The Sims 3 Updated Impressions - Exclusive Details on Editing and Online Tools

We take an up-close look at the editing, online sharing, and social tools in the console version of The Sims 3.

The console version of The Sims 3 will attempt to bring the open-ended gameplay of the original PC game to consoles. And beyond just the unusual premise of controlling little computer people as they live, work, make friends, make potty, and make "woohoo" (the game's euphemism for getting to know someone in the biblical sense), the console version will have extensive tools for editing content and sharing it online with your friends. We took an up-close look at some of these tools and will cover them for you in this report.

From the looks of things, an achievement just got unlocked here. If you know what we're saying. Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. Say no more, say no more. Eh? Ehh?

While the console version of The Sims 3 will come with a lot of the content from the original PC game, it will also be, as EA describes it, "adapted for console players," to be more focused on recorded achievements that can be used to earn Xbox Live achievements and PlayStation Network trophies and can also be uploaded to those newfangled social networking sites, Facebook and Twitter. These achievements can include anything from buying your first car to having your first rated-T-for-Teen romantic encounter, and if you prefer, you can have these achievements broadcast over the Web to your social network of online friends.

The console version of The Sims 3 will have its own versions of The Exchange--the PC game's community site, where players can upload, share, and rate their own custom content. Each console version of the game will have its own separate version of The Exchange, and each console version will be powered entirely by user-generated content created with the console games' editing tools--which include all kinds of furniture, cars, buildings, and even a full lot that contains an actual, fully built and furnished house. The Exchange page will have a running news ticker to follow updates from you and your friends, and you'll have your own page (called, surprisingly enough, "MyPage") where you'll be able to upload your own wicked-awesome leopard-print toilet. All your custom content lives in your game's "My Documents" folder, and you can upload any new stuff you create more or less instantly to the game's server.

You can also sync your profile to Facebook and Twitter to have either or both social media services broadcast updates whenever you make or upload new stuff (the broadcasting defaults to "off" so you don't end up automatically flooding your friends' and followers' pages with a zillion updates with annoying frequency…but who even does that, right?). And naturally, there will be a layer of moderation tools to catch any offensive custom creations, and you can report any and all objectionable content. You can also rate any and all custom content you find and perform searches using filters that will return only the highest-rated stuff, or stuff that was tagged a certain way, or stuff that was created only by your friends, though if you prefer, you can also choose to "follow" talented content creators who aren't actually your friends yet (if you find someone who's really good that you haven't yet met)--similar to a YouTube subscription, this system will automatically update you when SofaKing_Great27's next round of amazing art deco furniture is ready to download.

Finally! With The Sims 3, you can share the glory of your dazzling cow-patterned sports car with all your followers on Twitter.

The Sims 3's editing tools will offer you a surprising amount of flexibility. You can edit more or less any object in the game by manipulating the color scheme on each of its parts using a version of the original PC game's "Pattern Maker" application, which lets you choose different pattern swatches and color layering using a color wheel to adjust your hues just so.

The console version of The Sims 3 will let you create a lot of custom stuff and share it freely with all your friends in-game and outside of the game. The Sims 3 will be released on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 in October.

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kazumashadow
kazumashadow

it´s a nice try but from what i already experienced in the sims on the console, its gonna be a fail

Proorizo
Proorizo

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SavageChicken
SavageChicken

@taintedOne - Are you actually seriously having trouble choosing between Fable 3 and Sims... I am amazed, if you are to get sims get it on PC because it never has and never will properly work on a console. Make sure to buy Fable 3 though, your missing out otherwise.

tainted0ne
tainted0ne

I'm euther getting this or Fable 3, haven't made up my mind yet.

janrabbit
janrabbit

@BlackBaldwin - what was the actual point of your comment... very sad

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I would get this game but I'm not a sims fan soo I'll pass....

ParaBellum71
ParaBellum71

The only reason I'd go for the PC version, is more features. Even though I am not sure of them to begin with. EA is notorious for being a little baby with the console companies, and requiring you to agree to their illegal contracts everytime you login. Feel like agreeing to let EA down the servers at any moment, because it is no longer profitable? EA will make you agree to that. Not only is that illegal due to copyright laws and future generations needing to see past inventions, but it is un-ethical.

ParaBellum71
ParaBellum71

@Barighm I understand wqhere you are coming from. I've played Second Life and Sims, and even if you are referencing a literal second life.... It's still a fun game. Before I go on its not anything like second life, that "game" is full of crazies, and secondly this one is actually fun. You basicly create a family, build a house, and guide/watch them through life. It seems pretty lame but it is fun as hell. Glad my cousin introduced me to Sims 1 or I would probably feel the same as you.

Barighm
Barighm

Never jumped on the whole Sims bandwagon, playing what is basically a second life doesn't sit well with me, but this seems like a good chance to see what all the fuss is about.

muzza93
muzza93

Can anyone tell me if this has direct control or point and click and if it has splitscreen. Basically, is it like Sims 2 for ps2 but better graphics & customising?

