Video Game Review: The Sims 3

Video Game Review The Sims 3
Written by Alyssia Walmsley

The Sims is third installment in the Sims franchise and a direct sequel to The Sims 2. The game was released on the 2nd of June, 2009. The game was developed by Maxis and released by publisher EA Games. The game came out on several platforms including Microsoft Windows, Blackberry OS, Playstation 3, Mac OS X, Windows Phone,  Android,  Xbox 360, Bada, Nintendo DS, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS.


The gameplay aspect of the Sims 3 is similar to that of the previous games. You start the game by making and customizing your Sims. You can then buy or create a house for them to live in. Afterwards, you furnish the house with their furniture, appliances, and other necessities. Then you can watch your Sims play out their lives by going to school, getting a job, getting married, and raising children.

If you get tired of having to control your Sims all the time, you can even let the game run by itself. The new Story Progression mode allows you to set a timer for a specific amount of time and let your Sims carry out their live. Your Sims will then do all of their activities without you having to lift a finger and you can just sit back and watch it all happen.


The graphics have been improved even further from the Sims 2. All the character models and building textures are crisp and clear. The character animations have been greatly improved and feel very smooth.


The Sims 3 features a great soundtrack full of memorable songs. Most of the tracks playing are instrumental while some vocal tracks feature the Simlish language. The soundtrack was recorded by famous film scoring company 20th Century Fox.


The Sims 3 has a large number of improved features from its predecessor. The game now has the ability to give your Sims different careers. You can choose from a list of different professions to enlist your Sims into such as lawyers, chefs, journalists, doctors, musicians, scientists, and professional athletes.

The game also has a Create A World feature which allows you to make your custom cities by using your own images and models.


The Sims 3 is an excellent game that largely improves upon the Sims formula. It adds great gameplay features that give it increased playability and makes it stand out as a hallmark sequel.

About the author

Alyssia Walmsley

Alyssia is a Cornell University graduate of 2003 and a former lead technology development manager for Microsoft and Cisco Networking Systems. Between writing on her blog, SkyGone Inc, loves adventures and chocolate sprinkles!

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