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The Sims 3: Generations [Download]

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Teen Origin
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews) 70 / 100

Price: $19.99
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Platform: PC Download
Download size:
1600 MB
Download time:
21 minutes - 2 hours 30 minutes on broadband
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  • Sims of every age can enjoy new activities! Kids can hang out with friends in tree houses. Teens can pull hilarious pranks.
  • Whether it's a raging all-teen party while the parents are out, a high school graduation or an official wedding ceremony
  • From bachelor party hi-jinks to getting in trouble for bad grades to hearing rumors around town about Sims who cheat on their spouses
  • Sims will enjoy all-new ways to be creative including tinkering with chemistry sets, making their own home movies that they can watch on their own TVs
  • All of the new activities, celebrations, and drama are easier to remember and reminisce about with a new Memories system

Important Note

This game requires The Sims 3 base game to play.

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Product Details

Platform: PC Download
  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
  • Note: Gifting is not available for this item.
  • ASIN: B0052UX62W
  • Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,455 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Product Description

Platform: PC Download

From the Manufacturer

The Sims 3: Generations is the fourth expansion pack for popular single player Life Simulation game The Sims 3.* Through it players can dramatically expand The Sims 3 gameplay with a generationally oriented focus on new activities, celebrations, and opportunities for drama and creativity. With this new expansion players' Sims can experience the gameworld from multiple perspectives, including childhood, the teenage years, young adult to adult, and the senior years. Each of these has a different general focus that players can of course alter as they see fit.

Experience the Life of Sims Across the Generations

Enjoy a whole spectrum of rich life experiences with your Sims. Start off in the imagination-fueled world of childhood and embrace the drama of the teen years. Experience the complicated realities of adult life, then reap the benefits of growing up in each life stage. A wealth of new options and activities makes your Sims' lives more meaningful than ever before, whatever their ages. With new celebrations, dramatic life events, and all-new ways for your Sims to express their creativity, The Sims 3 Generations lets your Sims live life to the fullest.

About The Sims 3

The freedom of The Sims 3 will inspire you with endless creative possibilities and amuse you with unexpected moments of surprise and mischief. Create millions of unique Sims and control their lives. Customize their appearances and personalities. Build their homes - design everything from exquisitely furnished dream homes to quaint cottages. Then, send your Sims out to explore their ever-changing neighborhood and to meet other Sims in the town center. With all-new quick challenges and rewarding game play, The Sims 3 gives you the freedom to choose whether (or not) to fulfill your Sims' destinies and make their wishes come true.

Key Game Features

  • New Activities - Sims of every age can have fun. Kids can attend ballet class, hang out in tree houses, or have fun on new playground equipment. Teens can host raging parties, pull pranks, and attend school dances. Adults can suffer mid-life crises, and those who engage in extramarital affairs will face the rumor mill. And so much more.
  • New Celebrations - Whether it's a hilariously out-of-control bachelorette party, an all-teen party while the parents are out, or a high school graduation, new ways to celebrate life will make every age more fun.
  • New Drama Unfolds - From snubbing school peers to being the focus of neighborhood gossip and even bachelor party hi-jinks, hilarity will ensue when life goes off the beaten path.
  • Find News Ways to be Creative - Sims will be able to tinker with chemistry sets, play in forts, and record with video cameras. Additionally, the new memories system allows players to build a scrapbook and post their memories on Facebook for all of their friends to see.

* The Sims 3 is required for play, and is sold separately.

System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Windows XP (SP2) / Vista (SP1) / Windows 7
Processor: XP: 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent; Windows Vista and Windows 7: 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
RAM: XP: 1 GB; Vista and Windows 7: 1.5 GB (NVIDIA ION computer require at least 2 GB)
Hard Drive: At least 2.5 GB of hard drive space with at lest 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games (9.6 GB required if installing with The Sims 3)
Video Card: 128 MB video card with pixel shader 2.0 support (see for the full video card support information)
Additional Info: Requires The Sims 3 base game for play

Additional Information
Some PC users may experience an issue with their Sims 3 launcher after installing Generations.  If you experience game launch issues, please follow the instructions found here:

