Sims 3
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Would you like to live your life again or try for another kind of life? If you do, you should try Sims. Or if you like building houses, you should try Sims. The Sims is a game where you first create a character (or characters) to play with, decide their lifetime goals and family relations depending on how many characters you create. While playing the game, you have to make sure that the basic needs of your characters are taken care of and fulfill different kinds of goals. The Sims has many different goals and ways to play it. You can also build any kind of house, from a small hut to a large, beautiful mansion.

The first Sims was kind of ‘boxy’ but still good. It didn’t have many options with clothing and building materials. I did play it a lot nonetheless. The second Sims had lots of add-ons that cost a lot if you really had to have them all. You could also find lots of free stuff around the internet, for example clothing and makeups made by fans of the game. I also enjoyed playing The Sims 2 a lot since you could make all sorts of different houses, just like in the original Sims.

The Sims 3 and its expansion and stuff packs are full of everything. The game has many different career options and you can level up different skills, for example your character can learn to run or play all sorts of different instruments. There are tons of different skills to learn so if you want a versatile character you have lot to do in the game.

The Sims 3 is also good because unlike in the previous titles, you can go directly into a neighbor’s lot and on the town. You can also purchase rewards by fulfilling your characters wishes which grants you happiness points. These rewards include things like giant bladder so you don’t have to use the toilet so much anymore and other things that make the game easier.

When the Pets expansion was released, the game got even better. You can put characteristics to your dogs, cats and horses and they can be properly played, just like your other characters. You can even collect small animals and put them for example in a terrarium. There’s plenty to do. You can adjust the aging of your characters and pets. Your characters have sliders from baby to elder and dogs, cats and horses have sliders for baby, adult and elder. If you decide to keep this at default, you still have plenty of time to achieve your goals.

You can even date and fool around and it doesn’t even matter if it’s a man fooling around with a woman or another man or a woman fooling around with another woman if you like. You can even make a baby and if you’d like to have more than one at a time, you can use the happiness points to buy infertility treatment for your character. If you select ghost buster as a career choice you get to hunt ghosts but if you select for example the police profession you can’t really play the career, your characters just disappears into work every morning. If your character is a nanny, the kids are brought to your house for the day and you have to take care of them.

So far The Sims 3 has also received a lot of expansions and it starts to feel like you’re being ripped off, especially with the smaller stuff packs. The game takes ages to load. Otherwise the game runs fine but the random stuttering even with my husband’s gaming rig gets annoying. Sometimes your characters get stuck and the only thing you can do is reset them. The graphics look great even though the textures take a long time to load when zooming in and out. The water and shadows are excellently drawn.

Overall score: 8.5