The Sims 3: Generations Updated Preview - Teenagers Revealed

Get the details on teenager gameplay in this updated preview for The Sims 3: Generations.

The Sims series continues to let you control the lives of little computer people as they commute to their jobs, socialize with each other using wild gestures and gibberish-language "socials," and sneak off to the potty. And the fourth expansion, The Sims 3: Generations, will add new content for the littlest little computer people--small children and teenagers. We've already covered the expansion's primary additions and gone in depth on the new features for small child sims in our previous coverage. This time around, we have the full details on what you can expect from teenager gameplay.

So, you planted a flaming bag of something-or-other on the neighbor's doorstep? I'd like to hear you explain this one, mister.

As we've mentioned previously, teenagers will have a host of new prank socials they'll be able to play on the people they ideally neither know nor love. These include the classic pranks we all remember from our youth, along with a bunch of booby traps that can be set throughout the house for unsuspecting family members or houseguests. Pranks include making prank calls, doorbell ditching (the dastardly act of ringing a house's front doorbell and running away before the residents can get to the door), egging a house, and a little something The Sims Studio calls "planting a flaming bag." Booby traps will include such things as toilets that overflow, sinks that spray, and showers that are loaded with dye. Naturally, sims that get pranked will receive a negative moodlet (temporary states in The Sims 3 that either enhance or detract from your sim's mood), but teenagers that pull off their pranks or booby traps without getting caught will earn positive moodlets. With a successful run of unpunished pranks, teens can earn an "uber prankster" moodlet.

Unfortunately, it's possible for sloppy pranksters to get caught--if not by the cops, then by their parents or guardians. Generations will include multiple new types of punishment levels for teenagers beyond the usual scolding, which includes being banned from using their favorite items in the house (the equivalent of revoked TV or computer privileges), being put in the dreaded time-out, and being grounded (unable to leave the house)--the even-more-dreaded punishment than the time-out. In such cases, teens can attempt to sneak around their punishments by using the forbidden household objects or by sneaking out of the house when grounded. Taking the new "rebellious" trait will actually give them a bonus in their quest to defy authority. Juvenile delinquents who take this trait will get a bonus positive moodlet after doing other socially unacceptable things, like copying homework or getting a tattoo. Teens who have less of a wild streak (or just know what's good for them) can otherwise try to commute their own sentences by doing chores or using the "beg for forgiveness" social.

Teen life won't be all chores and time-outs. Generations will give your teens the opportunity to socialize with the other kids in the neighborhood at parties. If they're lucky, their parents may take an adults-only vacation, leaving the teens at home on the honor system--which logically leads to the expansion's new house party system. With it, teens can invite their friends over by phone and use the new "break up party" social to quickly shoo all their guests out of the house before the cops come.

Prom night? But what if they all laugh at you? They're all gonna laugh at you! They're all gonna laugh at you!

In addition to house parties, teens will be able to participate in after-school activities and clubs for sports and music, which will actually increase their skills if they attend. Then again, teens that prefer to not work on the school yearbook can prepare for perhaps the single most important event in their young lives--the upcoming school dance (and the most important dance of them all: the prom). The prom will be a magical night where your teens can get into the running to be voted king or queen of the prom, experience a first kiss, or decide to go steady with their date. The Sims Studio has not yet confirmed whether you can dump a bucket of pig's blood onto the prom queen, but sadly, this feature doesn't look like it'll make it into the game at this point.

The Sims 3: Generations adds lots of in-depth features for the youngsters in your household. The expansion will be released later this month.

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38 comments
dixielandsh
dixielandsh

I'm a die hard simmer and have all the TS3 EPs/SPs so far and will most likely get this one as well. Unfortunately, I still play much more TS2 than TS3. It just has not shown itself to be conducive to my game play style and the EPs haven't drawn me further into TS3 like I thought they would. The transition between TS1 and TS2 was so drastic (graphics and aging alone) not to mention all the new things. I still played TS1 when TS2 came out because I missed my EPs, but as TS2 had more EP's come out I found myself playing less and less TS1. That's not happening so far with TS3. I'm hoping maybe this EP will draw me in? I miss Will Wright and the Maxis team!

