The Sims 3 (console video game)
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|The Sims 3|
The Sims 3 box art
|Developer(s)||The Sims Studio
Edge of Reality
|Release date(s)||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS
|Genre(s)||Life simulation, Social simulation|
Multiplayer (Wii version only)
|Distribution||DVD, Blu-ray, Wii Optical Disc, Nintendo Game Card|
The Sims 3 (The Sims 3D on Nintendo 3DS) is a spin-off of The Sims 3 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS consoles. It was released on October 26, 2010 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo DS and for the Wii platform on November 15, 2010.
The game has a co-op buddy mode or take on up to three friends in the Life Moments Game on the Wii, upload and download content on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, including furnishings, houses, and player creations or experience a full life simulation on a handheld with Nintendo DS. Reviews for the game have been mixed.
- Challenges are completed to unlock additional items, new buildings, and landmarks.
- Sims can age and die, but life cycles can be disabled optionally as well. 
- Sims can interact with child Sims around the neighborhood, or have children of their own.
- Same-sex romance and marriage are possible in the console versions. Same-sex couples can also adopt children.
- Connect through Xbox Live and PSN to share your creations and download content from other players around the world.
- Unlike the PC version of the game, the console versions of The Sims 3 have loading times when moving from one area to another, and when accessing build / buy modes.
- House building is enabled.
Nintendo DS differences
- The NDS version allows players to "sculpt" Sims using the stylus.
- Same-sex romances were disabled, possibly due to fear of the game receiving a Teen rating from the ESRB.
The Sims 3 has been met with mostly positive reviews. It currently holds an average score of 77 and 76 out of 100 on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions respectively on Metacritic. Game Informer gave the 360 and PS3 versions a 9/10, gushing over the new Karma system and The Exchange. GameSpot gave the game a 7/10, noting that "the game lacks fluidity, but is fun in its own right." In a positive review, IGN praised the game for its controls on consoles, but said they were disappointed by the fact that only one town features in the game and by some performance issues, including the fact that the game will not save once a certain week has been reached.
EA released a Title Update for the Xbox 360 and PS3 on May 17th 2011 to fix an issue that caused the game to freeze when trying to save.
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