The Sims 3 lets you immerse truly unique Sims in an open, living neighborhood just outside their door! The freedom of The Sims 3 will inspire you with endless possibilities and amuse you with unexpected moments of surprise and mischief.
New Seamless, Open Neighbourhood—Explore the neighborhood freely.
Your Sims can roam throughout their neighbourhood, visit neighbors’ homes, and explore the surroundings. They can stroll downtown to hang out with friends, meet someone new at the park, or run into colleagues on the street. If your Sims are in the right place at the right time, who knows what might happen?!
New Create A Sim—Create any Sim you can imagine.
New easy-to-use design tools allow for unlimited customization to make truly individual Sims. Determine your Sims’ shape and size, from thin to full-figured to muscular—and everything in between! Choose your Sims’ facial features, their exact skin tone, hair, eye shape and color and select their clothing and accessories.
New Realistic Personalities—Every Sim is a unique person, with a distinct personality.
Create realistic Sims with distinctive personalities. Select from dozens of personality traits and combine them in fun ways. The combination of traits you choose—brave, artistic, loner, perfectionist, klepto, romantic, clumsy, paranoid, and much, much more—help shape the behavior of your Sims and how they interact with other Sims. Your Sims can now rise above their basic set of every day needs. They are complex individuals with unique personalities.
New Unlimited Customization—Everyone can customize everything!
Build your dream house or design the ultimate home. Customize everything from floors to flowers, shirts to sofas, wallpaper to window shades. It’s fun and easy to change colors and patterns giving you endless personalization options. Or you can populate your Sims’ neighborhood with pre-designed buildings and furnishings. Which of your Sims will live in high-end mansions, cool bachelor pads, ultimate dream homes or low-cost cottage?
• Seamless neighbourhood: Instead of playing in just one lot, you can play in the whole neighbourhood at once without having to wait through a loading screen to go to a comunity lot for example.
• Neighbourhood Aging: Other Sims in the neighbourhood age at the same time as the family you're playing with and live their lives when you're not playing with them. (e.g. Get married, get jobs, etc.). This feature can be turned off in the options screen, though it turns off aging for your active family as well.
• Every career now has a workplace building in the neighbourhood which the Sim will disappear into when they start work, and reappear when they come out.
• You can move houses to bigger lots: Houses are different to lots now. Houses are the actual buildings/objects, and lots are the piece of land they are built on.
• You can now choose to buy houses unfurnished or furnished.
• When moving a family out, you can choose to take all the furniture with you or leave it in the house.
• You can delete multiple objects at once with the Sledgehammer tool by clicking and dragging.
• Objects can be placed so that they are "against" diagonal walls.
• There is a new auto-roof option which will automatically add a roof when you build a room. Great for players who commonly forget to add roofs when building a new house.
• There is a square terrain brush as well as the familiar circle brush in The Sims 2.
• There are now also three tile doors.
• You can move the mailbox without the moveObjects cheat, and whichever door is nearest to the mailbox is considered the "front door".
• The sky will change depending on what time of day it is.
• The game comes with only one neighbourhood, Sunset Valley. It is set before The Sims 1's Old Town and The Sims 2's Pleasantview and includes many premade characters, some new, some old. We currently know Mortimer Goth and Bella Balchelor as children with their families. Malcolm Landgrabb and Mrs Crumplebottom are also playables.
• Sims no longer have Comfort and Environment needs.
• Sims now have traits instead of personality points. There are over 60 available traits at least, and you can choose them in CAS. Traits make Sims more unique. For example, if a Sim has the Hot-Headed trait, they will be angered very easily, by things such as bad conversations, broken objects, etc. Sims can have up to 5 traits in their life, younger Sims have less. Toddlers can have two traits, kids can have three, etc. Traits can mostly be chosen, but can also be inherited from parents or if a mother does not look after herself during pregnancy, the baby may be automatically given negative traits.
• Sims will now take better care of their own basic needs.
• Sims now have Wishes instead of Wants. Satisfying wishes gives Sims Lifetime Happiness points which they can spend on benefits such as Fertility Treatment (increases the chance of having twins, triplets or quadruplets).
• Sims now have more skills like Cooking, Gardening, Guitar, Handiness and Fishing. Some skills such as Cleaning have been removed or renamed.
• There are seven age groups in The Sims 3. (Baby, Toddler, Child, Teen, Young Adult, Adult, and Elder). Young Adult is now the default age.
• You can set your Sims' lifespan from anywhere between 25 Sim days to 960 Sim days. (Note, you only get four different lifespans to choose from. You can't exactly choose a specific number like 345 days for example).
• Paintings which Sims paint will be based on the Sim's traits and mood.
Careers and Work
• There will be more requirements for promotions including skills, relationships with colleagues or bosses, and work goals at home.
• Sims can have part-time jobs such as working at community lots.
• You can choose how hard you want the Sim to work each day. Choosing a less stressful day will mean less performance gain, but choosing a more stressful day will result in more performance gain.
• Sims' jobs now pay hourly instead of daily.
• You can become business partners with community businesses. Once you own the company, you can make use of its facilities for free and obtain some/all the profits from the business.
• There are sliders for different parts of the face in CAS.
• There are now sliders for both weight and fitness so you can create very fat or very skinny Sims, or very muscular or not very muscular Sims.
• You can choose Sims' favourite type of food, colour and music.
• You can now choose shoes for your Sims seperately from outfits.
