The Sims 3


The Sims 3 on Steam

MSRP: $19.99 (base game only)

Platform: Windows, Mac*

Release: 6/2/09

Considering that The Sims is a game franchise that’s eaten way more of my life (and my money) than I care to admit, I knew I’d have to talk about it eventually.  But here’s the thing.  I think that these are really excellent sandbox games.  I think everyone should play them.  But I think EA is screwing us all with DLC.  Let me show you.

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This is all DLC for ONE iteration of the series.  Now, granted, any DLC that ends in the word “Stuff” is just cosmetic items, but even if you just buy all the DLC that adds game play elements, you’re looking at almost $250 to get the whole game.  You’re spending $400 if you want all the pretties.  And worst of all, if you were buying these as they were released, well, they start out at nearly $40 each. And mind you, all of this is for a game where you have to make your own stories.

EA released the Sims 4 in September of 2014, and have already come out with 2 expansion packs, 2 “game packs”, and a whopping 6 “stuff” packs and I’m guessing the money grubbing is not nearly over.  Although I have faithfully funneled my spare change (a lot of spare change) into The Sims, The Sims 2, and The Sims 3, I just can’t make myself get back on that train.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re absolutely enjoyable games, they’re clever and different and it’s not really a surprise that it’s one of the best selling franchises of all time.  I just really wish they’d give us the entire game all at once, instead of nickel and dime-ing their audience into oblivion.

So while I cannot recommend investing in The Sims 3, due to the high cost of entry, I do have a recommendation for folks who already own all or part of the series to revitalize the game for you.  Check out this list of challenges for The Sims 3 on Carl and Pam’s The Sims Forum. Although these challenges are no longer part of active tournaments, scoring and rules are fully explained and you can see how you stack up.  I’ve played many of these myself, and they do bring new life to a game that’s really just about the activities of daily living.

*Although The Sims 3 is available on Mac via Origin ,the Steam version appears to be Windows only.

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