Top Five Best Sims 3 Expansions

Updated on April 13, 2015
Amanda108 profile image

Amanda has been a Simmer (fan of The Sims games) since childhood. To this day she still discovers new ways to play and writes to share them.

Shots of The Sims 3
Shots of The Sims 3 | Source

With the 2014 release of the new (and slightly controversial among fans) life-simulation PC game The Sims 4, its predecessor is now considered outdated by some. True, The Sims 3 will no longer have any new releases - not in the form of expansion packs, stuff packs, or even new Sims store content. But The Sims 3 ended with 11 expansions and 9 stuff packs total. Quite a massive game all together, I'd say!

And just because The Sims 4 is offering a new and different way to play doesn't mean you should stop playing The Sims 3. There are fundamental differences in game play that make both The Sims 3 and The Sims 4 worthy of your attention at the same time, just as with The Sims 2 vs The Sims 3.

Actually, many fans compare The Sims 4 to The Sims 2 in terms of likeness when it comes to playing style. The Sims 3 was a world of its own. Poor original The Sims, everyone seems to have forgotten you except to look back with nostalgia.

If you're determined to consistently move onward in your Sims gaming without looking back, I'm sure you'll have a great time. For those of us who either choose not to (or cannot) play The Sims 4 or who want to keep both versions in our lives or those who simply wish to focus on The Sims 3 for the time being, which Sims 3 expansion packs should you look into purchasing (or keeping, if you're intending to downgrade your game to free up room on your PC for The Sims 4)?

The following Sims expansions packs significantly alter The Sims 3 in multiple ways, so that playing is never quite the same after installation.


Released: June 2010

Summary: The second Sims 3 expansion, Ambitions, introduces new careers options to our Sims and the ability to assist them in their careers while they're actually working. Previous The Sims games left career work to home life. We could help Sims build skills and make friends, but while they went off to their jobs we had to sit and twiddle our thumbs. In the beginning of The Sims 3 we could at least select options such as "Work Hard" or "Business as Usual", giving us some input into how our Sims' work days went. But now, with The Sims 3 Ambitions expansion, we can actively follow our Sims to work in certain career pathways and control how the day (or night) goes, witnessing everything the characters get up to.

Additional Additions: Inventing, Detonation, Sculpting, Tattoos, the Eco-Friendly Trait, Meteor Death

"Now get to work!" - The main focus of the Ambitions expansion for TS3.
"Now get to work!" - The main focus of the Ambitions expansion for TS3. | Source

Late Night

Released: October 2010

Summary: Late Night is the third Sims 3 expansion. A downtown/nightlife style of play is re-introduced to the world of The Sims. Clubs, group outings of up to eight Sims, vampires, and apartments are just some of the new pieces of play. The Celebrity system is also introduced, allowing Sims to rise in the social ranks amongst their peers. You can integrate clubs and apartments into any Sims world (aka neighborhood), but live in Bridgeport for the full experience of Sims late night life.

Additional Additions: Bridgeport (a new town based on Los Angeles), the Shy and Star Quality Traits, Film Career, New Lifetime Rewards, Breast and Muscle Adjustment, Zodiac Signs

If you play to party in The Sims 3 then don't miss out on the "Late Night" expansion.
If you play to party in The Sims 3 then don't miss out on the "Late Night" expansion. | Source


Released: May 2011

Summary: The fourth The Sims 3 expansion pack focuses on the various stages of life. If you're a family-focused Simmer then this is the EP for you. It combines elements from a large multitude of expansions seen in The Sims 2 and takes them one step further. Children develop imaginations, teens can rebel, adults ('young' and 'old') discover the desire for family and marriage if their traits are appropriate for this lifestyle, and elder Sims experience the "Golden Years." And watch out for that midlife crisis!

Additional Additions: Body Hair, Rebellious Trait, Nurturing Trait, Shower WooHoo, After-School Activities, Memories, Prom, Pranks, Boarding School

"The Sims 3 Generations Expansion Pack"
"The Sims 3 Generations Expansion Pack" | Source


Released: September 2012

Summary: As you might guess, The Sims 3 Supernatural expansion pack is designed to drastically alter the Sims world into one of full-on fantasy. If this doesn't appeal to you, DO NOT install this game! If you're all for vampires, zombies, witches, werewolves, and fairies then you'll love this Sims 3 expansion. Boy do they take over the game though! Everywhere you go you'll see Sims with fairy wings, Sims who can't stay out in the sun too long, Sims who get a little hairy once a month. You can, thankfully, select an option to stop certain supernatural creatures from creeping into your neighborhood though, as well as altering the moon stage settings. But if you don't, watch out for those zombies come the full moon...

