Best Sims 3 Expansion Packs

Help me and everyone else decide what is the best expansion pack and which to spend their money on!
The Top Ten
1 Late Night Late Night Product Image

Definitely the best game of all the expansions. The developers really captured the a real artistic element of the city while allowing simmers to get fully involved in a variety of new activities. This expansion however like all the others lacks in something and in this one it is other life stages. Pretty much nothing is added for the toddlers and children although teens have a bit more to explore since they are treated as adults kinda. Apart from that it definitely gives a brilliant city style life along with many features as mentioned before such as vampires and celebrities, but also the amazing new features such as hot tubs and clothes. This and generations if you only can afford 2 are the must haves for game play.

I really enjoy playing late night because there is so much to do. You can become a vampire. You can become a celebrity. You can visit dive bars, dance clubs and high-end lounges. You can also live in an apartment or studio instead of houses. There is an option now to have a curved pool. There are also new places to *woo-hoo* in, such as the hot tub and elevators. I'm not sure if this is possible in other expansions, but in late night you can have twins or triplets. It is really fun, and especially when you have a lot of money you can buy all the fancy new stuff on buy mode.

This is the world's best expansion pack!
Childs can now have TREEHOUSES, and they get a cute new awesome park that I absolutely LOVE taking them to! My people have two twin toddlers and they other love everything that generations have given to them. Their teen agers love pranking people, egging houses, using chemistry to create amazing things, etc.! You may have no idea how awesome it is until you truly try it! Don't waste your time with Late Night, which I currently number one. If you're like me, like my comment, and then I'll know just how many people agree with me that giving canes to elders, giving treehouses and new park items for your homes to toddlers, bringing pranks to teens, bringing dress-up to children, and many more things are awesome!
Like my comment so that I know that you are pro generation!

I love how in this expansion you can get piano, bass and drums as well as guitar and start your own band. Also, the new town Bridgeport is awesome because it is a city and you can live in an apartment or high rise (houses are still avaliable too). There are a lot more outfit options on offer for teenagers upwards and there are a lot more mansions than the other towns to live in. Also, playing as a vampire is awesome because you can build skills faster at night, move faster at night, raid storers and hospitals for plasma fruit and live on blood boxes and plasma fruit. I would definitely buy this!

2 Generations Generations Product Image

I absolutely have fallen in love with the Sims 3 Generations Expansion Pack! Were you seeking to improve your people's family way of interactions? Thanks to Generations, everything having to do with that is improved!

Want to teach your teens how to drive a car?

You've got it!

Want an AWESOME park for toddlers and children to be taken to to have an absolute blast?

Yep, that's Generations.

Want tree houses, slides, mini-playgrounds, and more to be added to your Sim's store for you to purchase and have in your own backyard?

Yep, generations has it all!

And not to mention the doll that your people can use to make Imaginary Friends with that only they can see, unless you make them real!

One of my favorite things about Sims 3 generations would be the fact that there are more options in the interactions menu.

Did those rebellious children of yours stay out after curfew AGAIN?

Well, now there's more ways to scold ...more

The Sims 3 Generations is by far the best expansion pack there is. Don't waste your time with zombies and witches and all, just look right here and--voila! --behold the only expansion pack you need to have your Sims live their life to the absolute fullest.
Toddlers can now ride in strollers--it's so cute!
And teens can do things with chemistry--awesome!
Elders now can talk on and on about how amazing grandchildren are--so proud!
Children can now play pretend and dress up in cute little costumes--adorable!
And their parents get to watch their children growing up and changing into the best person they can be...they love every part of it, except how their teens just can't get the hang of learning to drive that car! Well, they'll get it eventually!
Sims 3 Generations is the best expansion pack of them all. Rise above greatness and download this one today.

I love generations because of the endless possibilities! Your family can actually keep on going for generations! Without generations, your sims (usually children) don't have as much fun and they usually do quite pointless things. Generations gives you the chance to make your kids go to boarding schools, join clubs (which gives you extra skills), have imaginary friends, be prom Queen/King, and it gives an excellent new job! Babysitting! Generations has endless possibilities, and endless fun. Play pranks on adults, become a rebellious sim, who cares about rules!
I would get Generations if you would like more of a family life.
If this sounds good for you, I recommend Generations to you!

