The Sims 3 Review (PS3)

Like many, I fell in love with The Sims when it was first released on the PC all the way back in the year 2000. Fifteen years ago I started playing this game along with all of the expansions and I can’t tell you how many total overall hours I have poured into this game. With the PS3 release of The Sims 3, I was totally excited about playing this game on my PS3 and even though it took me almost two years to get the platinum for this game, here’s what I thought about it.

Because this is The Sims, the story you create for each and every one of your Sims is your own. This game has an endless possibility of stories that you can tell through each and every one of your Sims and it really just requires you to be super creative. You control each and every one of the Sims living in your household and you can basically do with them whatever you want. You create the story and watch it play out.

Even when I was grinding out wishes for my Sims, I never got bored playing this game. Hour after hour passed by while I was playing and when I needed to stop, I was actually annoyed because I could have played even longer. During my playtime I created five different families that were completely different from each other. They had different goals, they had different styles, and they had different traits. One thing that I really liked about this game was that you could map out your Sims personality traits. Want to make an evil Sim and a good Sim and watch them clash? Go ahead. Want to create a Sim who is hopelessly romantic and family orientated? Go ahead. There are so many possibilities that I could have seen myself creating another five families if I had the time. There are so many things to do, so many goals to accomplish, and so many wishes to grant for your Sims that it’s hard to turn on this game and find nothing to do.

I was a little weary on the playability for The Sims 3 on the PS3 because I was used to the point and click actions on PC. The PC controls were comfortable to me, but I found that after some practice that the PS3 controls became just as easy to use. While the PC controls will always be easier and more convenient, the PS3 controls functioned like they should and got the job done. The only problem I had with this game was the insane amount of time everything took to load. Want to start the game? It’s loading. Want to access your family from the last save? It’s loading. Want to go to a different part of town? You guessed it, loading. If you aren’t staying in your Sim’s household or close neighborhood, the game is constantly loading. Once you get past the loading, the game functions great. During my playthroughs I didn’t experience any bugs or glitches which is always a good thing.

Now onto the graphics. This game came out in 2010 and for a Sims game, the graphics still hold up today. Each Sims was detailed as well as the houses that they lived in and the objects around the house. Were these graphics the best graphics I’ve ever seen, no, but you have to remember that this is a Sims game so I would say that from the original on the PC to now, the graphics are evolving nicely.

One of the benefits of playing this game on the PS3 are the trophies! Complete this game fully and you’ll get 51 trophies to add to your list, not to mention that the platinum is cited as Ultra Rare. What’s better than that? I mean it’s The Sims with trophies. Trophies that you’ll get most of the time for doing things you would have done anyway in your playthrough. While there are some trophies that require a grind, they aren’t impossible to get but do require a lot of work and time to go into them. If you’re going for the platinum be ready to go in for the long haul.

While there is no multiplayer for this game, there is a Sims Exchange in which you can download and upload anything from families all the way to styles. I didn’t try out this aspect of the game since I really had no interest in it so I couldn’t tell you it if was working properly or not. Also, it’s not an important part of the game and you don’t even have to use it. I will say that if you pick this game up used and want to use the Exchange you’ll need an unused access code or you’ll have to pay for one.

Overall I give this game a 4 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ It’s The Sims that you know and love on the PS3
+ Challenges and Wishes bring new objectives into the game making you always have something to do.
+ Graphics that have evolved nicely from previous Sim games.

What’s Not So Great:
LOADING. This game is always loading and you will spend way too much time loading.

I thoroughly enjoyed this game and would recommend it to any Sims fan out there. I will warn you though that the game does load a lot. Believe me, you will spend anywhere from 10 + minutes loading each time you play. I will also say that if you’re in this for a quick and easy platinum it’s not going to happen. In order to get this platinum you do have to spend a lot of time playing, but if you’re enjoying it then it shouldn’t matter. If you don’t mind not being able to use The Sims Exchange, then I would say pick up this game used because you can find it for a pretty decent price.

