The Sims series has left me a little cold since I played the first game. Where the social-sim aspects of The Sims 1 were intriguing, my interest didn't last long -- you can't punch anyone. I quickly found myself creating a sim who would befriend others, invite them to his home home, then find interesting ways of murdering them. (Pro-Tip: Invite other sims into your pool, delete the ladder, then sit back and watch the amusing drowning.) But even serial murder became dull before long, and I abandoned the series. The customizing characters feature in The Sims 3 may cause me to re-join the fold and the legion of electronic dollhouse fans who have set sales records already for this game.
When I first got my Wii, my very favorite thing to do with it was make likenesses of ridiculous celebrities. If I remembered my Nintendo friend code, I'd invite you to check out the menagerie of B-level celebrities that inhabit my Wii. Highlights include Italian cult director Jesus Franco, Arthur "Killer" Kane (bass player of the New York Dolls), lunatic fitness guru Susan Powter and the entire U.S. Supreme Court. Judging from the characters Sims 3 fans are already creating and sharing, making celebrity avatars is the new Sims 3 hotness, and the tools are much more in-depth than simple Mii creation. Check out fake Stephen Colbert above for proof!
The Sims 3 will allow gamers to create the ultimate celebrity-ridden households, so If you're curious what would happen if Tom Waits and Lindsay Lohan were imprisoned together in a dungeon, The Sims 3 has your number. But, unlike my Supreme Court Justice Mario Kart races, in The Sims 3, characters have actual personalities, so the famous humility of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will meet the skeeved-out ego of pseudo-celebrity Spencer Pratt. Hopefully, I'll be able to put them in an abattoir together...just to see what will happen.
The Sims 3 is available right now for the PC.