Parents' Guide to

The Sims 3: Generations

By Mark Raby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

New expansion better simulates the aging process.

Game Mac , Windows 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+


My children LOVE this game! I bought it for them and they LOVE it! They are old enough to be mature for this game and that's it! It shows absolutely nothing inappropriate and it shows children the up's and down's of growing up! I believe there is really nothing to be worried about in this game, you raise your children, get a job, decorate, become a billionaire you find your own path in this game! And if your children are mature enough like my daughters, it's fine! No drinking, smoking, or language applicable which is so nice to know! I believe the rating is for the concern of having children, and the death of old age in this game. My children have played Modern Warfare before and I think it is MUCH worse than this game. There's so much cussing and violence, but this game has none applicable. From the creators of my-sims which my daughter used to play on her D-S this is much like it, but more detailed. Like I said YOU choose the path and can avoid anything explicit which is VERY minor in this game. This is also very similar to Virtual Family's which is also a life simulator game where you get a job, have children, and get married. I just think the sims 3 is more detailed and more fun.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (16 ):

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.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac , Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: May 31, 2011
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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