A content pack[n 1] is an addition to a previously-released "base game." In The Sims series, these packs add new objects and new interactions between Sims, and very often include new neighborhoods, life states, and other features. Content packs cannot be installed or played without first installing the appropriate "base game." Content packs usually follow a theme, with new features, objects, music, and styles tailored to that specific theme. Content packs are known by different names depending on the size of the pack.
Types of content packs
An expansion pack is the most significant content pack available. Expansion packs were introduced with The Sims: Livin' Large and have been a staple of the series, with several expansion packs released for The Sims, The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and The Sims 4. Expansion packs tend to focus on major new features, and many objects, clothes, styles, neighborhoods or worlds, and life states are geared towards the pack's major theme.
A stuff pack is a smaller add-on pack which typically includes only new objects and clothes for Sims, though some stuff packs do include gameplay changes. Stuff packs originated with The Sims 2, and were released for The Sims 3 as well. Beginning with The Sims 4, stuff packs appear as downloadable content instead of being released on physical discs.
A world pack is both a digital and a physical add-on pack, introduced with The Sims 3 Riverview, which was the only free world pack. World packs add a new world for The Sims 3 with the addition of new objects, clothes and styles. Each world pack also offers a couple of brand new gameplay objects that are geared towards the pack's major theme. They are a part of The Sims 3 Store and can be also purchased with Simpoints. They are sold separately and as a part of Bundles and Starter Packs.
A free pack is a pack that is offered to players free of charge. These are usually smaller than a stuff pack. Only one free pack has been released so far: The Sims 4: Holiday Celebration Pack. The Holiday Celebration Pack was updated with new objects at the same time Patch 27 was released for The Sims 4. They are not to be confused with The Sims 3's free store objects.
A Compilation pack is a collection of one or more individual expansion and/or stuff packs. Bundles, starter packs, and deluxe editions are generally all forms of compilations. Compilation packs have been released only for the first three games so far.
Compilations sometimes, but do not always, contain the base game and one or more expansion packs. This bundling can appeal to people who do not yet own the base game, but are interested in acquiring it and one or more expansions. Compilations are often released several years after the initial release of the games which make up the bundle. The compilation is usually priced closer to that of a full expansion pack, where each of the component expansions or stuff packs would have had its price reduced over time. However, compilations can be released concurrently with the release of one of the component games; this is often simply the new expansion pack paired up with the base game, and sold for a higher price than the expansion alone. Compilation packs typically install all the collected packs simultaneously, eliminating the need to install each pack individually.
Compilation packs by generation
- Compilations of The Sims - An article detailing all compilation packs released for The Sims
- Compilations of The Sims 2 - An article detailing all compilation packs released for The Sims 2
- Compilations of The Sims 3 - An article detailing all compilation packs released for The Sims 3
- Compilations of The Sims 4 - An article detailing all compilation packs released for The Sims 4
Content packs by game
In The Sims, there are seven expansion packs. They are (in order of release):
The Sims 2
Eight different expansion packs were released for The Sims 2. They are (in order of release):
Additionally, ten different stuff packs were released. They are:
- Holiday Party Pack
- Family Fun Stuff
- Glamour Life Stuff
- Celebration Stuff
- Happy Holiday Stuff (Expanded re-release of the Holiday Party Pack.)
- H&M Fashion Stuff
- Teen Style Stuff
- Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff
- IKEA Home Stuff
- Mansion & Garden Stuff
The Sims 3
Eleven expansion packs were released for The Sims 3. They are (in order of release):
- World Adventures
- Late Night
- University Life
- Island Paradise
- Into the Future
There are also nine stuff packs that were released for The Sims 3. These stuff packs, in order of release, are:
- High-End Loft Stuff
- Fast Lane Stuff
- Outdoor Living Stuff
- Town Life Stuff
- Master Suite Stuff
- Katy Perry's Sweet Treats
- Diesel Stuff
- 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff
- Movie Stuff
The Sims 4
There are currently six released expansion packs:
There are currently six released game packs:
There are currently fourteen released stuff packs:
- Luxury Party Stuff
- Perfect Patio Stuff
- Cool Kitchen Stuff
- Spooky Stuff
- Movie Hangout Stuff
- Romantic Garden Stuff
- Kids Room Stuff
- Backyard Stuff
- Vintage Glamour Stuff
- Bowling Night Stuff
- Fitness Stuff
- Toddler Stuff
- Laundry Day Stuff
- My First Pet Stuff
There is currently only one released free pack:
- ↑ "Content pack" is an unofficial term used to refer to this content, as no official term exists
- ↑ "Just what is a Game Pack?" by SimGuru Grant at TheSims.com. Retrieved 20 December 2014
- ↑ The Sims 2: Happy Holiday Stuff introduces new NPCs, parties, and interactions.
- ↑ Stuff packs for The Sims 2 carried forward influence, chemistry, fury, and the inventory.
- ↑ Popularity determined by review rankings at Gamerankings.com.