Review: The Sims 3 (Xbox 360)

John Funk

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Review: The Sims 3 (Xbox 360)

Your Sims have come to your living room, they?re just more annoying to control.

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John Funk

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The controller is clunkier than the mouse and keyboard? YOU TAKE THAT BACK, PC ELITIST. /sarcasm
 

Mr.Pandah

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I finally got my fill of The Sims last year when The Sims 3 came out on the PC. I have no reasons whatsoever to spend anymore time on that timedump of a game. Don't get me wrong, its extremely fun, but man, do the hours fly by. I just don't have time for this hardcore game in a casual disguise.

I just wish I could go back to a time when the first Sims was something brand new again. Those were good days...haha
 

oathblade

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So I have to know...does the black widdow (marry and kill off sims for their cash, swimming pools with no ladders are fun!) and slave family (2 people in a luxury house 6 people living on the lawn fighting over the newspaper and crying) still work?

<.<

I'm not sure if I hope they do or if I hope they dont :)
 

Owlslayer

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I haven't played the Sims series in a while now. I think the one i played was The Sims 1, but it was fun nonetheless. But back then you had to create your own disasters when you got bored. For example, after getting tired of my sim whining all the time, i purchased a lot of carpets all over the house. And then put a fireplace in every room, right next to the carpets.
But the game was fun, and i could create a load of really weird houses/families.


And: whoa, that is one evil laugh you got there, Mr. Funk.
 

John Funk

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I almost bought this a couple of days ago. I picked up Fable III instead. Probably should have got the Sims 3 though. That game has infinite replay value. I may still get it.
 

Desrali T Bear

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Other than the "karma" thing, I didn't hear any reason to get this game for the console rather than the PC. For those of you planning on picking this up, I gotta ask, why not just get the PC version?
 

Baby Tea

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Desrali T Bear said:
Other than the "karma" thing, I didn't hear any reason to get this game for the console rather than the PC. For those of you planning on picking this up, I gotta ask, why not just get the PC version?
Not everyone has a decent PC.
Like me, for example. I just have my little netbook.
But I DO have a 360! And both I and my wife enjoy the Sims!
So this would actually be something to get!
 

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Baby Tea said:
Desrali T Bear said:
Other than the "karma" thing, I didn't hear any reason to get this game for the console rather than the PC. For those of you planning on picking this up, I gotta ask, why not just get the PC version?
Not everyone has a decent PC.
-lowers head in shame-

Its true... not everyone can afford a decent PC. I love the sims games, they are oddly addictive and I was a little bummed out when the third game only came on the PC. I looked at my relatively low spec computer in shame, knowing I'll probably not be able to run Sims 3 or at least run it on anything but the lowest setting... So I haven't been able to play it.

Now that its out on consoles however... I can play it, I'll even put up with the control issues, which to be honest I was expecting with the console port. Also, I hear you can go online with this one which means both me and my cousin can get the game and fuck each others stuff up at house parties :D.
 

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Much better than any other Sims console game, I'm actually really enjoying it. I'm a total Sims geek and too was pleased to see it was very like the PC version. Sure the moving about and stuff is always clunky on a console as it's much easier with a mouse but I'm still enjoying it none the less.
 

Desrali T Bear

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Baby Tea said:
Not everyone has a decent PC.
Like me, for example. I just have my little netbook.
But I DO have a 360! And both I and my wife enjoy the Sims!
So this would actually be something to get!
Sadly, that is true. Sometimes I forget how fortunate I am to have all those cores and gigs. =(


The PC requirements tend to be pretty steep on Sims games, huh?
 

Baby Tea

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Desrali T Bear said:
The PC requirements tend to be pretty steep on Sims games, huh?
Not crazy steep, really, but it won't run anywhere near as good on my Netbook (or look as good) then me playing on my 360.
 

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I still have bad memories of the 1st sims game ,my sim peed on the floor and died.. oh the horror!
 

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Bah. Need Sims 3 Late Night Expansion review.