Additional Additions: Moonlight Falls (a new supernatural-themed town), Alchemy Skill, Traits: Supernatural Fan or Skeptic/Night Owl/Brooding/Gatherer/Proper, Broomstick Travel, Magical Items

A look at the back of the box for The Sims 3 Supernatural expansion pack.
A look at the back of the box for The Sims 3 Supernatural expansion pack. | Source


Released: November 2012

Summary: Weather! But the eighth Sims 3 EP is more than just snow and rain (and hail and fog and thunderstorms...). It creates whole "seasons" for the Sims to participate in. Each season has its own festival (generic substitutes for commonly recognized holidays, such as Christmas, Halloween, and Valentine's Day) with appropriate activities. Fall includes a haunted house, summer has water balloon fights, winter allows for ice skating, and spring features an egg hunt! You'll also be able to throw new types of parties to match, such as costume parties or feast parties.

Additional Additions: Loves the Cold, Loves the Heat, Swimming in the Ocean, Colds, Tans, Lightning (as in, struck by), Shorter Winter Days and Longer Summer Days, Aliens, Holidays

Break out the swimsuits and the snowboards for The Sims 3 Seasons.
Break out the swimsuits and the snowboards for The Sims 3 Seasons. | Source

Your favorite The Sims 3 expansion pack?

See results
"The Sims 3" and "The Sims 3 Pets" expansion pack.
"The Sims 3" and "The Sims 3 Pets" expansion pack. | Source
"The Sims 3 Showtime" - Katy Perry Edition
"The Sims 3 Showtime" - Katy Perry Edition | Source
"The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff"
"The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff" | Source

Other Expansions

The Sims 3 expansions that didn't make it onto my top five are still absolutely worth having and playing! They are, in release order (minus the above five Sims 3 games):

World Adventures: Send your Sims on vacations to Sim versions of France, Egypt, or China.

Pets: Give your Sims a pet dog or cat or horse. Other animals include snakes, lizards, and birds.

Showtime: Live life as a star! Or at least let your Sim do so. Be a singer, a magician, or an acrobat.

University Life: Send your Sims to college. Like in The Sims 2 University, the Sim sent away to school will exist in a world that is separated from the rest of your Sims.

Island Paradise: Once again send your Sims on vacations, this time to have adventures at tropical resorts. With mermaids.

Into the Future: This futuristic addition to The Sims 3 introduces proper science fiction in the form of time travel, robots, hoverboards, and more.

PLUS the following "Stuff" Packs: High-End Loft, Fast Lane, Outdoor Living, Town Life, Master Suite, Katy Perry's Sweet Treats, Diesel, 70's/80's/90's, and Movie

Which The Sims 3 expansion pack is your favorite? Which stuff pack do you feel adds the most to the world of The Sims 3?

Top 5 "The Sims 3" Expansion Packs
Top 5 "The Sims 3" Expansion Packs | Source


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • poppyr profile image


      21 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Sims 3 University was my jam when I was a teenager. I still believe Sims 3 is the best out of them all; 4 felt weird and not like a real Sims game. That being said, I only played the free trial version.

      I didn't get to play that many expansions because we didn't have much money growing up. I was already spending hours a day on University so I probably wouldn't have eaten or slept if I'd played the others! This is a great selection. Nice work!

    • profile image

      Look At All Those Chickens 

      3 years ago

      My favorite is ambitions. I also enjoy seasons and pets. Island paradise is a little laggy for me.

    • Caitlyn Ramos profile image

      Caitlyn Ramos 

      5 years ago from Albany, New York

      You've inspired me to FINALLY buy the Generations expansion pack! I have a lot of them (not a big fan of stuff packs) but I've been forgetting to buy Generations!

    • ChristyWrites profile image

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I remember playing the Sims with a friend who owned one of the releases - you brought back good memories for me!

    • Amanda108 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Pets and World Adventures are great too! I thought about giving Pets a place on this list because I know so many people wouldn't even play The Sims 3 until animals became a part of it.

      Thanks for the comment!

    • ilikegames profile image

      Sarah Forester 

      6 years ago from Australia

      So many expansion packs and so many memories of playing each of them!

      Ambitions was definitely my favourite following closely by Generations and Supernatural. I was also a fan of Pets and World Adventures.

      I found Showtime to be a little disappointing and thought they could have done more with it.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)