The Sims 3 to Hit the Consoles!

EXCELLENT NEWS for Sims fans whose computers might not be up to par when it comes to running the massive game! Here’s the story from PC World:

Surprise, The Sims 3 will soon shed its PC exclusivity by gracing not one, not two, but all three of the major consoles and a handheld to boot. Publisher Electronic Arts just revealed that The Sims 3 (PCW Score: 4.5 out of 5) is in the mixer for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo DS. It’s been secretly churning for some time too, apparently, since EA says it’ll be available for those four already this fall.

Worried it won’t transition comfortably from keyboard-mouse to couch-and-gamepad? Stay skeptical, but EA claims it “tailored each platform [version] of The Sims 3 with exclusive features to allow for even more control, creativity, and connectivity.” (I know, a little silly with the alliterative sunshine…and we’re not even to the part where they trot out shelf-syntax like “rich,” “immersive,” and “seamlessly integrated.”)

New to the console versions, “Karma Powers” let you fiddle more directly with your Sims’ well-being, and EA says you can employ them to help your Sim “get lucky,” offer them an “instant beauty” makeover, or slap them down with an “epic fail.” It sounds like the powers have flip-sides, too, and EA says using them “may have unexpected results and karma may come back to bite.”

Of the lot, it looks like the Wii and DS versions are the ones to beat. The PS3 and Xbox 360 ports will share the PC version’s option to share custom content with others. They’ll also include an option to automatically annoy–I mean “notify” Facebook friends of your in-game achievements.

But it’s the Wii and DS that have with the coolest-sounding new content.

For instance, the Wii gets a brand new beach town, with “unique residents, traits, careers and lifetime wishes.” You’ll be able to square off with friends in a new “Life Moments” mode (no explanation how it works) to earn rewards. And it sounds like EA’s added exclusive “adventure quests” designed to flesh out each area and break up stretches of needs-juggling monotony.

The DS version, by comparison, gets a “never before seen” feature where players can use the device’s stylus to “build their Sims’ homes with tools, draw walls and floors, and customize virtually everything from d├ęcor objects, textures, and more.” The Create-a-Sim aspect’s also reportedly been finessed to play to the DS’s strengths, allowing you to literally sculpt your Sims’ attributes and wardrobe. And while I’m not sure what this next bit means exactly, you can “for the first time ever on the Nintendo DS…enjoy a complete life simulation.” I’ll just read that as “notably less emasculated” overall gameplay than previous handheld ports.

Conspicuously absent from the lineup of supported devices? Sony’s PlayStation Portable, whose monthly unit sales are in the toilet. That’s a shame, considering how well the PSP version of The Sims 2 sold (tepid critical reaction notwithstanding) when it shipped back in December 2005.

If you haven’t gotten your hands on the Sims 3 for PC and are still looking for it, or if you want to be kept up-to-date on the impending release of the console ports, be sure to take a look over at EA Games’ Official Site.

Best of all, they’re having a “graduation sale” for the month of May so you can save 10-30% on all your digital game purchases!

EA Games: Graduation Sale means 30% Off Games!

Listen up! The folks at EA Games (“Challenge Everything”) are having a “graduation sale” over in their online store! If you’re a PC Gamer, you can now save on games like The Sims 3, Mass Effect and Command and Conquer. It goes like this throughout the month of May:

Buy One (1) Game, get 10% Off!
Buy Two (2) Games, get 20% Off!
or
Buy Three (3) Games, get 30% Off!

A lot of their PC Games are also available as direct downloads, meaning that if you buy them now, you’ll be up and ready to play in a matter of minutes–and nothing beats that kind of instant gratification.

Personally, I would recommend checking out The Sims 3, The Saboteur and anything from The Lord of the Rings, but in the words of LeVar Burton, you don’t have to take my word for it! Check it out yourself!

The Sims 3: Shang Simla Revealed!

We’ve already talked about the upcoming Sims 3 Expansion pack, World Adventures, but now the folks at EA Games have revealed one of the locations your Sims will find in the new open-concept world: Shang Simla! Click here to watch the trailer!

The Sims 3’s first major add-on, it will mark the first time that Sims can venture out to other countries and explore a world beyond their small towns or even the big cities. When first announced, it seemed likely to become a massive success, but as EA reveals more and more details, that’s even more of a sure thing.

This is just another awesome update for fans of the Sims 3, whose numbers continue to rise.

World Adventures is sure to be a big hit among players and if you’re looking to snag it, we’ve got the links you’ll need to grab it on Amazon.com.

The Sims 3
The Sims 3: World Adventures Expansion Pack

10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Sims 3!

Over at About.com‘s Computer Sim section, Courtney Marchelletta has sorted out 10 fun facts about the EA Games’ hit and shares them with Sims 3 fans worldwide! Have a read: you might learn something!


I admit. I am a geek. I love it when I’m playing “The Sims” and something out of the blue happens. Like the time Aunt Matilda showed up at a wedding in a bathing suit. Gotta love those inappropriate Sims.

Below are a few tidbits you may not have discovered. It’s incredible the details the developers think of adding.

1. Teddy bears can be put into cribs in buy mode.

2. Pregnant sims who eat apples or foods made with apples tend to have boys. Same goes for watermelons and girl babies.

3. A baby’s sex can be determined before birth by a Sim in the medical career in at least the fifth level. This is found under the friendly interactions menu.

4. Click on your lights to change the color of lights and their intensity.

5. Sims can age anytime not just at the end of the age stage. Buy a birthday cake and pick the Sim you want to age to blow out the candles.

6. Childish sims can fish in pools.

7. Good sims can donate to charity. Click on a mailbox with a good Sim selected.

8. Rock stars will be cheered or booed when seen in public.

9. Handy sims can wire speakers so the whole house hears music when radio is on.

10. Sims in the Criminal career cannot be robbed.


Fans can grab The Sims 3 or its new expansion at Amazon.com!
The Sims 3 for the PC
The Sims 3: World Adventures Expansion Pack
The Sims 3: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides)