Order of "The Sims 2" and "The Sims 3" Expansion Packs

Install expansion packs in the order they were released to minimize problems

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"The Sims" is an extremely popular video game series with numerous expansion packs and "stuff" packs. These expansions provided extra features for the originally released versions of the game.

When possible, you should install the expansion packs in order. Each expansion pack builds on the previous pack and includes patches for previous expansions. Installing these in the order of release limits conflicts and possible errors that could be created. For example, a newer pack may contain updates to a previous expansion release, but if that release is not installed at the time, then those updates will not be implemented. Subsequent installation of the older expansion would then install an out-of-date version of the feature or function that was updated in the later expansion. 

"The Sims 2" Expansion Packs

There were eight expansion packs released for "The Sims 2," and they were published in this order:

"The Sims 2 University" March 2005
"The Sims 2 Nightlife" September 2005
"The Sims 2 Open for Business" March 2006
"The Sims 2 Pets" October 2006
"The Sims 2 Seasons" March 2007
"The Sims 2 Bon Voyage" September 2007
"The Sims 2 Free Time" February 2008
"The Sims 2 Apartment Life" August 2008

In addition, the following ten stuff packs were released:

"The Sims 2 Holiday Party Pack" November 2005
"The Sims 2 Family Fun Stuff" April 2006
"The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff" August 2006
"The Sims 2 Happy Holiday Stuff" (a re-release of the Holiday Party Pack) November 2006
"The Sims 2 Celebration Stuff" April 2007
"The Sims 2 H&M Fashion Stuff" June 2007
"The Sims 2 Teen Style Stuff" November 2007
"The Sims 2 Kitchen and Bath Interior Design Stuff" April 2008
"The Sims 2 Ikea Home Stuff" June 2008
"The Sims 2 Mansion and Garden Stuff" November 2008

"The Sims 3" Expansion Packs

"The Sims 3" had 11 expansion packs that were published in this order:

"The Sims 3 World Adventures" November 2009
"The Sims 3 Ambitions" June 2010
"The Sims 3 Late Night" October 2010
"The Sims 3 Generations" May/June 2011
"The Sims 3 Pets" October 2011
"The Sims 3 Showtime" March 2012
"The Sims 3 Supernatural" September 2012
"The Sims 3 Seasons" November 2012
"The Sims 3 University Life" March 2013
"The Sims 3 Island Paradise" June 2013
"The Sims 3 Into the Future" October 2013

There are also nine stuff packs that were released for "The Sims 3." These stuff packs, in order of release, are:

"The Sims 3 High-End Loft Stuff" February 2010
"The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff" September 2010
"The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff" February 2011
"The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff" July 2011
"The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff" January 2012
"The Sims 3 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats" June 2012
"The Sims 3 Diesel Stuff" July 2012
"The Sims 3 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff" January 2013
"The Sims 3 Movie Stuff" September 2013