The Sims 3 Guide Create-a-Sim The Create a Sim mode allows you to handcraft someone who looks just like you — a digital representation of yourself. Of course, you can also sculpt a repulsive hobo, or the most beautiful icon. This part of The Sims 3 is not just about looks however, as an extensive set of personality traits can be picked from to give your Sim a unique behaviour that no other in Sunset Valley shares.
After briefly examining the tools on offer to craft your Sim's looks, we'll move onto getting their personality just right. Appearance First of all you need to pick a model to start off from.
Either choose one of the pre-made Sims using the icon at the bottom near the navigation tools as shown below, or try your luck with the Randomise tool until you find something suitable. These allow you to find someone who looks relatively like what you want your end product to be, and you can then edit the finer details to make it a reality.
Use the pre-made Sim tool to pick a model as your starting point. The idea is to pick a Sim to begin with who looks roughly like your target.
Use the Gender icon to access the menu for these basics. At this stage your model will probably still not look ideal, but there is plenty of time for that later. Access the Hair panel indicated by a hairbrush to pick a hairstyle for your Sim.
While the selection is not exactly endless unlike the colours! The hair is crucial, as it is probably the most noticeable and distinctive feature of most people and Sims. Facial hair similarly characterises the model very strongly, more than eye colour or nose shape. Choose a hair colour more choices are available by clicking on the brush icon, including multi-coloured patterns! Eyebrows and lashes round out the panel if you think your Sim needs a change in that department. The latter are ideal for female characters, while the former allows male Sims to replicate that evil genius look.
Use the Hair menu to completely change styles. The colour options are literally endless. With the hair in place sorting out the finer details becomes easier as your Sim starts to look more and more like your target person in theory.
Use the Looks panel, indicated by a head shape, to adjust all of the minute facets of your Sim's face. Pick a template from the list, and then access the Advanced options, indicated by the magnifying glass. Use the sliders to alter each template more precisely for areas such as cheeks or lips to suit your needs. The final category is Clothing, indicated by some trousers and a top icon. You can ignore this tab if you like, but it adds a lot of additional personality to your Sim.
Clothing is split into five categories: Everyday, Formal, Sleepwear, Athletic and Swimwear. Everyday is the main one; it is what your Sim will wear each regular day. There are also occupational outfits, which you will not be able to tailor to your own desires — your Sims automatically change into these before work. Use the Create a Style tool shown by a paintbrush image to alter colours, textures and astonishingly fine details to get the look you want.
After picking your outfits and their colours you can also download custom content from the Internet, or design your own on your computer , continue onto the crucial Personality section. Pick your Sim's clothes, tasteful or otherwise. Traits are what make up a Sim's personality in The Sims 3. You can pick five out of a whopping 63 if you are building an adult, whereas children pick them up based on how well they have been raised.
Some are easier to interpret than others. For example, Athletic creates a Sim naturally interested in a career in athletics, as you may expect, but it also gives them desires to work out, improve their fitness and go to the gym. Choose some Traits for your Sim. Many Traits give your Sim special interactions with certain places or objects.
Something like Computer Whiz gives your Sim special abilities when interacting with a PC, for example. Other Traits are harder to work out. Something like the Insane Trait just needs to be experimented with to see how your particular Sim and their combination of other Traits reacts to losing their mind!
Rest assured however that it is almost guaranteed to be fun. Every trait in the game is listed below, and a brief explanation of each is given: Absent-Minded — Your Sim finds it hard to concentrate on simple tasks.
Ambitious — Your Sim has desires to succeed, be great, rich and popular. Angler — You Sim has a natural flair for fishing. Artisitic — Your Sim has a natural flair for art. A trip to the art gallery will please Artistic Sims in particular. Athletic — You Sim has a natural flair at sports. Bookworm — Your Sim loves reading. Brave — Nothing can scare your Sim.
Try out the Catacombs underneath the Graveyard. Can't Stand Art — Eurgh! Your Sim detests art. Don't visit the gallery… Charismatic — Your Sim loves to speak. A career in politics may not be a bad idea. Childish — Your Sim has never grown up and still acts like a child. Clumsy — Simple tasks can become a chore for a clumsy Sim.
Commitment Issues — Relationships are tough for a Sim with Commitment Issues, but also more spontaneous! Computer Whiz — Your Sim is a master of computer technology.
Couch Potato — Your Sim is lazy and would rather sit at home than go out on the town. Coward — The opposite of Brave, your Sim is scared easily. Don't visit the Graveyard! Daredevil — Your Sim loves taking risks. Dislikes Children — Your Sim doesn't like children.
Easily Impressed — Your Sim enjoys tasks and events that others may find boring. Evil — Your Sim has a passion for all things bad, and enjoys making others unhappy. Excitable — Like the Easily Impressed Trait, your Sim finds simple and even mundane tasks exhilarating.
Family Orientated — The opposite of dislikes children, your Sim would adore the chance to have a family. Flirty — Your Sim can effortlessly woo the opposite sex with one-liners and a raised eyebrow. Friendly — Your Sim enjoys the company of others and finds it easy to be nice and make friends from acquaintances.
Frugal — Your Sim is good with money and never spends unnecessarily or wastes items. Genius — Naturally gifted with supreme intelligence, your Sim is incredibly clever. Good — Your Sim is good-hearted, the opposite of evil. Good Sense of Humour — Laughing at every joke cracked in the room, your Sim loves to laugh. Great Kisser — The kiss seals the deal with your Sim. Green Thumb — A natural flair in the garden belongs to your Sim.
Grumpy — Your Sim is easily angered and is the opposite of Friendly. Handy — Your Sim has a gift for fixing and tinkering with household objects. People from across Sunset Valley will ask you for help.
Hates the Outdoors — Your Sim can't stand parks, ponds or even just being outside. Heavy Sleeper — The grim reaper himself would struggle to get your Sim out of bed. Fires and burglars are more regular threats however. Hopeless Romantic — Convince the opposite sex of your Sim's attractiveness through carefully selected actions and words, always providing a positive outcome. Unless the other person hates romance of course!
Hot-Headed — Like the Grumpy Trait, but with more shouting. Hydrophobic — Your Sim is scared of water, or more accurately, dislikes it strongly. Hydrophobic Sims won't enjoy a swim, so don't be cruel like this. Inappropriate — Turning up at a business meeting in a bikini may be on the cards for your Sim. Insane — Your Sim is unpredictable and prone to swings in character, mood and personality. Kleptomaniac — Your Sim loves to collect the knicks and knacks from around Sunset Valley and horde them.
Light Sleeper — Your Sim will be easily woken during the night, making a good sleep difficult to come by. The opposite of Heavy-Sleeper. Loner — Your Sim likes to be alone and doesn't need friends. Loser — Your Sim has a natural talent for…losing. Loves the Outdoors — The opposite to Hates the Outdoors, your Sim enjoys all external activity, as well as just being at one with nature. Lucky — Your Sim has good fortune regularly thrust in their face.
Mean-Spirited — Your Sim enjoys ruining the mood of others and fails to see the silver lining to many-a-cloud.