims 1 and 2. And frankly, I'm so glad that they took away the loading screen and gave us the chance to drive/bike/walk around. It's much easier to keep your eyes on the screen now that they eliminated that. And I'm sure there will be some hacks coming along that will change the way we play the entire thing- maybe even something that can show us into buildings. I think it's worth it for the money. There's plenty to do.

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CompAddict
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Great job!
12/26/2009

Customer review by Suteki

5.0 stars 12/26/2009 by Suteki
by Suteki

This product is definitely worth the money. To the people who say it is lagging, its true but now they have made a patch that fixes the lagging problem and is going the correct speed. There are many new things you can do in The Sims 3, like customizing hair,clothes,furniture, etc. I have played The Sims games ever since the first Sim game and this is by far the best in my opinion! Note: BEFORE YOU BUY THE GAME LOOK AT THIS TO MAKE SURE YOUR COMPUTER CAN RUN THE SIMS 3: **FOR WINDOWS XP Windows XP (Service Pack 2) 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent 1 GB RAM At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 **FOR WINDOWS VISTA Windows Vista (Service Pack 1) 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent 1.5 GB RAM At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 **For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires at least: Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA X3000 or above. 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent 0.5 GB additional RAM

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Suteki
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:14 - 18
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
The Sims+3=AMAZING!
12/28/2009

Customer review by An anonymous customer

5.0 stars 12/28/2009 by An anonymous customer
by An anonymous customer

I've played The Sims since I was six years old and I am now fourteen. I've always loved The Sims and when The Sims 2 came out it was a pretty big improvement from The Sims but I just felt it was the same in a way. When I got The Sims 3 from my father on Christmas I almost immediately started playing it and I could see the Graphical improvement right when the game started! The graphics are stunning! Then, on Create A Sim the eyes on the Sim looked nearly real (Its a bit weird but that stood out a lot through my eyes)! And the unique personalities on the Sims were also amazing. Anywhere from Computer Geek (Me) to Cowardly (Grandmother) they are there! The only thing I dislike is the fact that you can only choose about three-four personalities but, the other stuff covers for that small thing. I'm, yet again, addicted to The Sims again! Thanks, EA. :P

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White Settlement, TX
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:14 - 18
Ownership:1 week or less
Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
LoveThisGame
3/21/2010

Customer review by SassyM2u

5.0 stars 3/21/2010 by SassyM2u
by SassyM2u

This game is way better than Sims2. The graphics are better, it has more features, you can even make phone calls on a cell phone. It's actually easier to play than Sims2 and yet has more challenges and is more realistic. I am a serious Sims player and this game is the best one yet.

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SassyM2u
Union, NJ
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:Every few days
To Buy or Not To Buy--Up to You Review
6/18/2010

Customer review by InDepthReviewer

4.0 stars 6/18/2010 by InDepthReviewer
by InDepthReviewer

When I first got this game, I had Windows Vista and was unable to play it due to it lagging, now that I've upgraded to Windows 7, I can play it perfectly. Let's start with the basics: ~Many reviewers are correct in stating that the graphics are a tad glitchy. When you pan out and pan back in, it takes a while for the game to realize you've zoomed in. (I thought this was just my laptop issue, apparently not). **In Sims3, sims tend to "magically" appear in their cars and in stores and communities that we cannot see them go into or do versus sims2. This is called "Rabbit Holes"--(where we cannot see them enter the shops) annoying, but given the wide variety of things to do, it's tolerable (to some) ~There is not much (if any) content as far as hair, clothing, and objects go. The fact that EA requires us to purchase extra items off their website is a bit ludicrous given the amount of $$ we pay for the game itself. **Sims2 gave you MANY objects. I would say that even though Sim3 is definitely lagging in this department, it allows you to custom color EVERYTHING to any shade, fabric, texture, what have you. Imagine being given 10 items (each different in structure...rather dull in color initially) and you being able to choose the fabric, texture, and colors. Great addition, but still...more objects (especially clothing and hair--which you can change too) would have been great. ~The Game itself is 4/5 stars. There are many things missing that were present in the sims2, but at least here, you can actually visit your neighbors without having to play your neighbor. You can't enter (or even see into your neighbors' houses) without being "Invited Inside" by them. Sims3 is more realistic social-wise, and the large span of neighborhood and career opportunities is amazing! You get to do things outside of work, FOR work. **(Example: I was in law enforcement and had to do undercover work, rummage through trash, and interrogate people (all on my OWN time, so I got to see the sim do it etc) and write up reports on people.) There are many community activities and weekly events. You can attend classes (via Rabbit Hole interaction), collect items, fish, learn new recipes (by actually reading recipe books and not just upgrading cooking skill) and your sim has the ability to notice certain things (like when you upgrade from a crummy t.v. to a flatscreen, they notice the picture quality is superb). ~OVERALL: I know this review was long, but I wanted to incorporate a few examples so that you can get the gist of the game and decide for yourself if you want to purchase it. I love the Sims series, and while Sims2 had many objects and sims didn't (always) magically appear to do things, the Sims3 has expanded socially. I love the fact that you can choose to have a baby at home, or in the hospital (a rabbit hole), but even when your sim enters a rabbit hole community dwelling, you can still HEAR everything. Like when a child goes to school, you hear the teacher writing on the board etc...the Military Base is HILARIOUS). I like this game, and while it IS a tiny step back graphic wise, keep in mind, that this is a computer game and not on a game console (Yet! Soon to be released), so depending on your computer, the graphics can be better...or worse. I recommend going to: http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri to see if your PC or Mac is capable of running such a complex game. When I had Vista, it told me I couldn't, and I tried and of course it lagged and froze, but now that I have Windows7, I am WAY over the requirements and can run it (As perfectly) as the game makers have allowed. It is a safe site, do not worry. Enjoy! And sorry for the chapter book review haha.

