Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sims 3 to Grace Consoles in Fall 2010

The Sims 3 on ConsolesThe Sims 3 will be breaking free of its "PC only" chains and will be landing in the homes of console and handheld gamers during the fall of this year. Publisher Electronic Arts has revealed that The Sims 3, an extremely popular life simulation title, will be ported to the Xbox 360 from Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 from Sony, and of course the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS. Conspicuously absent from this list is the Sony Playstation Portable, considering how well the PSP version of The Sims 2 sold. If you're worried that the transition from keyboard-and-mouse to thumbsticks-and-buttons won't go well, consider that EA assures us that it has "tailored each platform of The Sims 3 with exclusive features to allow for even more control, creativity, and connectivity."

From the initial announcement, it seems that the console and handheld version of The Sims 3 will be keeping many of the features seen in the initial PC launch of 2009. However, new to the consoles will be the addition of "Karma Powers". New instant and powerful mutations which will let you toy directly with your Sims well being. They include things like “epic fail” which allows you to bestow misfortune on your sims, “instant beauty” for a quick makeover, or “get lucky” to give them a boost to their status. But beware, EA advises that the use of the karma system may give unexpected results and even come back to haunt you. Presumably so players will not abuse the system.

Despite new content coming to the Xbox360 and PS3, it's the Wii and DS that by far have with the neatest sounding new content. The Wii gets a brand new beach town with its own unique residents, traits, careers and lifetime goals. In addition you'll be able to challenge your friends in a new "Life Moments" mini game mode to earn rewards. It also sounds like EA has added some exclusive "adventure quests" which are designed to give the player a more personal experience in each area as well as break up stretches of monotony that has plagued some of the earlier Sims titles.

The DS version will be getting a "never before seen" feature where the players will use the Nintendo DS's stylus to utilize their creativity and "build their Sims' homes with tools, draw walls and floors, and customize virtually everything from d├ęcor objects, textures, and much more." This aspect full plays to the DS's strengths allowing you to fully take control your Sims looks, attributes, wardrobe, and the aesthetics of their house. Also revealed about the Sims 3 is a slew of social features which will allow players to earn trophies and achievements which can then be shared via Facebook. The game will also include features to design, build, and share the objects and neighborhoods they create.

Scott Evans, the general manager of The Sims Studio, had this to say about newly announced console port. "We’re building on this foundation and applying new features that will make for a robust, deep and rewarding gameplay experience. I’m extremely proud of the game that the team is making and can’t wait to bring these exciting new features like ‘Karma Powers’ to life and get them into players’ hands.”

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