The Sims 3 Generations Review and Game Guides
New Features Summary and In-Depth Generations Expansion Pack Info
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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