A lot of you ask me for recommendations. This list is in order of which one I would recommend over the other, with the first being highly recommended, and the last being not so much.
The Sims 3 Late Night: Late Night is one of my favorite expansion packs of all-time. Your sims finally have the opportunity to live like a celebrity and party hard into the wee-hours of the night. This expansion pack (EP) comes with great clothes and hairstyles in create-a-sim (CAS), as well as amazing new furnishings with a very modern style. This EP is perfect. I don’t have a single complaint really. It comes with an amazing new neighborhood, even more amazing new sims, and a ton of cool new interactions. 5 out of 5 stars!
The Sims 3 Seasons: It is no secret that I love the Seasons. I believe that it gives simmers a much better weather experience than The Sims 2 Seasons (not to knock that EP). When it come to CAS content, I was completely disappointed. There is very little items in terms of selections from categories other than outerwear. Not only is the EP lacking when it comes to clothing, but hairstyles as well. For me, CAS content was kind of a dud. What CAS is lacking, the new items that come in build/buy mode make up for that! There are so many new items that my mind explodes just thinking about it. Snow cone makers! Tanning booths! Skating rinks! Kissing booths! And these amazing concession stands that are filled with foods that compliment that season! We cannot forget about the season festivals either, sims have the ability to let loose at the festivals with games, prizes, and contests. My only complaint is that the festivals end at 9pm. So sims that work second shift have to wake up pretty early to get the best out of their experience. For those that love sci-fi, Seasons also introduced aliens! 3.75 out of 5 stars!
The Sims 3 Showtime: I knew that I was going to LOVE Showtime as soon as it was announced. There have been some disappointments, such as the hairstyles in CAS and the glitchy new feature they call SimPort. The new items in build/buy mode are amazing. There are so many cool new objects and entertainment for your sims, you go crazy when your sims cannot afford them all. Along with Showtime came a lot of game crashing and freezing. It can really mess with the stability of your game, even on an excellent quality computer. Other than that, all three new professions are entertaining. This expansion is certainly worth the money. 4 out of 5 stars!
The Sims 3 Ambitions: Everyone was excited to get out of the rabbit holes with this one. I think that EA did an amazing job on this EP. My only concern is that when you have two or more professions going on in one household, it can be a bit overwhelming at times. I still love them though. It also came with a simple new neighborhood with a few okay sims, nothing too special there. In CAS, I honestly cannot think of one item from this EP off the top of my head, obviously the clothing and hairstyles do not stand out. Build/Buy mode offers lots of cool new things that makes furnishing amazing and fun. My favorite profession in the EP is the Ghost Hunter. Who wouldn’t love to be a ghost hunter? I also really like the Fire Fighter career. I’m not a huge fan of the Stylist and Architectural Design professions. Entering CAS and build/buy mode that often gets boring and is time consuming. 3.5 out of 5 stars!
The Sims 3 Generations: Initially, I thought that Generations wouldn’t be that great. After playing it for a while, I fell in love. I’m glad they brought back the wedding arches, added strollers (which I never use), and introduced bunk beds and tree houses. I also love that you have things like prom and high school graduation. To me, this EP is more like a gigantic stuff pack with new interactions. The items in CAS are okay, but the items you find in build/buy mode really pulls you in. I wish it would have came with a new neighborhood filled with cute suburban families and sims with typical suburban lifetime wishes and issues. It also comes with the babysitter profession, where for the first time, your sim really works from home. I love it. 4 out of 5 stars!
The Sims 3 World Adventures: I hated this EP when I first began to play it. After giving it a fair shot, it grew on me. Exploring the tombs, meeting new and exotic sims, as well as having new recipes, really made this EP enjoyable. The only thing about this EP is that exploring the tombs can get a bit boring after a while. Now, it will take a long time for that to happen, but if you are one of those people that have the time to play the game all day long, in a week, you will have fully explored all of the tombs, ending what is supposed to be the big thing about this EP. The items in CAS are not that great. You will rarely use them when playing the game without exploring the tombs. Build/Buy mode does have some really nice items though, I do reach for those things often. It’s an okay EP, nothing that great, but also not boring. 3.5 out of 5 stars!
The Sims 3 Pets: I bet this is a shocker to some of you that it is my least favorite EP. This EP is very boring. I never find myself owning a pet, you cannot go to the pet store and buy a pet, they can only be adopted, and it all just sucks. I do like what is offered in build/buy mode as well as CAS. To me, those are this EP’s only high points. Everything else is just mediocre. If you really want to own a cat or dog, then this EP is for you, but very quickly, it gets boring, and you feel as if you wanted more out of it. I don’t think it is a bad EP, just compared to the longevity of fun that the others offer, this one is lacking. 2.5 out of 5 stars!
The Sims 3 Supernatural: It was really hard to place this EP at the bottom of my list, but compared to the others, it is the only EP that does not really hold a place in my heart. Supernatural takes away the realism of the simming experience for me, so this is all based on personal preference. Supernatural gives you the ability to create witches, werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and genies (only if you have Showtime). Don’t get me wrong, I can see myself using these Supernatural creatures in the future when I want to switch up my gameplay, but overall, I will not get much use out of the main feature of this EP. The reason why it is so hard for me to put this EP at the bottom of the list is because of the CAS and build/buy mode objects that it comes with. The items are so stylish, creative, and fun, that they are some of my favorites when it comes to all of the other EPs. The neighborhood that it comes with, Moonlight Falls, is beautiful and well thought out. The sims have great stories, and it all ties together very well. The community lots are well designed and interesting, and are great to place in other installed worlds, not only Moonlight Falls. I know there are tons of people that love the magic and supernatural aspect of this EP, it just isn’t my cup of tea. 2.5 out of 5 stars!