Generations is definitely my fave expansion pack, (I've got ambitions, world adventures and late night). I like to focus more on the family life in sims 3 rather than the career or going out. So generations expands on family life, I love the fact that parents can scold children, put them in time out. Before children had nothing to do in the game, now there are more interactions, they can pretend to be kings/queens, play costume dress up, afterschool activities, have imaginary friends. Also sims now have a reputation for relationships which before would go unnotice, so I think that makes the game more interesting. Finally, they have brought back wedding parties from sims 2, but what's even better is that you can throw bachelor parties, spray nectar bottles, so much fun! This is a must have if you want to expand the family life element of the game!

3 Seasons Seasons Product Image

This is definitely the best expansion pack for The Sims 3. It gives you seasons and weather changes, which are not included in the base game. I really enjoyed the Seasons expansion pack for The Sims 2, but this is even better. It gives you a range of activities depending on the weather which is really cool. It allows you to partake in festivals depending on the season, you can go trick or treating, play in the snow, go snowboarding, swim in the ocean and lots more. In my opinion, this is the best expansion because it supply's you with a realistic view on the seasons.

This expansion pack is the most in-your-face when it comes to what it adds to the game. Weather has a great effect visibly and audibly, it affects your Sims in a variety of ways big and small, and it changes the landscape and the range of activities that can be done as seasons pass.
The new objects and clothing category are also big additions. From ice-skating to jumping in puddles to catching snowflakes on your tongue and using umbrellas to ward of hail, this expansion pack has a lot to offer!

You definitely should get this one, it adds seasons (DUH)! Tired of it being sunny all the time? Getting bored with the plain old sims game? Then you should definitely get this one! It adds lots of stuff! It can be snowing, raining, hailing and MORE! It also adds all of the fun holidays we love, Halloween, Easter, Christmas (or Hanukkah). It also adds a festival, that has lots of fun activities, snowboarding, skating, picture booth, hot dog eating contest, and more! This is certainly one you should get.

Seasons is a awesome expansion as it has the all four different seasons of the year (of course! ). EA have defiantly captured the feeling of real life rain, hail, fog, storms Andd sunshine! I don't know why out of all the expansions they put aliens in seasons (I personally think that it belongs more in supernatural). I love the seasonly festivals, I think it is heaps of fun and is a great feature. Although this expansion did disappoint me because of the lack of clothes, hairstyles, furniture and plus to all that, it did not come with a new town! So in conclusion I think sims 3 seasons is great and you should buy it! :D

4 Supernatural Supernatural Product Image

Zombies?
Really.
Vampires?
Seriously.
Ghosts?
No, thank you.
Genies?
NO.
Fairies?
Don't even think about asking me that.
Werewolves?
Go howl somewhere else, buddy! Get out of my town!
Who wants to have members of the supernatural family pounding on their door asking to eat them or turn them to their own kind?
Nobody does.
Because nobody wants to ruin their town with witches and spooky things, all due to the stupid "moon cycle" thing.
Uh, no thanks.
Well, I'm sorry, but this expansion pack was a waste of programming. I'm not going to get it, and same with my friends. I just want my people to live in a happy, undisturbed town.
PLEASE.
That's ALL I'm asking for!
PLEASE!
No spooky things, just happiness for my Sims.

The really cool thing is when you get twins, and say, for an example if the mother was a witch and the father was a vampire, then one of the twins would be a witch and the other would be a vampire. There is also a new skill to learn: Alchemy, a powerful craft for making mad experiments with strange elixirs... This expansion really delves in with supernatural creatures, involving special powers and furniture for fairies, vampires, genies, ghosts, witches etc. This game would be a great addition to your Sims 3 collection if your hoping for a special kind of a creature and new and fun activities fit for them!

