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New Features Summary and In-Depth Generations Expansion Pack Info

Sims 3 Generations Guide:
Chemistry | Children | Teenagers | Adults/Elder | Afterschool Activities
Day Care | Boarding School | Pranks | Imaginary Friend

The Sims 3 Generations

The Sims 3 Generations expansion brings many exciting new possibilities for Sims of all ages. Generations focuses on enriching the lives of your Sims. This Guide to the new features brought by this expansion will give you a summary of what's new and link you to in-depth articles for the most important gameplay elements.

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New Talent Chemistry
Chemistry and Potion Making are a new feature of Generations. This activity is governed by the Logic skill. So, there are no new skills, but there is something extra to do with one. Some are useful for practical jokes, bringing imaginary friends to life, to making a quick escape. You can gain skill with this chemistry table alone, and there is a new logic skill challenge that makes the potions cheaper to produce.

New Profession Day Care
Sims can now take up Daycare by reading the newspaper or using the computer. This will invite children to your Sim's home and they'll be paid for watching them. It gets a little harder with more children, but the system gives you time to improve. Check out the guide to this profession through the link above.

Generations - pulling a prank

Pranks and Punishment Kids and Teens
Children can set booby traps, while Teenagers refine the art and can pull off Pranks. These give the rascals a good mood bump and are entertaining to watch. The wicked little pranksters can set up most everything in the house to blow, from whoopee cushions in the couch, to sinks and toilets. However, when they get caught, they can be disciplined by mom and dad. Check the pranks guide to learn more about discipline and punishments.

Making Memories
One of the new features of Generations is the ability to record video with a camera and review it on television. This is fairly cool, but with it comes a bit of a nuisance. At first, you will find it interesting to learn that your Sims now take note of big events in their life first kiss, learning to drive. But the number of these can be overwhelming and sometimes silly. If you take a family of five on vacation they'll likely all show a popup denoting the new memory. If the notifications were crowded to you before, you'll want to turn this feature off. For people who stick it out, sharing memories can lead to achievements and clothing unlocks.

Generations - collecting memories in the new scrapbook

New Social Interactions and Activities
Sims can now tell ghost stories to one another, as pictured below. That provides a nice storytelling session where everyone gathers 'round. Sims can ask one another on dates, and which gender is preferred for dating. Children can use their imaginations while dressed in costumes (see the kid's costume chest in the toys menu). There's a see-saw, slip and slide, spring ride, tree house, and sandbox to entertain the youngsters. Sims can also now give each other gifts and will judge your taste in doing so. You don't have to give them something they'll love, how about a nice drink of bladder flow?

Boarding School
Boarding Schools are a new addition that people who don't like raising kids will exploit often. You can send your child to one of several schools that will provide them with specific types of educations. Most kids will do great, and can be enrolled for both primary and high school. It comes with a price tag, but you won't need to micromanage the kid. On longer life-span games you can see the child once in a while over the weekend. Note that if they age up in one of these schools you'll lose control of trait selection and it'll likely be related to the school they went to.

Generations - Telling a Ghost Story

Childhood Imaginary Friends and More
The biggest addition to childhood in Generations is the Imaginary Friend. This can start appearing when your Sim is a child if they've buddied up to the imaginary friend doll required to start the process. It is possible to make this doll into a real Sim. If you don't like the way it looks when it's made real, it has the power to look like the strange raggedy doll you've known all along. The imaginary friend doll or any teddy bear can take part in a tea party with the child.

Children can dress up in costumes, play on new playground equipment, and prank their parents. At school, they can participate in the scouts or ballet, and will learn some new interactions by doing so. It will also start them out developing skills. Children may sometimes miss their afterschool activities for new field trips, that sometimes come with souveniers.

At the end of the day, they can be read a bedtime story by mom or dad. You can even have them read skill books to the kid. That'll put 'em to sleep! Of course, for daily living, you'll have some new clothing and decor for children. A couple of new toys exist, and there are now sand boxes that can conceal a child's buried treasure.

Generations - Planning a new teen party

Teens in Generations can learn to drive, have mood swings, date others their age, and take part in clubs and activities at high school, such as the school newspaper, or study club. Have a look at the activities page to learn about the skills your Sim will gain by participating in these.

