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YMMV / The Sims 3

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This YMMV page is for the third game in the series.

  • Contested Sequel: On paper, this installment is far and away the strongest in the series, as it allows for a greater degree of customization, control, and freedom than any other installment. However, it is/was also rife with bugs and other problems that alienated players, leaving them to prefer the more polished Sims 2 instead. On top of that, The Sims 3 also had a lot of downloadable content that cost money, and was the first to really push its microtransactions.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Many players seem to enjoy developing Bailey Swain (a Moonlight Falls teen sim) to be much, much more awesome than the character that she's the Expy of, Bella Swan.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: There's a sizable minority of players who prefer to marry Mortimer to Kaylynn instead of his canonical wife, Bella, in The Sims 3. The two most commonly cited reasons are Bella's ubiquitous place in the games getting annoying, and fans being upset by a throwaway comment in the PSP spin-off suggesting that Bella only married Mortimer for his money.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Vita Alto of Sunset Valley has, you guessed it, an alto voice, while her daughter (and polar opposite) Holly Alto is incredibly high pitched, often to the point of annoyance.
  • Fridge Horror
    • In "Into The Future", you can imbue a Plumbot with Sentience, which gives it the ability to have a lifetime wish, and opens social and fun needs. At this point, the Plumbot is the equivalent of a person with hopes, wishes, dreams, and free will. You can then sell this sentient being at the Plumbot Emporium.
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    • On that note, if you befriend a Plumbot, you can ask to adjust their trait chips. You can use this interaction and then only remove trait chips, effectively stealing them, and as you might have guessed, this means you can steal sentience from them.
  • Funny Moments: Has a section to itself.
  • Game-Breaker: So many they now have their own page.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • James Hoppcraft from Moonlight Falls is named after (and looks like) H. P. Lovecraft. Him having the "Supernatural Skeptic" trait looks at first like some intentional irony from the developers, refering to his model being a horror writer, and to James' son being a fairy, but it also reflects something more obscure: despite being a horror writer, the real Lovecraft has been reported to be a very rational and skeptic person.note 
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    • One of the things pregnant Sims are unable to do is cleaning litter boxes. In real life, manipulating cat feces is a way to catch toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease which can have very severe consequences on the foetus if transmitted from their mother during pregnancy.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • Since the main neighborhood and the sub-worlds (Sims University, all three destinations from World Adventures, and Oasis Landing) are instanced, the Genie wishes' counter resets each time you move to a sub-world or go back to the main world. You're supposed to have three wishes, but with the proper DLCs you have an infinite number of them as long as you don't use three wishes at once in the same world. It also replaces the Genie by another one.
    • Graduating in the university if you already had a job replaces a Sim's normal career outfit by the graduation dress.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The flavor text of the "Music Moves" Arcade Machine. Combining your favorite pop songs with the limitless fun of pushing flashing lights around on a video screen, Music Moves takes musical gaming to the next level. Sega eventually released a game like that, Mai Mai.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks!: Due to the amount of Game Breakers listed above, it's much easier for "puddings" in to achieve their goals in life in Sims 3 than they would in Sims 2. Those who wants more challenging gameplay would much rather play the prequel series than this one.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: Some fans consider The Sims 3 expansion packs to be rather lacking in content. This is most apparent with Late Night and Showtime, two expansions which make up two halves of the content of one The Sims 2 expansion (Nightlife).
  • Nightmare Fuel: Again, has a section to itself.
  • One Game for the Price of Two: Many fans believe that EA deliberately left content out of the game to charge for it via The Sims 3 Store, due to the scarcity of furniture on the disc and the amount that was in the Store on launch day. And the price of Store content. Yeesh.
    • The Sims 3 expansions Late Night and Showtime each contain half of the content of The Sims 2: Nightlife.
    • This is one of the things that motivates intense piracy regarding store content and even expansions. Along with the tons of unfixed occurrences of the Game-Breaking Bug, and many unofficial fixes often working best with pirated versions, even people who legally buy the game may well also illegally download it to run it in the optimal way.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Miss Crumplebottom used to be one of the most reviled character in The Sims, until The Sims 3 gave her a very sympathetic backstory that makes her prudish actions in the former much more understandable.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: See here.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The "Katy Perry's Sweet Treats" Stuff pack is full of pink-colored, glittery candy/cake/ice-cream themed objects and clothing. It's widely reviled by many gamers, who complains that looking at the promotional images alone could give one diabetes (or otherwise makes them sick).
  • Tear Jerker: Agnes Crumplebottom, the woman who grows into the prudish Miss Crumplebottom from Hot Date that we hate so much, has one as her back story - Her husband drowned on their honeymoon, leaving her alone and mourning in their mansion built for three, too grief stricken by his memory to try looking for a new suitor. In the upstairs of her house, she still has a nursery room that is only half finished. Because of the tragic nature of her back story, it's popular amongst players to revive her husband with the use of ambrosia and give her the happy ending she deserves.
  • Uncanny Valley: Skin textures are very realistic, and not nearly as stylized as they were in the previous game. It's great in still images or CAS, but when you start playing, and combined with their cartoony personalities, can create some freakish results when Sims start moving around and interacting a bit more.
    • Hetty Lionheart, Appaloosa Plains' Crazy Cat Lady, is deliberately made to resemble a cat in her facial features.
    • Kristin Law from Starlight Shores is also meant to be deliberately uncanny, her face being based on the Playstation Head Girl Ad.
  • Vindicated by History: History Repeats - The Sims 3 was seen as a downgrade from the previous game in 2009. The Sims 3 had much more programming and coding being done in the background, which unfortunately worked against it. The amount of customization made the game very prone to bugs - some of which may be amusing, but some of which were annoying. Over ten years after its release, some people reflect on it a bit more fondly and appreciate how it set out to be complex, with a few people even forgiving the smaller expansion packs due to how much of a nightmare it allegedly was to code.


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