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The Sims 3 (Electronic Arts)
Electronic Arts modifies its popular PC game series “The Sims 3” for console and the Nintendo DS. This immense simulation experience allows wide exploration among a complete community. The visuals, music, sound effects and famous nonsense Sim character dialogue (aka “Simlish”) enhance the experience while keeping the mood light and restful. The console-exclusive karma powers shape goals and action scenarios. These powers give a quick boost or reduce progress. This unpredictability adds even more dynamic gameplay, which also includes character wishes and challenges. As always, players can explore the neighborhood as they develop traits including mental, physical and social as well as skills including athletics, charisma, logic, handiness and painting.
The Nintendo DS version is set in Beacon Bay and is adapted for right and left handed players. The stylus works much better than the control pad for camera navigation. Players can begin with a tutorial, create-a-Sim mode, or start in a pre-made household situation. The menus can be hard to navigate and home improvement changes could have been easier, but this handheld version packs enough gameplay and fun scenarios to negate most vices. The karma powers add clues and puzzle elements that players can explore and discover as their character and gain special advantages that save time. Players can eventually earn a reward of lifetime happiness and enjoy the best advantage in this version — not dying. Characters go to the hospital and players funds are reduced a bit when basic needs are not met (***, rated E for comic mischief and mild suggestive themes).
The PlayStation 3 version offers enhanced gameplay with online options and great graphics. Set in Moonlight Bay, players can begin by creating a Sim, choosing household or moving into an existing household. Players can find more skills than the Nintendo DS version, plus players can make customized items in My Studio and download other players’ creations in The Exchange, which saves setup time. Players can also buy items in The Store (***1/2 rated T for crude humor, sexual themes and violence).
A Nintendo 3DS version is coming March 27. The Sims 3 is also available on the Mac, Nintendo Wii, PC, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone.