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The Sims: One Of The Best PC Series Of All Time

Updated on July 1, 2016

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The Sims is a series of life simulation games published by Electronic Arts. It's mainly a sandbox game, where there is no set goals. The virtual people in the game are called "Sims", who you can control on what they do in their life. Sims have basic needs, just like humans do, such as hunger, energy, bladder, etc. Players can either create a Sims family or play with ones already in the game. Also, players can choose whether to put their Sims in already built lots, or build a home on their own. Expansion Packs have been released for all three of the Sims games. Expansion Packs adds more things you can do with your Sims, such as have new skills, jobs, etc. There are also Stuff Packs, which add new content to the Sims game. The Sims is the best selling PC franchise of all time. There are three main games in the series: The Sims, The Sims 2, and The Sims 3, with several spin-off games, like the Facebook Application The Sims Social, or The Sims Medieval.

The Sims

The original Sims game was released in February 2000 for Microsoft Windows. The game takes place in a sub-urban area near SimCity. The Sims has seven expansion packs, and also two deluxe edition with special content.

The game is a 3D/2D environment where the main game takes place in Live Mode. Players have materials to build houses in Build Mode, and furniture can be bought in Buy Mode. The game is basically endless, with no set goals. However, Sims can die from Starvation, Fire, Drowning, Electrocution, or by Virus. Sims can leave the household permanently, Sims can fight and cause other Sims to move out, and Children are sent away if failing at school.

The Sims has seven expansion packs: The Sims Livin' Large, The Sims House Party, The Sims Hot Night, The Sims Vacation, The Sims Unleashed, The Sims Superstar, and The Sims Makin' Magic.

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The Sims 2

The Sims 2 has the same concept of the Sims, where you control their Sims actions and relationships with other Sims. In the Sims 2, Sims have life goals, wants, and fears. Fulfilling Wants give your Sims positive outcomes, while Fears give negative outcomes. There are six ages in the Sims 2: Baby, Toddler, Child, Teen, Adult, Elder. Another age, Young Adult is added with the University Expansion Pack.

Create-A-Sim was updated to feature customization of a Sims hairstyle and facial structure. It also added career rewards, a week cycle, a new Skill (Cleaning), as well as other new features.

There are eight expansion packs for the Sims 2: University, Nightlife, Open For Business, Pets, Season, Bon Voyage, Freetime, and Apartment Life. There are also Stuff Packs for the Sims 2: Holiday Party Pack, Family Fun, Glamour Life, Happy Holiday, Celebration!, H&M Fashion, Teen Style, Kitchen & Bath Interior Design, IKEA Home, and Mansion & Garden.

Online, the Sims 2 store was a place to get special content for the Sims 2 game for additional fees. Things like Furniture, Clothing, and other stuff for your Sims were available through the Sims 2 store.


The Sims 3

The Sims 3 is the current set in the Sims series. It was released in June 2, 2009, and was developed by The Sims Studio (the previous Sims and Sims 2 were created by Maxis). It has been released on several systems, including the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Android, and iOS.

The Sims 3 replaces the Wants and Fears from the Sims 2 with a "Wishes" system. Sims can have up two four promised wishes at a time, and each Young Adult Sims, Adult Sims, and Elder Sim created has a Lifetime Wish, which is the Sims' main goal in life. This could include reaching the top of a career or mastering certain skills. Lifetime Wishes are determined through the Sims traits. Example, Sims with the Athletic Trait might have a choice of reaching the top of the Professional Sports Career. Fulfilling Wishes and Lifetime Wishes gives the Sim Lifetime Happiness Points. These points can be used to get special perks for your Sims, such as the Steel Bladder makes the Bladder Need never decrease. There are also possibilities to get Opportunities. These can come from your Sims' job, for raising certain skills, or for something happening in your Sims' life. Fulfilling opportunities can result in Simoleons (money), relationship boosts, job performance boost, etc.

The Sims 3 has an open world, where all lots (both community and residential) are on one map. This introduces "Rabbit-Holes", which are places where you can't see your Sim, but you can influence what happens in that location. Places like where careers are, or shopping lots, are almost all Rabbit-Holes. If your Sim is working in the Hospital for the Medical Career, you can choose "Tones" such as Work Hard or Slack Off in TV Room, which influences what happens at work and how your Sim feels.

The Sims 3 have the current Expansion Packs: World Adventures, Ambitions, Late Night, , Generations, Pets, Showtime, Supernatural, Seasons, University Life, Island Paradise, and Into The Future.

The Sims 3 also has several Stuff Packs: High-End Loft, Fast Lane, Outdoor Living, Town Life, Master Suite, Katy Perry's Sweet Treats, Diesel, 70's 80's and 90's, and Movie.

The Sims 3 Store is where players can buy exclusive content not found in the games. Simspoints are needed to buy this content. Simpoints can be bought with a credit card, Paypal, or can be redeemed from a Sims Points Card. The Sims Store has items like clothing, furniture, build mode objects, and hairstyles for Sims of all ages and genders. You can also purchase new Worlds for your Sims to live in. Riverview is the only world which can be downloaded for free. There is also the Exchange, where players can upload customized objects, Sims, and even lots for other players to download.


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The Sims 4

On May 6th, 2013, Maxis confirmed the fourth installment to The Sims franchise, The Sims 4. The Sims 4 was released on September 2nd, 2014 only on Windows PC Computer. A Mac compatible version of The Sims 4 was released on February 17, 2015. The Sims 4 has many more creative features and tools that help the player build more realistic Sims then ever before, as well a new Building System to help build amazing houses for those Sims.

-Emotional Depth: Is one of main differences from previous Sim games. Sims can feel and express their true emotions for the first time. Depending on a Sims emotional state, Sims can have different choices and opportunities when interacting with other Sims and objects, and may experience events and actions differently, creating many possibilities. Emotions can also lead unfortunate consequences, such as a Sim dying from Embarrassment.

-New Creative Tools: Create A Sim and Build Mode has been update to be more powerful then before. Sculpting the perfect Sims is now easier and more precise then before. Build Mode has been updated to make building the home of your dreams easier, with new tools, such as the ability to move rooms or even the entire house!

- Free Updates: As of October 1st, 2014, it has been announced on The Sims Website that several free patches to The Sims 4 is going to be mad available. For October, Ghosts have been added to the game, as well as the addition of playable Ghosts with unique Ghostly features and interactions. In November 2014, Pools and Swimwear are to be added to The Sims 4, which was one of the features removed that many Sim players complained most about. On December 16, 2014, two new career choices were added to the game (Business and Athletic) as well as the ability to take time off from work. Genealogy and family portraits, one of things many fans were requesting, was added on February 3, 2015. On March 26, 2015, basements were added to the Build Mode portion of the game. On June 11, 2015, players were given a free new world, Newscrest, which held 15 empty lots. The most controversial update was released on June 3. 2016, which let all Create-A-Sim content available to both sexes, including clothing, hair and body types, voice types, the ability to decide if they can get a Sim pregnant or become pregnant, and their behavior when using the restroom.

-Packs: The Sims 4, like previous editions of The Sims, can be expanded with additional DLC content. In addition to Expansion Packs and Stuff Packs, The Sim 4 introduced Game Packs, a pack with more features and items then a stuff pack, but not enough to be considered an Expansion Pack. As of July 1, 2016, the Sims 4 has received 2 Expansion Packs (The Sims 4 Get To Work and The Sims 4 Get Together), 3 Game Packs (The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat, The Sims 4 Spa Day, and The Sims 4 Dine Out) and 7 Stuff Packs (The Sims 4 Luxury Party Stuff, The Sims 4 Perfect Patio Stuff, The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff, The Sims 4 Spooky Stuff, The Sims 4 Movie Hangout Stuff, The Sims 4 Romantic Garden Stuff, and The Sims 4 Kids Room Stuff).

The Sims 4 is mainly single-player offline game, however there is an Online Component called The Gallery, where players can share their creations and download others' creations into their game, without leaving the game itself (similar to The Sims 3 Exchange). Although you can play without internet access, to install the game for the first time, the Origin Client and Internet is needed, as well to update the game in the future. Internet is also required to access other player creations on The Gallery, and to upload your own. The Gallery can be accessed through the game itself, through a Web Browser, or through a Sims Gallery App available on smartphones.


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    • Internetwriter62 profile image


      21 months ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Even though I am a new comer to the Sims franchise, I really enjoy the game! I play the Sims 3 almost exclusively even though I do play the Sims 4 from time to time.. I really enjoyed your hub! It really gave me some great information on what I considered the best video game of all time!!

    • UndercoverAgent19 profile image


      7 years ago

      I love the Sims, and I've played all three series. It's amazing how, when I come home from work, I play a game that involves sending my character to work every day to pay the bills. What's more amazing is that I have fun playing it. Voted this hub as Useful.

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      8 years ago from Davao City

      The most controversial as well.


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