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buggy but playful July 12, 2011
By Ranissa
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
Listen, the Sims games are always going to be buggy. If you want to play them your way, expect to use lots of custom content and mods. That being said, I buy every expansion pack (the stuff packs are never necessary, in my opinion) and play the crap out of them so EA must be doing something correctly. In Sims 3: Generations, the already robust gameplay has just really been given more flesh. The imaginary friend is meh for me but people who crave fantastical elements in their game will love it, the ability for teens to actually be grounded is hilarious and much appreciated, and the addition of bunkbeds and sleeping bags makes me giddy with joy. If you don't like the Sims for what it is, you won't like this latest addition. If you're addicted, however, to playing with pixel dollies, well, you should add this expansion to your addi...collection.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun, but not worth $30 September 12, 2011
By Shiloh
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I have been with The Sims franchise since the very first game and I have every installment, expansion and item pack. This is a fun expansion pack, but unlike Nightlife and Ambitions it does not contain an additional world or additional careers. It does allow additional activities such as Prom, Graduation, learning to drive etc. but you don't actually get to see any of them, only some commentaries during.
The newest addition, boarding school, is probably my favorite add-on as I love having big families, but after awhile they can be a bit tiring, now I can just ship them off to one of several boarding schools that will grow specific talents like logic, athleticism, art/music etc.
You can also create an imaginary friend that, if treated properly, can even become a controllable player and member of the family.
I like this expansion, but it isn't one of my favorites. It is definitely not worth $30. I'm very glad I used a coupon that took off $15 otherwise I would feel very cheated.
My advice is to wait for Sims Pets to come out before you purchase this as there will be a price drop on Generations since it won't be the "new one" anymore.
If you're a Sims lover like I am you'll definitely want to add this to your collection, but if you're only a part-time gamer I'd just skip it and get either Nightlife or Ambitions because they'll give you much more bang for your buck.
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56 of 67 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this game for my daughter since it was an instant download. Unfortunately, didn't read all the problems until after it didn't work for us. Instead of going through and deleting things I was able to go to the Amazon Games & Software folder that was created on her system (under Documents) and I searched for setup.exe files. I found two - TS3....update and Sims3EP04setup. I downloaded the TS3 file update first and then selected the game setup file. It then asked me for the Product Key (which we weren't asked for when installing the first time), entered product key and it completed the download. Game is now working fine. I am NOT tech savy so I'm not sure if these explanations help anyone but I hope so - it was very frustrating!! Product key is available back in Your Account folder. There is a link to the product key when you search for your purchase/order.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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After reading a million negative reviews I was so scared to actually purchase this game but because of the price difference (from amazon to the EA site) I decided to give it a try anyway. I didnt follow any steps I saw in reviews about deleting downloaded content because I didnt want to lose the clothes I had from the exchange. Luckily it worked fine!!! It only took about 30-40 mins to download. I just finished playing it and Im so in love lol. I love all the new options & objects.!!
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35 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Best Expansion Yet! June 4, 2011
By Chancie
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
While it is true, many have had issues with the download versions of Generations, the problem has been solved, and when I downloaded my game, I had absolutely NO issues!

To solve the issues, FIRST do the folowing: (as in BEFORE you download Generation, this makes the download smoother, but you can still get your game to work if you download first. You will just have to search for the download in your computer files to find the correct install file)

* Delete all MODS and Custom Content you have downloaded.
* Open your EA Download Manager and preform the update (it will prompt you, or it did for me)
* Open up your Sims 3 game, and open the
* Restart your computer.
* Download/Install Generations. You may or may not need to restart your computer again.

After these steps you're game should work perfectly! Mine did, and it really is worth the trouble! You get all kind of new items and interactions. I laughed when I saw the "be frisky" interaction pop up under the "Romantic" tab. You won't be disapointed, it's definitely the best Expansion they've relesed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! February 9, 2013
By Jared
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I love this game! Aside from pets addition, it's my favorite sims game! It makes everything very family-oriented and I love that! Such an incredible game! Buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be December 21, 2012
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I originally though this would be a boring expansion but I was so wrong! Very glad I got it. If you like raising families this is a must have. It add so much more to do, and stages like children can do something more besides just go to school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Download August 30, 2013
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My base game came with the discs but downloaded over Origin so I was a bit skeptical about purchasing this because it was a just a download. It downloaded easy enough and installed just fine. I printed the serial number just to be safe but I like that it's also saved with Amazon. I didn't have any issues and even got a free bonus download when I registered the game with
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