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The Sims 3 review (3DS)

Can’t get enough of Sim life on your home PC or console? Well now you can create and take your Sims on the road with you in Sims 3 for the 3DS.

Sims 3 starts like any other, with the creation of your character; you can go for a simple random creation or use the 3DS camera to capture a reasonable likeness of yourself. After selecting a few personality traits and your life goals you then move into your new home and let the tutorial take you through the basics of the game.

After the initial meeting and greeting of friends you can start shopping for new items to make your home more habitable with a pop up menu allowing you to choose what room you are looking to decorate and a decent selection of items to pick for your Sim, with easy pick up and place mechanics to put wherever you fancy. Of course to purchase the finer things in life you need a job and whilst it’s slim pickings at first, once you get better at your job there will be better offers on the horizon, and with that means more cash to blow.

The layout in Sims 3 is a mixed bag, the top screen shows off all of the action so you can watch your Sim having a dance with a neighbour or taking a nap, with an easy to use camera system that allows you to pan around to get the best view of each room. The bottom screen is a little crowded and precise use of the stylus is required to select the slightly too small menu icons as there is a lot going on. To navigate the immediate world just point and slide the stylus to move the birds-eye view map to wherever you want. Chatting to your friends and interacting with items is just as easy, with a simple tap to open up the command menu, again it’s a little tricky with the small icons but all of the required actions appear around the highlighted item, giving you plenty of options.

It won’t be long before you will be going to work, having parties and starting the long task of going towards your lifetime goal like world domination, being a rock star or for the sadistic among you, find interesting ways to punish and ultimately destroy your Sim. There is a life away from the home in the way of two areas to visit and enjoy, with a park and a town precinct. Excitingly the precinct has clubs, restaurants and gyms, however whist these area are beneficial for your Sim the interaction within is extremely minimal.

Sims 3 on the 3DS has sadly taken a few hits when it comes to comparing it to the PC and console versions. The karma actions return but are a lot more limited than before, plus to keep your Sim happy small icons will pop up at seemingly random times for you to then act quickly. Previous versions of the game had bars that gave you some pre-warning as to what is coming up next and allowed for some forward planning, so in Sims 3 expect lots of interrupted actions when your Sim is suddenly starving and about to throw a strop.

The way to play the game itself is a bit of a quandary, in the instructions we are told not to use whilst on the move or on moving transport, so turning off the 3D effect should be a must, in fact, the transition from looking at the top screen to the bottom confuses the eyes, the 3D works very well, but the nature of the way EA have set up the 3D is quite deep, meaning you have to retrain your eyes each time you look away, which happens often, so whilst 3D works well, it is a no go to get the most enjoyment out of the game.

Being a portable version, do expect a few omissions that you would take for granted from the PC and console versions, but, there is still plenty for you to do so if you are addicted to the main version you can’t go wrong with The Sims 3 on 3DS.

Words by Ash Buchanan

Rating: Good

You can purchase your copy of the Sims 3 for 3DS here.

Edited On 02 Apr, 2011

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