This console version does make me wonder tho (and it's not mentioned in the review) how good the building system is. I usually enjoy the archetechtual side of the PC game most. I can't imagine doing it on a console platform.
 

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Desrali T Bear said:
Other than the "karma" thing, I didn't hear any reason to get this game for the console rather than the PC. For those of you planning on picking this up, I gotta ask, why not just get the PC version?
Im thinking of getting it for my PS3 because I have a Mac. While there is a Mac version of The Sims 3, I've tried running it and it runs terribly.
 

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Baby Tea said:
Desrali T Bear said:
Other than the "karma" thing, I didn't hear any reason to get this game for the console rather than the PC. For those of you planning on picking this up, I gotta ask, why not just get the PC version?
Not everyone has a decent PC.
Like me, for example. I just have my little netbook.
But I DO have a 360! And both I and my wife enjoy the Sims!
So this would actually be something to get!
Even if you have a decent PC, this game has so many bugs and problems with it that get worse the more expansions you get.
I'm hoping the console version will at least run... and save.
 

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I remember playing sims 2 as a social study at school and it is quite addicting for a person like me who likes to customize things. What I'd like more is like an action game with the customization detail of Sim. Oh man would that be really fun. I'll probably get sims 3 one day.
 

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So it's not like the scaled-down mission-driven games usually found on consoles? Good.
Not to say I don't like those ones. All those games were more humorous than they had any right to be.
Also: Is Story Progression still a nightmare where people die and asexually reproduce while your back is turned for 5 seconds?
 

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Baby Tea said:
Desrali T Bear said:
Other than the "karma" thing, I didn't hear any reason to get this game for the console rather than the PC. For those of you planning on picking this up, I gotta ask, why not just get the PC version?
Not everyone has a decent PC.
Like me, for example. I just have my little netbook.
I'm pretty sure you can get the Sims to run with nothing but a hamster in a wheel and a prayer.
 

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Well the console is quite welcome to the Sims 3. Why? Because Sims 3 is crap for custom content. Makes me think this was EA's plan from the getgo.
 

Nurb

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Karma system might as well be called "Super Easy Mode"

I guess it makes up for the slow controler reaction time.
 

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GonzoGamer said:
Baby Tea said:
Desrali T Bear said:
Other than the "karma" thing, I didn't hear any reason to get this game for the console rather than the PC. For those of you planning on picking this up, I gotta ask, why not just get the PC version?
Not everyone has a decent PC.
Like me, for example. I just have my little netbook.
But I DO have a 360! And both I and my wife enjoy the Sims!
So this would actually be something to get!
Even if you have a decent PC, this game has so many bugs and problems with it that get worse the more expansions you get.
I'm hoping the console version will at least run... and save.
Really? I've never had a problem with the PC version. (*knocks cautiously on wood...)
 

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Baby Tea said:
(or look as good)
...The game kinda looks like it's from 2005...


I mean, I can understand "not run as good" (even if it worries me that people these days don't have computers that can run THAT, but have 360s, but that's a personal thing), but "look as good"? It's not exactly Crysis or GTA IV...

Speaking of which, @OP: My first reaction was "man, aren't they like...4 or 5 years too late?", then I realized Sims 3 is only from 2009. That's bad, yo...
 

Baby Tea

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Caliostro said:
Baby Tea said:
(or look as good)
...The game kinda looks like it's from 2005...


I mean, I can understand "not run as good" (even if it worries me that people these days don't have computers that can run THAT, but have 360s, but that's a personal thing), but "look as good"? It's not exactly Crysis or GTA IV...
Well I'm running netbook.
Which means if I can run it, it would be at a pretty low resolution, with low detail settings.
On the other hand, I also have a 40" LCD TV (that my 360 is hooked up to) running at 1080p.

So yeah. It'll probably run on my netbook. But will look and run as good on that as on my 360? Nope.
 

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olikunmissile said:
Does it have Mutiplayer like that one on the Xbox?