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This Week in Trophies 08-23-2015 – 08-29-2015

As I said last week, I had to be an adult this week so I wasn’t really expecting all that much trophy wise. I was pleasantly surprised especially since I was able to get a platinum trophy this week as well as advance in Fallout 3 and start a new game. Sometimes being an adult isn’t all that bad. This is how my week went.

Fallout 3 – 10%

This was probably the biggest jump I had in Fallout 3’s percent in a long time. I got to this point where after I finished one side quest I went onto a main quest and they just chained together. I’m still at a point where the main quests are chaining together like that, but I think that after a few more I can go back to some side quests which probably means the trophy’s will slow down, but at this point I’m all about worrying about the trophies for this game later.

The Sims 3 – 100%

I did it! This week I did it! This platinum trophy was extremely hard earned since the last few trophies took a hell of a lot of grinding, but at least I can say that it’s done and I have an extra platinum to add to my list. The fact that the platinum is also ultra rare doesn’t hurt all that much either. I’ll be writing my full review of the game soon and should have it up within the next couple of weeks.

I Am Bread – 16%

I was so excited when this was announced for the PS4 especially since I was a huge fan of Surgeon Simulator. Although frustrating at times, I’m having a fun time playing even if it’s one of those games that you really can’t play all that long. It’s nice to take a break from things and play a few levels before going back to doing something else.

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That was it for this week. It wasn’t great, but at least it was something. This week being an adult comes first again so I’m going to try and find as much time to game as possible while still getting some sleep here and there. My plan for this week is to continue with Fallout 3 and I Am Bread. I was going to start a new PS4 game but I think I’ll hold off now since the newest and maybe last (I’m not sure if it’s been confirmed that it’s the last DLC) Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has been announced. I know I didn’t really care for the last one, but I’m super pumped about this one. When it comes out I want to be able to devote all my time to it without a new game hanging over my head. I will most likely start a new PS3 game though since I’ve been wanting to play Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune again, and hopefully I can get some PS Vita time in as well.

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Weekly Trophy Tip – The Sims 3 – The Reviler

This is another one of those trophies from The Sims 3 that you might need in order to get your platinum. While most of the other trophies just come naturally from playing the game, this is one of those where you have to do specific things in order to get the trophy. While it isn’t difficult, it is time consuming so let’s get you this trophy.

The Sims 3 – The Reviler
Become a public menace – Silver
TIP: In order to get this trophy you have to complete 5 evil challenges. The bonus part is that at least these 5 challenges will get you one step closer to completing the 150 challenges you need in order to get another trophy. Win-win. Anyway, you want to start off by creating a new Sim. Make sure this new Sim has the Evil and Kleptomaniac traits. The other traits really don’t matter, but it is essential that your Sim has these two. Once you move into your new house you can start on these challenges:

Be Mean 10 Times
When chatting with other Sims, click on the mean dialog options and do that 10 times. It could be to the same Sim or different Sims, the choice is yours.

Become Enemies with 15 Sims
When you’re mean to other Sims, a new dialog option called “Fight” will eventually pop up. When it does choose this option and then choose the option Declare this Sim as an Enemy. Make sure you do this to 15 different Sims.

Steal 20 Items
This is where the Sim with the Kleptomaniac trait comes in. While you’re Sim will randomly steal things while out or while at work, you can speed up the process. If you move into a house that is close to a local park or fishing area, you can go there after midnight and choose the option Swipe Something. You can also choose to go somewhere on the map, just make sure that no one is watching you. Also, if you live next to neighbors you can swipe things from the outside of their house as well. You’re only allowed to do this 3 times a night.

Return a Stolen Object
Once you steal something go back to your house and click on the mailbox. Here you’ll have the option to return your stolen object. Return one of your stolen objects to complete this challenge.

Steal Candy from A Baby 5 Times
This is where the Evil trait comes in. While you can do this to any baby by clicking on the baby and selecting the “Steal Candy” option, it’s easier when you have your own baby. Either start your Sim family with a baby or WooHoo and try for a baby until you get one. It’s also easier if your Sim has his/ her own baby because you can do this five times in a row without anyone interfering.

Complete all of these challenges and the trophy will pop once you complete the last challenge.

