If you've seen one character creation tool you've seen them all? Wrong. From eye lid height to nasolabial folds and Joan Jett's raccoon-black eyeliner to tiger-striped costume makeup, The Sims 3 offers a cosmology of anatomical and cosmetic tweaks tucked neatly into five unassuming little buttons. Just about anything can be pinched or twisted to your liking, while several advanced tools let you make fine adjustments to any facial feature. To give you an idea, you get 13 sliders to twiddle your Sim's eyes alone; another 11 for cheek, chin, and jaw. In short, with enough patience and careful fussing, you can finally cook up a Sim that's a recognizable ringer for anyone, including yourself.
From the neck down, your options are limited to lateral body size (why can't you change height, EA?), though whether you're thin, fit, or chubby, clothes now hang properly on your Sim's frame. Sorry voyeurs, no stuffing bras or jockstraps -- your sub-neckline options are relegated to clothing presets for different occasions, from everyday v-neck tees and fatigues to formal slacks, skirts, smoking jackets, blouses, wristbands, watches, and earrings. Even your Sim's audio cues have adjustable sliders. Want to change the pitch of your Sim's voice? Yep, you can.
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