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The Sims 3 Expansion Packs List

Expansion and Stuff Pack Gameplay Features

There are a total of eleven Expansion Packs released for The Sims 3, with no more coming - we are awaiting The Sims 4! They are all themed, and will bring a particular flavor of additions to your Sims 3 games. TS3's Expansions work independently of one other and combine all their game additions, so you are free to mix and match them, along with the Stuff Packs (SP). You should install your game's EPs and SPs in the order they were released whenever you are forced to reinstall the game. Many of the Simmers at our forum like to do a clean reinstall of their games whenever they buy a new expansion. It seems to help to make the game more stable when you do so, as no other content will be interfering with the Sims 3 base game. If you're someone who has loads of addons and custom content, you will likely find this a big headache. Thankfully the Sims 3's Game Launcher does a fine job quickly importing new content.

This list's primary role is to link you to more information about each expansion and stuff pack. It also serves as a buyer's guide to the game, helping you choose which to buy based on major features of the Expansion. The Sims 3 guide is very well structured for the amount of information it holds. You'll find that if you head to one of the expansion pack sections of the website, you will see a link to all other content that the expansions add to the Sims 3 base game. This doesn't always include traits, lifetime wishes, lifetime rewards, or new objects. I try to mention those in the expansion guides themselves, although 100% are not represented. A lot of decor etc. is irrelevant to gameplay, and this is a gameplay guide. The one exception here are the Stuff Pack pages. People wonder what they're getting when they buy them, so we've shown what they bring to the game.

Throughout our Sims 3 site, you may see EP Logos like those listed here. This denotes that the information is relevant to that expansion pack only.

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The Sims 3 World Adventures Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP01: World Adventures Expansion Release Date: November 17, 2009
New Town: The Three Travel Spots
The Sims 3 World Adventures adds travel to the game. Sims can make a call and jet off to one of three locales. While there, they can pursue quests that grant them more rights in that country. They can explore tombs for ancient relics and collectibles, and make a living as a tomb raider/archaeologist doing so. Shang Simla, China is a small village with a dojo for learning the new Martial Arts skill. Egypt brings Photography, and is the primo destination to do some tomb raiding with its multiple pyramids. Picking up the new Photography skill gives Sims yet another way to make money whilst recording excitement and scenery during their adventures. France is the most modern location in the expansion, bringing Nectar Making, which produces a drink not unlike wine. Sims can age it to make it worth even more. The new life state in this expansion is the Mummy. Read the expansion guide to learn more. This is the best expansion pack for collectors, so the site's collecting guide may also be of interest to you. You can transform collectibles with the display table to create new, more valuable, items.
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The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff PackThe Sims 3 SP01: High End Loft Stuff Pack Release Date: February 2, 2010
The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff Pack is an addon that will allow you to add a touch of modern decor to your game. It features high end objects that focus on sleek, gorgeous styles as heavy on aesthetics as they are function. High End Loft Stuff will give your Sims access to 39 Buy Mode objects, 6 Build Mode objects, as well as 15 clothing items and 5 hairstyles for both men and women. Since it's release coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Sims franchise, it includes 3 iconic objects that were converted from the Sims 1 and Sims 2 that veteran Simmers will undoubtedly recognize. It's as close as your Sims will get to the future without the use of a Time Machine!
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The Sims 3 Ambitions Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP02: Ambitions Expansion Release Date: June 1, 2010
New Town: Twinbrook
Ambitions is the best expansion pack for Simmers who like to make money. This is a great addon as it brings five new professions, one changed one, and several other ways to make money. The highlights of the EP are the professions. Sims can be a ghost hunter, firefighter, stylist, architect, or private investigator. These pay a weekly stipend and give you money per job. All skills that can make money can now be pursued as self employment professions, which gives you some perks for advancing the skill. There are two new skills: sculpting and inventing. Both of these can be used to make serious cash, and add some interesting new elements to the gameplay. The new life state in this expansion pack is the Simbot, which can be made by inventors. Creations made by your Sims can be sold in the new consignment shop, and even children are given new money making opportunities with the bake sale.
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The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff PackThe Sims 3 SP02: Fast Lane Stuff Pack Release Date: September 7, 2010
Fast Lane is a stuff pack that is all for about cars. Whether it be racing, mystery and intrigue, rockabilly or classic style, there is something here for all your car loving Sims. The pack gives us a few items of clothing and some furniture, but the bulk is made up of decorative items and a whopping twelve new vehicles.
