The Sims 3: Generations



New expansion better simulates the aging process.
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Positive messages

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.


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.


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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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.

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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.

What's it about?

THE SIMS 3: GENERATIONS expansion pack takes a deeper look at the way humans change as they get older. It is the latest step in the Sims franchise to try to emulate the highly complex nature of human interaction. When they first start exploring the world, Sims spend a lot of time dreaming and imagining things. Teenage Sims, meanwhile, have the ability to be studious or troublesome. As they approach their golden years, Sims spend more time reflecting on the life they've had. The expansion pack also introduces several new items to keep the process of building and upgrading your house as fresh and interesting as possible.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how much they have changed over the years. Do you think the game accurately reflects how people change as they age? Does it help you better appreciate how people might be inclined to feel as they grow older?

  • Discuss whether Sims 3 expansions do a good job of keeping the experience fresh. Was the expansion pack worth the extra money?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:May 31, 2011
ESRB rating:T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written byLOVELOVESMILE November 1, 2013


I think this game is ok. But it depends on how responsible your kids are. There is some drinking,sex,pregnancy, and dating. I have a sim on her ebut she doesn't drink or anything because I know better than that.It really depends if you think your kids is responsible enough :)
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Kid, 11 years old February 5, 2012

it has a little nudity and sometimes violence but its a really good game

Parent of a 12 and 19 year old Written bySmileyface5351 February 3, 2012


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.
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