The Sims is one of the best-selling game series in history, and the best-selling PC franchise, with over 100 million units shipped worldwide for the games and expansions. Both the first and second entries in the franchise have exceeded sales records months and even years after their original releases. Now, Electronic Arts has revisited the franchise again with Sims 3, five years after the release of the last numbered title. Thanks to the incredible success of the previous games, it would have been easy to simply reiterate the gameplay into a new engine and call it at that. But Sims 3 does not rest on the laurels of its predecessors, and improves The Sims in ways that make the first two games look dated and obtuse. It is an excellent entry into the series, and will undoubtedly serve as a benchmark for accessible, entertaining simulation games for a long time to come.