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This Week in Trophies 08-16-2015 – 08-22-2015

This week kind of had it all when it came to trophies for me. A little PS4, a little PS3, and even a little PS Vita. It was just one of those weeks where I really couldn’t fully commit to just one game and ended up playing a bunch of games. At least I didn’t start anything new so all of the trophies that I got basically were working towards completing some games here and there.

Fallout 3 – 7%

Up one whole percent this week for the two trophies that I was able to get. I’m really enjoying starting my week with Fallout 3. I’m liking how the story is progressing, I’m liking the side missions, and I’m liking just exploring the Wastelands. There really isn’t anything that I’m not enjoying with this game, but I am hoping that I can at least complete the game before November.

The Sims 3 – 87%

I was so close to getting the platinum this week! So close! It’s actually very frustrating how close I am but the last few trophies require quite a bit of work, like granting 1,000 wishes to my Sims. I just recently hit the 600 mark, so only 400 more to go! I’m hoping that I can finish this game in the upcoming week, but it’s possible that my play time could lapse into September.

Tales from the Borderlands – 81%

I took some time out of my week to play through the fourth episode that was released on Tuesday. Ugh that ending, but I’m excited about the final episode and hopefully won’t have to wait to long for it. I’ll have the full review of the episode up on Wednesday.

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Crazy Market – 35%

This is one of those games that I didn’t realize that I still had on my PS Vita, and thought what the hell I might as well try to finish it. It’s a free game, but it’s also one of those games that wants you to spend money because you only get three lives every 30 minutes. That’s fine with me since I really can’t see myself playing it all that long anyway.

Treasures of Montezuma Blitz – 52%

Another free game on my PS Vita that I didn’t realize was still installed. Once again I figured what the hell and decided to pick this one up again and play. I actually had a lot of fun playing. That was mostly because I had over 200 lives stored up. I can see myself continuing to casually pick this up during the upcoming week when I have some free time.

Now for this upcoming week, I’m going to be super busy being an adult so I’m not sure how much time I’m going to have for gaming. Being as busy as I plan to be, I’m probably going to be sticking with the small PS Vita games since it’s easy to pick it up play for 30 minutes and put it down. I’m going to try really hard for The Sims 3 platinum that if I get it I’m going to reward myself with starting Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune for the third time on my PS3, this time with trophies! Here’s hoping I can still get a decent amount of trophies this upcoming week.

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Weekly Trophy Tip – The Sims 3 – Child Prodigy

This is one of the trophies for The Sims 3 that I was dreading the most. It sounds extremely difficult and really requires you to keep your Sim on a very strict schedule. After completing the trophy, I realized that it really wasn’t all that difficult as I originally through it would be, so let’s get you this trophy.

The Sims 3 – Child Prodigy
Complete a Lifetime Wish before becoming a Young Adult – Silver
TIP: I found this extremely easy to do by having a child with the Genius trait. With the Genius trait it makes them more logically adept and basically makes getting this trophy a breeze since doing things like playing chess or using the telescope actually makes them have fun. Once your baby progresses into the child state, go to your options menu and disable aging. Doing this will not effect your trophy, but it will allow you to build up the child’s skill without having them age on you. Play the game like you normally would, but each time your child has a free moment make them play chess or use the telescope. Playing chess a lot will eventually offer you the Chess Legend wish. Select this as your child’s lifetime wish. You will now be required to reach level 10 in the logic skill and get to level 5 in the Master Chess ranking.

As a child you cannot challenge other chess opponents, but that’s ok. Continue to play chess as a child and make sure you get the logic skill to level 10. Once you have the logic at level 10 go ahead and go back into the options menu an add aging back into your game. Once your child grows up to a teenager go back into the options menu and disable aging again. As a teenager you can now call over the next ranked chess opponent and challenge them to a game of chess. Whenever your teenager has a spare moment, go ahead and do this. In order to do this you have to have your teenager use the phone to call another Sim. The option for the next chess opponent will appear and use that option. Allow the Sim to come over to the house and go outside to wait for them. Once the new Sim arrives use the invite inside option to get them into the house. Once inside click on the chess table and choose the challenge option. Continue to call over your next chess opponent until you reach level 5 and your trophy pops. After getting the trophy you’re free to turn on the aging again.

