The Sims, a "life simulation game", is the best proof that you can make a game that will sell to girls. EA has a whole division concentrating pretty much on a single franchise - The Sims 2 and the countless expansion packs have sold at least seven quadrillion copies but the base game is undeniably getting old. Unwilling to let go of a profitable franchise, it is t 2200 ime to do it all over again - enter The Sims 3, EA's brand new "license to print money".
The Sims Reloaded
Starting the whole franchise over, The Sims 3 wipes the slate clean. It is naturally incompatible with any old content and while many gameplay concepts are familiar, almost everything has been tweaked and upgraded in some way. The biggest change is the introduction of a seamless town to play in. You no longer play in a single lot that gets frozen in time if you visit anywhere else - the active play area has expanded from a single lot to a whole town of considerable size that can be freely roamed.
You can walk or drive around while the rest of your family continues to do whatever they are doing in their house. Workplaces, community buildings, private residences and empty lots dot the town and any Sims constantly keep on doing their own thing regardless of what you are doing. You can freely visit any other building in the town or meet other Sims in parks, beaches and other similar communal areas. You can even buy a stake or a complete ownership in local business ventures. Sadly the more detailed business simulation aspects of the earlier Open for Business addon are left out - leaving room for an expansion.
There are still some limitations set that seem somewhat artificial - you can't see inside workplaces or business buildings. You can influence what you do during a workday by setting your Sim to do one of the available activities for different results - things like "Work Hard" and "Suck Up to Boss" and so on.
Some features introduced to The Sims 2 in expansions do return - inventories, mobile phones, cars, young adult stage, fishing, gardening, many hobbies... but at the same time many key features of previous expansions have curiously gone missing. No apartments, no college, no pets, no weather or seasons - just to name a few. In fact, if you have gotten used to the massive variety of The Sims 2 with all the expansion packs, The Sims 3 will probably feel like a massive set-up for another pile of expansion packs - this is EA after all. On the other hand, The Sims 3 does include a large set of activities and things to do, so while this is a complaint, it is a minor one and of little concern to anyone who hasn't played The Sims 2 with all the expansion packs.
Games: The Sims 3
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