The Sims 3 First Look

It's time to mess around with the lives of your sims in the console version of The Sims 3.

On the PC, the Sims series has sucked many would-be productive hours of our lives as we created our unique sims, customized our two-story suburban home, and shared our stories with the online community. That experience is now coming to consoles, more specifically to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii, as well as the Nintendo DS. At the EA Studio Showcase in Redwood Shores, we saw an early build of The Sims 3 for the Xbox 360 and spoke with Sam Player, the executive producer of the game.

Making out is just one of the many challenges you can complete.

The Sims games have made appearances on consoles before, and they were always cut back in such a way to ensure that they would fit. We were told that while there are still space limitations--so you can't go nuts and build an entire neighborhood--you can still experience most of what you would on the PC as well as some new features that have been added. With the town map, you can visit different zones, including residential areas, commercial areas, and parks. You'll be able to build one home at a time (up to five stories), you'll have access to all the items that you would from the PC version, and you'll be able to socialize with people from all age groups. The customization tool and character creator are included, with adjustments to make it easier to navigate on a console. The integrated exchange system lets you share your creations easily and gives you the opportunity to download other people's content via your build menus so you never have to leave the game.

In our demo, we walked in on a house party that one of the sims was having, and he had apparently invited the entire neighborhood. Unlike in previous console versions, there are sims living and aging in other areas outside your home so that you're actually part of a virtual community. This is where we got a peek at karma powers, which allow you to change your story so to speak or harass your sims a little by using karma points. For example, we thought it would be amusing to summon some ghosts to join in on the party and scare away the guests. After watching some of the sims cry in a corner and the others wet themselves, we used another karma power to clean everything up. There is a limit on how many powers you can use, because it costs karma points (which can be earned by achieving wishes and purchasing them with challenge points that we'll explain later), and each night at midnight you will be judged on your actions. If you've been mean to your sims, chances are you won't get any benefits, but if you haven't been exploiting your karma powers, you may get a boost of some kind. Karma powers can range from being incredibly mean to your sims to giving them a bit of luck so they can get their woohoo on with the locals.

Another feature that has been added is the challenge system, where you can take on more than 300 challenges of varying difficulty to earn points. With these points you can purchase karma, furniture, or real estate at the challenge store. Challenges are essentially quests that give you a huge list of things to do around town, that unlock new challenges or items, or that just give you an excuse to get out of the house. You can share your completed challenges or achievements, such as your first kiss, on Facebook or Twitter, which we were told is to encourage people to share their stories with the community.

Not sure if she's actually impressed…

There's so much to do in The Sims 3 that it's tough to get the full picture in just one sitting. The challenge system is a nice addition that allows people to drop in and play for a bit without having to devote an entire afternoon to get something done. We're looking forward to seeing what other karma powers we can abuse, as well as exploring the rest of the neighborhood. Look for The Sims 3 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and DS on October 26.

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70 comments
shaunn191
shaunn191

@ New-Vegas-Fan Yeah i know it will never happen, just fantasizing. The majority of the fanbase is kids and they obvioulsy wouldn't want to lose the majority of their sales by changing a style/system that has worked so well for so many years.

New-Vegas-Fan
New-Vegas-Fan

@shaunn191 Nope. It would ruin the franchises image as a sweet and kind family game, so as much as i too would like to see it, it will never happy.

crashhat69
crashhat69

im freakin excited about this game i havent been this excited about a game coming out in forever im a big fan of the sims games on the consoles im hopeing this game is gonna be like the sims 2 on ps2 but like 10 times better lol

shaunn191
shaunn191

what i would like to see is the sims crossed with gta, now that would be sick.

RacingBlood94
RacingBlood94

Does that mean CC and mods would be pretty dam.... impossible? But I don't know crap about Computers-to-PS3... I have it on computer and spent countless hours playing. (: If I had a choice between PS3 and Computers. There's only so many buttons on a PS3 remote. Why am I typing one line at a time anyways??

Castlevania1986
Castlevania1986

Why complain about how long it takes to finish the game? Most games these days are so short, their a waste of $60 so yeah I would love to play a game thats worth the money and last awhile. Last thing I need is another game where I can pop it in, and finish it in over an hour or less.

Torture64
Torture64

finally sims games are coming back to consoles i hate it how they were only avaible on computer devices but now there finally coming back

neomoglin
neomoglin

the movement of the cursor will suck this sounds crap "karma powers" seriously guys the f*** I agree with acer_062

imjussMAD
imjussMAD

Haha acer_062 has the right idea... Got already got it on the PC, and see it more as an alternative to console gaming, like a change of pace really.

acer_062
acer_062

Not for me, It's taken them so long to finally produce a respectible SIMS version for the console that I've kinda moved on now .... then again, if they introduced a few M16's and a rocket launcher then count me in !!!!!