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The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP03: Late Night Expansion Release Date: October 26, 2010
New Town: Bridgeport
The Sims 3 Late Night adds more social and party options. Sims can go to clubs and bars, and raise their popularity with the new celebrity system. Sims can pursue a new career track, which ultimately ends in acting or directing. Sims that get popular will occasionally get rewards, and get in to the most exclusive clubs in town. The new life state for this EP is the Vampire, who are seen in dark clubs and all over the new city. This expansion also brings apartments and high rise buildings. The new town features subways for getting around faster, but this only makes up for the occasional wait on an elevator! Simmers who would like to spruce up the house will find that there are loads of cool new objects to decorate the with, too. The new black lights look great and add a great party feel to any room in the house. This is the expansion pack for Simmers who want to party, but it's also a bag with a few more tricks (like band gigs!). Read the guide to this expansion to get a list of all of the new additions.
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The Sims 3 Outdoor Living StuffThe Sims 3 SP03: Outdoor Living Stuff Release Date: February 1, 2011
Let your Sims enjoy the great outdoors with Outdoor Living Stuff. With 2 Build Mode items and 44 Buy Mode Objects, including 5 new hot tubs, you can build the ultimate outdoor entertainment area.
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The Sims 3 Generations Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP04: Generations Expansion Release Date: May 31, 2011
New Town: None
Generations is a more subtle expansion pack. You won't see all its new stuff blatantly. Everything has been given more depth. The theme here is life states and the memorable moments along the way. Children and Teens can pull pranks. Kids can use their imagination and go on field trips. High Schoolers can pursue an after school activity. Adults might have a midlife crisis, and you could have a bridezilla on your hands. These last two things are fairly random, but may be more likely to happen if things aren't going well. This expansion offers the ability to share memories with others and unlock rewards for doing so. The new life state is the childhood imaginary friend, which appears as a toddler and can evolve as your kid becomes a teen. They can even be made real with the new potion making side of the logic skill. This expansion adds some great new lifetime rewards. You can buy a hoverbed, vehicle that improves your mood while you drive, and get age freeze or young again potions. You can even clone your Sim! Head to this expansion's page to learn about the various additions for different age groups.
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The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff PackThe Sims 3 SP04: Town Life Stuff Release Date: July 26, 2011
Get your Sims into town with seven new community lots. Town Life Stuff also adds 35 new buy mode items, 5 build items and a handful of new clothes.
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The Sims 3 Pets Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP05: Pets Expansion Release Date: Oct 18, 2011
New Town: Appaloosa Plains
If you don't like pets, you won't like this Expansion. Its primary contributions are Cats, Dogs, and Horses. Cats and Dogs can hunt to find collectibles, and provide a lot of new interactions to enjoy as Sims engage their pet. Horses are the most detailed offering of Pets. Sims can breed and sell them, and train them for racing. Big earnings can be made by winning a race while the Equestrian Center is open. The new life form in Pets is the Unicorn. These creatures can bless Sims, start fires, and teleport along with their rider. They're super fast and guaranteed to do better in races. The game was also released on console but Horses are not available.
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The Sims 3 Master Suite StuffThe Sims 3 SP05: Master Suite Stuff Release Date: January 24, 2012
Master Suite is all about seduction and romance. Dress the part with 38 new clothing items and 5 hairsyles or build and decorate your boudoir with 26 buy mode items and 5 build items.
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The Sims 3 Showtime Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP06: Showtime Expansion Release Date: March 6, 2012
New Town: Starlight Shores
Showtime brings three stage performance careers and gives Sims the chance to chase the dream of performing in front of thousands of adoring fans. The content patch released along with this expansion introduced big social features to the Sims 3, with Showtime's Simport giving Simmers the chance to interact a little by sending Sims to each others' towns to put on shows. Showtime was also released in a Katy Perry edition that comes with objects from her California Dreams tour, along with Katy Perry clothing and hair.
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The Sims 3 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats Stuff PackThe Sims 3 SP06: Katy Perry's Sweet Treats Stuff Release Date: June 5, 2012
As the name implies, this stuff pack is all about sweet things. With 47 buy objects, 9 build objects including 1 wall covering as well as 5 hairstyles and 28 items of clothing, all with a candy, sweet theme.
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The Sims 3 Diesel StuffThe Sims 3 SP07: Diesel Stuff Release Date: July 10, 2012
Based on the Diesel brand of clothing and other items, this stuff pack is aimed at young adult Sims.
