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How to Improve The Sims 3 Environment Graphics

Although The Sims 3 Graphics may look old to some, there are still a few tweaks that you can do to improve your visual experience of the game.

Shadows Quality

Even with all Settings set up to max, it still might feel like Shadows are not showing their full potential. They appear jaggered and distorted in most cases, but luckily that can be solved!

Go to Electronic Arts  > The Sims 3 > Game > Bin and open GraphicRules.sgr. Use CTRL + F and search for ShadowMapSize. Under ”setting $High”, change the ”prop $ConfigGroup ShadowMapSize 1024” value to ”prop $ConfigGroup ShadowMapSize 3840if you want 4K shadows or ”prop $ConfigGroup ShadowMapSize 7680if you want 8K shadows. Here are the results:

Outdoor Lighting Tweaks

Do you feel like the nights are too bright and blue? Is there too much bloom during the day? Are shadows too choppy and don’t move naturally? There’s an easy fix for all of that + more!

dDefinder‘s Outdoor Lighting Tweaks Mod makes the overall Environment of Worlds much more natural. Here are some of the major features of this Mod:

  • Shadows naturally ”follow” the sun.
  • Nights are no longer overly blue and bright.
  • Updated Sunrise and Sunset colors.
  • Tweaks to sun intensity, ambient lighting and bloom.
  • More natural Environment during weather ocassions. (Requires TS3 Seasons to function)
  • Adds 3 new weather types: Heavy Fog, Stormy and Overcast.

You can download the Mod by pressing the download button below. As the Mod comes packed with different variations, we suggest that you read the install instructions provided with the Download link.


How do all of these tweaks appear in the game? Check out our Timelapse Video:

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Jovan Jovic

Founder of the Sims Community website. I do plenty of things around here including writing articles such as "Top 10 Disney Princesses in The Sims", social media management, video content creation, streaming and more!


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