Five Game Changing Sims 3 Expansion Packs | Part Two

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The Sims 3 Seasons and Weather

All the previously mentioned expansion packs deal with the fact that the sims is a stable, law abiding economy and that is one of the many issues which makes the game boring. No doubt a weather expansion will come along soon enough and there will be days on which it rains and days on which it snows, and days on which it frosts and kills all your delicate saplings that you've been trying to garden. This is the one expansion pack which will probably actually make it to fruition in reality, but I hope when it does that the weather will have more impact than just looking pretty. Real weather isn't a few drops of rain on otherwise perfect day. It is tsunamis, hurricanes and droughts. I want dead homeless sims in snowdrifts, damnit!

Sims 3 Reality Bites Expansion Pack

The reality bites 'expansion pack' would simply remove the 'testing cheats' facilties of the game. That's right, no cheats. This last one isn't really an expansion, more of an anti expansion. It's so easy to cheat in The Sims 3 that once you discover the cheat codes, you'll probably use them out of sheer force of habit. Why take three weeks to level up your cooking ability when you can enable testing cheats and just have your sim read cookery books for three days straight, clicking negative moodlets away as soon as they arise?

A lot of games have cheats, but most aren't game breakers in the way that The Sims 3 cheats are. Seriously, type 'testingcheatsenabled true' into the little blue bar and your game is essentially over. You can do and be whatever you want, have as much money as you want, buy up all the lots in town, anything. Other games have cheats, but they'll only serve to give you so much of an advantage. Take the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series for instance, where you can get a cheat that gives you perfect balance. It takes a little something out of the general skill required to play the game for sure, but the game still has plenty of elements which require more than just perfect balance to unlock and enjoy. In fact, even if you unlock all the cheats in the THPS series, you still won't necessarily beat the game. Unlike in The Sims 3, where you pretty much well 'win' the moment you open the package.

Why the Need For Carnage?

Long story short, The Sims 3 is supposed to be a real life simulator, but it is nothing like real life. There are no economic pressures, no natural disasters, no truly bad sims acting independently of the ones you control. Playing The Sims 3 is like playing some horrific Stepford community, and after a few weeks of flipping out with joy over the fact that you can change the color of the wallpaper you will be so bored that you'll chew the game disk rather than start another interminably bland game of life on Valium.

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Simenthusiast 6 years ago

The Sims games are always pretty boring until the expansion packs come out. But those too eventually become boring, at which point the Sim company brilliantly releases a new version of the Sims game for people to go out and buy. The game might not show it, but the people who make Sims certainly have a strong grip on the reality of consumerism and the economy.


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Hope Alexander 6 years ago Author

Haha! Your comment made me laugh out loud, and I think you are quite correct, simsenthusiast :)


Nick 6 years ago

I love this. Your ideas are absolutely fantastic. i think you should really do everything possible to get these ideas out there and into the hands of the sims game designers. this is fantastic.


Gemmaina 6 years ago

I think your game ideas are the best I've seen! I agree with Simenthusiast!


Sam 6 years ago

I really love these ideas, especially about the weather, don't give us those weak little snow "storm" and light rain that you can splash about in. I want to see a seasons expansion where you need you sims to buy wood and metal from the store to nail to their windows and doors, I want to see your neighbors flying past our houses and windows and the occasional thump from something or someone hitting your house. I want flooded streets, and sever pneumonia risks in winter. We ask for life then give us REAL LIFE.


simgamer 6 years ago

Actually it's not meant to simulate real life, it's a game where people where found to be the entertainment value, and the sims is a tool for a long scope view and inner scope of ourselves, and our part in this world-and most importantly, a game, that's supposed to be fun and not so much like life that it wouldn't be fun-and that there'd be too much loss and not enough gain as a person playing the game.


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madeline Oscar 6 years ago

Sims are really an interesting game. It is little tempting but feel some good features can be included into the later games.


Rowan 6 years ago

wheres my guns and war expansion??


Allie 5 years ago

I've been a Sims fan since day 1... great ideas guy keep 'em coming!! Especially the expansion packs!! Loves it!!


Simfanatic 5 years ago

I agree with some things but come on now guys, if they put stuff out like pneumonia then it wouldnt be a fun game you would be wondering if your sim is gonna die! You guys dont want a fun game, its pretty much like your asking for a second life. I mean yea ask for realism but dont ask for pain, its not gonna be fun if everybody in the town drowns from a tsunami, i mean yea maybe the town gets flooded and you gotta fix it or something, that would be a new career but dont get crazy. Also i think the "eality Bites" bone should be the last one because that is reality economic pressure , losing your house, but in all honesty , noboy's gonna but a game where you can't use any cheats, some people dnt even use cheats. But for the people who do itz jus a waste of money to but a game that wont let you play the game how you wanna play it

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