The Sims is probably the most successful social simulation saga in video gaming history. Ever since the first installment was released in the year 2000, it has sold over 100 million units. The Sims Online, The Sims 2, The Sims in the City, Castaway, Stories, Medieval... all these titles are part of this series, as well as this The Sims 3, considered as the third installment that appeared back in 2009.
This game is the next step in the evolution of the series, offering us new possibilities when it comes to developing our avatars in the virtual world posed, incorporating two main updates.
Sims creation system
As the precursor to the current Create a Sim tool to generate avatars, this system meant a giant quality leap regarding what we had seen to the date. The level of detail of the physical traits was greatly improved, expanding the options for men and women, depending on the sex and age of the characters.
In turn, we've also got more chances to choose between different clothing items, with more clothes to define our Sim's style without needing to purchase them from any store because they're always available. Hairstyles can also be defined depending on the clothes.
However, the system isn't as advanced as the tool available in The Sims 4, that even allows us to choose traits of our personality.
Another new noteworthy feature can be found in the game's map, that was expanded to bring it closer to a sandbox game of the likes of Grand Theft Auto. Now, you can explore the entire map without intermediate loading processes, as well as allowing the rest of Sims that aren't controlled by the player to continue their lives thanks to the Story Progression option. This will help them to live autonomously, growing, getting married, getting a job...
More new features of The Sims 3
But that's not all the updates and improvements of this third installment regarding previous versions. We also have to mention the following list of features of this new episode:
- Redesigned humor system: new modes (positive, neutral, and negative) that appear when we satisfy the needs of our avatars.
- The previous desire and fear system is replaced with a new method in which desires expire after a certain amount of time.
- New happiness rating system.
- Reward system governed by the Sim's score.
- Downloadable content section.
- Lifetime can be adjusted by the player advancing through several stages: baby, infant, child, teenager, youngster, adult, and elder: you can die of old age or due to causes such as hunger, fire, drowning...
- Personality traits acquired throughout your life.
- Redesign of the skill system: unlike previous installments with preset skill lists, now there's an endless amount that can be increased by means of expansions.
Download expansions for The Sims 3: expand the game
Expansions allow us to extend the features of the game, taking it to new scenarios and themes for those users who want to play something more specific. If you want to know about the expansions of this version, here are some of its most popular ones: World Adventures, Ambitions, Late Night, Generations, Pets, Showtime, Supernatural, Seasons, University Life, Island Paradise, Into the Future, High-End Loft Stuff, Fast Lane Stuff, Movie Stuff... and so on. The latter helped it to become the best Sims game to the date, also arriving on iOS and Android.