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The Sims 3 Supernatural Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP07: Supernatural Expansion Release Date: September 4, 2012
New Town: Moonlight Falls
The Supernatural Expansion Pack brings several new Occult Life States to TS3. New are Fairies, Witches, and Werewolves getting hidden skill levels. Zombies are a new state for Sims that is not quite as detailed as those others, and Vampires are upgraded to have a bit more content (plus you'll get them even without Late Night). The expansion adds a new skill, Alchemy so Sims can finally make potions. There are LTRs and LTWs for all the new Supernatural Types, along with plenty of new spooky decor to spend your Sim's money on. Bonehilda, a skeletal maid, also returns to the Sims series in this EP.
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The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP08: Seasons Expansion Release Date: November 13, 2012
The Seasons Expansion brings Weather to The Sims 3 at last, along with the Alien Life State. The EP features a lot of new things for Sims to do, from snowball fights, to swimming in the ocean. New skills will include Snowboarding and Soccer. The bulk of content will be in new seasonal activities, festivals and the weather effects themselves.
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The Sims 3 70s, 80s, and 90s StuffThe Sims 3 SP08: 70's, 80's, and 90's Stuff Release Date: January 22, 2013
Remember the past with the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Stuff Pack. This pack gives your Sim 29 new objects and 2 build items. They will also have a choice from 29 items of clothing, 6 new hairstyles, 5 new eye makeup and 1 new facial hair.
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The Sims 3 University Life Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP09: University Life Expansion Release Date March 5, 2013
New Town: Sims University (a Travel Destination)
University will wisk Young Adult Sims away World Adventures-style, to a University Campus where they can take classes to get an Eduction and earn a head start in the Adult world. The new Social Groups feature allows Sims to cultivate relationships with a few cliques (Jocks, Rebels, Nerds), and even earn a job in three new related career tracks. There are also three new Skills with this expansion: Science, Social Networking, and Street Art. From fraternities, kegs of drink, streaking, and interative lectures, University Life adds a lot of activities you'd expect to find in the modern University experience.
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The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP10: Island Paradise Expansion - Release Date Jun 25, 2013
New Town: Isla Paradiso
The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion brings an all-new neighborhood with island exploration, speedboats, scuba, and even house boats Sims can live in. The new occult are Mermaids, who will operate just as expected and grow a tail when they enter the water. A new profession will also make its way to the game in the form of resort management. That's right, you'll earn money operating a beach resort.
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The Sims 3 Movie Stuff PackThe Sims 3 SP09: Movie Stuff - Release Date Sept 10, 2013
Lights. Camera. Action! Bring all of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood straight into your Sims’ homes with The Sims™ 3 Movie Stuff! Set the stage for more unique stories with distinctively themed décor, furnishings, and clothing inspired by iconic movie genres. With a wide range of items from a creepy crypt bed to an iconic ten gallon hat, tell the tales of masked vigilantes, western cowboys (and cowgirls), and be inspired to create quirky horror stories. Deck out your Sims as silver screen legends as their ordinary town meets classic Tinseltown!
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The Sims 3 Into The Future Expansion PackThe Sims 3 Final Expansion: EP11 Into the Future - Release Date Oct 22, 2013
New Town: The Future World of Oasis Landing (a Travel Destination)!
This Expansion Pack allows us to take our Sims into the future, with the appropriate high tech goodies you'd expect: hoverboards and jetpacks included. Your Sim will be able to go between the past and future at will, and things you do in the past may affect the future of your Sim's Descendants or the World itself. You will even learn future technologies and be able to apply them in the past to upgrade your home. This is the final Expansion Pack for The Sims 3.
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Comments (181)

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Ingxxx says...
What about Supernatural???
I'll be expanding this list soon :)
29th September 2012 10:48pm
ingrid says...
I love sims 3 seasons
27th June 2013 11:03am
simsfanatic says...
'I will Be expanding the list soon' - september 29 2012 it is freaking 2014 just update it god thame it!!!!
15th April 2014 10:12am
Kirra says...
What about supernatural and Katy Perry Sweet Treats? Please include the prices!!!
2nd October 2012 11:41am
Channy says...
The prices will depend on the store. Roughly $30 - $50 depending on when the game was released.
24th December 2012 3:44pm
Juni says...
I got Generations for $19 and $19 for Seasons so if there is a sale the packs would be really cheap :D
20th January 2014 4:47pm
Kira says...
Its there! They'r Just in 2 Different Places!
24th November 2013 2:09pm
Matt says...
What's your (Carl) favourite expansion pack?
Ambitions, easily. 
22nd October 2012 4:07pm
Matt Collins says...
Really! What would be your 2nd favourite then? I'm thinking of getting late night, but I'm not so sure now:).
World Adventures but I hear it's pretty buggy these days, after that, probably Late Night!
