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The Sims 3 Guide

The Sims 3 Walkthrough and Guide

by Mike Hazleton  

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The Sims series began with the best-selling game in the history of the PC format. Following this success, countless expansions and a sequel established the brand and set up EA for Spore, aiming to add to The Sims creator Will Wright's legacy. Now we have the second sequel. The Sims 3 uses the next generation of PC hardware since the last game's launch in 2004, allowing exploration beyond the confines of the local neighbourhood, and customisation of virtually all aspects of your Sims' lives.

This guide on The Sims 3 begins with a tour of Sunset Valley. It is the only town that comes included with the game. Unlike other versions of The Sims however, you can visit any location on the map without loading screens, and many of the features seen in expansion packs for The Sims 2 are all bundled into locations within the valley. While many gamers will be familiar with the everyday running of a Sim's life from the previous games, exploring the town itself and getting used to the locations takes time, and the hope is that this section of the guide will help you get up and running faster. Information on workplaces, , community locations, amenities and collectibles will help in planning a life for your Sims without muddling through and missing out on what Sunset Valley has to offer. There is also a section on the Edit Town facility, which allows you to transform River View to suit your own needs, as well as details on how to get EA's second town for The Sims 3, River View.

The second section of this guide is on the Create-a-Sim tools, and comprehensive information on the Build and Buy Modes. Making your Sim look lifelike can be a breeze if you know what you are doing. The in depth customisation options far outstrip anything in The Sims 2. There are many ways to go about starting the game, whether you choose to purchase a plot of land and build from scratch, purchase a furnished house to move straight into, or skip the Create-a-Sim stage altogether and play one of the game's built-in scenarios. Information on all the options available to you is provided in this section of the guide. Tips on buying a good lot and the essential items for your Sims' houses are included, as well as a video for the cheapest possible starter-house. Some objects give Sims specific bonuses, or increase the attractiveness of a room. This can give your Sims positive (or negative) moodlets, which can make them happier (or quite the opposite). All the objects that provide bonuses are listed, as well as moodlets, lifetime wishes and general wishes relating to the decoration of your Sims' homes.

In the future a section on the Life of your Sims will be provided. This will include tips on careers, hobbies, socialising and raising a family. The final section will be a modders guide, with information on how to make your creations, get them online and get people downloading them!


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Dec 9th 2015 Guest
That it needs to be really easy to make tow sims partners together forever.
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Nov 20th 2015 Guest
how do you get it on ps3
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Nov 16th 2015 Guest
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Nov 15th 2015 Guest
Once you have a family, are you able to create another sim to add to the family later on?
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Jul 9th 2016 Guest
If u don't already have 6 people u get some one married and then have a baby
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Mar 29th 2016 Guest
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Nov 9th 2015 Guest
how to have a dog in sims 3
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Feb 26th 2016 Guest
I'm not sure u can but if u get sims 3 pets u can have both baby's and pets!
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Mar 13th 2016 Guest
i argree but how do you have babies and get pets
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Mar 18th 2016 Guest
to have a baby,you gotta get a man and a woman to relax on a bed then click try for baby. and to get a pet u adopt one from the phone...this is pets expansion pack.
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Oct 3rd 2015 Guest
Sims one???
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Sep 21st 2015 Guest
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Sep 6th 2015 Guest
I read everything and i am a very BIG of The Sims 3 but how do I get the Into The Future video game or expansion pack for free please reply !!!

