Sims 3 moving to Xbox 360, PS3, DS and Wii

Sims, the 100 million-selling PC series, expands onto the current gen consoles, complete with new features…

The Sims 3 was EA’s biggest ever PC launch title, with 1.4 million copies disappearing from shop shelves in the first week. Inevitably then, the publisher has announced that it’s bringing the latest instalment in the virtual soap opera series to the current gen consoles; the PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 versions will be out this autumn, as will a DS iteration.

As usual, players will be able to create sims with unique personalities and ambitions before dropping them into the game’s detailed environment. There will, however, be some new features. As the press release explains:

“Players can unlock the ultimate ‘Karma Powers’ for instant control and unleash them on their Sims. Players can help their Sim ‘get lucky,’ bless them with ‘instant beauty’ or be deviant and curse them with an ‘epic fail.’ But players should use these powers wisely—they may have unexpected results and karma may come back to bite.”

Apparently, PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will be able to use the respective online services to share their customised content, and will be able to boast about in-game achievements via Facebook. For the Wii version, meanwhile, there’s a brand new beach town, complete with, “unique residents, traits, careers and lifetime wishes.” Players will also be able to compete head-to-head in the “Life Moments” challenge to earn rewards.Finally, DS owners can use the stylus to completely design, build and furnish homes for their sims, and to sculpt the facial features of their digital pals. There’s also a story mode in which players control a whole sims family through a series of defining life moments (the mind boggles). “For the first time ever on the Nintendo DS, players can enjoy a complete life simulation as they guide their Sims through completing challenges to unlock additional items, new buildings and landmarks, and more,” asserts the grammatically challenging press release.

But what else can EA do to make the ridiculously successful series more inviting to contemporary console gamers? A sims deathmatch? The ability to drop your Xbox Live avatar into the Sims environment? Extra downloadable ‘family moments’ packs for hardcore fans of inter-generational dynamics? Seriously, the brand is enormous on PC and has an avid community (The Sims 3 YouTube Channel is within the top five most viewed sponsored channels of all time with over 42,000 subscribers and nearly 22 million video views), but this has only ever been partially realised on console hardware before. It will be interesting to see if the increased connectivity of the current machines will finally allow console gamers to fully appreciate the addictive power of the series…





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