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THIS GUIDE IS ALL YOU NEED TO TRANSFORM YOUR VANILLA SIMS 3 GAME FROM AVERAGE TO AMAZING.
Change the way you play the Sims 3 with this top ten list of up-to-date mods and add-ons provided by the great Nraas to greatly enhance your gameplay. After trying out a few of these mods you won't know how you ever played without em! If you have just purchased a copy of the Sims 3 or had to reinstall everything this list is perfect if you want a solid set of downloads that won't clutter or crowd your game. Even if you installed nothing after these 10 mods you are good to go. Always remember to save and back up your files before playing around with the game folders.
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There are useful add-ons for this mod such as:'Schools' which contains custom high school careers, assigned to different rabbitholes in town
'Part-Time' which contains custom part-time careers that provide skills useful in later careers
'Tones' add an expanded set of career tones for the EA careers,
'The Family' which is a full-time career based on the movie "The Departed", if that's your thing
'Unemployed' is useful as a placeholder career to prevent the EA Careers system from giving your sim a job
'Self Employed' contains a series of self-employed careers, expanding on the Ambitions set, I'm usually a hacker
'Homemaker' is a useful stay-at-home career which rewards your sim for cleaning and keeping everyone happy
There's two main add-ons for this mod:'Scoring' adds an "attraction" scoring system that adds a new layer of depth to your sims' relationships
'Kama Simtra' adds an optional woohoo skill to keep track how good your sim is in bed. Now THAT'S real.
I highly recommend these add-ons as they enrich the game in ways you can only fully realize once you start playing:'Expanded' contains the Interaction Injection portion of this mod, and other parts not specifically required for progression.
'Extra' contains the Map Tags system, Motive control, Inheritance, and other good stuff.
'NameList Tuning' is a tuning file you can add seperately with this mod to load custom name lists for use by the base-mod. Especially useful if you have a sim town of a specific ethnicity.
Nraas has also included some add ons for this mod that add certain personality elements to your sims story, you may want to read the information on the site for those (and all these mods) as there is a ton of information about these personalities and how they work. I personally find that blazing while playing Sims 3 eliminates the need for artificial storylines in this way but I may try them again in the near future to see if my experience changes. Add-on with the personality types added in parenthesis below:'Cops And Robbers' (Robin, Cat, Vigilante, and Kingpin)
'Lovers' (Bike, Casanova, Gigolo, and Tart)
'Meanies' (Brat, Bully, Thug, and Harpy)
'Others' (Loon, Mooch, Nerd, and Magnate)
'Vampires And Slayers' (Dracul, Lestat, Nosferatu, Helsing, and Slayer)
This mod has a few useful add-ons as well:'Cheats' adds a series of more advanced or "cheaty" interactions to the MasterController base-mod menu.
'Expanded Tattoo' expands the number of locations provided in Tattoo CAS.
'Integration' replaces in-game interactions with custom versions that call MasterController functionality.
'Progression' adds interactions specifically related to StoryProgression, you must have that base-mod installed as well.
Honorable Mention goes to:
This mod replaces all recipes and compositions that are destroyed after a sim uses them. Because we all know how annoying and unrealistic it is when that 30 dollar recipe book vanishes in a cloud of smoke after a single sim reads it.