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The Sims 3 review

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Manufacturer: Electronic Arts

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

It's shiny, sexy, and perplexingly emerald-green, but more than anything, The Sims 3 - Electronic Arts' groomed and gussied-up digital dollhouse - is an intrepid and wonderful game.

It's shiny, sexy, and perplexingly emerald-green, but more than anything, The Sims 3 - Electronic Arts' groomed and gussied-up digital dollhouse - is an intrepid and wonderful game.

Wonderful, because The Sims 3 is finally the game the original aspired to be, a sprawling valley-sized slice of virtual reality that's yours to tinker with entirely, no longer hemmed in by invisible barriers or repetitious characters.

Intrepid, because The Sims 3's decked-out catalogue of deceptively mundane activities illustrates even better how a game where you "tinker with the uneventful" can be so much more eventful than others conventionally packed with explosions, aliens, and magic swords.

Surprisingly, EA didn't mess with core series values, but then, it didn't have to. When your premise hasn't changed ("strategic life simulation") the writing's on the wall: give your base an order of magnitude more to fiddle with, pretty it up, and make all that "extra" even easier to manipulate.

The Sims 3

Because it does, The Sims 3 represents a triumph of synthesis and style, an evolutionary leap rooted in progressive customisability, a gracefully architected interface, and several strikingly deep creative tools.

Want the year's most compulsively playable, demographically far-flung PC game? You've found it - it's The Sims 3.

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The Sims 3 Expert Verdict »
The Sims 3 (Mac & PC) Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 7 reviews
Windows XP SP2/Vista SP1
Video card memory: 128MB with Pixel Shader 2.0
1GB RAM
2GHz processor
6.5GB hard disk space
DirectX: 9.0c
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Although it's not an intrinsically different game from its predecessors, The Sims 3 turns out to be a much more fully realised one. Sure, it's still laser-focused on middle-class America (maybe it's time to think a trifle more internationally guys?) but in a tripping-over-itself-to-please-its-base way that's almost touching. Whether you're part of that base or no, it's the most inviting, gratifying version of the game that makes the utmost in everyday banality utterly seductive. I dare you to not be seduced.

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