The best expansion pack so far. I love everything about it. You can be a witch, a fairy, or a werewolf, vampire, ghost, even genie. You can marry another supernatural type and the offsprings have 50-50 chance of being each parent's type. It adds zombies on full moon, adds lunar phases, new moodlets, alchemy skill which is great, you can hunt for stuff and mix potions. If you have enemies, you can totally change their life for worse with a single potion, even make them toads. I once converted all simbots to toads, it was so funny. I love genetics in the game, new clothing, new stuff, each supernatural type has at least one special skill added specifically for that type, and you also get new traits like supernatural fan or a skeptic. And now imagine if one is a coward and you put them into a graveyard full of zombies on full moon. Nice. I really love it as it adds tone of stuff and new options and conversations. You can literally live as another life form. That would be the number 1 for ...more

Well, this game didn't really suit me. I like to play with realistic life, not half generated supernaturals. It all seemed a bit cheap to me, even though I initially welcomed the supernatural sims. You'd think a werewolf would go on this sim eating rampage once in awhile but the worst they do is scratch your 1000 simoleon couch.

And I don't know ONE sim player who hasn't turned off the zombies and I know only a handful of simmers who kept the supernatural spawns on. I mean, if you're going to stop the supernatural sims from spawning during gameplay, why even get the pack?

5 University Life University Life Product Image

I love this expansion, with a juice peg, a bonfire, and many other ways to party it allows you to have on fun night. Another neat thing about this expansion is you can do laundry, have a social status, and have your own smart phone. The smart phone allows you to take pictures from your sims point of view and even text friends. There are three groups jocks, rebel, and nerd, Although they don't define your sim it gives them other capabilities such as doing your school cheer, quizing other people, and doing graffiti. If that isn't cool enough the campus is amazing! It includes a coffee shop, a comic store, a diner, the buildings, sororities, houses, and dorms.

It's an amazing add on to your game, all the other expansion packs you play for 4 weeks and youv seen all there is to see. But sims 3 university life always has something new minuite you think it's over. Go through all majors, have graduation, be a geek jock or rebel, meet new people, be any age, the new town, the local hangouts, throw crazy parties, live in a dorm, love in a sorority, rent out an apartment, New interactions, have your own backpack, have tests, sit on floor with laptop, New interactions with laptops. Study and so on. Live your own life.
And much much m or. This expansion is easily my favourite and nothing else can top it off.

This EP is amazing! Very first one I ever got. Now I have generations, which is probably my second fave, ambitions, which is probably my third, late night and into the future. love this game so much. I have one thing to add- PLANT SIMS! Have you ever wanted to have your sim jump into the ground to get hydrated? No? Well MAYBE THAT'S JUST ME THEN.

If you love the idea of choosing a major for your sims, reading nerdy comic books, going bowling, tagging walls with a little bit of spray-painting-magic, or just livin' in the dorms and throwing crazy parties, this EP is the one for you. Oh, and it bring laundry into the game if you don't already have ambitions. Amazing. A MUST HAVE!

Short, cute little story

My two sims, Claire and Oliver Peterson, are the children of the billionaires Tiffany and Mark Peterson. The two kids were raised well and had a lot of skills Claire was more musically and artistically inclined and Oliver was logical and more handy.

They got full scholarships and went to Uni as YA Claire was in Fine Arts and Oliver in Science and Medicine .

Oliver became apart of the nerd social group and was a total outcast. He talked rarely to no one and just played video games and studied in his spare time alone in his dorm room.

Claire got caught up in boys and her hormones and ahem...let's just leave that here...

After a while, a guy named Terrence at the comic book store started talking to Oliver and the two became instant best friends. They would study together, play video games, hang out, and participate in science projects.

Claire finally accepted a guy's constant beg to go on a date. They had nothing in ...more

6 Island Paradise Island Paradise Product Image

The Island Paradise EP is one of the most graphically impressive expansion pack's of them all. My favourite addition would have to be the Scuba Diving, and the impressive detail the designers put into it. The sharks add an element of danger, and a new way to die! Another aspect of the Sims 3 Island Paradise I love is owning the resorts. It is amazing, and really actually gives you something to design to your heart's content. The only part of the Island Paradise I dislike is how slow the houseboats are- always buy an additional boat to get around!

I haven't got this game but seeing a lot of very enjoyable lets plays I think it is awesome. You can be s mermaid scuba dive, build a house boat, travel on the sea, build your own resort, be ba lifeguard, find and build on your own private island! Not to mention the cool clothing and furniture like the all-In-one bathroom meaning you can shower and use the toilet at the same time! There is also a new death too! Death by shark! And that's not even everything there is just so much more to discover with this game and it is number one on my to get list!