Your teens will have a Prom, and may find a date and maybe even meet their partner for life at the party. Design your Sim's formal outfit for the engagement and be ready when the limo arrives! A lot of different things can happen at Prom. Later, your teen Sim will graduate complete with cap and gown. If they participated in any clubs or organizations at school they can get merits for excellence there.

Overall all stages of childhood from toddler to teen are better represented in this expansion. School is given new life with the opportunities children and teens can take up. You'll find overall that there's a much greater variety of things the youngsters can do to pass the time. Childhood will be over in a blink. If you want your Sims to have more time in any particular life stage, you can now customize the length of each through the options menu. If you cheat, you will like that the Generations patch brough the ability to customize a Sim in Create-a-Sim with a shift-click and testingcheatsenabled true.

Generations - romantic reputation

Romantic Reputation and Dating
There is a new scrapbook on the Simology tab, where you can see any memories your Sims had throughout their lifetimes. Additionally, there's a tab for romance. It will lay out your Sim's stats in the field and how they're viewed by others. You can be a cheater or a sleaze. Watch what your Sims do in public to save face. It can be hard to find a good relationship when the town knows you get around.

Sims can go on dates with Generations, which finally returns from the previous Sims games. The open world of The Sims 3 was waiting for this although we did have group outings. It's a more direct line to love and making the date fun adds more depth to romancing in TS3. Sims can now give each other flowers, stargaze together (a great interaction), and adults can woohoo in the shower or the new treehouse.

Adults and Elders
Young Adults in Generations can have a Midlife Crisis while advancing to Adulthood. Read more on this dynamic in the linked guide to new features for adults. This is a cool mechanic that doesn't present itself for every Sim, and is totally random. Elders can now get around with canes.

New Parties
Teens can throw a party while mom and dad are out of town, but might get caught if their parents come home from the free vacation opportunity. They'll also have the aforementioned prom and the occasional school dance. Adult Sims can have bachelor/bachelorette parties that can feature entertainment in the form of a dancer (male or female).

Generations - The New Hover bed

New Lifetime Rewards
Generations gives several new and interesting Lifetime Rewards. The Motive Mobile is quite cool, filling a Sim's needs as they ride around town. Sims can purchase a clone voucher and get a child doppleganger of themselves which counts as family. Age is much more manipulable with the Young Again and Age Freeze potions. Tech fans will like the Hover Bed, perhaps the best bed to grace The Sims 3 at the low cost of 20,000 lifetime happiness points.

Closing Thoughts
The Sims 3 Generations brings a lot of interesting features that make Sim lives seem much more full and interesting. If you like expansions that bring a lot of new professions or skills it's not for you. Most of its features aren't as in-your-face as the Memories system, but you'll find new things to do throughout the game's many menus. I'd recommend this expansion pack second only to The Sims 3 Ambitions.

Comments (75)

