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The Sims 3 Prima Official Game Guide [Paperback]

Catherine Browne
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5 Jun 2009
It's a whole new Sims world out there - you need a guide to show you the way! Prima Games' complete Sims 3 game guide is filled with all the expert information you need to succeed in the world of Sims 3. Learn the ins and outs of each Sim personality, build the best homes and yards, and learn how to customize your own furniture, walls, and floors - all with the click of a button!

* Live the highlife with our tips for getting all the big promotions, making the most money, finding love, and achieving big lifetime dreams.
* Before spending a single Simoleon, check out the Object Catalog for appraisals of each household item.
* Our Reference Tables are bursting with the quick-fix facts you need to make informed decisions in Sunset Valley.
* Never go into a conversation unprepared. Our relationships chapter details every social situation, including how to fall in love.
* Design Corner features lots designed by The Sims pros. Get your dream home inspiration right here.
* Every Sim is guided by their wishes. These can be as small as wanting to take a class or read a book. Some wishes are a little more involving, like having a baby. Each adult Sim is also defined by a Lifetime Wish, such as becoming a master gardener or a rock star. This guide details exactly how to fulfill all wishes, big and small -- even wishes as enormous as becoming an astronaut.

Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: PRIMA PUBLISHING; Pap/Pstr edition (5 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761561374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761561378
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 19.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sims 3 Guide Review 15 Jun 2009
I bought this Guide for 12.99 from a GAME as an impulse purchase, for me, I don't think it was worth it.

The experience I've accumulated in Sims 2 and the Sims 3 ingame tutorials, leaves the basic information in this book redundant.

There are lots of tables giving information about the items which you can purchase for your home, these tables take up quite a few pages and don't really add anything more to the game. You can tell from order of the items in the game which are the ones that add more 'environment' or 'fun' and it doesn't take a few seconds of ingame clicking to get all the item information you need.

It does have a location guide and map to finding collectables, which could be useful for people who are interested in doing this. There's also information on things like 'how many times you can 'chat' with a Sim before they find you dull' etc.. For me this information is a little surplus, I already know not to repeat things too often.

Among the few pages I did find interesting, were in the section regarding careers, it allowed me to plan my Sim's traits and skills so they had a boost in which career I chose for them.

I would only recommend this book to a Sims collector, and not someone who's just looking to fill some time before a new release.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 19 Jun 2009
I had the Sims 2 Prima guide and loved it, so didn't think twice about buying this one for the Sims 3. Sadly, it's nowhere near as useful as its predecessor! It reads more like a very long (and very positive) review than a guide book, and while this does make it nice to read, and the author comes across as very likeable, I don't feel I actually learned anything of use from the author raving on about how good the game is. Most of the information in the guide is easily picked up in the game (the tutorials are great), or is already common sense. Where the Sims 2 guide went into great detail about all sorts of aspects, this one just... didn't. I was expecting little tidbits that I wouldn't find anywhere else, but this was not the case. An example is that my boyfriend told me about being able to change your Sim's name at City Hall, a fact I had completely NO IDEA of after reading the guide cover-to-cover. Another thing that bothered me was the omission of some simple stuff, like information on getting a Sim to move in with you. Sure, it's pretty easy to figure out in-game, but then what's the guidebook for?

Also, there are a fair few errors in the text, where the wrong word has been used or words/phrases have been repeated. It feels like the guide didn't get proof-read, and wasn't quite ready for publication.

It's not ALL bad, however... the careers section is worth a read, and I found the table of traits for existing Sims useful. But all in all, I'd say you can get by just fine without this guide. I think I wasted my money to be honest.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing... 24 Jun 2009
This is badly written, badly set out, and doesn't tell you anything that is not easily accessed in the game's help and lessons. In fact, some of it is totally inaccurate - some of the cheats listed don't work.

I would save your money and just play the game without the guide - you'll have more fun working it out yourself- especially if you've played the previous titles.

Also there is no index, so searching for something quickly is out of the question.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - not up to the usual standard 22 Jun 2009
By AquaViola TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As someone who reads the Sims 2 manual is for pleasure, I cannot believe that I am going to give the Sims 3 manual only three stars, but that is all that deserves.

It starts out well enough, giving a sufficient overview of some of the major changes in this edition, hinting at traits and moodlets as being important, giving me an example of two weeks of a couple's life, before going into some detail about the traits. However, the level of detail in the previous version is on the lines of "can learn charisma at 30% faster rate"; here it is "can read faster". It gives some detail, but not sufficient for somebody who is actually bought a book about a computer game.

It then goes downhill with the wishes table. This shows every single and wish in this game over 20 pages, with the name and description, but it is not obviously organised. However, the description is probably no more than shown in the game, and it is not in any order; "eat stu surprise" is in five separate times on four different pages, and is only repeated because the ingredients are different.

You can tell that this book was being developed while the game was still going through some final changes, because in the moodlets table, the different moods are shown in order of severity, except this isn't quite true; obviously, in fine tweaking some of the moods changed severity, but it didn't change their place on the table.

Also, there is a lack of a final read through this document; for instance, it is said explicitly that there are seven commodities, whereas the table clearly shows eight.

Overall, the game may not be disappointing, but this manual certainly is. So, should you buy it? If you want an easy to follow guide of careers, traits, and the broader mechanisms underlaying this game - yes. If you want good quality detail of something that is not obvious whilst playing the game - no.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good game guide for a simmer new to sims 3!
Have owned every Sims and Sims 2 game and wanted to move on to Sims 3. However when I got the game, it was a lot more advanced than the other two so I needed a manual to help me... Read more
Published 2 months ago by HayleyG
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't play sims but I still enjoy reading the book
I love this book just to read but when I played the game it was very helpful in finding tip and starting the game. Read more
Published 22 months ago by ben cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide!
The guide is comprehensive and covers everything you'd possibly want to know about the Sims 3. It also has tips and tricks scattererd around it to make the most out of your game. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2011 by jamy015
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
In The Sims 3 you get to:
- Build your own kind of house/apartment
- Your own kind of Sims
- Go all over town and see your neighbors
The possibilities are... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2010 by Rebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Guide
Getting the guide helped me make the final switch from Sims2 to Sims3, having tried 3 times to play and enjoy the Sims3 since its release, I realised I needed more info/help and so... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2010 by Liz
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
I bought this thinking i'd get some useful information. Its badly put together and hard to find what you're looking for. Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2009 by L. M. Trunks
2.0 out of 5 stars Sims Guide
hmm ... handy but not essential ... if you enjoy the game anyway you will find your way through withouth the guide
Published on 16 Oct 2009 by A. Caldwell-holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful
This is great for getting to know the tricks and tips of the game of which there are many.

There are a few mistakes and some of the cheats don't work since the book was... Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2009 by Amy Stannard-Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of content
Bought this for my daughter who refers to it sometimes althogh she can't read all of the content. It's quite a lengthy guide too.
Published on 29 Aug 2009 by Gin
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay guide
Nice guide with a lot of information - a bit dissapointed in the non-working cheat codes though...
Published on 25 Aug 2009 by Annedorte Vad
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