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Maryland
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:18 - 24
Ownership:2 - 3 months
Gender:Female
Usage:Every few days
Sims 3 best to date
7/20/2009

Customer review by sm77

4.0 stars 7/20/2009 by sm77
by sm77

This is by far the best Sims game yet. So many more features were added to this version. One of the biggest additions is now the entire town is accessible by just zooming out and clicking where you want to go. You can still use taxi's to get around but now you can even buy your own vehicles. Even bicycles. More career paths are available and more opportunities to improve job performance as well. Pretty much every aspect of the previous games was improved on as well as many new additions. The graphics are still a dated look but do look alot better than The Sims 2. Overall the Sims 3 is a great and very fun game and there's no way I can't recommend this game to any Sims fan. It's a must have.

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:2 - 3 months
Gender:Male
Usage:Every few days
Super! :)
5/11/2010

Customer review by GoDucks4884

5.0 stars 5/11/2010 by GoDucks4884
by GoDucks4884

So i have been a fan of the sims since i dont know when.....and i have played the sims 2 and loved it......but when i got the sims 3 it was nothing compared to the other ones. The sims in the game look WAY more realistic, theres alot more you can do in the game, i love the way it doesnt have a loading screen to go walking a round the town, and i like how you can make the sims have longer lifes or short lifes. So overall, if anyone is going out to buy a game for the computer, go grab the sims 3....its worth it!! :)

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:14 - 18
Ownership:3 - 4 months
Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
Gotta Get this Game!!
12/29/2009

Customer review by Walmanonline

5.0 stars 12/29/2009 by Walmanonline
by Walmanonline

I bought this game as a Xmas gift for my wife who is a Sims fanatic and she absolutely loves it. With all the different things she can do and the detail that EA put into it, you can create so many different senerios that it's not even funny. I also bought the World Expansion pack that give you a tremendous amount of locations to travel to just for added fun. If you like virtual life games then you got to get Sims 3.

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Also will I be able to play the sims 3 on my laptop? On Windows Vista?
by an anonymous customer 6/3/2009
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  • A. No, you do NOT need earlier versions of the sims to play sims 3. Also, if your laptop supports all the specifications (On the back of the sims 3 box) then you can play it. I just installed it on my computer yesterday and Im not sure if your laptop will be able to allot for that much memory. It takes exactly 5,600 MB of space on your computer. Also make sure you have atleast a gig of extra space for saving houses and families. Also you need to have a video card that supports these kinds of graphics. It must have128MB or higher and 2.0 pixelation. It is compatible with Windows Vista.
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  • A. no you dont need 1 or 2. if you have the system requirements you can play on your laptop and vista.
    by TAB705866/5/2009
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  • A. You don't need any of the other games to play this. And go to http://www.ea.com/games/the-sims-3?nostats=true and run their system requirements check.
    by MusicIsLife03146/5/2009
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  • A. No, unlike the line of Sims Expansion Packs, The Sims 3 is a standalone game. which means that you do not need any prior installation of the sims to play this game. Please refer to the system requirements and compare them to your Laptop's specifications. As for windows vista, you should have no problem using the Sims 3 on vista, however like i mentioned, it is very important that you compare your system with the System requirements.
    by vanx6/5/2009
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  • A. No, Sims 3 is a different game entirely. So you won't need any of the other Sims games to play it. My friend plays her Sims game on her laptop that runs on Vista, so I don't see why you wouldn't be able to =)
    by Confuzled116/5/2009
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  • A. No.You only have to have the Sims 2 for Sims 2 expansion packs.
    by SaraxD6/4/2009
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  • A. No you don't need the Sims 1 and 2 at all..The Sims 3 , Sims 2 and Sims 1 are all different sets of CD-Roms.. So nope you don't and Yes you can play it on a labtop
    by ATrueGamerGirl6/4/2009
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  • A. Sims 1 & 2 are not required to play, depends on whether your laptop meets the hardware requirements set forth on the box, and The Sims 3 will run on Windows Vista.
    by Pureiggy6/4/2009
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  • A. I believe that you can download a copy from certain online retailers, and that would the only way you can play it without a DVD player. The only other way is to buy a internal or external DVD player...
    by MusicIsLife031412/6/2009
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  • A. If the game comes on a DVD (which the sims 3 does), you need a DVD drive in order to install it. However, one workaround of this is if you have a fast internet connection and meet all the System Requirements for The Sims 3, then you can purchase it direct from EA games via Digital Download. The perks to this are: You don't have to leave your house, you don't need a dvd drive. However the Cons are: You don't have a disc which means you need to back up your download somehow whether it be saving your proof of purchase, purchase key, etc. So depends on the type of person you are.
    by vanx6/5/2009
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  • A. It runs on the CD-rom. If you don't have one of those either, you can download the game straight from The Sims 3 website (after paying the $49.95)
    by Confuzled116/5/2009
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  • A. Yes, you don't need a dvd player to play it.
    by SaraxD6/4/2009
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  • A. They may have a CD-ROM version out. Most manufacurers design both a DVD and CD-ROM version of their games for people who may not have the appropriate drive. You will just have to look around to see.
    by Pureiggy6/4/2009
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