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The Sims 3: It is Actually Still Awesome

Updated on February 13, 2015
One big graphics update.
One big graphics update.

On Oldie, But Goodie

Recently The Sims 4 has been released. While this is a good game, it is nice t remember its predecessor. A life simulation video game released in 2009 by Electronic Arts, The Sims 3 took the best elements of The Sims and The Sims 2, and expanded those elements into new and exciting features. In The Sims 3, as it is today, lets the player do and become things that the previous games either did not include or did not expand upon to their full extent. The characters can get actual jobs and professions that range from industrious to futuristic, good or evil, and ordinary to fabulous. The characters are also able to live in various places in different timelines like a medieval town that allow the raising of dragons, a modern interpretation of Hollywood with career options based on being an entertainer, or far into the future with careers in space travel or robot building. And the characters had the chance to become sub-human. Some identities include becoming a blood-sucking vampire with the ability to turn other characters into vampires, werewolves with the ability to interact with the environment, a fairy with the ability to make plants grow, or a mermaid with the ability to breathe underwater. The Sims 3 was an amazing game with the content that it produced, and while The Sims 4 is better graphically, The Sims 3 has its own sets of features that still make it a pretty awesome game in its own right.

Start your own career on your own terms.
Start your own career on your own terms.
Go to college and get promoted faster.
Go to college and get promoted faster.
Own a resort or become a lifeguard.
Own a resort or become a lifeguard.

Joining the Workforce

While the initial The Sims 3 game offers various interesting careers both part-time and full-time that the player can enjoy, some of the extra content offer even more choices as to how the player would like to pursue a career. Thanks to all the expansion packs for The Sims 3 the player has a choice in what type of career he or she can pursue. One of the major expansion packs, The Sims 3: Ambitions offered the player various professions that required him or her to explore the world they made their characters live in rather than having a set schedule for when they have to go to work. Some of these professions included a private investigator who had to go out into their world and solve mysteries, an inventor who had the ability to build a time machine and potentially acquire outfits and offspring from different time periods, a home decorator who had the opportunity to alter the homes non-playable characters in The Sims 3 had to inhabit, and a ghost hunter whose job was to find and capture ghosts and other apparitions. The Sims 3: Ambitions allowed characters to seek careers in the entertainment industry. After selecting selecting a career as an acrobat, singer, or magician the player gets to go try to earn money and raise his notoriety by earning for tips, getting gigs to perform in different stages, or improving on a certain skill. The Sims 3: Island Paradise does what The Sims 3: Ambitions does and adds a new profession as a Lifeguard, but it also allows for the management opportunity of building and owning a resort. Now players had the opportunity to earn a big steady amount of money while trying to improve on their own careers. Of course if one just wanted to get a normal career without having to work from the bottom The Sims 3: University Life allowed players to try to earn degrees which help players start out in their first job on a higher level and bigger salary, or raise one's social circle and get a job based on whatever clique a player wanted to get at its highest level. Basically The Sims 3had a wide plethora of jobs available and players had full control over how to earn a steady amount of money.

Live and explore the past...
Live and explore the past...
...the present...
...the present...
...or the future
...or the future

There Goes the Neighborhood

When one starts playing The Sims 3 one of the first decisions on makes is where the character will spend most of its digital lifespan. Because of expansion packs and add-on content of extra worlds, players are able to choose from a huge plethora of worlds with which to live and play in. One of these worlds, Dragon Valley, allows the payer to live in a medieval world. However, it is a medieval world that is starting to see the transition towards more modern technology. Also all the modern careers that are included through the initial The Sims 3 game. Some features that are included in Dragon Valley are the opportunity to dress-up one's character into medieval clothing and look like someone from the Dark Ages, interact with elves, and hatch and interact with baby dragons. And there are other worlds players can enjoy. In the expansion pack The Sims 3: Showtime the player is given the opportunity to live in an area that allows the player to pursue a career in show business. Here, the player has the ability to become a magician, an acrobat, or a singer. This expansion pack however introduces new activities like singing karaoke, having the singer created albums, and digitally send a performer into others The Sims 3 games to perform a show. And in one of the last expansion packs The Sims 3: Into the Future the player has the ability to travel to the future. Here the player has the ability to travel between the present timeline and the future timeline freely, manipulate the timeline to change the future into a good future or a bad future, and interact with new items that will help increase your proficiency with futuristic activities. The Sims 3 in the end allowed players to interact with their environment in some imaginative and unique ways.

Become More Than Human

The Sims 3 introduced the ability to turn one's character into something sub-human. In The Sims 3: Supernatural the choice to become a fairy, a witch, a werewolf, and a zombie. In The Sims 3: Late Night the choice to become a a vampire. The Sims 3: Island Paradise introduced the form of a mermaid Most of these forms had stereotypical abilities. Witches could cast spells and ride brooms, fairies could use fairy dust to magically make plants grow and could mentally influence people, zombies ate brains and moved in a shuffle and talked with a moan, vampires make more vampires by biting the neck, werewolves howl at the moon, and mermaids work best underwater. All these form The Sims 3 offered the opportunity the become something more than human with different advantages and disadvantages, but were a lot of fun when the player learns all of their abilities.

Having Fun

The Sims 3 was a very fun game. It allowed players to do things like work in an unorthodox career, live life as a movie monster, and live in the future. The job system was open-minded enough to consider some imaginative methods towards starting a career. The neighborhoods allowed players to feel like the world was an actual community. And the different sub-human groups added new options with how to improve one's lifestyle.


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    • Jake Peralta profile imageAUTHOR

      Jake Michael Peralta 

      4 years ago from Indio, California


    • CourtneyDodge profile image

      Courtney Dodge 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I actually haven't even gotten Sims 4 yet for the pure fact that I'm still satisfied with the Sims 3 and feel there's no need to replace it yet.

      Good hub. :D


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