In this game you can customize just about anything about your Sim. You can create your own patterns and colors for just about anything from makeup to furniture, and you can even customize the lot that your home is on (hills, ponds, type of grass etc..). Also the graphics are great, but overall I wouldn't buy this game.
The controls are very awkward. Different screens mean yet another set of controls to master and its very easy to get confused. Canceling an action and switching between Sims, for example, are the same button (different screens), which often leads to accidentally canceling an important action like being at work.
The is no storyline. As one reviewer has already mentioned, the whole thing is just free play with easy to achieve goals like having 4 kids or reaching level 10 of one or more skills. The game gets old really quick, the only thing that the developers have included in the game to keep you interested are the challenge reward opportunities and the use of karma, but even those get old within a couple of hours.
I've played and own the PC version of The Sims 3, that being said, I can honestly say this game was pretty close to being just like the PC version. I played the PC version a ton and could have seen myself doing the same with this game had I not already done pretty much everything there was to be done on the PC version. The game looks pretty nice, probably even better than what it did on my low end PC. The controls are something to get used to though. I've read through a couple other reviews crying about the controls of the game and how bad they are. Don't believe them, they're not that bad once you get the hold of them.
I gave this game a 10 since simulation games are few and far between when it comes to the console. It was a very fun game, get used to the controls and you'll be enjoying yourself.
I fell in love with this game the possibilities of free world game play are many. Not to mention the building materials in build mode are fantastic which is to why i love the sims game series i am an aspiring architect and man oh man im in heaven you can build multi floor homes. I was used to the sims game played on game cube so it was a bit weird to learn it on a totally different system but surprisingly i adapted to it fast. Lots of great pretty clothing options, build options, lots or career choices, you can actually dine out, visit the gym, visit your neighbors homes, buy cars, have birthday parties for your kids, i think even maybe your sim can even gain weight, gets pregnant and old. This is what simulation games are all about and should be like. A must play if you love simulation of real life games. A rating of 10 easily.