If so, sold.
Is it multiplayer? Me and my fiancée have been complaining about the impossibility the control our own sims and have them interact for quite a while. Its fun watching the other play but its never the same as actually playing together!
 

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FEAR ME, MERE MORTALS! FIRST I GIVE YOU THAT TOILET YOU WANTED, NOW TO PUNISH YOUR GREED I CURSE YOU WITH GHOSTS! MUHAHAHAHAH-

Did that school bus just make a 180 degree at the same place?
 

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I got the Sims 3 and all it's expansions on the PC, no need for a lesser version in my opinion but hey good deal non pc gamers can play the sims :)
 

John Funk

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Another over-inflated score. At least in this case only slightly; from the review itself, a three is more apt.

OT: The Sims has never worked on consoles thanks to the controls. No surprises here then that this addition to the series falls short.
 

CrystalShadow

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Once again I'm left wondering here...

The wii can't keep up with the graphics, and as a result the Wii version of a multi-console release tends to be quite different from the 360/PS3 versions.

And yet, every time I hear a review say something about game controllers VS a mouse, the Wii comes to mind.

Does the Wii version have better controls than the other console versions is what I'm asking really.
(and by contrast, does it have any other obvious shortcomings that counteract any control benefits?)
 

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scones_better said:
olikunmissile said:
Does it have Mutiplayer like that one on the Xbox?

If so, sold.
Is it multiplayer? Me and my fiancée have been complaining about the impossibility the control our own sims and have them interact for quite a while. Its fun watching the other play but its never the same as actually playing together!
One of the Sims games on the Original Xbox had local multiplayer, me and a friend played that game for days. It was really fun and it worked so well. I only hope the console version of Sims 3 has it too.
 

John Funk

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Pirate Kitty said:
Another over-inflated score. At least in this case only slightly; from the review itself, a three is more apt.

OT: The Sims has never worked on consoles thanks to the controls. No surprises here then that this addition to the series falls short.
It's still a good game, and if you don't play it on the PC already you'll probably take to the controls just fine. Really, my major problem with them was simply that I was used to controlling the game with a mouse and keyboard - if you aren't already used to it, you'll do fine.

But at the same time, is it really fair to dock a game points because of something that will wholly depend on person to person?

Hence the "if you're used to it on PC, take a star off the below score" part.
 

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Mmmmmhh, should I check to see if I can find those other seven non-sims gamers so we can have a beer and be indignant about you louts?

I read a review of these games here and there to see if it somehow kindles something in me. I'm left with a great big meh once again though.

And no, I play games like Civ and SimCity, so its not that.
 

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Desrali T Bear said:
GonzoGamer said:
Baby Tea said:
Desrali T Bear said:
Other than the "karma" thing, I didn't hear any reason to get this game for the console rather than the PC. For those of you planning on picking this up, I gotta ask, why not just get the PC version?
Not everyone has a decent PC.
Like me, for example. I just have my little netbook.
But I DO have a 360! And both I and my wife enjoy the Sims!
So this would actually be something to get!
Even if you have a decent PC, this game has so many bugs and problems with it that get worse the more expansions you get.
I'm hoping the console version will at least run... and save.
Really? I've never had a problem with the PC version. (*knocks cautiously on wood...)
Do you have the expansions?
That might be what does it. It worked fine when we first got it but now we find that we get all sorts of save errors and weird mutants: people with faces on their belly or cookie plates stuck to their wrists.
That's the kind of things we get.
 

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Nicragomi said:
Wait... Did that bus in the review video make a huge U-Turn in the yard? o_O
I was sorta surprised Funk didn't comment on it when it happened in the video.

"But it's still a controller, and if you're used to - did that bus just make a U-turn on my lawn?"
 

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I remember the sims for gamecube really sucking. It was mission based... kinda odd. And the money butler cost money to use each time you used him. I was upset, Servo worked for free.

Also LOL at that bus 180 at 2:10