The Sims 3 is an amazing and exiting game, I preordered my copy a few weeks before at amazon.co.uk for just £29.39 and I got it on the 7th (I used FREE Super Saver delivery) which was just 2 days after release date which is pretty good.
I ripped open the packaging and got ready to install the game on my 20" iMac with 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 duo processor. (The game works for Windows & Mac) Installation took about 30 minutes, considering the game is a hefty 6GB I was pretty impressed.
I fired up the game, and was amazed by how fast the game loaded, its a BIG improvement in loading times to The Sims 2, its also really cool how you do not need to wait through long loading screens before you go to somebody's house or community lot.
The graphics with the game are impressive, although after a while I think the game feels quite the same (graphic wise) to The Sims 2, which is fine with me! Although the sims themselves look MUCH better now, there faces are so much smoother! Which brings me on to...
Create a Sim is EXCELLENT! Rather than choose between low, medium and high you can have anything in between that. Controls like this come into play with weight, skin tones, and muscles. I love that you can make Sims proper fat this time, which is really funny! I made a really fat sim, and when I was playing her in the game, I got her to loose all of her weight, and she is very skinny now!!
The amount of customization of the sims is great, you can change the basic of features, or you can dive right in and go PRO! You can change almost anything the nose, the width of the nose, the nostrils, the lips, the lip height and width, chins, foreheads EVERYTHING!
Needs are much easier to control now, in the sense that you don't always have to be getting your sims to do stuff, they can just manage themselves, although you can step in if you want to. Some gamers feel this is a let down, I feel its a much better, you can get on and explore more rather than worry about when they need a pee!
In the game settings you are allowed to change a bunch of controls including, aging; short, normal, long, or EPIC 960 sim days. You can also toggle the free will controls; off, low, medium, high.
I love how to controls of the game are pretty much the same, like they have always been but with a few tweaks. Its good because its what were used to, and I think the controls in all of The Sims games are really good!
An interesting feature of The Sims 3 is that when your sims work, or go to school you can choose how you would like them to perform, they could gossip with friends, work hard, slack of, or just make it business as usual.
What I really didn't like about the game is that a lot of the lots like work, and schools you cannot see inside, they just travel to the lot, and they go inside, and you won't see them until work is done.
I think the game still has a lot more to offer, as I haven't explored everything yet, as with all of The Sims games, the possibilities are pretty much ENDLESS! I rate this game a solid 9/10 and my sister, and all of my friends have good fun with it. I'm ADDICTED!