24th October 2012 7:36pm
Nessa says...
The Sims 3 Showtime is the best one yet! you get to go on tour, and there are a few new career paths you can choose, like singer, magician, or acrobat.
31st October 2012 12:56am
Edgar Pacheco says...
Are the EP seperate games or they go with the base game.
You must have the base game to use any of the Expansion Packs for The Sims 3.
1st November 2012 3:48pm
morgan says...
What about hidden springs. Better than ambitions?
Hidden Springs is a town, so can't be compared. I myself do not buy them but others really desire the change in scenery. Look up Union Cove here on the site if your PC can handle it :)
5th November 2012 5:55pm
Bella says...
Which expansion pack has a butler in it? And which one is the best in your opinion?
11th November 2012 4:30pm
Anonymous says...
You can have butler with Late Night Expansion.
16th November 2012 2:52pm
Caitlin says...
Showtime defo because it is way better
16th March 2013 2:13pm
SimLife says...
My butler took my garbage out into the yard and just dropped it. The funny thing was that there was a garbage can a few steps away. I fired him and never hired a new one
26th December 2013 1:50pm
Rachel says...
Do you know any more expansions coming out? Or stuff packs? For the part about installing them in order, I bought ambitions after pets, so is that why my game will freeze, stop working, etc at times?
19th November 2012 11:22pm
Bliss says...
No, it doesn't matter which order you install them in...
More expansions coming out are possibly (rumoured) University/College. To be released in January is the 70s, 80s, 90s stuff pack!
I have my own Sims information blog and site, so yeah! Hope I could help!
11th December 2012 12:41am
Julla says...
there is a new one, Island paradise out, it's the best one so far. In my opinion.
21st July 2013 11:45am
lifewithchocolate says...
Hi Rachel do you have custom content because if you do that's whats making mine lag. And no there are no more expansion packs coming out. They decided to finish it of with a cool futuristic 1. Hope this helps!. If its not custom content or store stuff maybe its your computer or laptop. Thx
8th April 2014 3:55am
Veronica says...
The idea of a butler sounded really cool until I actually got one. The butler (which can be male or female) did not take very good care of the toddler, picked up laundry from the hamper only to throw it on the floor, obsessively cooked food contantly (which either went to waste or was automatically eaten by my Sims---which inspite of having free will turned off, still ate the food- resulting in a "stuffed" negative moodlet).
20th November 2012 9:32pm
Ethan says...
Actually, the Supernatural pack is better. Instead of a butler you get Bonehilda who is really a maid. She doesn't cook food only puts it away, takes out the trash if your door is unlocked, and takes care of the baby and animals if you have Pets pack. The only thing I don't like is that if you have a juice bar she will make a drink, drink it and then the juice goes right through her!(cause she's a skeleton) She'll mop it up but only after an hour. The best part is hat once you have her you dont have to pay her!
18th May 2013 12:23am
kalicokittah says...
What about barnacle bay and hidden springs??
Those are not Expansions but Worlds that EA sells.
22nd November 2012 1:51am
khulan tumen says...
Hi what's the best expansion pack (the one that would have lots of exciting things going on in it)? Thanks :)
27th November 2012 9:16am
Allison says...
Supernatural or seasons
24th March 2014 11:03pm
RandomSyllables says...
I think it would be worthwhile to mention the weather stone, which is made available only by having both Supernatural and Seasons expansion packs. It's a minor detail, but still worth mentioning.
28th November 2012 11:43pm
sammara park says...
which is better seasons, supernaturals,or pets?
There's no way to really answer questions like that, the best way to decide is to look at what each adds and what seems most appealing to you.
2nd December 2012 9:47pm says...
Supernatural,I just installed it yesterday,and found myself wishing I could live in Moonlight Falls with my sims. It also adds some gorgeous Victorian inspired clothes and furniture,but that is just a personal opinion. Honestly,the best way to find your favourite is too play them all and then decide,Not like that is a bad thing though.Good Luck!
7th July 2013 11:43am
BramblemaskWCC says...
I would say Seasons. Supernatural makes zombies appear on full moons, which can be awfully annoying. They eat plants you have if you are growing a garden.
Pets is basically sims, but with animals. They can have babies, and interact with sims. (Personally, it makes me focus more on pets than the sims.)
Seasons allows there to be holidays. Holloween, Christmas. There will be a seasonal festival too. They even allow yours sims to scuba dive and swim in natural bodies of water.
9th November 2013 9:11am
Anzi xxx says...
Scuba diving came with island paradise.
1st March 2014 7:30am
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