What Went Wrong With The Sims 3 Werewolves?


When The Sims 4 began teasing its newest game pack, Werewolves, alongside its two newest Kits, the occult reveal was a long time coming. Werewolves have been featured in The Sims, The Sims 2, and The Sims 3 so it was no surprise that they’d eventually make their way to The Sims 4. The new game pack is set to release June 16, but the initial reveal led some fans to compare The Sims 4’s werewolves to those of The Sims 3, as it was the last time werewolves had been in the franchise.

Were The Sims 3 werewolves really that good, or could it just be the nostalgia talking? Playing with only The Sims 3: Supernatural and Late Night expansion packs, we’ll take a deep dive into the good, bad, and everything in between about The Sims 3’s werewolf occult.

The Sims 3 Werewolves Create-A-Sim Content

Jumping into Create-A-Sim, players are able to make a werewolf right off the bat to jump into wolfy gameplay as soon as possible. A Sim’s werewolf form face can be customized to be more or less menacing, with different facial sliders to change the appearance of the ears, jaw, brow, and nostrils. These werewolves don’t look very wolf-like, instead looking like a hairy menace with a serious underbite.

There aren’t a lot of torn clothing options to really sell a werewolf transformation, which is a bit disappointing. The Sims 3: Supernatural included six new Traits, one of which is very helpful in utilizing a werewolf’s abilities: Gatherer. In the game, werewolves are natural “hunters” that are able to find collectible gems, insects, and metals, so the Gatherer Trait makes it easier for werewolves to find higher quality collectibles.

The expansion pack additionally included nine new Lifetime Wishes, only one of which applies to werewolves. A Sim with the “Leader of the Pack” Lifetime Wish wants to hunt with the pack to earn 400,000 simoleons worth of collectibles, as well as turn five Sims into werewolves. Paired with the Gatherer Trait, this Lifetime Wish could be accomplished fairly easily with a large “pack” and dedication to hunting.

Overall, the werewolf-focused portion of The Sims 3 CAS is a bit lackluster. There aren’t many torn shirts or pants to really encapsulate the transformation of a werewolf Sim, plus the design of werewolf Sims in general leaves a lot to be desired. Werewolves are meant to be ferocious, which The Sims 3 werewolves are, but they’re also unpleasant to look at with little new applicable traits and Lifetime Wishes. Hopefully because The Sims 4: Werewolves is a dedicated game pack for this occult only, we’ll see reasonable CAS and Aspiration improvement compared to the last generation of The Sims franchise.

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