It’s common knowledge that I’m something of a Sims super fan, and can you really blame me? The base game alone is always amazing, but with the huge range of expansion packs, there is so much content to put yourself in. We’ve already looked at all of the expansion packs for The Sims 4, but this time we’re jumping back.
Sims 3 extensions
The Sims 3 don’t feel old at all, even though they were first released in 2009. In four years we were awarded a total of 11 Sims 3 expansion packs. When EA puts its back catalog on Steam, we dive back in and take you with us!
Editor’s Note: In this article, we’re only talking about full expansion packs, not packs, or we’d be here forever (as much as I’d love to write The Sims all week, I’ve got other things to do here as a good thing).
The first expansion for The Sims 3 was World Adventures. They’ve added three new vacation spots for your Sims to explore in Egypt, France and China. The ability to take your Sims on vacation was new to this expansion and brought with it some interesting places to explore, such as ancient tombs with mummies.
While it’s a fun addition to your game, I wouldn’t call it “essential” unless you plan to spend a lot of time exploring. You’ll get three new skills, martial arts, photography, and nectar making, but aren’t otherwise too monumental.
The second expansion was filled with much more powerful content for your game. The Ambition expansion package introduced five new career paths: firefighters, investigators, ghost hunters, stylists and architectural designers. You have had the opportunity to have more control over what your Sim is doing at work and to shorten the usual waiting time while ticking Simeloeans.
Three new skills were also introduced: sculpture, tattooing and inventing, and a new neighborhood – Twinbrook. Overall, this is what I would highly recommend as this expansion opens up a lot of new game options for your Sims.
Next we go on a trip to the big city with Nightlife. Bring us another new neighborhood, but this time an expansive (ish) cityscape that gave your Sims the opportunity to explore city life. Now that they had access to a big city, they needed some new jobs and skills to go along with it! This also gave us access to the new film career, and both the music and sports careers have received an updated career path. And four new skills came on stage: piano, bass, drums and mixology.
You finally had the opportunity to turn your Sims into celebrities or vampires (or both). The more fame you gain, the more benefits you get for your Sim or enjoy all the benefits of being a vampire – it’s up to you!
The generation expansion package is a breeze for the family-oriented Sim. As the name suggests, a whole series of new options have been introduced for the younger Sims in your family tree. While the game usually focuses on characters for young adults and adults, it offers children and teenagers some fun new options, such as prom evenings, field trips, and a whole host of school activities.
They also introduced a new career, daycare, and a new skill, chemistry – though none of them are really at the forefront of expansion. Ultimately, this is the perfect package for those who want to build large families.
If you can’t figure out what this extension brought to the table by name, I don’t know how I can help you. This expansion brought pets with three main types to choose from – dogs, cats, and horses – and introduced the new ability to ride. In addition to these traditional pets, there were also a number of smaller pets to choose from, including birds, turtles, lizards, rodents, and snakes.
But that’s pretty much all. So if you are not an animal lover, this package is definitely not for you. However, being able to include pets in your Sim’s household is always fun.
Next up is the Showtime expansion, which reinforces the celebrity aspect that was introduced in Late Night. We get a new neighborhood called Starlight Shores and three new celebrity careers: magicians, acrobats and singers. Sims also had the opportunity to improve their DJ skills, with all aspects leading to a more rounded celebrity experience.
This Sims 3 expansion pack was all about putting your Sim in the spotlight. So if you are not a fan of this career path, you should skip this package, as otherwise not much is really offered.
Supernatural, you say? But we already have mummies in World Adventures and vampires in Late Night, how much more supernatural can it get ?! Well, Supernatural also brought werewolves, fairies, witches and zombies into the mix. In addition to these new playable options, all of which have their own advantages for the Sims that transform into them, we also have the Moonlight Falls district and the fortune teller and alchemist professions (as well as the alchemy skill that accompany them).
For those who really enjoy the crazy nature of the game, including these magical races in your game only helps build on them.
The seasons resulted in one of the biggest gameplay changes of any expansion, as your Sims no longer got stuck in an eternal summer. Now they could enjoy the changing weather of the seasons every week in the game. Every season brings with it a range of seasonal activities, including famous holidays and festivals. They also
introduced two new skills, soccer and snowboarding – perfect for the new changing weather that you can enjoy.
Oddly, there was another addition that Season brought – aliens. No, I don’t know why either. Aliens have been part of Sims games for a long time, so it was nice to see them come back here, no matter how strange their introduction was.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love the university expansions that come with the Sims. The Sims 3 expansion University Life was no different. Sims could choose from six major subjects: business, communication, science and medicine, fine arts, sports or technology. You have to move from the family home to the dormitories, join various social groups such as jocks, nerds and rebels, and even join a fraternity or brotherhood.
This was also the expansion that turned your Sims phones into smartphones so you can use them better in the game. University life also brought some new skills with it, namely social networks, street art and science. Undoubtedly my favorite expansion for Sims 3, and I recommend anyone who plays this version of the game to buy it.
Another quarter is introduced with the Island Paradise expansion pack, but this time on a tropical island – Isla Paradiso. This new island locale brings with it a whole host of activities on the island, such as diving, becoming a lifeguard and traveling around by boat.
Of all the Sims 3 extensions, this receives the most backlash online. It doesn’t bring a lot of new content and has often been plagued with errors by many users. It’s pretty much a watered down version of World Adventures and doesn’t add anything spectacular to your game.
In the future
The latest expansion of Sims 3 was called Into The Future and brought some interesting time travel options with it. Yes, time travel. Your Sim can travel into the future and even meet its own offspring in a new sub-district of Oasis Landing. This futuristic city can either be a glorious utopia of future technology or become an unattractive dystopian landscape. Three new skills have also been introduced; Advanced technology, bot building and laser rhythm-a-con, a new tool you can learn.
Overall, this was a fun expansion to end The Sims 3, and definitely adds some interesting gameplay aspects that we’ve seen in previous versions of the game or not (yet) in The Sims 4.
Wow, I almost forgot how much content they squeezed into The Sims 3, but the writing down inevitably made me dive right back into everything and explore again – who’s with me? Let us know in the comments below which is your favorite Sims 3 expansion pack! Sul sul!