Haven't played it yet, but it sounds like a whole new unique world, and I can really picture myself as being some millionaire in a white suite, owning lots of 5 star resorts, having a mansion of a house boat and woohooing and skinny dipping with a different beautiful mermaid every night in a huge pool with a fountain. But I think the Islands name is a bit lame ( hah! That rimes! ) and I would rather change it to the Thirsk World Empire's Tropical Islands of Ultimate Power and Blissful Beauty, or something like that.

Isla Paradiso has lots to offer, compared to other towns. It has dive lots, hidden islands, other small islands, the krakren, resorts, houseboats, allows you to own as many houses as you wish, and MERMAIDS! The dive lots are really cool as the are underwater caves and treasure to be found. But of course you have to be aware of the sharks! The sims 3 Island Paradise is 100% worth buying and it has the fun you can't get from any other sims expansion pack! If you don't own it BUT IT NOW!

7 Pets Pets Product Image

Are you looking for the best Sims 3 Expansion Pack out there? Well, look no further than RIGHT HERE! The Sims 3 Pets Expansion Pack has everything--and mean it...EVERYTHING--from kittens to puppies, from cats to dogs. Horses are also a wonderful addition to the family. You can create a pet for your household, or you can simply just adopt a pet from the shelter. But, if you adopt one from the shelter, hover your mouse over it first and check out their traits! Make sure that they're not destructive--otherwise they might chew, scratch, and/or destroy your furniture! Anyway, the good thing about creating a pet for your house is that you can determine what you want to pet to look like (you can make them pink, purple, any color you want! ) and decide what their traits will be. Recommended traits: non-destructive, loyal (for dogs), shy (if you want them to just communicate with their family rather than everyone else), etc. The Sims 3 Pets is a great expansion pack, and I recommend it for ...more

Sims 3 Pets is absolutely, totally, amazing. It is not just your average cat, or dog too. There are horses and geckos and chameleons and squirrels and birds and so many different types of animals! It also seems that there is a lot more stuff, not just things for your pets, too, there is things in it that seems they should belong in supernatural, but it is in pets! Things that should be in seasons are in pets! It is truly a lovely game! Also, you have the ability to find wild animals and tame them, and you are able to find wild animals that you can't tame, yet really add depth into the game, like wild deer. This expansion is one of the best available, and I would seriously recommend this game to a friend, family member, or even a random stranger who likes pets or/and the Sims franchise!

This is my favorite expansions because it adds pets! If you love animals, then you will love this pack. I enjoy creating whacky animals with odd colored fur. You can literally make my little pony with the new horses! The customization is unreal! In my opinion, the new world Appaloosa Plains is stunning while not being laggy! You can own a farm down by the river, or live in the little village near the town! It is very cool how you can train your horses and enter races for money! With all cats, dogs, and horses, there are so many options and traits to choose from! Make sure to discipline your pets for being bad and encourage them to be good, so that they can gain or loose certain traits! When I am creating pets, I usually give them the non-destructive trait so that they don't destroy my house! Trust me, if your simm is busy, when they come home from work they will witness a very trashed house, as they can destroy anything from chairs to beds. This is why if you have a working sim it is ...more

I would say this is the best one. It sounds small, I know. But it expands the game into more of a challenge, also giving alternate ways to live! Like for example, you can live on a farm with horses, dogs and cats, or just simply put a cat into your average family. It gives a challenge in the way that you have one or more extra family members to take care of, with different traits and needs than Sims.
I myself have a 4-person family with a cat and a dog. They add an "attraction" to the kids and lonely Sims, give me something to take care of at night and just generally make me happy as an animal lover.
Definitely recommended. =)

8 Ambitions Ambitions Product Image

The Sims 3: Ambitions introduces new career opportunities and control mechanisms into gameplay. Manipulation of Sims' career progressions, actions and interactions during their working are feasible. Additional career pathways introduce a diversity of skill sets available for acquisition. These features, which were absent in The Sims 3, give players greater control of their Sims' career pathways, choices and lives

Although I would've voted for Late Night, I just simply can't let this expansion pack fall at number 8. The jobs it adds are fun and a nice change to staring at a building while your sim(s) vanish inside. It's a must buy, even if it isn't your favorite expansion pack, because the new features really add to the gameplay and I can't see myself playing without them.