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

@Sythion: Hahahahahahahahahaha! :lol: You, sir, are either a brilliant master of wit or a man with a very, very dirty mind. :P

master_phi
master_phi

They haven't stated how long this 'teen' phase will last, just like they way sims get progessively older as you play...

western077
western077

@Majkic666 I agree that EA are just making empty games that you then have to purchase expansion packs to fill in, but I still love the Sims. I wish they either brought back Maxis and Will Wright's originality or that there was some form of market competition so that EA couldn't take advantage of their customers with these pathetic EPs. The content in Generations looks more like something that should be included in a free update patch, not a $40 EP. If only there was another similar game produced by another company, then EA would have to try much much harder to keep us as happy customers.

Shahenshah-Adam
Shahenshah-Adam

I think this might be the first expansion That I Buy for Sims 3. But I do agree with what @western077 is saying.

Sythion
Sythion

+1 me if you also clicked this article because it sounded like porn.

Majkic666
Majkic666

@western077 thats why you should drop Sims 3.... They are doing the same thing over and over again.... instead of putting all the previous expansion from the 1st and 2nd game into Sims 3 they just deliver an empty game and then you have to buy all the expansion again -.-

western077
western077

What are the chances that the "Prom Night" is literally just some photos outside the school before they disappear into a rabbit hole for a few hours and text tells you what happens?

j0abell
j0abell

Wish they'd do an expansion to bring the graphics into this century.

SigitP
SigitP

new series expansion pack

Undertaker_1
Undertaker_1

Well I have never played university expansion in the sim 2, but the rest of packages were surely fun. The only big minus I hate in the sims 3 is that you can no longer make your default community lot, you have to choose from stupid list. Back in Sims 2 and original sims, well I made my own "Mall"...Now such function is not available. Other than that...all Sims 3 expansions were great and cant wait for Unleashed (pets expansion) they said that its coming this fall...

Mr_Jones66
Mr_Jones66

i dont want an expansion about students/college/university, i hate students. EA give us something good, and worthwhile.

DeadManRollin
DeadManRollin

Give me Sims 2 + expansions with Sims 3 graphics engine. I'll be the happiest.

pco_rainmaster
pco_rainmaster

Do i need the original Sims 3 game or is this a standalone expansion whereas you dont need the original game like dawn of war II retribution that i it can be played even without the dawn of war II. ;-)

Oracle2k
Oracle2k

Sims Medieval was a huge failure.

naomeh
naomeh

Why the heck is university not in this expansion? That's just absurd. You can't make an expansion about all the different stages of life without COLLEGE! I'll buy this because I buy them all, but EA makes me sad sometimes. :(

Death_Blade_182
Death_Blade_182

Looks like it's coming up pretty nicely, however, I think what we all really want are Seasons and Pets expansions.

ah20s
ah20s

couldn't help to comment on the person below "I want weather" says the demon child rofl creepy

twistyanddark
twistyanddark

I really want to see an expansion where sims can milk cows...

xxxKONVICTEDxxx
xxxKONVICTEDxxx

i LOVED The Sims 3 but however couldn't play any of the expansions :( oh well now im waiting for The Sims 4 :D

NVe27
NVe27

I want weather

dark_rage864
dark_rage864

Open up the rabbit holes and then ill be happy..

mssmss
mssmss

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zoeyleft
zoeyleft

i would love to see the expansion: The Sims 4

Claudiov1_0
Claudiov1_0

Shaping up pretty nice.. cant wait!!

Klusha1999
Klusha1999

I think EA need is to make a new game called :" The Sims 3: Forever" then they have to do everything new and add all old stuff like make a giant beautiful city with university to access, and pets and vacations to other place and make pre, elementary, middle, high schools and add same thing ambition had. Trust Me it will be Awesome game with everything.

brunod_f
brunod_f

we just want weather cicles and pets, please

WiredDreemz
WiredDreemz

I miss the old, plain expansions, like the exapansions that involved pets, weather cycles, university, etc.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

Sounds like some great additions to the teenage group, i hope there will be just as much content for adults, and children, elders too... thanks for the info guys :)

RedWave247
RedWave247

Don't get me wrong when I say this is a great update, but I'm still waiting for a new University expansion. That was, hands down, my favourite addition to Sims 2.

LokiHero
LokiHero

It's good to see them add an actual expansion in the core sense of the word and not just tack on a bunch of periphery features that otherwise add nothing to the game. I think it's really great and shows a level of intelligence EA's been missing to add real depth to a series instead of just adding more to do over a larger "area" of play. This is the first expansion in the series in years that's something I know I want.

Stankmuffin
Stankmuffin

Looking forward to this...I guess EA will be getting my $40.....