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This Week in Trophies 08-09-2015 – 08-15-2015

Not a lot of time to spend with my Playstation systems made this week pretty uneventful trophy wise. While I still was able to get a decent amount of trophies and complete a full DLC, I still feel like I could have done better. Anyway, here’s how my week went.

Fallout 3 – 6%

Look at that, a whole three percent increase in this game. Amazing right? I’m still playing at a really low level, under 10, so traveling around the Wasteland is a pretty difficult task at the moment. I’m currently at this constant pace of walk around a little, save a lot, discover something new. I’m staying away from the main mission at this time because when I attempted it last time I got demolished. The good news is that I’m still really enjoying the game.

The Sims 3 – 75%

I continued on with this game this week because I think I overcame a lot of hurdles that hold back people from getting the platinum and I’m well on my way with only 8 more trophies to go. I’m also really enjoying playing this version of The Sims which is the most important part because if I wasn’t enjoying it then why the hell would I still be playing it.

The Escapists – 19%

I got one whole trophy this week from this game. One! This game is crazy hard and I’m having the hardest time breaking out of the second prison. I’m also pretty sure I messed up my current save somehow and I might have to start over again. I’ll have to see the next time I play. Although things are becoming a little tedious while playing this game, I’m still enjoying it when I find the time to play.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition – 100%

I got back into playing Dragon Age: Inquisition this week with the release of some new DLC. I’ll have my full review of the DLC up on Wednesday. Playing made me realize how much I miss playing this game so I’m thinking that I might start my “reign of terror” playthrough where I’ll do everything wrong, make just about everyone hate me, and still get the same ending. Interesting.

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That’s it for this week. Now for this upcoming week I’m going to try to pick up Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel again since I completely dropped it this week. I know I’m really close to the platinum in that game but I just got a little bored with it and decided to let it sit on the shelf for a little. I’ll also continue playing Fallout 3, The Sims 3, and The Escapists. Tuesday I’ll be playing the latest Tales from the Borderlands episode, which I’m super excited about, and I might or might not start a new game this week.

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This Week in Trophies 08-02-2015 – 08-08-2015

Another week and another handful of trophies to add to my ever growing collection in order to help me get to my year end goal of 6,000 overall trophies. While I continued to play a few games that I’ve been working on for a while now I also started two new games this week. Take a look at how my week went.

Fallout 3 – 3%

I know, I know, Fallout 3 was at 3% last week, but I got one trophy in this game this week I swear! Seriously it is a complete pain to get trophies for this game, but I’m really loving the whole experience of playing this game. I would be getting more play time in with this game but I really like setting aside a decent amount of time to actually play because if not I feel like I’m not getting anywhere and I don’t like that. Fallout 4 is still months away so hopefully I can finish this before it comes out. Playing Fallout New Vegas though before the release of Fallout 4 is pretty much not going to happen.

The Sims 3 – 62%

I continued to play The Sims 3 this week because I am seriously close to the platinum. With only 13 more trophies to go, I’m confident that with a little more play time I can get this within the next few weeks. Since I’ve been playing The Sims since it was first released on the PC, I’m really enjoying getting back into this game and getting to play the console version which really isn’t all that bad.

Tennis in the Face – 100%

This was one of the games that I picked up on sale last week and figured I would give it a try this week. Needless to say, I couldn’t stop playing once I started and quickly got the 100% in one day. I’ll have my full review up on Wednesday.

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The Escapists – 18%

This was the other game that I picked up on sale this week and thought what the hell, I might as well start it this week. My Orange is the New Black withdrawal is kicking in so I figured I would play a prison game to tide me over until next season. So far I’m really liking the game. I think it’s funny and clever and each different prison is like a puzzle that you have to crack in order to be able to escape.

