Hello everyone, welcome to my new journal! I decided to start a new blog to chronicle my adventures in The Sims 3. It's a new game and therefore it is deserving of a new home! I finally got the game up and running, and I am really happy to say that I am enjoying the game immensely. It's not anything like the Sims 2, but that's okay with me because I didn't expect it to be. As a game of its own, I enjoy it. I've only played a little bit, but if you read on you can see what I've been up to. And the first step is to meet my first sim of Sims 3. Everyone, meet Patty Bumble!
I thought I wanted to make an insane/neurotic/etc.. sim when I first got the game, but after reading that it's more difficult to get those kinds of sims to have some fun and be happy, I decided to start with a more balanced and easy-going personality. Thus, Patty has a good sense of humor, she can be absent-minded at times, she can also be rather clumsy, she's a natural cook, and she's extremely friendly. She loves classical music and hamburgers, and her favorite color is lime green because she thinks it looks so pretty with her blond hair and green eyes. Patty's Lifetime Wish is to be Surrounded by Family, which means she wants to raise 5 babies to the teen age group. I'm a family sim at heart, so I had to make Patty want lots of babies. Eventually I want to see how the whole baby thing works in this game.
You will also notice that Patty is a little on the plump side. Okay, she's about as plump as a sim can be! Must be all those hamburgers that she loves to eat. I was really excited about this new feature in the Sims 3 and just had to try it out. I think Patty is too cute, even with a few extra pounds on her.
I had Patty move into an empty lot so I could check out the building tools. She has a nice view of a water tower right across the street... But look at the detail of that hot air balloon and that flock of birds! The graphics in this game make me very giddy.
Patty's house does have a good view of the town if you look down the street though. She lives in Riverview which is a very cute town with an industrial area, commercial area, and lots of rolling hills and rivers. I think Patty will be very happy here.
Here's what I came up with for Patty's house. I love all of the new plants and rocks this game has. And the terrain paints are miles ahead of what the Sims 2 came with. I really like the roof textures a lot better, also. And you can move the mailbox and trash can without causing any issues! I love it. Let's have a look around the inside of Patty's little cottage.
Here's her living room. I love the new design tools. There are endless possibilities for colors and even though there are a set number of patterns, they can look different just by changing the color scheme. And I love the shapes of the new couches and other pieces of furniture that aren't clones of Sims 2 furniture. There are some cute new things, although there's a lot of old things too.
Here's her kitchen and breakfast nook. My husband bought the collector's edition of the game for me for Mother's Day, and therefore I got 1000 free points to spend at the store. So those cabinets/counters/fridge/stove are some of the things I got with them. So is Patty's shirt, by the way. It's just as well that I got those points, because I probably won't spend any money for points on my own!
This is her bedroom. Very green, just the way she likes it.
And lastly, her bathroom. I love how you can change the wallpaper colors too. So her house is pretty small, but it's the perfect size for us right now. Easy to manage and learn how to play the game in!
Since Patty's a natural cook, her very first wish was to learn the cooking skill. She already had a Cooking Volume 1 book in her inventory, so she got right to work on learning how to cook. One thing I do like about the game, is the new way the bookcase and skills work. I like having to learn recipes and buy books from the bookstore. I guess it just adds realism for me.
The thing I don't like is that skilling takes much
more time. However, I like the new time control called "Ultra Speed through Current Action". It speeds the game to top speed until your sim finishes their current action, then it slows back down. That's super neat if ya ask me.
Next item on Patty's agenda is to go get a job! Her next wish came up that she wanted to get a job in the cooking field, so she grabbed a taxi down to a little bistro and applied for a job. Maxis actually did a great job on the community buildings, if you ask me. They all look so pretty and quaint. It makes for some very pretty scenery, even though you can't enter some of them.
Patty thinks it's pretty, too.
Since Patty's a friendly gal with a good sense of humor, she just can't resist talking to just about everyone she passes by. One of her special interactions for having a good sense of humor is to "Impersonate a Celebrity". I'm not really sure which celebrity she was impersonating, but just about everyone thought it was hilarious. Patty seems very proud of herself.
Then Patty met this handsome fella. She learned that he's single, which is a major plus since Patty is lookin' for a man to have at least 5 kids with! She also learns that he's a slob, which I'm not too thrilled about. But at least we met a single guy, and he's not hideously ugly like some of the other fellas we've seen around town.
I find it cute and funny when Patty's absent-minded trait shows itself. Sometimes she'll just look baffled or confused. She'll drop actions in her queue and putz around for a second until she decides to do something else. Here she is telling the cute guy that she's "pretty sure" she's new to the neighborhood, she thinks.
Yep, she's definitely baffled.
It's time for Patty to go to work! I don't remember what her job is in the cooking track, but she looks like a dishwasher or something like that in this outfit. And how did she get her hair so short to fit in that hat?
Another thing I really really really like about the Sims 3 is how the lighting changes for the different times of day. Instead of just going from super bright to super dark at 6:00 or 7:00, it actually gets progressively lighter/darker throughout the day. That's a really neat feature and makes for some very pretty dusk and dawn hours.
Anyway, Patty comes home from work and she's starving. It gave me a good opportunity to look at the way sims prepare food now. It's basically the same animations, but I think the food looks a lot better. It's colorful and more realistic in my opinion and I enjoy checking out what each dish looks like!
Also, when Patty got the food out of the fridge, the fridge door didn't close all the way so she kicked it to close it! How neat is that?!
After dinner, Patty met the cute guy at a Juice Bar for some juice and foosball fun. I like the foosball table and animations. Very cute.
There's no bartender at the Juice Bar, just a bunch of bars where you can make your own juice. But Patty didn't seem to mind. She had a hankering for some juice and didn't care how she got it!
After a long day of work and flirting with the cute guy, Patty's plum tuckered out. She falls asleep in her semi-comfy bed to get a good night's sleep before work tomorrow.
But it seems sims like to get midnight snacks too! She raids the refrigerator autonomously (kicking it shut again) and helps herself to some bread and jam. The quick meals in the Sims 3 are way more than just a can of insta-meal like in the Sims 2. They can have soup, bread and jam, ice cream and other stuff too. After scarfing down her midnight snack, Patty goes back to bed.
After work the next day (from which she returned with a promotion!), Patty autonomously went to dinner with a random guy that she had never met before. When I finally found her, she was dressed in her formalwear and chatting it up with this guy. Check out the massive honker on this dude. It almost makes his ears look tiny! And he's married to top it all off. What a catch, Patty....what a catch.
Here's a better look of Patty looking pretty in her formalwear. She looks like she might be re-thinking her date with Mr. Big Nose. Thank goodness. I don't want her to have babies with that guy!
Patty proceeds to tell this random lady, "Did you see that guy? His nose was bigger than the rest of his face!"
With no luck in the love department yet, it looks like Patty will just have to get her romance from the trashy romance novels that she's so fond of. Maybe next time we'll find love and make some babies! -----------------------
Well, my initial feelings about the game are much better than I expected. I love the town and the seamless neighborhood. I love the lighting and the scenery. Even the sims dough-y appearances are growing on me. It's nothing like the Sims 2, but it's a fun game in its own right. I'm gonna stick with it and see where it goes! I hope you'll come back and join me in my Sims 3 adventures!