2 new articles popped up today for The Sims 3. 

Action Trip just added a new article for The Sims 3 in which they give their first look at the game.

The first change emphasized by EA is the effort to create towns and true-to-life neighborhoods, where each household functions on its own. Specifically, your neighbors will be up to the same daily routines as you. They’ll also get new jobs, get into relationships, etc. Unlike before, in The Sims 3 you can actually see and keep track of each character. In The Sims 2 avatars (be they your neighbor’s or your own) would disappear when you’re not looking. This time, you can follow them as they go about their day-to-day tasks. If you so desire, you can follow your neighbors’ activities – as they start their cars, go off to work and such. For socializing and interaction, EA plans to introduce places like parks, movie theaters, bistros, bookstores, clothing stores etc.

Games Radar also shares some details with The Sims 3 and how the game will incorporate a few ideas from Spore. 

However, The Sims 3 won’t be revisiting the failed Sims Online MMO project of a few years back. Instead of multiplayer, EA will be pushing the community side of the game, with features such as a Facebook-style social networking service. Here, you’ll be able to upload Sims to a homepage, where friends and other players can download them into their own towns.

Action Trip – The Sims 3 First Look

Gamers Radar – The Sims 3 Preview