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The Sims 3 Guide and Walkthrough

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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Nov 8th 2019 Thissitehastoomanyads
I'm having a problem. Two of my Sims somehow ended being a "Romantic Interest" to each other, but I want them to be friends. Every time I try the 'Just Be Friends' option, it doesn't work, it just makes things worse! I've tried it so many times.

Does anyone know how to solve this? It's super annoying..:(
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May 31st 2018 Kastlequeen
How does one use karma powers on a sim in Sims 3 pets for Playstation 3?
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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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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 !!!!
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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
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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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