Top 10 Must-Do Things on The Sims 3
You Haven't Had the Full Sims 3 Experience Until You've Done These 10 Fun Things!
I've been an avid Sims player for years, and I've learnt that The Sims 3 is a game with huge capabilities. It is really a complete virtual world and the possibilities for fun are endless. Nowadays we just don't have the time to try them all, so here are some my favourite, must-do things that will complete your Sims 3 experience.
Feel free to share what your most favourite thing to do is in the comments section!
Note: Some of these activities will require expansion packs.
1. Complete the 10-Generation Legacy Challenge
If you don't know what the Sims Legacy Challenge is, you're missing out on a huge part of playing the game!
Typically, the legacy challenge is a 10-generation challenge in which you strive to get ten generations. The challenge starts with the creation of a founder, who lives on an empty plot of land with a very small amount of money.
In this challenge, you are restricted from using cheats, which makes it much more difficult as we sims players are so accustomed to them. If you want to see all the official rules, check out the post in the Sims 3 forum.
If you have already mastered this challenge (and bravo if you have) there are many interesting variations that you should try out!
Variations on the Legacy Challenge:
This is an extremely funny challenge in which you create a family, but you are only allowed to control one sim (the torch holder). It is really interesting to see what sims get up too without our control! I love this one because I get to see the personalities of my sims.
This is a very long 15-generation challenge that has many rules and goals for each generation. There are many different paths to take, and it's a great challenge for those who are persistent.
- A Rainbowcy
This is not much different than an ordinary legacy. In a Rainbowcy, however, each generation has a specific colour that is used to decorate the house, the sims' clothing, etc.
- A Genetic Legacy (Prettacy/Uglacy)
In these two legacies you aim to have completely different genetics when you reach the end. In a prettacy, you start with a hideous sim and aim for a beautiful one after ten generations. In a uglacy, you do the opposite!
In this challenge, you rotate through different sims and play each one for about a week. A really good twist on this one is to play with another person, alternating weeks. If you're writing a story, two different authors, ideas and perspectives can make it very interesting!
The Sims 3 House Building: ChrillSims3
2. Build a House
I know this is something many Sims players avoid simply because it is really quite hard and takes many grueling hours in front of the screen! That said, it is a rewarding experience knowing that your sims are living in a house that you built from scratch! Even if all you can manage at first is a simple box house, just look for inspiration and building tips online and you'll soon be building grand mansions of your own!
Here are some of my favourite Sims 3 house builders I often draw inspiration from. You can look them up on YouTube.
- Rocketdmg11 - Rocketdmg11 builds some of the best modern houses I have ever seen! I love his decorating style, and he even has some very nicely done no-CC houses if you don't use CC yourself.
- ChrillSims3 - This player also does many beautiful modern houses, both big and small. I think his modern-style houses look amazing.
- Curtis Paradis - Curtis builds many lovely houses in different styles. What is great about him is both the quality of his houses, and the great variety of houses he has built! From the White House to ranches to hotels in France he builds and furnishes many different styles and you're sure to be able to find inspiration from his work! He also doesn't use any custom content in his designs, (although he does use Sims 3 store content) which shows how much one can do without custom content. It's amazing!
There are limitless options when it comes to designing and furnishing a house with all the content that EA provides, and especially through Custom Content if you would like to use that in the game. I've got more information about Custom Content at the bottom.
3. Create Your Simself
What could be better than being able to control your own life, give yourself whatever job you'd like, live in whatever house you'd like and be able to have everything the way you want it to be? Creating a simself is something every simmer should try! Whether you recreate your present life or make a completely new one is up to you!
Personally I think it's really fun to create a simself in the neighborhood but then leave them up to their own devices while playing with another family. It's interesting (and occasionally horrifying!) to see what your simself gets up to on their own!
Hopefully they won't make too many mistakes! This probably works best if you have Twallan's Story Progression installed in your game. Otherwise, your simself won't get up to too much. You can see more info on that at the bottom of the article.
Also if you have the Sims 3 Pets Expansion Pack, you can even make your own little cat, dog or horse! Imagine being able to cuddle your pet in real life and the Sims!
4. Create a Story
Whether you choose to document your legacy or a story, it's a great idea to get a blog started. The Sims 3 blogging community is very active, and sharing your stories is a great way to brush up on your writing skills and make a few friends!
Tell the world the story of your sims and show everyone just how creative you can be.
A narrative supported by beautiful screenshots can make for a very immersive experience. There are many places to start a Sims 3 blog, the most popular being Wordpress, Blogger, and Live Journal. The Sims 3 website is also a great place to start.
Taken is one of my favorite Sims 3 stories.
The Sims 3: Cinderella Challenge
5. Try a Challenge
A lot of people are under the impression that the legacy challenge is one of the only ones made for Sims 3 and that's completely wrong! There are thousands of interesting and unique challenges for this game. Here are some I recommend:
In this challenge, each of the ten generations is a different type of mythical creature with different rules to follow, e.g.,. Generation 1 is the vampire generation and sims are not allowed to leave the house during the daytime or they die. It is a very interesting and complicated challenge with many rules and goals. It's definitely worth giving it a shot!
