The Sims 3: Console
The Sims 3 console version was finally released today. The game has different features depending on which console you buy it for. The PS3 and Xbox 360 version is extremely similar to the PC series. Sims have life cycles, and their houses have upstairs. The game also brings the have a baby feature, which was missing from the console version of Sims 2. Players can also connect to the internet to download additional content, as well as connect to Facebook and Twitter. There are some downsides to this edition of the game. Players must control Sims in the traditional click and go mode, the console world is not seamless like the PC one (but loading times are said to be short) and it seems that offline multiplayer is not available.
The DS version of the game aims to be a full life simulation experience, unlike previous handheld Sims games e.g. Game boy advance. Players will also be able to sculpt their Sims with the stylus. In addition to this; next year, with the release of the 3DS, a 3D version is set to come out, which will allow you to take a picture of yourself and turn it into a Sim. The 3DS also rumour to have online functions which should completely change handheld gaming.
Unfortunately, for Wii fans the wait is not over until the 15th of November, but that’s the only version that has a co-op mode so if, like me, you love playing Sims with your friends it’s worth the wait.
A new addition to the player’s abilities is the karma powers. These give the player even more control over their Sims life, and add a whole new layer to torturing your Sim. Also the way your Sim dies affects the colour that there ghost will be, so don’t forget to vary a little in your killing style.
The game has received mainly positive reviews, but without a co-op mode they may have lost some fans. Is this version TOO close to the PC version? I’m holding off my judgements until I’ve got my hands on it.