The Sims™ 3

  • Release date: 6/1/2009
  • Developer: The Sims Studio
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Genre: Simulation
  • Languages: English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
  • Features: Single-player
  • Requirements: View details

The Sims 3 Review: Life Simulation Classics

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Lacey Francis

9 reviews on HammerGamer

Sims is the most recognizable offline real life simulator franchise in video game history. Some people love it, while others hate it for similarity with dolls. Even though they look cartoonish, they behave very close to you and me. Downloading of The Sims 3 is available for all major platforms.

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Graphics — 4/5

As was mentioned above, The Sims 3 look quite cartoonish, but it struggles to mimic real life, showing some serious aspects of real life (death, for example) in a more ingenuous perspective. This year The Sims 3 celebrates its 10th anniversary, but it still looks fresh and playable. Of course, The Sims 4 sticks to more modern user interface design patterns, but it can’t outshine classics being just a more glamorous parody.

Gameplay — 5/5

As this game is a real life simulator, you can do dozens of realistic things in it. A good start is always the same – create a unique character. You are completely free to make him, or her looks like you or somebody else. Ready with your Sim family? Then go and settle down in one of the towns you see on the map. Each of them has unique citizens, who may meet you cheerfully or stay cold due to the difference between tempers or evil characters.

Choose a house or a flat you like, or build some property by yourself. Building in Sims 3 is a very fun experience because you are offered tons of materials to create beautiful interiors or gardens. Well, this process is not as functionally rich as in The Sims 4, but offers tons of customizable items instead.

Today The Sims 3 is meant to be complete. It means, that in 10 years it had received every possible addon and DLC, so we can probably decide that this chapter is the biggest of all yet.

Controls — 5/5

Classic Sim fan controller is a mouse and a keyboard for shortcuts. The Sims 3 game is very easy and fun to play. The controlling is very convenient, it is simple and intuitive: you can activate the control console by pressing Ctrl + Shift + C and following the switch instructions in the test mode of the game. To understand what is happening in the game, it is better for you to click with the mouse for some time and look at the result, since there are a lot of unobvious commands and sim abilities in the game. Speaking of real input, you can only play with the mouse of your PC, since all the main commands are shown, or use the keyboard shortcuts mouse + keyboard.

Replay Value — 4/5

The Sims 3 is a fun game to play, while you have someone to hug you for the whole session. It’s fun to build houses of your dream and try to make your little sims work and get money. It’s a game with a perfect economical balance and shelves overflowing with goods. It’s impossible to try everything in a single Sim lifetime, so you have to come to this game again and again. The Sims 3 review in 2019 feels strange, but it’s no to play it as a time.


All in all, this chapter of The Sims universe is very important, and it is still the biggest game among The Sims game series. The Sims 3 is a must-have for fans of the series and players who lack open-world adventures with a fully customizable character and surroundings. The Sims 3 is a title which is to stay in gamers’ minds forever.


Download The Sims 3 if you want to experience qualitative retro vibes and have some chamber evenings.

Pros : Dozens of addons and DLCs;
Graphics look good on its 10th anniversary;
Funniest life simulator.

Cons : It doesn’t have a multiplayer mode.

Graphics 4

Gameplay 5

Controls 5

Replay Value 4

Average : 4.5

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