Pocket-Lint: It's a shame that things detract from the gameplay in what is an otherwise excellent game. Yes, we've seen much of it before and essentially it is the same game, but the advancements here do mean you have more options that ever available to you. Whether you take advantage of them, or lead a simple happy life is up to you.
Writing a review on Sims 3 is practically impossible because of the number of variations. But at the same time, this isn't a flash-in-the-pan first person shooter that one day you'll complete. With online downloads, customisation galore and the promise of more new items every month, there is plenty here to get your teeth into.
The question really is whether The Sims will hold your attention for the second and third time around. We love the new features, but find ourselves still frustrated by the same old things.