The Sims 3 Hands-On

We take advantage of the newly added karma powers in The Sims 3 for consoles.

The Sims have made it to consoles before but not without reducing features that just wouldn't fit and sacrificing some of what makes the PC version so special. With the success of The Sims 3, it's not surprising that the Sims Studio is bringing the game over to next-generation consoles so that a wider audience can experience the joy of starting a sim family from scratch. We had an opportunity to see The Sims 3 for the Xbox 360 at the EA studio showcase in Redwood Shores, but this time, we played the PlayStation 3 version to get an idea of how the controls would feel. It's definitely not going to be as easy or as intuitive as a mouse, but everything of importance is mapped to one of the many buttons on a controller. So as long as you have those down, it should be relatively painless to navigate.

Karma powers at work.

We didn't have a lot of time to spend with the game, but we did get to create a brand new sim to see how the editor transferred over. Like the PC version, we were able to pick a sim from various age groups, so we decided to go with a toddler and mess around with some onesies and face paint. Every detail can be tweaked, from eyebrows to beanie patterns, and everything you make, including houses, other sims, and patterns can be saved and uploaded to MyStudio. MyStudio is accessible via the main menu and lets you share what you've created with the community.

We were told that all the PC features have been moved to the console, with the exception of the ability to be able to customize everything you come across in a neighborhood, and there are loading times when you move from one location to another. Because we couldn't start the game with a toddler without a parent, we picked a random sim and jumped right into the game. As soon as you're placed in a home, you're given a seven-step tutorial that teaches you the basic controls. The L stick controls a green beam of light that acts as your cursor where you can highlight your sim and other objects of interest. The X button brings up all the options available for the highlighted item, and you can always reset your camera to your active sim with L3 or use R3 to center on your cursor. When you're in a building with a second floor, the L2 button lets you see what's happening upstairs. At first, it does feel a bit unwieldy when you're so used to pointing and clicking, but everything of importance is easily accessible. The R2 button will display a message log if you need to refer back to something the game is trying to tell you, and the square button gives you all the details you want to know about your sim.

To jump from one location to the next or access the newly added features, the select button will bring up a menu of things to do. Karma powers and the challenge system have been placed here, where you can build up karma points to use special powers on yourself or on other sims. The challenge and reward system is similar to achievements, where you'll have a list of 300 things you can complete throughout the game to earn points, which can then be used for shopping.

Build your own luxurious beach house and throw a party!

As we mentioned in our earlier preview, karma powers provide a way for you to change the story instantly. There are eight good powers and five mischievous ones. They include things like being able to raise a dead family member, causing an earthquake, and cursing a sim for a limited time. These powers do take points, so you can't continue using the power to magically clean everything, but when you do have the points to spend, they will yield amusing results. For example, we caused a minor earthquake while we were at the beach--just to see the reaction of the neighboring sims. To further torture them a little, we used the karma power epic fail on a young boy and watched how things panned out. When a sim is cursed with epic fail, everything he or she does will come with negative results. It didn't matter whom he talked to, but those negative relationship points just kept dropping with whomever he interacted. There are other devious ways to mess with your neighborhood sims, but we eventually ran out of time.

If for whatever reason you couldn't play The Sims 3 on the PC, you will find that there is much to do in The Sims 3 for consoles. The controls do take some getting used to, which is the downside to having two analog sticks, but the features have been carried over and some new additions have been made, making it worth a look if you've been itching to check out the game. The Sims 3 will be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and DS on October 26.

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riku222
riku222

Hey!! That rhymed, omfg haha XD

riku222
riku222

This is the only "girly" game i religiously play and love.(Guy sims players, don't hate) but I can't wait!!!!!! XD

Proorizo
Proorizo

Super excited! Cant wait to play online with my girlfriend ; )

Qv9
Qv9

i wonder if sims 3 could be played using the move

crashhat69
crashhat69

ive never played a sims game on a pc ive allways got em on my ps2 and they were great games you could say ima console sims game fan lol.this game sounds amazing karma powers sounds sweet ima buy this game for sure..i hope you can have a pet in this one and the direct controle option like the ps2 version of sims 2 that would be awesome. i would also like to see a gameplay video to see what it looks like when you play it

envomtonix
envomtonix

Whew, I was afraid they might've taken out the designer tool. As long I can play sims3 on my console rather than my pc, I'm happy I have an alternative.

Afu786
Afu786

I hope they make someting like this for psp!

Bimmerboy1987
Bimmerboy1987

hmm Im not sure how I feel about this. I'll probably get it then trade back in a month later

KamikazeCanuck
KamikazeCanuck

@01-cannon-mpc They didn't mention anything about Sims actually learning. So maybe punishment will make you feel better but it seems kinda pointless to me.

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

Well sins i dont have a badass computer i will get this for X360. And i do enjoy the sims games. And it will also be cheeper playing sims 3 on consol as well. =P And i usely end up with some a-hole neighbor sim that come in eventualy just to slap my sims silly. Latly i have just paused the came, deleted he "get slapped" and selected that electrick hand shake thingy lol. It fun to watch. Now if eny neighbor sim try to slap my sim i will curse his virtual butt right in to last week. And as a final note im lookin forward to this game and think its goin to be a fresh change to the games i curently play on my X360.

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

@KamikazeCanuck Well let me put it this way...Ever goten angry at your sims because thay just ignore you when you tell them to do something just to spite you? Well carma powers can be used to punish your sim when he/she is being to anoying lol.

