For their final expansion to Sims 3, your Sims family is transported to the future. Much like The Jetsons, this futuristic world is filled with bots, awesome technology, and the same human emotions we are familiar with. Without any need to race off at 88 mph, your Sims can time travel and even cause paradoxes.

As the name would suggest, Into the Future is all about taking your Sims forward in time. When you start up your household, a strange portal will appear and Emit Relevart, a time traveler, will emerge. After you complete a quick and easy task for him, you can jump through the portal and explore the future.

Upon arrival in the future, you take up a new home at a weird community center where other time travelers and people of the future come and go as they please. It’s fully decorated with all kinds of high tech features including a shower that uses wave technology to clean your Sim in half the time, or a fridge that makes synthesized food to keep your Sim full for longer.

Sims future shower

You are given an Almanac of Time, with which you can find your descendants in the future. Depending on the life you have led in the present, you may have a large, successful legacy, or not. In fact, using time travel, you can cause paradoxes that cause your descendants to die. I have to wonder what my Sims got up to when I wasn’t around – my “child-hating” Sim somehow managed to have a descendant; what accident did he get up to? Particularly strange considering his girlfriend had four descendants.

Into the Future introduces three new skills: Laser-Rhythem-a-Con instrument skill, Advanced Tech skill and Bot Building Skill. Advanced Tech is a fairly passive skill – it simply allows the Sims to use future-tech objects without failure. Yes, my one Sim was so un-tech savvy that she fell out of the future elevator. Every time. However, with time, she learned to fly around with her Jetpack without any horrifying accidents. Bot Building is by far the most interesting new skill. Upon gaining Bot Building skill, your Sims can design Plumbots and even enter their bots in competitions – yup, you can make battle bots. Sims can create trait chips for their Plumbots and combine them in ways destined for disaster – what did you think would happen when you gave the Robonanny the Sinister Circuits? Plumbots can even form relationships with your Sims. However, despite being able to make out, they are unable to have children together. Time to wave a circuit flag for robot rights!

Darryn kissing a plumbot

Using your Almanac of Time, you can trigger different types of future events. This will either allow you to keep the future as normal, or move it towards a dystopian or utopian state. In the dystopia future, meteors often strike the world, probably because you used the giant magnet to attract them in the first place. In the utopian existence, the world is lush and colorful as Sims walk around joyfully. Honestly, I didn’t see much of a difference with these changes – I was expecting a much more dilapidated future in my dystopia.

While it is interesting to watch your descendants improve their lot in life as you progress through your career path, the final reward can only come if you are immortalized in a statue. That’s right, there are five options for “legacy statues”: The Lustrous Entertainer, The Pioneer of Plumbotics, The Renowned Philathropist, The Time Keeper and The Trendsetter. I’m not quite sure why they needed a fashion based statue reward considering that the others are actually focused on the future technology, but I suppose that is the nature of the Sims. Not only will these statues give the Sim an enormous amount of lifetime happiness points, it also means that future Sims applaud that Sim when they’re traveling around in the future.

Legacy statue

If you’re a fan of leaving your normal home and job for all kinds of Sims adventures, this expansion may just be up your alley. With enough of a connection to your existing Sims life, you can explore a completely new area, become friendly with your descendants or even cause a dystopian future. I just wish there could have been more variety with the future – rather than having a set world that’s hundreds of years in the future, it would be nice to choose if I wanted to travel to the near or far future. That said, it was fun convincing present day Sims that the sky was falling – nothing quite like belonging to a Doomsday cult.

Last Updated: November 18, 2013

Sims 3 : Into the future
With the opportunity for your present success to impact your future prospects, Into the Future adds some nice new elements to the Sims 3 experience. Not for those who prefer to stay in their Sims' house, this expansion is larger than you might expect for a franchise preparing their new installment. This should keep the average Sims fan challenged and entertained until the launch of Sims 4.
7.5
Sims 3 : Into the future was reviewed on PC
80 / 100

39 Comments

  1. RinceandRepeat

    November 18, 2013 at 13:06

    Darryn kissing a plumbot HAHAHAHA!