Gotta say it made the gameplay way less repetitive. Firstly, working finally isn't just your Sim disappearing for a few hours inside a prop building with the fun motive going down - most of the week, but you actually do something on-screen. Plus the inventing skill... Get to the 6th level and have lots of fun blowing stuff up. Dayum, thought Grand Theft Auto was hardcore ;P

! So awesome! You can be a fireman! Like seriously! There are other proffessions too. If you're bored of just sending your sims to work then this is the expansion for you! You can pick a profession like a Doctor and actually go to the house and heal the sims or you could be mean and give them the wrong medicine. I don't know. So good though!

9 World Adventures World Adventures Product Image

My favorite one...making a Carmen Sandiago klepto traveler sim, going on vacation after vacation and robbing the world...most fun I ever had in a sims game.

This is actually my hands down FAVORITE! I love going on Vacation the only thing that is a negative is when the Tombs are done, they are done, that stinks for later generations.

The expansion pack focuses on travelling to various areas in a manner similar to previous expansions The Sims: Vacation and The Sims 2: Bon Voyage. Sims are able to travel to simplified versions of France, China, and Egypt. At these locations, sims are able to participate in adventures to earn rewards and benefits. Sims are also able to level up in new skills: photography, martial arts, and nectar making. In addition, the expansion pack provides new objects, socials, wishes, and opportunities

This is an absolutely wonderful expansion pack. I feel that it's really the most unique in layout and feel from the base game town and you receive three worlds to explore, compared to the single locale in other EPs. There's a nice element of goal based gaming that you can take or leave thrown in as well. Plus, since it takes up zero base world time, you can go to Egypt on a single day off and make some extra money "exploring" tombs and doing quests to supplement a young Sim's day job and to pay for the trip itself.

10 Into the Future

You can alter the timeline in the future based upon your actions in the present. Travel back and forth and no time passes in the present while you're gone. Create or buy plumbots that can repair, cook, clean, socialize, entertain, give massages or even get their own job to earn you extra simoleans! Turn your future city into a utopia or a dystopia for interesting effects. I also like the fashion, items, city and extra features offered with this one as well. Definitely the best.

You get to go into the future but then you can come back and change the future! The new furniture and clothes etc.. are really cool and you can play a brand new instrument (laser rythmicon (sorry of I spelt that wrong) the best thing is now you can build plum bots who you control and get trait chips for. You can also discover a crashed ship and fly in a jet pack. It is awesome! Excuse me I'm off into the future!

Into the future adds lots of new gameplay features, as well as lots of new items to put in your house or on your sim. You can see how your sim's actions, relationships, job and wealth impact their descendants, try out some new advanced technology or go on a mission with a time traveler. And it's the FUTURE! It's a cool concept already!

I just got into the future and I'm having SO MUCH FUN! The new content is fabulous, especially the holo plants, jetpacks and even the chairs and tables! I love the fact that you can generate a baby at the Oasis Landing Hospital. I only have into the future, university life, supernatural, and Island paradise but it is amazing!

The Contenders
11 Showtime Showtime Product Image

A bit weak in my personal opinion. If you like rising from the bottom as a Singer, Magician, or Acrobat, then it will be for you. However, it is a bit exclusive to what it's trying to do. Plus, a lot of the items are blocked by the SimPort system. If you don't have friends on TheSims3.com, well SOL. At least there are Genies and special interactions with each career. I mostly played as the Magician, so I can tell the story of a Stage Magician rising to become a Wizard. Speaking of Wizard, if you have the Supernatural expansion, you can make Genies in CAS.

This expansion pack is by no means the best, simply the one that doesn't get boring easily. Tired of your 'normal' job? Become a singer. Tired of being a singer? Become a magician. Tired of being a magician? Who cares, there are tons of things to do, even if you don't have any other expansion packs.
It's simple and fun how you can have your sim easily start a family while having a job-- simple and a lot easier than the base game jobs!