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That was it for this week. While I continued to work my way through Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel there weren’t any trophies which is how it goes sometimes when you’re working towards a platinum. Now for this week, Borderlands is still on my radar along with some Fallout 3, The Sims 3, The Escapists and I’ll also be making room for the much awaited and very anticipated Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC that comes out on Tuesday.

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This Week In Trophies 07-26-2015 – 08-01-2015

One platinum trophy, one trophy glitch, and an unexpected game all make for a some what exciting week in trophies. Although my trophy count wasn’t all that high this week, I continued to push through hoping to finish up a couple of games that have been on my list for a while. Here’s how my week went.

Fallout 3 – 3%

I continued on my leisurely stroll through the world of Fallout 3 and gained one new trophy doing so. I’m really enjoying playing this time around and have no problems sinking 6+ hours straight into this game. The trophies are coming really really slow and I’m lucky if I get one a week, but I’m not really caring at the moment I’m just taking my time and enjoying the game.

Rocket League – 100%

I grinded out the last couple of trophies early on in the week to get the platinum for this game so that I could just be done with it. I’m finally glad that it’s over because those last couple of trophies were just a complete pain to have to grind out. My full review of the game will be out this Wednesday, so make sure to check back for it.

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Sparkle 2 – 95%

I’m pretty pissed off when it comes to Sparkle 2. I finished Nightmare mode, completed the survival, and then went onto the challenges only to not receive the last trophy even though I have 100% on the challenges. I tried everything to try and get the trophy to pop. I deleted the game and reinstalled it. Deleted my save and reinstalled it. I even went back and played a few of the challenge levels to see if it would pop. Do you know what I got though? NOTHING. My only option now is to delete my save and start again until I unlock the challenge mode and then go back to complete it hoping that the trophy pops this time. I’m so disappointed when it comes to this game though, I’ve had so much fun playing it in the past and this kind of ruins the whole experience and makes me not even want to attempt Sparkle Unleashed on the PS4.

The Sims 3 – 54%

This game really came out of nowhere this week. It was sitting on my trophy list and a quick look told me that I was missing a bunch of pretty easy, well easy in my opinion, trophies that just needed some time to acquire. Not really interested in playing anything else I thought what the hell and jumped back into this game. I’m not sure if I’ll continue or not but it was a nice break from everything else I was playing this week.

There you have it, my week in trophies. Not all that exciting but I was pretty pleased about the platinum this week so that’s something. For this upcoming week, I’m not really sure what I’m going to do. I feel like I’m sort of in this gaming slump where I want to play, but I don’t know what to play. I picked up a few games during this new PS sale so I might start those or I might go back and play a few old games. You’ll find out what I decided to do next week.

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Weekly Trophy Tip – The Sims 3 – Not Dead Yet

This week’s trophy tip comes courtesy of The Sims 3 for the PS3. Not Dead Yet is a pretty simple trophy to get since you really just have to play the game, but it does require you to have a few things in order to get it. So let’s get you this trophy!

The Sims 3 – Not Dead Yet
Resurrect a Sim – Bronze
TIP: In order to get this trophy you need two things. You need the Divine Intervention Karma power and a dead Sim that you haven’t sent to the beyond yet. Your Sim’s life will usually last around 100 Sim days if you play the game right and once they die the spirit will stick around until you send it away. If you’re going for this trophy don’t send it away. Keep it around your Sim house so that you can use the Divine Intervention Karma on it.

Now in order to unlock the Divine Intervention Karma power, you have to spend your well earned Challenge points to unlock this power. You’ll need a total of 150 challenge points to unlock this so make sure you’re completing as many challenges as possible. Once you purchase this karma power make sure you have 75 karma points in order to use this on your dead Sim.

EXTRA TIP!: So this is if you want to just get this trophy and you don’t want to wait until your Sim naturally dies. You can always kill your Sim in one of the various different ways. Leave them in a pool without a ladder and no way to get out, set the house on fire, or any other way this game allows you to kill your Sim. Do this and then use the Divine Intervention Karma power on the Sim’s spirit. Instant trophy without having to wait for your Sim to live a full life. Now you have a brand new trophy, but at what cost! The cost of a Sim’s life. That’s the cost.

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