This challenge begins in a post-apocalyptic world, in which your sims have to complete certain tasks throughout the generations to unlock "restrictions" that have been placed on them.
In this challenge, Cinderella lives with her step-mother and step-sisters. She has to cook and clean up after them all on top of going to school and living in a shed behind the house. You live out Cinderella's life and help her find her Prince Charming!
If you'd like to find more Sims 3 challenges, I recommend you take a look at this thread that has hundreds of them and the links to all their rules.
6. Try Every Career
Each career in the Sims 3 brings new uniforms, rewards, and interactions. Each and every new job has its surprises too — I guarantee it!
For example did you know that when you master the criminal career (emperor of evil branch), your sims get an evil red glow? Or that when you master the culinary career you get a fridge that boosts the quality of all meals cooked from it?
Especially with the addition of Ambitions and Showtime, there are some great careers that you can control. Everybody should try all of the Ambitions and Showtime careers. It's great being able to actually control your sims at work.
If you'd like a career guide to the Sims 3 check out Carl's Guide to the Sims 3.
All 16 Deaths in The Sims 3 and Their Colours
7. Create a Ghost of Every Colour!
Did you know that the colour of the sims' ghosts is different according to how they died? For example, a sim who died of old age has a white ghost that sparkles, and a sim who died of electrocution has a yellow ghost with lightening through it!
Considering there are so many ways to die in the Sims 3, it is rather a feat to have ghosts of all colours!
Lean more about sim death and resulting ghost colours here.
8. Create a Homeless Family
Creating a homeless family is such a fun thing to do in the game and makes for a brilliant story! Imagine your sim living on an empty lot with just some trees and perhaps a park bench. They scavenge in other's houses since they don't have anything of their own.
It is a really hard thing to do and a very interesting challenge. Give it a shot!
There is a brilliant example of this called "Alice and Kev" which is a heartwarming story about a homeless man and his daughter.
The Sims 3: Lifetime Wish Trailer
9. Try to Complete Every Lifetime Wish!
From adopting a unicorn to becoming a master thief, there are many different lifetime wishes that sims can strive towards. Every simmer should try to complete them all! Some are easier than others, but they'll all be fun to try so take a shot at it!
10. Try All the Traits in the Game
Traits are what make every sim unique. With each one comes new interactions and personalities for your sims!
One of the most interesting things to do on the Sims 3 is to give a sim random traits, (or really awful ones to make it a lot more fun!) and set the sim on free will to see what they'll do! I'm sure that there'll be a few surprises in there. Trust me on that!
My personal favourite traits are insane, absent-minded and diva, just to name a few! What are your favourites?
How to Improve the Quality of Your Game
Here are some things that some players use to enhance the quality of their game. You don't need to use all of them, but adding a couple can make a big difference in your game-playing.
A lot of these add new content such as furniture, hair and clothing. If you do install mods or CC, you will need to keep track of all of them and regularly update mods as you install new updates and expansions. Though not everything out there is completely safe, most simmers don't seem to have problems with the websites below. If there are problems, they will usually result in game glitches which don't pose any real threat to your computer.
This is an absolute must-have if you are installing mods for your game! You know how when you play the sims, the other members of the neighbourhood simply stand around in the houses and do nothing? (Seriously if you look in the windows they are literally standing in the entrance hall for hours.)
With this story progression they finally do things. They have enemies, develop love interests, get married, and have children all on their own! And best of all you can even receive notifications on all the exciting things that happen with other families. If you find that annoying, you can turn it off of course.
2. Custom Content (CC)
Custom content includes things like brand new clothes, hair and furniture. The pre-set choices in the game are pretty limited, especially if you don't have many expansion packs or buy from EA's online store.
CC is mostly free (though some do require payment) and it does make your game look much nicer as some of these people are truly talented. Be careful though! A lot of CC is buggy and conflicts with the game, so you have to be careful where you download from. Here are a couple of resources that I have downloaded from safely:
- Mod the Sims — MTS is a huge online community where people upload their creations of mods, custom content, and poses. There is a lot to choose from. If you are writing a Sims 3 story, poses and CC is extremely helpful in portraying characters and scenes. Before you download anything though, be sure to check that the item is up to date. If it has not been updated recently it will probably not be compatible with the latest expansion packs and patches.
- Anubis Under the Sun — Anubis does amazing retextures of hair and clothing. This is one of the most high-quality and safe resources to download from. It also has content for The Sims 4.
- Lotus — Lotus has some of the most beautiful Sims 3 hair I have ever seen and I have downloaded many things from here and not once have I had a problem with my game! You should definitely go check it out!
- Ace Creators — Ace Creators are four very talented Sims 3 CC makers that make great hair and clothing! Go check our their blog. Their pieces are stunning!
This can be a little pricey but some of this content is definitely worth downloading even if you also use custom content. They sell many amazing worlds and premium content on here as well as furniture and extra create-a-sim content for your game.
Even if the things on here are expensive, some of the premium content and new worlds are worth buying as they do add new gameplay.