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A Newbie's Guide to The Sims 3
Are you a Sims Newbie?
Newbies to The Sims 3 (the latest game in the exciting Sims series by EA) might need some help finding their way around the game.
This guide should make your experience easier and more enjoyable, right from the start! Even if you played The Sims 2, you might find The Sims 3 to be a bit intimidating.
In my opinion, it is best to view The Sims 3 as a totally separate game rather than a sequel.
First Things First: The Sims 3 Main Menu
When you first load up The Sims 3, you will see a main menu that looks like the one pictured above (except that the first time you load it, it will be entirely blank).
The Sims 3 doesn't start you out with any "starter neighborhoods." You will need to begin your own game file where your sim will live.
In the picture above (and on your main menu screen) you should be able to see a large + on the right. Click on that to begin.
When you click on the + you will see a drop-down menu in the top right. If you are just beginning to play The Sims 3, you probably only have one option: Sunset Valley. If you have added other neighborhood terrains, however, they will also appear in this drop down.
I have not installed the free Riverview or any player-created neighborhoods, so I'm going to go ahead with Sunset Valley. If you are following this guide as a tutorial, it will help if you do, too.
When you have chosen your town (in this case, Sunset Valley), click on the large check mark button.
The Edit Neighborhood Screen - In The Sims 3, you will only see this screen in the beginning and when you are editing the neighborhood
When you first load into Sunset Valley, you will get a screen that looks just like the image above. To the bottom left are arrows that allow you to rotate the world view, and the in-game menu (...) is at the very bottom left. Next to these you will see that you have three options (which you may not be able to read in the image above).
These options are "Create Sims," "Choose Household" and "Move in Household."
If you choose "Move in Household" a library of sims will appear at the bottom right. You can select any of the sims that come with the game, or, if you have downloaded any sims or saved some of your own, you can use these to add into your neighborhood.
If you elect to "Choose Household" this will allow you to choose among any of the families that are already residing in Sunset Valley. Choose carefully, because story progression is turned on by default, which means that sims in other households will age along with your active household!
For the purposes of this guide, we are going to "Create Sims." Choose that option.
Create a Sim - This is where the magic happens!
When you first enter Create-A-Sim, you will be given a randomly generated Sim to work with. You can either choose to change this sim using various menus (which I will explain in another lens) or you can choose to work with this sim.
The Sim is displayed to the right and the options are displayed to the left. If you are familiar with The Sims 2, you will probably notice very quickly that you have extended options, very different from what you had in the preceding game. You can change the color of the skin (to include blue, green and red), the one of the skin, the body weight and the muscle tone of your sim using the sliders on the menu.
The other options should be familiar to you and will be covered in my Using Create-A-Sim in The Sims 3 lens.
When you are satisfied with your sim, click the large check mark.
For more information on CAS, please visit my Create a Sim lens.
Moving Your Sim into the world - Getting ready to play
I chose Arizona Patterson from my list of sims. He is one of my all-time favorite sims, born into a Sims 3 Legacy that I was playing (but which got corrupted).
At the left, you can now see the image of Arizona. Beneath him you can see the difficulty rating on his household, and the amount of available funds. Arizona is rated at a difficulty of 1 because he is a single sim and the game views that as being easy. Depending on how you play The Sims 3, even a single sim can be difficult (based on cash-on-hand).
Also in this screen shot you will see several small blue circles with either empty squares or empty house shapes. These circles indicate lots or houses into which Arizona can move. In Sunset Valley there are four houses into which Arizona can afford to move, and many empty lots.
I am going to move Arizona into a house instead of an empty lot. If I hover my mouse cursor over any of those little blue circles with the house shapes in them, I can get some information about the house, including the size and the cost, both furnished and unfurnished.
I have chosen "Pre-Fabulous" for Arizona. When I click on its circle, I get some more information about the lot. It has 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom (perfect for a single guy like Arizona!) and a purchase price of Â§10,003 unfurnished or Â§12,675 furnished.
I'm going to purchase the furnished home for Arizona, just to save myself a bit of effort. I can always change the general look of the home once he has moved in.
This leaves Arizona with some cash to start his life in Sunset Valley. If you've followed the steps outlined here, you're also ready to begin playing The Sims 3.
Good luck and happy playing! Let me know how you enjoy the game!
Note: More helpful lenses will be coming soon. Watch out for them!
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If you have questions about the game that you would like answered, please go ahead and ask! I will do my best to answer them for you!
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