The Sims 3 is WICKED AWESOME !!!!
ID #605844
Aug 31st 2015 Guest
How do i get a lot of lifetime happiness rewards points fast on sims3 for the ds???
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Aug 31st 2015 Guest
could i download this game without buying?
is it possible?
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Aug 4th 2015 Aphrodite Constantinou
Need help!!!
I need a neighbor who has a dog!!!!!
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Jul 31st 2015 Guest
I love this game it is fun but is there wolves on the game
ID #591738
Jun 30th 2015 Guest
how do you get the motherlod
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Aug 8th 2015 Guest
hit ctrl shift C a transparent bar will apear type motherlode hit enter
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Jul 28th 2015 Guest
R1 R2 L1 and L2 at the same time
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Jun 29th 2015 Guest
is it possible to have kids on sims 3
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Oct 31st 2015 Guest
Yes, have two married Sims try for baby in a bed or shower. There are more places to do it that I can't remember
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Jul 13th 2016 Guest
U can do it in a hottub too
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Aug 2nd 2015 Guest
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Jun 15th 2015 Guest
can we play this game
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Jun 12th 2015 Guest
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Jun 23rd 2015 ladybuglove5466
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Jun 6th 2015 Guest
How do you get apples and watermelon
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Jul 22nd 2015 Guest
Go to the supermarket.
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Jun 4th 2015 Guest
Are there any cheats for wii besides the money cheat because people keep saying g there are and I need to know.
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May 30th 2015 Guest
How do use a pumpkin in a recipe?
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May 29th 2015 Guest
game won't load on xbox 360
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May 26th 2015 Guest
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May 25th 2015 Guest
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May 24th 2015 Guest
I have it on my tablet and I want to start a family. So please help me!!!!!!
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May 22nd 2015 Guest
this is a good game but I couldn't create my character.
although that was pretty disappointing it didn't matter as much so year...
I didn't mind the house building wait...
I spawned in a sim from the store + gallery
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May 17th 2015 Guest
How do you get Sims 3 for Free are sims 4
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May 15th 2015 Guest
How do u get free money from cheats?
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Jun 19th 2016 Guest
Ok simers, for those wanting free money there is a simple solution...1st click onctrl and shift plus c,when blue box at top pops up type in Familyfunds (characters last name) then 99999999999999999. (Just hit 9and hlod few seconds. then hit enter.There ya have plenty simoleans......
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May 10th 2015 Guest
is there any more cheats
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May 4th 2015 Guest
;}! SWEET! To me this website sucks, but this one was pretty good!
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Apr 30th 2015 Guest
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Mar 17th 2015 Guest
On sim 3 how do I charge the metal detctor
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Mar 15th 2015 Guest
hi i love plying sims 3 seasons how do get a christmas tree?
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Feb 11th 2015 Guest
tenho the sims 3 quero desbloquear os karma naturalmente mas Não consigo achar um guia bem explicativo ma internet
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Dec 30th 2014 Guest
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Nov 8th 2014 Guest
R1 R2 L1 L2 all together on the start menu (where you save your game while playing.

Unlimited money Smile (sims 3 pets ps3)
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Nov 4th 2014 Guest
hi guys I would like to know how do you get on online Sims 3 on xbox 360 to go to one of your friends house on the online to be able to visit one another and play together! Please help!can any body answer me this question please!
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Jul 12th 2015 Guest
You cant
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Oct 25th 2014 Guest
i am playing the sims 3 on my 3ds and i want to no how to make a baby
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Jul 9th 2014 Guest
hi ho im a big fan of sims on ps3 and wondering how to be a vampire???
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Jun 28th 2014 Guest
guys press ctrl+alt+c and a box will appear then type motherlode for 50000 simlions
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Jun 8th 2014 Guest
You sould make cheats for dragon city

By Hamza
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Jun 5th 2014 Guest
Ya it's easy for me 19
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Jun 4th 2014 Guest
Hi! Just in case you guys still don't know how to have kids on sims freeplay, you have to pass the money doesn't grow on trees challenge. Then you have to buy a crib from the childrens store, and press, "add sim". That's basically it. Hope this was helpful.
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May 13th 2014 Guest
my sims 2 castaway (ps2) was scatched and i cant fix it heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp meeee

by tom
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Apr 20th 2014 Gules
How do you stop creative mode and return to normal mode?
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Feb 21st 2014 Guest
how do u woohoo in sims 3 android
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Dec 31st 2013 Guest
Omg my sims arms are fat

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Dec 7th 2013 SarahStar14
i am getting sims 2 on pc for christmas and can you get mermaids vampires and zombies on it? please help me!!!! Smile
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Oct 27th 2013 Guest
To get a vampire on Sims 3 (if you're talking about the pc version) You must have the supernatural expansion pack then simply create a new family and make one of them vampire and the second one human then in-game offer the human sim to be transformed it will take 2 days i think for the human sim to become a vampire between 1-2 days not sure haha
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Sep 22nd 2013 Guest
How do you get a vampire on the sims 3 to feed on another sim.
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Sep 16th 2013 Horsegem100
What about Sims 3 Pets?
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Aug 8th 2013 Guest
Awesome! I've just received my free minecraft giftcode!

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