It's very exciting when you have activities for your sims to do! And that's what showtime is. It might not be the best expansion. But that doesn't matter. Your sims can be famous, they can live in a new town called starlight shores, and ride in a limo. Your sims can be an acrobat, an singer, and a magician. There is a lot of surprises in this expansion!

I would really recommend this to people who will like to make their simmer rise to fame. Comes with 3 new careers there your simmers have the possibilities to get famous as singing, acrobatic & magican. Something I don't like about this pack is the famous people. They are pretty snobby & arrogant.

12 High End Lot Stuff High End Lot Stuff Product Image

Although the stuff your sims can purchase from this pack are expensive, it's well worth the money. It looks amazing in any household and it matches because it's all new and high-tech like stuff you may get from the future without actually having to be there. (Nobody cares about you, Into the Future Expansion Pack! We all love High End Loft Stuff, thank you very much! )

This doesn't count. This isn't a real expansion; it's just a stuff pack.

This is one of the best stuff packs!

13 Master Suite Stuff Master Suite Stuff Product Image

This one is the most amazing stuff pack there is and can possibly ever be! This gives more furniture (mostly for the parents...if you're looking for kid stuff, that's in generations, my favorite expansion pack! )
Thanks! Best one ever--get the grow-ups something SPECIAL for their awesome room, then get generations for their kids that they make... :0

14 Dragon Valley Dragon Valley Product Image

This isn't technically an expansion; you don't need the disk. You have to buy it off the Sims 3 website and type in the code. When I bought Dragon Valley, I never actually got it to work because it didn't need a disk and the disk was just EA's version of a horrible money grab.

Dragon Valley is great to play with Supernatural, otherwise it's kind of weird to have non magic sims playing around with dragons etc.

I got this for Christmas one year; those dragons are pretty great.

Poor dragon valley... No one likes you

15 70's, 80's and 90's Stuff 70's, 80's and 90's Stuff Product Image

If you also have Generations, it's so funny to have the children watch their grandparents with a strange face as they boogie on the dance floor!
Your a weird-looking' star, grandma!

Stuff Pack; not an expansion.

We need this in Sims 4

16 Movie Stuff Movie Stuff Product Image

Beside this is a stuff pack, it actually add something to the game

17 The Sims 3 University The Sims 3 University Product Image

I think it's good. It lets you take your sim to college and meet other sims as well

18 Town Life Stuff Town Life Stuff Product Image

This stuff is amazing and is a life saver!

19 Barnacle Bay

I love Barnacle Bay--I have indeed fallen in love with it! You can explore many of the pirate-themed restaurants and buildings to get the whole feel of the place, and make sure to go down to the beach and shop at all of the downtown shops before you go!

It is not good

20 Sunlit Tides

Very good I recommend it

21 Monte Vista Monte Vista Product Image

Adds a great new world with new venues and plenty of new foods to try!

22 Date Night
23 The Sims 3: Pets The Sims 3: Pets Product Image

I Love this expansion pack, you can buy pets and get them delivered to you house, then you can buy animal needs like hay, straw, beds, foods, and when your pets are dirty you can bathe them and this was my first ever expansion pack I bought and I don't regret it!

Personally, I think Pets is essential to ts3. Houses feel lonely without dogs and cats. the horses aren't really something I play around with that much, but I think this EP makes sims feel more fun and real. Even without owning a cat or dog, there are little things like deer and raccoons that just add more depth. and the cats are cute

I love making my cute fluffy pets, and I adore when my dog goes out to dig and brings me back Tiberium!

Still the same as the top!

24 Hidden Springs Hidden Springs Product Image

How is this not higher up on the list? Yes, it's only a town, but it a beautiful map with waterfalls and emerald green grass, all of the npcs have interesting backstories and best of all, it comes with The Fountain Of Youth! This is super good because if you (Like me) want the other sims in the town to age while your sims don't, you can! Just take a drink, and eternal youth is all yours! And yes, if you have Supernatural you can just buy the potion but not everyone is into that kind of expansion.

I have it but can't play it I'm so mad cause I can't get the game to start I need help

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