The Sims 3 Prima Official Game Guide Paperback – 5 Jun 2009
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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.
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.
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.
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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