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Really looking forward to it! This time looks like the console version wil be on par with the PC one, unlike The Sims 2 which sucked on console...

positivebalance
positivebalance

waited awhile for this to be finally announced. getting this for sure.

tbailey184
tbailey184

I really liked sims 2 on the pc, but never moved to the third because I find I would rather be in my comfortable console gaming chair. Bringing the two together is great news.

feliscele
feliscele

Never bought a Sims game, but I'm intrigued.

tatu2004
tatu2004

i would love online co-op but i don't think we will see it..

Hemzo
Hemzo

This looks great! Didn't fancy buying Sims 3 on the PC, but now I will for my PS3! :D

Imakuleus
Imakuleus

I've been waiting patiently for this. :) yay!

misterbossman
misterbossman

5 stories on console. my life is now complete.

mattbmb
mattbmb

i use my pc for these types of games, and buy action games for my ps3 i just think it works better that way. these pc games suit a smallish screen but there is nothing better than cranking a action adventure game on the big screen with the ps3

marsh9812
marsh9812

i heard that one of the karma powers is ordering a meteor strike... ON YOUR NEIGHBORS HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!

TRBO_RAD
TRBO_RAD

wish i knew this was coming out....normally i wouldn't get that excited bc the console versions are not as in depth and somewhat lame compared to the pc version..BUT with all the glitches ive encountered with the pc versions i may pick this up and say screw the pc version once and for ALL!! sounds good the karma powers sound like alot of funn

Tygraph
Tygraph

@neil_2468 Then again, that is because previous consoles have been the PS2 and Gamecube.

neil_2468
neil_2468

The console versions have usually been pretty inferior to the PC version though.

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

I'll be very interested how this turns out. I have always enjoyed the PC version but kinda ran out of stuff to do. With this I can at least shoot for Achievements, that is if the controls are pretty good.

deathstream
deathstream

One home at a time? Need at least 2 so you can make Hatfields AND McCoys.

xGlenn11x
xGlenn11x

Definitely picking this up. Love the PC version

joelsito
joelsito

im gonna buy it on ps3 or xbox :D

Duck_Zero
Duck_Zero

I love the games on PC, but have never gotten too much into them. If this turns out to be good, I'll probably buy it!

sub-raid
sub-raid

The karma idea looks interesting :D

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

anyone know if this can be played in co-op locally or online? i really had fun playing the 2nd one on my gamecube with my fam

Commander139
Commander139

This sounds kind of cool :) I have always enjoyed the Sims as a little play around game with my mates :)

mhasouna
mhasouna

it just takes a lot of time to play and in it is endless loop which i dont like. maybe its just my opinion.

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

Sweet, i love the Sims games and lookin forward to playing this on the Xbox 360 without having to spend half a fortune on a PC that can handel it properly.

sniperasap
sniperasap

@unc386 i think the problem is they cant xbox is couple of years behind so the new sims just woulnt work but yer would be good

unc386
unc386

I wish they would just "copy and paste" the PC version onto the consoles instead of giving us a stripped down version. Multiplayer would be cool too. I'd love to pop in at my sister's sim's house and wreak havoc! lol

NoseWeed619
NoseWeed619

I still wouldn't buy this game on the console. It's meant to be a PC game, and it just plays better that way. I mean, it is THE SIMS after all.

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

I'll stick to the sims for pc...waaaayyyy better. All I need now is a decent pc :/

codymcclain13
codymcclain13

i havent played any sims games for the pc,i know they will be better but i dont have the right pc.i have got all of the sims games for consoles and i realy love it i played sims 2 pets for over 2 years ! now that i got a xbox 360 i dont paly it as much but once i get done cursing at mw 2 for being gay i will always go back to sims 2 pets.sims is somthing u can play over and over again and its new every time.i have been dying to play sims 3 but i dont have a good anuff pc.so im going to buy sims 3 for xbox 360 the day its out.

Shrimpen91
Shrimpen91

i want more sims games like busting out and the urbz for the gba/ds. those games were whack and would be more suitable than a pc port

Jammerz14
Jammerz14

sims3 - for consoles! i just summed up this article in 3 words

SunOfAtom
SunOfAtom

I'm looking forward to this. Because I'm a control freak. There, I said it!

uberjannie
uberjannie

@lozvil : The PS3 (and the 360 for that matter) have such puny graphic cards it's not even funny to debate. Sure, they can handle better graphics, but photo-realistic isn't always the way to go. Only 14 year old's are impressed by Modern Warfare 2. I'd rather have graphics like LIMBO, Super Mario Galaxy (1&2) or Trine, anyday.

lozvil
lozvil

@koolman01 I see your point man, I'm not saying that sims should change their graphic design, I'm simply saying that the PS3 has so much power that it could handle better graphics. I'm saying this cos a lot of people are critisizing The Sims 3 on console. I love The Sims 3 and the whole series. I have them all...

koolman01
koolman01

@lozvil the sims has always had those graphics if u were to put the graphics of games like gt it would not feel right its a sim yes but a some what unreal sim and its never had amazing graphics.

ilantis
ilantis

Face it, The sims is a PC game, you may play it on console , but you'll never have the same experience. Besides you don't even need a powerful PC. I had The sims 2 for the Gamecube, it was fun, but on the PC it was way better. The Urbz was crap too