A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This expansion pack celebrates the life of a Sim in a way not seen before in the Sims universe. It allows players to better see and understand how their sims' interactions and ambitions change as they go from being a toddler to a senior citizen.
Positive Role Models
There is a message in this game that everyone, regardless of age, can do whatever they set their mind to.
Ease of Play
Although there are some new features and changes to the way the Sims characters are presented, the core gameplay is identical to The Sims 3.
Violence & Scariness
Although the expansion itself introduces no new violence into The Sims 3, the core game does include some. Sims can taunt, argue, and get into physical fights with each other. Sims with nasty personality traits may actually feel better after beating up another Sim.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
This expansion pack includes additional suggestive content, such as the ability to have bachelor or bachelorette parties. It is also possible for Sim characters to make "woohoo" (the Sims version of sex) in a tree house or in the shower. This is in addition to the sexual material that exists in the base game, which allows Sims to make woohoo under bed sheets.
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Products & Purchases
This is an expansion pack for The Sims 3. As is common with this series, players need to continue buying add-ons like this to keep the game new and interesting.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Generations is an expansion pack for The Sims 3. Players must have a copy of the Sims 3 game in order to use this product. In addition to new items for players to decorate their virtual houses with, this expansion adds new layers to the way the Sims characters age. Their tastes evolve and the way they interact with others changes. It has a positive message that suggests one can do whatever one sets one's mind to, regardless of age. Parents should also note that Sims can now throw bachelor and bachelorette parties, and make "woohoo" -- the Sims version of sex, which isn't shown, but rather implied -- in tree houses and the shower.
Is It Any Good?
The Sims 3: Generations is one of the most interesting expansion packs in the Sims franchise because, unlike most, it actually goes back to the drawing board and reinvents the way the virtual characters behave. Most expansion packs simply add new items or new features, but don't examine the core dynamic in the way Sims interact with one another and with themselves. Some of the changes are subtle, and it may not be as exciting as some of the other expansion packs, but there are some very interesting new concepts like "life events," celebrations for milestones in a Sim's career, and a "Memories" system that keeps track of everything a Sim has accomplished in the virtual world.
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