The Sims 3 Console Version
Until now The Sims have been trapped, but they’ve been set free. The Sims 3 gives players the ability to visit neighbours and travel to different parts of town. Much like the PSP version, except the PSP version was done better.
I just don’t understand why they couldn’t have made the console version more like the PSP version. Sure the areas weren’t that big, but at least you knew your way around and you had time to explore them. Instead EA (Electronic Arts) have decided to replicate the PC game, which doesn’t entirely work on console.
The PC games have been more popular than the console games, but the console versions still have a massive fan base. EA doesn’t seem to realise that there is a reason console players aren’t buying the PC version. Some people, me included, prefer the console games, and I’m a fan of both versions so I’ve played enough Sims games to make a strong comparison.
For me the biggest let down is the lack of multiplayer mode. My favourite part of the console Sims is playing with friends. The Sims 3 is fun to play, but after a while I can’t help but miss my partner in crime, who has assisted in the murder of thousands of Sims. This is the game’s biggest flaw, but it’s not the only one. Another down point is that it’s hard to find the time to explore the huge world, especially if you have multiple Sims. I’m still not even sure how many neighbours I have, since I’ve only visited one so far. Then there’s the click and go control system, which actually didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would (I’d gotten used to The Sims 2 controls).
The game is definitely not all bad. It has many good points that almost make up for its shortcomings, almost. The introduction of pregnancy was a clever, and unexpected, idea. It gave me quite a shock actually. Aging is another fun, yet slow, feature. I’m patiently waiting for my Sims to become old and die; saves me buying new carpets all the time. I haven’t really played with the Karma powers all that much. It’s a very My Name is Earl idea, not that that’s a bad thing. Plus you can now have an upstairs.
All and all the game is fun, but can quickly lose momentum. Being able to travel isn’t as interesting as you might think, especially as it is hard to find the time with work and other Sims. The lack of a two player mode is just such a downfall as it would have made all the other flaws less noticeable. Still I have to give it some points for the very well thought out features that were added.