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A Midlife crisis is an event that occurs in The Sims 3: Generations, triggered when a young adult Sim transitions to an adult Sim, and is shown by a moodlet. This event doesn't affect every Sim that becomes an adult.

Before a midlife crisisEdit

There are a few ways to calculate if your Sim will experience a midlife crisis. The first (and somewhat easier) option is through a tuning mod. The second way is a point system, listed below.

Point systemEdit

Every Sim has a 10% base chance to experience midlife crisis once they age up to adult. Several factors will add up the percentage if Sims encounter them during young adulthood. Below is the factors that may increase the chance of getting a midlife crisis.

  • Low career level or unemployment adds 20%
  • Getting married early adds 10%
  • Never getting married adds 10%
  • Having children early adds 10%
  • Having skills at level 1 adds 10%
  • If the Sim never moved houses, it adds 10%
  • For every breakup, 5% is added
  • For every divorce, 10% is added
  • For every death experienced, 20% is added
  • Having a relationship below the midline (in the red) adds 20%
  • Having the Ambitious or Commitment Issues traits each add 10%

'Early' means at the beginning of the young adult life stage. Any time after that and the amount of percentage added are less.

During a midlife crisisEdit

The moodletsEdit

These are the moodlets that a Sim will experience when going through a Midlife crisis:

Image Moodlet Name Mood Effect Time Period From Game Dialog/Description
Having A Midlife Crisis Having A Midlife Crisis No Mood Effect Varied Transition from Young Adult to Adult A midlife crisis? No... this can't be! Why, it seemed like just last week that (Sim Name) was still getting a student discount at the movies on his/her looks alone. If you fight to recapture your youth, you can still cling to it, right?? He/She has completed X midlife crisis wishes.
Having a Midlife Crisis bad Having A Midlife Crisis -20 Until all promised midlife crisis wishes are fulfilled Having a Midlife Crisis Wish awaiting fulfillment The weight of responsibility is heavy on your shoulders. It's time to pull yourself away from checking for wrinkles in the mirror and do something about it. Your youth is out there, you just have to keep living it, right? Then why do you feel like you're right on the edge of a nervous breakdown! (Sim Name) has completed X midlife crisis wishes.
Feeling Alive Feeling Alive! +20 1 Hour Riding a Motorcycle/§50,000+ Car During Midlife Crisis. Aww yeah... check out this RIDE! Is it sick or what? That's what the kids are saying these days, right? Sick? Whatever... pedal to the metal baby!

Midlife crisis lengthEdit

The length of a midlife crisis is the quarter of adult stage lifespan, truncated to the ceiling. In a normal lifespan, a midlife crisis lasts for 6 days. The length will be changed if the player adjusts the lifespan and adult age length in the game option. A Sim who has lifespan multiplier will have the midlife crisis length extended. For example, a vampire will have five times the length, and Sims who have wished for long life from a genie will have twice the length. The midlife crisis will never last for a vampire with Immortal lifetime reward[confirmation needed], so it is better to get therapy from the hospital to end the crisis.

Midlife crisis wishesEdit

Midlife crisis wish

An example of a Midlife crisis wish

Once or twice a day, Sims will get a midlife crisis wish. The wishes look the same as regular wishes, but they have a red starburst background. Players may or may not promise these wishes. Be wary that once the players promise a midlife crisis wish to the Sims, it cannot be cancelled, and will disappear after the midlife crisis is over. Moreover, when a midlife crisis wish has been promised, the midlife crisis moodlet will turn negative until the wish is fulfilled. Wishes may vary from extreme to basic, but some will include getting a divorce, quitting work or moving house.

Having more than one midlife crisis wish promised at the same time does not decrease the negative mood effect of the moodlet.

Post-midlife crisisEdit

Once Sim's Midlife crisis is over, they will get a moodlet depending on how many wishes were fulfilled.

Image Moodlet Name Mood Effect Time Period From Game Dialog/Description Lifetime Happiness Points Gained
Barely Fulfilled Barely Fulfilled +10 10 Days Fulfilling 1 Midlife Crisis Wish. The past is the past and there's no going back, but that's not to say you got nothing done. 250
Pleasantly Fulfilled Pleasantly Fulfilled +20 10 Days Fulfilling 3 Midlife Crisis Wishes. (Sim Name)'s feeling large and in charge! She may be headed into the latter half of life, but she can always look back on her youth with a smile. 750
Supremely Fulfilled Supremely Fulfilled +30 10 Days Fulfilling 6 Midlife Crisis Wishes. 40 is the new 20! Midlife crisis? Hah... Regrets are for those who haven't lived their life to the fullest, and you've got your best years ahead of you now! 1250

Avoiding midlife crisisEdit

There are currently three known ways to avoid experiencing a Midlife crisis.

  • Try to make sure the Sim experiences as few events from the percentage system listed above.
  • Sims can also go to the hospital to "Get Therapy" to cure the crisis. The payment in order to be cured is §2,000.
  • Promise the Sim a random midlife crisis wish then get a witch to cast a Sunlight Charm on him/her. This will eliminate the midlife crisis and the wish can thus be cancelled.