Sims 3 Announced

It's official: Maxis is hard at work on Sims 3, the next major step forward in the greatest selling PC game series of all time. While a ton of details have been revealed through various interviews with major gaming publications and PC Gamer, a few really caught our eye.

  • Personality points (sloppy/neat, shy/outgoing, etc.) are gone, since middle-of-the-road characters tended to be rewarded and sims with personality were shortchanged. Those points have been replaced with a pool of eighty traits (Kleptomaniac, Nervous Around Wallpaper, Big Mel Gibson Fan) which you can choose from to create the exact Sim you want.
  • The entire neighborhood ages along with the household that you're playing. Instead of being surrounded by the asshole neighbors that time forgot, you are now constantly reminded that we are all temporary meatbags that begin rotting away the moment we're born.
  • You can now interact directly with the world, using your "magic hand" to clean up after a Sim so he or she doesn't scrub the floor for three hours while crying every day. It can also be used to ring the doorbell at all hours of the night and dial 911 for absolutely no reason.
  • No more juggling the Bathroom/Environment/Sleep/Hunger bars. They have been removed, and a new system "buffs" your sim with temporary effects when something in particular makes him unhappy. For example, if your sim has to urinate he will receive the "Full Bladder" buff until he relieves himself, which grants him a -2 critical hit chance against bugbears.

It's nice to see that Maxis is taking the Sims in a new direction. It would have been easy for them to milk the cash cow indefinitely by relying on the same old formula.

First Seventeen Sims 3 Expansion Packs Announced

With so many exciting details emerging, it was easy to miss Maxis' confirmation that the first seventeen expansion packs for Sims 3 are in the works.

While the specifics of each expansion are still under wraps, we did manage to uncover a few of the packs' titles: Sims 3: Dog Houses!, Sims 3: More Yawning Animations, Sims 3: Mexican Soap Opera Costumes, Sims 3: Slightly Racist Thought Bubbles, Sims 3: Nonstop Compulsive Texting, Sims 3: More Dog Houses!, Quake V, Sims 3: Home Mortgage Crisis, Sims 3: Papercuts, and Sims 3: Jokes For Your Sims That Go Absolutely Nowhere.

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