Polarfrog
Polarfrog

im interested and a little excited about this new online thing. It will be cool to see what everyone makes

zay251
zay251

Im defintely getting this game, I got it when they first came out with it for playstation 2 !!

crashhat69
crashhat69

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crashhat69
crashhat69

this customization and sharing thing sounds awesome just another reason for me to buy this game lol cant wait till october

Tygraph
Tygraph

@Lisandro_v22 I usually never trust a review here with some exceptions. I would always trust a G4 review though. There is a gift in being brutally honest. I usually just review gameplay videos or beta user responses. Reviews are handy for those who don't know what they are getting but I just use them to spark interest first.

ShootumUP26
ShootumUP26

FANTASTIC! I can not wait for this game any longer :D

Glic2K
Glic2K

I'm sure this will be a decent game...although you won't be able to customize more than one lot...and it won't have the great new features from World Adventures, Ambitions or Late Night...and you won't be able to make your own worlds...or edit the town...and you'll have to play it without a mouse...and... actually, why even bother?

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I don't know about this game on a console but that's just me, I did not like the other ones that were on the original XBOX or PS2 it just did not feel right and it turn me off on the hole series, but the series is still great on the pc though.

lsv4541
lsv4541

It's kind of disappointing that the console versions will be so drastically changed.

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

@Tygraph: I don't think you'll have a problem for speaking your mind about reviews. I trust ratings to some degree while taking into consideration that anything below 6 is rarely used. But GS reviews are only descriptions of the game with a plot summary, there is a big difference between a review and a description. If you want to find a real review you have to go to the user's section.

lozvil
lozvil

@JoeDivision51 LOL... I know man... Kevin VanOrd is my most trusted reviewer... so far...

lozvil
lozvil

@faisal7ar123 60 bucks...

lozvil
lozvil

@Tygraph I agree with you at that point man... but when I say GameSpot, I usually refer to Kevin VanOrd, Shaun, Justin... not Tom McShea... LOL... :)

lozvil
lozvil

@Dawnfury87 Oh, and Freedom Unite only got 6.5? OMG, it deserved at least 8... !!!

lozvil
lozvil

@Dawnfury87 OMG, you're right man, I forgot how low they gave Monster Hunter game series... I love that game... Tri should have gotten at least 8.5 not 8... :(

Tygraph
Tygraph

@ lozvil I know if a GS advisor sees this he won't like it but I think their reviews are horrible. Not only do they not give titles that deserve the extra .5 more credit due to "technical hickups" that appear in EVERY game, they claim things that heavily disturbe the game to be a reason to buy it. An example to the latter is Halo: Reach where they claim armor abilities brings new life to the game but they don't explain how they are horribly unbalanced and conflict with everything Halo used to play like. And that is only a minor example.

LordDmek
LordDmek

I can't wait for Sims 3 to console :) :) but i only have one question. can You play this with your mouse and Keyboard??

Sky_Stifler
Sky_Stifler

consoles suck, EA and its Sims suck too

Jae69G
Jae69G

Definitely a download for me!!

clr84651
clr84651

My wife will be getting it day 1.

Lyness_21
Lyness_21

Sounds interesting, but the Sims actually reaches a point..where u know exactly what will happen next, in other words no fun :(. Maybe, they should focus on The Sims 4 and include multyplayer that would be EPIC, but thats just my own take on this :)

Dawnfury87
Dawnfury87

@lozvil Yeah GS's ratings are usually accurate. except maybe for the monster hunter franchise.

JoeDivision51
JoeDivision51

lozvil I know mate tough month ! youre right i always wait GM reviews too before buying ! learn that with terminator salvation ...

faisal7ar123
faisal7ar123

i can't wait for it i will buy it last games was so awesome and this will be better

lozvil
lozvil

@JoeDivision51 I agree with you man, October 2010 is a tough month for me as well, there's a lot of awesome titles being released... I'm even thinking of selling my 360 or PS3... :( LOL :)

lozvil
lozvil

I already have this on my PC... but I'm going to wait GameSpot's review on this before buying... I always, I mean always trust GS's reviews... I learned my lesson many times already by not listening or waiting on GS's reviews you know...

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

Well, I hope this will be Move compatible for the PS3, cause I rather the feeling of having mouse-like control rather than the walking characters around with your analog stick. Or even allow connected mouses to use as control at least. Too bad for me my laptop is 4 yrs old and sucks too much to handle the PC version.

JoeDivision51
JoeDivision51

sweet been waiting long time for this on 360 but wth ?? october too ? all those kick arse games on october bloody hell im gonna have to sell me dog or something ...

NathanWootton
NathanWootton

LOL at the pic comment "From the looks of things, an achievement just got unlocked here. If you know what we're saying. Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. Say no more, say no more. Eh? Ehh?"

Gotteencs
Gotteencs

Wow....Sims 3 on xbox 360....this is new.I can't wait to play this game!!!

Tidus-X
Tidus-X

i totally agre with (Aderdunn_3) so many great titles so little money , Wow that's the best quote i ever heared.