The world’s greatest death and cruelty simulator, The Sims, has brought us some pretty amazing content over the years. Since making its debut in 2000, Maxis, developers of the game, have been ever faithful in their dispensation of extra content for the four major instalments of The Sims and it should be considered a life achievement to have played even half of them.
We jumped into the role of God once more this week to figure out exactly which of The Sims expansions pack is the best of the best!
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10. The Sims 2: Seasons
This expansion brought the exaggerated wonders of the seasons to The Sims. From the frosty snowfalls of winter to the blistering heat of summer to the fantastical foliage of autumn (Fall for our North American friends playing at home), a lot of new imagery for The Sims as well as a whole lot of new content (including new deaths!) made this one of the biggest expansions of The Sims franchise at the time of release.
9. The Sims 3: Generations
Generations, released in 2011 as the fourth expansion for The Sims 3, brought new identity paths for each of the generation cycles in the game. Children became more imaginative, teens rebelled, elders reminisced. A whole host of new content based around each generation was also introduced and while it was interesting to see your Sims progress from infancy into adulthood, its main selling point was the new and cruel ways you could torment your Sims.
8. The Sims 3: Supernatural
Things got freaky with the seventh expansion pack for The Sims 3. Released in 2012, Supernatural introduced Witches, Wizards, Werewolves, and more, all of which you could create in the Sim builder and play as. It took Makin’ Magic from the original Sims game to the next level but didn’t introduce too much new content outside of the spooky stuff.
7. The Sims: Superstar
If you’ve ever watched a TV or listened to the radio, you’ve probably dreamed of what it would be like to be a Superstar. This expansion pack for the original The Sims game meant you could be a Supermodel, Actor, or Singer as a career choice and it also introduced more in-depth gameplay around careers in general. Players could take a much more meticulous role in the day-to-day goings on of their Sims while they were at their day jobs, rather than just hitting 3x speed and hoping their Sim got home before the house burned down.
6. The Sims: Vacation
Vacation Island is where all the Sims went to get away from the hustle-bustle of everyday life in this expansion pack. Inclusions like snowmen, sandcastles, half-pipes, and some rather interesting, holiday-themed mascots were the highlights of this pack. While it didn’t bring a large quantity of content to the game, it certainly wasn’t lacking in quality.
5. The Sims 3: Late Night
Late Night brought The Sims and nightlife together, giving players the VIP treatment at all the coolest pads in the city. A new neighbourhood, new NPCs, tools, and, most importantly, Vampires. Late Night gave a whole new dimension to each Sims identity and added a whole new layer of content to the game without really going all out.
4. The Sims 2: Open for Business
Open for Business brings out the inner capitalist in every player of The Sims. Players can start up their own brand new business, run the show, use their talents to make even more cash, and do this all with over 100 brand new items. The crafting mechanic included for the career-side of the Sims lifestyle also transfers over to the home, where Sims could create a plethora of new items from toys to flower arrangements.
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3. The Sims 2: University
The Sims are getting smarter! This newfound intelligence brought a host of content to the game, including a new life-state. Death was no longer the final chapter, with players potentially getting the ability to resurrect their Sims with the Resurrect-O-Nomitron. The college lifestyle, brand new careers, and a suite of new societies and interactions all from the decision to go to college and get a better education. Who’d have thought?
2. The Sims: Makin’ Magic
Makin’ Magic was the final expansion for the original The Sims game and was released in 2003. As you can probably garner from the title, it introduced magic into the world of the Sims. It gave Sims the ability to create charms and cast spells in much the same way that they prepared their food, and it added a whole new element of entertainment that would go on to spurn the successful release of The Sims 2.
1. The Sims: Unleashed
Unleashed was the best of everything for The Sims and felt almost like firing up a whole new game once it was installed. Over 100 new objects, new careers, new families, and, most importantly, pets. Yes, Unleashed was the debut of our furry friends in The Sims and that was a large part of why it was so popular. Birds, cats, dogs, snakes, and more, as well as all the accessories and opportunities that come with them, made for the most exciting inclusion ever in an expansion pack for The Sims.
Expansions everywhere for The Sims. There will certainly be plenty more in the future, particularly with the advent of downloadable content, but will anything ever match some of the absolute classics on this list? We’re not quite sure.
What’s the most imaginative and uniquely hilarious Sims moment from your time in the game?