The Sims 4 is just around the corner, so I thought I would have one last look back at The Sims 3 and what I’m going to miss (or not miss!) from the third installment in The Sims franchise.
My favourite Sims 3 expansion pack: I think it’s a tie between Generations and Seasons. I loved that Generations added tons of new interactions and content for Sims of all ages (instead of just adult Sims!) that just slotted nicely into normal gameplay, without the need to go to other worlds and so on. The addition of weather in Seasons also just added to the ‘realism’ of the game.
My least favourite Sims 3 expansion pack: Probably Late Night. While it wasn’t a bad expansion pack, I disliked that the nightclub bit just didn’t fit into other worlds very easily – and there was never another world like Bridgeport.
My favourite Sims 3 stuff pack: I loved the ridiculous costumes in the Movie Stuff pack, though I think the Katy Perry Sweet Treats pack was the best value for money – assuming you really liked the whole candy mania thing.
My least favourite Sims 3 stuff pack: I can’t say I cared for the Diesel fashions much. It reminded me a lot of the Sims 2 H & M stuff pack, which I didn’t like very much either.
My favourite Sims 3 Store items: I loved the items that made it easier to look after babies and toddlers, notably the Deluxe Baby Swing and the Head Start Playpen. I think the Last Venue of Amore is probably the most beautiful venue I’ve seen in the store, though it was released a bit close to The Sims 4 for me to buy it.
My favourite Sims 3 world: Appaloosa Plains from the Pets expansion was probably my favourite expansion pack world. From the worlds I bought from the Store, Monte Vista was my absolute favourite, though I also liked Lunar Lakes (reminded me of Strangetown from Sims 2) and Dragon Valley.
What I will miss the most when moving from Sims 3 with all packs to The Sims 4 base game: I think I will miss having weather and a huge selection of clothing, furniture, etc.
What I will miss the least when moving from Sims 3 with all packs to The Sims 4 base game: I will definitely not miss the super long load screens of Sims 3! At last count, it took over 8 minutes from me pressing the play button on the launcher to actually being able to play my save game. That is one positive thing of going from a game with tons of extra content to a base game.
I don’t think I’ll miss toddlers either. As mentioned above, I lovely the Store’s ‘premium content’ that reduced the effort of having Sim babies and toddlers. For me, toddlers were a tedious life stage that could only interact with a handful of specialised objects and had access to a very limited number of skills. Plus, I’m hoping that with one less life stage to worry about, the Sims 4 team will be able to focus on more content and clothing items for the other life stages – a lot of the stuff and expansion packs seemed very focused on adults (especially females), with a disappointingly small selection for males, teens and children.
I think that just about sums up my final thoughts on The Sims 3. I look forward to seeing what The Sims 4 has to offer!