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Written by CriCri Sunday, 22 March 2009 00:00
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The Sims 3 preview with the producer MJ Chun (second part)
Loading families, playable Sims, Wishes and Opportunities
Children, teenagers, school, socials and interactions
Open town and shopping
Death, ghosts and passing away
Pregnancy, childbirths and heredity
Cheats, game launching and conclusions
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Almost fully opened neighborhood


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Everyone has been talking about the open town and that finally we can follow our Sims and peek through the neighbor's panes, but this is possible to an extent. We have already said that you can't follow your Sims at work, but it's better repeat that one more time. It seems that by clicking on the lot where your Sim works, you can hear some sounds, typical of your character's job.
Even if we can't see them, we'll be required to take some decisions, meet coworkers and have some quests. Working places aren't the only lots we can't visit, because even restaurants aren't playable (if you tell your Sim to have dinner in the outside area you can see him taking a seat and eat his meal), as well as shops (Sims get out of them after the shopping, but we haven't seen this feature so we can't be sure about it).
Community lots we can freely visit (and build) are: libraries, cemeteries, parks, lakes, gyms and pools.

Aspiration rewards and personality tweaking

As for The Sims 2, we'll have aspiration rewards, but they will be a bit different than the previous ones. Let's say that some of them work like in some TS2 EPs, that is, we can spend certain points to modify something. The "Midlife crisis" is a very important reward, and also the most expensive one, since it's the only way we have to change our character's traits. Then, when we reach a certain point of the game and we're tired of our Sim's personality, we can change it!

Shopping, clothing and cooking

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What do we have to do to change our Sims look? When we asked if toddler can change their outfits, we have also asked if Sims have to buy their clothes. MJ said that everything is directly in the CAS, and will also be available in each Sim's wardrobe. This news is confirmed also on the English forum (read here), even if it contrasts a bit with what we wrote about the possibility for each Sim to have only 3 outfits per kind, and the stores we have seen in some screenshots. Maybe they're both available in the game, as it happens for food in The Sims 2 (we can buy food at the grocery's or calling the delivery service). We think, then, that it will be possible to buy clothes both from the wardrobes and in the stores, but as we said previously, each Sim will have up to 3 outfits per kind. Virtual life has several benefits, and one is the fact that clothes never get dirty; probably, people who isn't used to houseworks and laundries will be disappointed for that, but in The Sims 3 there won't be laundry services, no washing machines, nor washes or irons. When we asked MJ for that, she bewildered looked at us and said: "Do your REALLY want to do the laundry? We have though about that because we know players want it, but it seemed so boring to us..".
As for meals, the big deal we have been talking about in other articles, is that we can cook pre-made food or buy ingredients and create recipes. We can also grow ingredients, such as apples, lemons, grape, watermelons, peppers, garlic, lettuce and tomatoes, and go fishing.


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