• Clothes can be recoloured using the new Create-A-Style feature. You can choose from a wheel of colours or even a pattern which you can later apply onto other clothes and objects.
• Hair colour is also much more advanced. You can choose the root colour, highlights, base colour, and tips colour.
• You can choose from three different voices for your Sim as well as the pitch height.
• There is no longer an underwear outfit category, though you can choose some underwear instead of PJs in the PJs category.
• There is a new Create-A-Twin tool for every age where the game will make a copy of the chosen Sim in CAS to be their twin.
• Socks and Shoes can be chosen for different outfits.
Build Mode, Buy Mode, and Create-A-Style
• The new Create-A-Style feature lets you recolour objects with the same patterns and infinite colours which can also be applied to other objects to match.
• You can move objects around 360 degrees.
• Staircases can be widened. (e.g. You can widen a 1-tile wide staircase to take up anywhere up to 8 tiles in width).
• You can move objects together such as tables and chairs just like you could do with the poker table or llama game in The Sims 2.
• You can place more objects on counters as long as they don't overlap.
• Objects can now be placed on a 1/4 grid. (e.g. One Sims 2 tile has four Sims 3 quarter tiles in it.) You can also place objects on no grid at all like you can with a cheat in The Sims 2.
• You can drag walls you've already built along with the wallpaper and floor, and wall objects with it to make the room bigger or smaller.
• There are now three sizes of canvases on the painting easel.
• You can upgrade some objects by tinkering on them.
• You can buy a rubber duck for the bath.
• There are new interactions on the computer like Play Chess and Find Coupons. Sims with the Computer Whiz trait can also hack the computer.
• Sims can now climb out of the pool without a ladder. They can still drown if you cancel the actions in their queue though.
• Every item of clothing is available to all your Sims without you having to go to a community lot to buy them. They can also always be recoloured. You do however have to use a dresser and re-enter CAS and choose up to three outfits for each category for your Sim. You can change these later.
• Sims will sing in the shower if they have the right traits.
• You can make a Sim change their outfit at anytime simply by clicking on them.
• All Sims have cellphones and you can change the ringtone.
• Sims can take classes to learn skills faster.
• You can visit neighbours by ringing their bell and can even go into their house. Similar to the Apartments in The Sims 2 Apartment Life.
• Traits can be changed in the game later on after buying one of the buyable lifetime rewards.
• Pregnant Sims will get paid vacation days from work, and the father will get a few days after the birth.
• Pregnant Sims can now go to the hospital to give birth or have the baby at home. She can go alone or with her husband, and can only get there by car, bicycle, walking, etc. as there is no ambulance.
• Babies are now wrapped in blankets (blue for boys, pink for girls) instead of wearing only a nappy.
• Kids can get detention at school if they fall alseep during class or cheat on schoolwork.
• You can now have a babysitter instead of a nanny to look after your Sims' children.
• You can follow a Sim in the car or bicycle around the neighbourhood by right-clicking their portrait, just like you do to follow a Sim in The Sims 2.
• You can sell home-grown vegetables at the local supermarket.
• There are a lot of different food recipies.
• Sims can now have picnics with the picnic basket and mat.
• Graves now show the cause of death.
• The Tragic Clown from the Sims 1 has a grave in the graveyard.
• Ghosts can be made playable and can marry living Sims and even have ghost babies - really quite bizarre, but great!
• When a Sim dies, all their personal belongings (from their inventory) are added to another household member's inventory.
• Sims can now take pictures with their cellphones.
• The new party planner feature lets you choose the time, location, and dress code for the party.
• Maids will put food in the fridge for safe-keeping.
Features Carried on from The Sims 2 Expansion Packs Include:
• Gardening and Fishing
• Jewellery (Earrings, bracelets, etc. Other piercings are not available, and necklaces only come with certain tops).
• Many objects from The Sims 2 will be available including the Mission Collection from O.F.B. and the Country Collection from Seasons as well as many others.
• Playground Equipment
• Ceilings (although they are not recolourable).
• Sledgehammer tool.
• Some careers from The Sims 2 Expansion Packs will be included.
• Mrs Crumplebottom will be a playable Sim as an adult.
• There is a roof-height slider which was added in The Sims Mansion and Garden Stuff.
• The Sports Channel will be one of the many available channels.
• Sims can put away leftovers in the fridge, but they may go off after a while.
• Sims can get massages at the spa. (Though you can't see inside the building).
• Pool Walls and Floors can still be changed.
• Young Adults are in the game, but are not optional and have nothing to do with College. College is not in the game.
• Every Sim has a cellphone and they don't need to buy one.
• Some cheats from The Sims 2 and Expansion Packs will be in The Sims 3.
• Families with more than one Sim will start off with more than §20,000 (The increase in funds is not that big however.)
Things which will NOT be in the game:
• Diving Boards, Hot Tubs and Pianos are not included in the base game.
• Seasons and Weather
• College or University
• Vacation to Exotic Locations
• Businesses (The actual running of businessess like you can do in The Sims 2 Open for Business)
• Moving wall hangings up and down on the wall.
• 1/2 Walls
• Aspirations (although the traits system replaces the need for them as there are traits like Family Orientated, Genius, Flirty, Genius, etc.)
• Memories: Sims no longer seem to have a memories panel in their simology section.
• Swimming in the ocean/sea.
• There are a lot more non-returning features in the base game, but those are the most noticeable.
• There will be Expansion Packs for The Sims 3 which will likely add some of the features again such as Pets and Weather.