The Sims 3 Review
The next staple in the Sims franchise has it's ups and it's downs.
The Sims is one of the most successful PC franchises of all times. From two main games and dozens of expansions and add-on packs, the lives of our little people have lived on for years. With the new release of the Sims 3, there have been many improvements to gameplay and a few ever-lasting drawbacks that seem to plague the series.
The overall concept is the same as always; build a house, create a family and see them grow and prosper. Or create a broken home and drown grandma in the pool. How ever you play the Sims, you’ll be happy to know that you can carry that right into the new generation. But what is there to breathe new life into the game?
The first thing noticed is the Sims look different. They have really different character models from the previous release. There’s something more doll-like and even fake looking about them, as they have a glossy look to their skin which makes them look like plastic.
Creating a Sim is brilliantly updated to both give more detail for the avid fan and also simplify for beginners. You can, as always, pick a base shape face, mouth, nose, etc. From there you can change details on a large or small scale. Picking the global selection means your changes affect everything and it’s easy to make small tweaks here and there so if you’re new to creation of Sims it’s not daunting to get a look you want. If you want to go even more advanced, you can, by choosing specific parts to modify. If you want to adjust the upper lip for instance, you can do that without affecting the entire mouth. Maybe you want to play around with just the eye lids of your Sims, there’s the option for that as well.
There’s also the new option of adjusting body size and build. You can choose from skinny to fat and also lean to toned and muscular. Different combinations of these two sliders give different results and it’s satisfying to see the diversity in your town when you start playing. The build and weight of your Sims bodies are also genetic, so you’ll see different generations share the same features.
Base games in the Sims always tend to have an average amount of options as far as hairstyles, but unfortunately Sims 3 seems to have even less than any of it’s predecessors from the get-go. As usual, female hair styles are slightly more abundant but still there are too few choices and it keeps creativity a bit stifled (though the fan-based modding community often fixes that). The coolest part of dealing with hair though is playing around with color. No longer are Sims just brunettes, blondes or red-heads, you’re given the option of a color wheel to make their hair any color you like.