345tom
345tom

WHY is there still fan boys...~.~

green_dominator
green_dominator

I like the Epic Fail ability. There has been characters in previous Sims titles that I wish I had that ability then lol Dudley deserved it the most......

Gam3freaK13
Gam3freaK13

i cant wait! its going to be amazing!

Amauris96
Amauris96

haha, this is gonna be AWESOME! I can't wait! Hopefully they make it like Sims 2 where you were able to walk around by pushing the left stick, cause I don't really like clicking on things like the PC version. They should let you pick to click things but then you can be able to just walk with the left stick also. WOOO!! [:

QtrArt
QtrArt

wowowowowowowow can't wait

slycooper21
slycooper21

I hope you have the choice of using the green beam thing to point and click, or just directly controlling your Sims like in the PS2/Xbox version of Sims 2.

reeree746
reeree746

I really don't care about no direct controls anymore...now I'm just bummed that they had to put in loading screens.

MationMac
MationMac

I hope there is splitscreen, and the availability for direct control, like in Sims 2 console.

mschaef79
mschaef79

I think it would be pretty cool if the multiplayer consisted of players being in the same neighborhoods in seperate households with the option to interact with one another as a player would interact with a NPC as they do now. I guess it essentially would be a MMO for Sims, which I think would be pretty awesome.

eternal_blade3
eternal_blade3

Multiplayer wouldn't work in The Sims at all, because there are so many things to edit, etc... Not to mention all the massive lag that would arise, and mods glitching... there's a whole list of stuff.

xzample77
xzample77

Is there a demo out for this game yet?

reeree746
reeree746

I hate multiplayers. I just like games I can play by myself.

Fusco1980
Fusco1980

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MKID232
MKID232

@Fusco1980 Yes, every game in the world needs a GOOD multiplayer component. Why? Because it's an OPTIONAL feature that a lot of people want to use. Sure some games don't work in multiplayer at all, but that doesn't mean no one in the world would play it. And the Sims 3 is one of those games where multiplayer works.

andalore
andalore

I'll try the demo first before I buy.

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

The Sims needs a huge revamp to appeal to the more hardcore gamers. It's pretty dull and repetitive now. But then, it makes loads of money the way it is so why should they change it! :D

reeree746
reeree746

Now that they added loading screens ALL over again I might not get it. It'll feel JUST like Bustin' out, and you're right there needs to be a demo or something...or they and just show us some gameplay already.

foxinator59101
foxinator59101

I might get this, its worth a try hopefully there will be a demo of some sort

TheJamin
TheJamin

@bodylotion the majority do indeed. but alot of games, such as the sims or dragon age origins don't really translate too well. But yus, i suppose you're right. it would just be a way of avoiding the steep 500 quid graphics card upgrades for a couple of months inbetween lol.

bodylotion
bodylotion

@TheJamin : The point of a console is just kicking back on a couch playing some games with your friends, console gamers don't want a keyboard and a mouse.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

well alright finally and will they ever make railroad tycoon for consoles or sim city

TheJamin
TheJamin

im with gelugon_baat but going a step further, if they brought mouse and keyboard controls to all the console games you'd see a vast amount of pc gamers crossing over. granted you dont get the visual fidelity, but console gaming with a keyboard and mouse could be a solution when your gaming rig needs an upgrade that you cannot currently afford.

stakex007
stakex007

I have no problem with games going cross platform... but there are some games that are more suited to certain platforms, and The Sims is one of them. Its like most strategry games, you CAN do it on the console, but its just not going to feel quite right when you play it. Either way, I won't be playing it on the console so if others do enjoy it, good for them because it is in fact a good game.

gohoanq
gohoanq

I've wanted Sims 3 since it was released x.x I hate that my stupid computer can't handle it lol no way in hell am I upgrading either... so I CAN'T WAIT TO GET IT FOR PS3 x.x

breadisgood
breadisgood

@Fusco1980 The Sims Busting Out had split-screen multiplayer, and while I admit it wasn't a great game, and was quite dumbed down compared to the PC Sims games, it was still great fun to play with a friend.

oKiRe
oKiRe

2 players? if not don't want it.

nelson415
nelson415

I've been waiting for this game to come out on consoles for years

zinc123
zinc123

wow i always wanted to play sims but i was to lazy to get for my comp this solves everything

TheLastCamba
TheLastCamba

I bought a Sims game for GameCube back in the day. The Sims is meant to be played on a PC, even though I'm a PS3 fanboy.

Wam11
Wam11

i have this on PC good game.. but hopefully on the console version i can play on the full graphics version with all the pc-add-ons. a rather new experience for me in the future it seems.

BrownBear09
BrownBear09

can wait for this to come out... should have got it for my laptop but would be a waste of money if it didnt run properly!

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@Fusco1980 I totally agree. Nowadays developers are forcing SP games to become multiplayer. Bioshock 2 for example, its MP didn't suck but it just isn't meant to be a MP game. The same goes for Red Dead Redemption (release some SP DLC Rockstar!!!)

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

@Fusco1980 Yes i am serious. and don't be so critical of others opinion

JohnF111
JohnF111

Hmmm i bet the Xbox is to blame for the removed features... Nice going DVD9...

jazzfan4
jazzfan4

@Fusco1980 I'm not saying that split screen is a good idea for the sims, but some people may want that, and thats fine by me.