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The Sims 3 (3DS)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Sims 3 for 3DS is similar in tone and structure to other games in the series. Players are encouraged to live healthy, productive lives by taking jobs, eating properly, socializing, and taking care of their personal hygiene. They can also engage in more mature activities, such as flirting and even make "WooHoo," though the act itself is hidden by bedclothes. Players can direct their Sims to insult and even get into fights with other Sims, but there is no reward for these activities. Note, too, that consumerism is a persistent theme. Players are encouraged to covet and shop for better items and clothes throughout the game.
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What's it about?
THE SIMS 3 is all about letting players mold their own story. They can create an avatar and act out a virtual life however they see fit. If they have dreams of becoming a millionaire, they can dedicate themselves to acquiring the best possible job. If they would rather focus on meeting people and starting a family, they can do that too. Most every facet of life -- including going to the bathroom -- is part of the game. The 3DS edition is the first 3-D entry in the franchise, making the real-life simulation as realistic as possible.
Is it any good?
The 3DS version of The Sims 3 is not only visually revamped to make use of 3-D effects, it also packs in new features. Players can literally put their own face on their Sim avatar by taking a picture with the system's built-in digital camera, and can wield more control over the surroundings by using the built-in motion-sensing feature to create earthquakes or blowing into the microphone to create "stink storms." Players can trade Sims with other people in real life, allowing them to take the social aspect in the virtual Sims world and bring it to the actual world. Tweaking the game's features for the 3DS system makes it a valuable entry to the platform's list of launch titles, and anyone who is a fan of the franchise should enjoy it.
Online interaction: Players can trade their Sims with other people -- including strangers -- in StreetPass mode.
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