Though many devoted Sims players argue over which installment in the series was the best, in terms of both gameplay and the expansion packs that came along with it, almost every player can agree that the game would not be complete without the addition of custom content and mods. Mods are downloaded codes and items made for an established game which gives players the ability to perform actions previously unavailable to them within the game. Since the Sims 4 has been a bit of a let down to date, many players have been flocking back to previous installments. And in spirit with that disappointment fuelled nostalgia, this writer has compiled a list outlining some of the best mods for the third installment in the Sims series.
10 Let Overwatch Cleanse The Game
Though the gameplay is much more expansive and entertaining in the third installment of the game, many beloved aspects (such as the open world concept) create a series of unfortunate lags that can, at times, make the game so frustrating that it feels unplayable.
Overwatch is a mod which cleans up players games while they are not actively playing. Between gaming sessions, this mod sweeps the game and turns off errant electrical objects, fixes glitching Sims that are fueling the lag, and cleans out any bugs that need taking care of. Once one installs this mod, they will be unable to play without it.
9 Revolutionize Create A Sim
One of the biggest flaws of the Sims 3 is the fact that the Sims are straight out of the uncanny valley and look like they are made of rubber. But have no fear, because mods are here. Countless mods have revolutionized the “Create a Sim” experience and have allowed players to create the most realistic Sims possible. Face mask, eye mask, and skin mask mods allow players to remove the rubberized textures from their Sims. Custom hairstyles and clothing allow players to create more modern and realistic looking Sims. And there are even specified mods that increase the number of traits allowed per Sim for each age category in order to make a more well rounded Sim.
8 Expand The Culinary Experience
Something that has consistently frustrated Sims players has always been eating and food prep times. The amount of time it takes Sims in the third installment of the game to prepare and consume their food is borderline ridiculous, yet they never stay seated long enough for family dinners to be possible with larger families.
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But out of frustration comes innovation as there are mods online that allow players to control meal prep and consumption times. Slowing down consumption times allows players to create wholesome family dinners whilst speeding them up allows Sims to grab a nice meal before heading off to work to prevent starving during their shift.
7 Exotic Pets
The Sims 3 Pets expansion pack was, without a doubt, the best version of the Pets Expansion ever created for the Sims series. Horses, reptiles, and rodents galore (not to mention the traditional cats and dogs,) it’s no wonder that the limited Cats & Dogs pack was a disappointment (despite how utterly adorable the pets in Sims 4 are.) But some players were unsatisfied with the plethora of animals available to them and decided to bring new creatures to the game. There are mods that allow players to bring Jungle and Savannah cats to the game. Lions, tigers, jaguars, oh my.
6 Advanced Careers
It is this writer's belief that the Sims 3 had the best version of careers out of the entire series. In the second installment, a wide social circle was required to advance to higher levels and the constant tasks required for promotions in the fourth installment is cumbersome to say the least (not to mention that The Sims 4 sold basic careers as an expensive game pack.)
However, some players felt limited by the countless careers available and created mods to bring new jobs to the game. Some of these modded careers include marine biology, fashion designer, psychologist, care aid, NHL player, and NFL superstar.
5 Create An Adult Orientated Game
The Sims, though played by gamers of all ages, was often given a Teen rating due to the “Woohoo” interaction as well as some buy mode objects such as the “bubble blower” that came with the University and City packs. Though the game plays as a semi-realistic life simulation, some of the grittier aspects of reality were removed from the game. But not all players like to keep things morally upright. There are several mods which allow inter-age category relationships, illegal substances, violence, the removal of the censor bars, for multiple previously restricted age categories to be able to start a family, and even the combination of the “Try for Baby” and “Woohoo” interactions (which makes it so each and every Woohoo has the ability to result in children.)
4 Maximize The Computers Potential
Though skill building is quite straight forward in The Sims 3, some players found themselves not wanting to force their Sims to read several very expensive books in order to not burn the house down every time they cook Kraft Dinner.
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There is a mod available which allows Sims to learn many skills directly from their home computer. Other computer related mods allow for expanded interactions with the device to make the lives of the Sims easier such as online shopping.
3 Combine Sims 3 & 4
Though not without its faults, The Sims 4 did bring some fun and exciting new things to the franchise that make previous installments feel incomplete when players venture back to them. Several mods have been created to combine the best elements of every installment into the third installment, in order to make the greatest game possible. Some mods include the ability to fill apartments with other people and multiple apartments to choose from, the ability to travel inside stores and restaurants, and increased child specific interactions/ability to build skills (as child Sims can be exceptionally boring without the aid of the Generations pack.)
2 Fill Up Public Lots
Every single time a City living Sim heads to a nightclub it is impossible to tell whether or not it is a hotspot without the notification as they are always relatively empty. This can make certain goals such as hunting a Sim (for vampires) or finding a new beau incredibly difficult as there are never any NPC Sims around to choose from. But this shall be a problem no longer as there was a mod created specifically to fill public lots when one’s Sim is galavanting about town.
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Gigs will have more attendance, fairs will be bustling with families, and no one will have to dance alone ever again.
1 Add More Social Interactions
One of the best things about The Sims 4 is the dialogue trees. There are just so many unique and interactive interactions that conversing Sims will never have to worry about boring each other or having to repeat an interaction. Conversely, the third installment in the Sims series contains rather bare and basic conversation topics and children barely have anything to say to one another.
Luckily, there are several mods which bring variety to one’s idle chatter. From expanding small talk to providing more provocative interactions, these mods allow Sims to maintain a more realistic conversation style.