better than sims 2
There are also some options to on/off aging, keep the story progression / not and the lifespan(short,normal,long).
And you will find some new feature in sims 3 like lifetime happiness that can increase when you're doing what your sims wants and have a green mood. The needs is less because EA has deleted the needs of comfort and environment so you can focus on your sim skills or relationship.
Most important thing , there is no more zodiac here , change by traits like Kleptomania(you do know it right?) , Couch Potato(very lazy bum), Ambitious, Lucky, and a lot more.
And for the transportation you can buy your own bike or car (but after you get your license).
This game has a town with plenty of facilitation but still not enough because we can see inside of theater or athletic building. Nice game it really is worth the wait