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Elizabeth says...
Hi, I've got Sims 3 deluxe and i do not want to buy generations for my ambitions. i am thinking, is late night okay?
1st October 2012 12:48am
Allison says...
Are you kidding me? I (and a LOT of other people) think that Late Night is the best Expansion!
5th December 2012 1:51am
Gabby says...
No seasons is the best
7th February 2013 7:24am
binah06 says...
I think late night is the best. But seasons sounds cool...
16th February 2013 6:02pm
Mollie says...
I had season then got supernatural I think that's best but who cares our opinion is ours
26th March 2013 6:53am
Sam says...
Pets and ambitions are good ones to have on top of late night (which is also great) to broaden your horizons in the game.
11th April 2013 1:09pm
courtney says...
umm hello i dont know what game to pick generations or seasons they both sound cool like seasons you get weather and then generations you get weddings differnt cool stuff like that thank you
7th March 2014 9:37am
MelaniHeart says...
I am going to get sims 3 generations expansion pack tomorrow after christmas day of 2013 i want to know what clothes you get and what is store content and all the other suff because I am a bit new to sims 3 but I have the one for ios the sims freeplay.
25th December 2013 6:06pm
Lola says...
You are missing out my friend! The PC game is so much better than the ios version!
27th December 2013 12:29am
kinsley7 says...
i think generations is the best. still if you do not want it, i highly recommend late night.
respectfully, kinsley7
23rd February 2013 8:33am
Isabella says...
I HIGHLY recommend sims 3 seasons :3
28th January 2014 11:56am
Ann says...
Let me tell you this: Seasons makes the gameplay more realistic (though the weather slows my PC down), Late Night makes you enjoy more fun stuff, especially for adults (though the elevator and metro system for my game are always slow) and Generations gives your children loads of new things to, imho, I would suggest you get all makes for a well-rounded sims game the developpers failed to create in the vanilla version. :)
19th March 2013 9:55am
Galactic President McAwesome says...
Yeah, I heard if you install generations and ambitions, meteors come at you non stop.
8th April 2013 11:50am
Alicia says...
That isn't true I have them and I have no meteoroids at all
6th September 2013 7:59pm
Fallyn says...
I have late night, supernatural, and pets. I'll tell you that supernatural is truly fun for about a month, but eventually yo forget that you even have it.Pets is good for a week before the excitement of having a lizard wears off, but late night stays fun forever. There's so much to do, it's endless. I love it
12th June 2013 4:20pm
Cathrine is not my real name says...
I just got seasons and I love it. Seasons are great with Ambitions and Pets
26th December 2013 10:34am
Caralynne says...
I never liked having children in the game as there was little to do with them; this expansion pack has really done a lot for gameplay and I'm actually enjoying having quite a few children at the same time now. Totally worth it.
17th October 2012 12:06pm
Coco says...
I want my sim to go to the prom, but I don't know when the prom is.
2nd November 2012 10:06pm
Emmalie says...
Prom is at a random time, therefore nobody really knows. Honestly, Prom is most likely to be a couple of days before your Teen turns into an Adult.
29th January 2013 8:41am
Emma says...
Hi i really like this game its so good me and my step sis has made a random harry potter one but with wolfs too!
10th November 2012 8:54pm
Emma says...
I cant wait to get this game as well as latenight for chirstmas i soo exited for the bunkbeds and daycare and to get my children to play panks!! :D
2nd December 2012 12:33pm
Tony says...
In the first and second game I hated children. They were a pain to manage with work and skilling up, I finally gave them a second shot in ts3 and I must say: they are so much fun! The base game let me adjust the age length for every age stage, you can call a baby sitter and let them deal with the child. These two options are what made it fun for me to have kids.

However: it soon became really fun to pass the torch to the next gen, teens can date in the base game as well (must have been added to the base game after this up). All this had me having so much fun with kids and teens I now Love Them both! Because of this I Had To pick this ep up to further my experience.

Take it from someone who hated kids and teens in TS 1&2, and fell in love with them in TS3: this is Well worth it!
8th December 2012 4:10am
Simloverliv says...
My advice for people who want to get the sims 3 generations, its a fantastic game with all the new activities and interations you can do with your sim! But if you like games that you can play teachers than get the sims 3 ambitions. no hates to this comment.
21st December 2012 4:07pm
kinsley7 says...
Generations is fun! But wouldn't you think that the original Sims 3 game would come with teaching? Ambitions mostly is an EP about jobs. I mean, if Vanilla Sims 3 came with teaching, it would be cool!!!
23rd February 2013 4:29pm
sandra says...
i want to get this expansion but I am worried 1. do you start out as a kid and grow up, or do you just have children and they grow up? and i am deciding on this expansion and the late night expansion. which one do i choose?
24th December 2012 3:27am
emmie says...
Totally Generations bcuz it really shows u how to parent if ur not married and its like having a little family living in ur laptop. late night wasnt so fun, in my opinion. I had sooo much fun on The Sims 3 Generations Expansion Pack XD
26th December 2012 6:44pm
joyce says...
You can choose. You can start out as a kid or watch them grow up, it depends on what you choose in CAS.
16th October 2013 8:11pm
Olivia says...
You said that they can have bachelorette parties that can feature entertainment in the form of a dancer (male or female). Can you get the dancer? and if you can how? Also I can't get my sims to woohoo in the treehouse, how to you get that to work?
31st December 2012 4:42pm
kinsley7 says...
hello olivia.
the dancer comes at random times. i have seven families on my sims and not but one had a dancer for their bachelor(ette) parties.

also, to woohoo in the treehouse, two sims need to be relaxing, then theres the option to woohoo if one sim clicks on their partner.
respectfully, kinsley

22nd February 2013 8:16am
brooklynn says...
I have received the sims 3 generation expansion pack and am not thrilled! As soon as i downloaded it the quality was fine. A couple days layer i get on it again and it doenst work. Its says i need updates on my laptop and i try to update it and it uninstalls is! I need assistence on my problem with this game.
2nd January 2013 8:18pm
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