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Duke

      November 18, 2013 at 13:06

      • RinceandRepeat

        November 18, 2013 at 13:07

        Haha! There you are πŸ˜‰

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Duke

          November 18, 2013 at 13:07

          πŸ˜‰

          Reply

        • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

          November 18, 2013 at 14:10

          Safe

          Reply

    • Admiral Chief Duke

      November 18, 2013 at 13:07

      Can’t be Darryl, that man has a beard

      Reply

      • RinceandRepeat

        November 18, 2013 at 13:08

        BOOM!

        Reply

      • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

        November 18, 2013 at 14:11

        True. No Movember from him.

        Reply

    • Mary1002

      November 18, 2013 at 21:25

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  2. Jonah Cash

    November 18, 2013 at 13:06

    How many sims games are there???? And how many do they sell???? I don’t get this game at all, like a Tamagochi that never dies!!

    Reply

    • RinceandRepeat

      November 18, 2013 at 13:07

      Agreed. It’s like Darryn’s love for Pokhermom…

      Reply

      • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

        November 18, 2013 at 14:11

        Or Alien Emperor’s questionable loyalty to #foreverSP

        Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    November 18, 2013 at 13:14

    Eleven expansion packs and nine stuffs packs later you have the whole game just in time for Sims 4. Now the process starts all over again until Sims 5.

    Reply

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      November 18, 2013 at 13:19

      Same thing between Sims and Sims 2, then to Sims 3… they’re just milking The Sims too much.

      It doesn’t help that it’s the same expansions for every Sims game.

      Reply

      • #blankspace

        November 18, 2013 at 13:21

        Milking it… nooooooo they busy ripping it a new one and then selling its dust as add on crap

        Reply

  4. #blankspace

    November 18, 2013 at 13:14

    does anyone even still get excited over a new sims release

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      November 18, 2013 at 13:36

      Stopped playing at Sims 2 when I realized it’s basically Sims but with better graphics. That and there’s other games that need my cash. Not something with more expansions then there are Stark children.

      Reply

    • Jessicaa Howard

      March 19, 2014 at 13:29

      I get excited for new sims releases, I’m a massive fan!

      Reply

  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 18, 2013 at 13:14

    “This should keep the average Sims fan challenged” So would a Chinese finger trap. trollol!

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Duke

      November 18, 2013 at 13:14

      Haha

      Reply

    • SaintsRowNigri

      November 18, 2013 at 13:37

      Go.Fuck.Yourself. Oh wait. You can’t. Because you have a tiny penis!

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 18, 2013 at 13:45

        Hah! I can. It’s detachable! Er.. wait O_o

        Reply

        • SaintsRowNigri

          November 18, 2013 at 13:52

          Forget what I said. Gotta respect a man with a RoboDick…

          Reply

  6. Vampyre Squirrel

    November 18, 2013 at 13:18

    I stopped getting Sims 3 expansions about 5 expansions ago… they’re just nuts with all those expansions.

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      November 18, 2013 at 13:31

      That is saying alot from a squirrel!

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      November 18, 2013 at 13:37

      Well you lasted longer than I did. This is one reason people would pirate not the game but the DLC content. How much money do they want to suck from us?

      Reply

      • Vampyre Squirrel

        November 18, 2013 at 13:48

        I’m not proud of this, but I only bought two of the expansions for this game, the rest I turned into PirateSquirrel

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          November 18, 2013 at 13:50

          LOL PirateSquirrel

          Reply

          • ToshZA

            November 18, 2013 at 13:55

            Yarrr, he be stealin ur nuts, matey.

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            November 18, 2013 at 14:05

            And yer ship… AHOY!!! hahahaha

        • TiMsTeR1033

          November 18, 2013 at 13:53

          my wife wants them all!

          Reply

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            November 18, 2013 at 13:53

            lol! I’ll sell you the originals and give you the rest on a coupla dvd’s… sound good? πŸ˜›

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 18, 2013 at 13:55

            got original.

  7. Rags

    November 21, 2013 at 12:38

    Cool so I can make a Questionable Content family with the bots too. πŸ˜›

    Reply

  8. Jessicaa Howard

    March 19, 2014 at 13:30

    I have got Β£135 for my birthday and this is at the top of my TO BUY LIST! So I can’t wait πŸ˜€

    Reply

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