The Sims is one of the most widely known PC games around to date. Their first game, which had 7 expansion packs alone, allowed you to live your dream life like no other. But they didn’t stop there; they greatly improved on The Sims and created The Sims 2, giving you a more versatile Sims life with eight expansion packs and nine stuff packs. Finally, after its initial release on PC and Mac, we’re able to enjoy The Sims 3 on next-gen consoles.
I have to admit, when I found out The Sims 3 was going to come out on the 360,I was skeptical. I was expecting a lot of mini games that would just ruin the overall experience they have created with their previous PC versions. The second I put the disc into my Xbox 360, I found out I was wrong. Electronic Arts (EA) did a great job of bringing The Sims experience to the console world. The camera took a bit of getting used to, but after a while, it was no problem and I was able to enjoy the game. The feeling and rush of getting caught up in spending so much time on your Sims trying to create that perfect family is very much still there. After completing task and gaining money, you worry about the house you’ll start in. Pro-tip, I made a big mistake with the house and tried to make it look perfect from the very beginning and spent all the money they give you for first starting out. I learned my lesson when my Sims had to get sleep for work but could only afford one bed, and mind you they hated sleeping in the same bed. So the start was very rough. But, these errors, along with challenges and tasks, are what make The Sims interesting and fun to play.
The most hyped up and newest feature in the console edition of The Sims 3 are the “Karma Powers”. Personally, I tend to stay away from these powers simply for the fact that if used too much or sometimes even once to help your Sim, sooner or later when you least expect it, bad karma will catch up with you and even everything out once again. Don’t get me wrong, you will run into one of those nights where your Sims schedule is all messed up and can’t get enough sleep before work, it’ll be an ample time to use those Karma powers, which is exactly what I did. But then, next night there was an earthquake that broke all my sinks, toilets, showers, and bathtubs… Damn Karma!
Let me stop there though. I can’t tell you everything in the game. Though I’ve let you know the goods of The Sims 3, there are a couple downsides to playing on the consoles. First, there are no mods you can download such as the ones you could use on the PC versions. In my opinion though, it honestly didn’t affect me and my game play. There’s already so much to do within the game to keep you interested and playing. Hopefully in the near future though, we will see expansion packs for it in the form of DLC. Also, there is no Xbox Live features. It would have been an even greater experience if they allowed you to connect with your friends on Xbox live and visit their homes, but in the end I do see how it would change the entire game dynamics.
Overall Judgment: 4/5
Sims 3 (XBOX 360) Review