Some time ago, I wrote a blog about the Sims, mostly concentrating on newly released (at the time) Sims 4.
Here is the link that blog.
I felt like I had read a lot of bad reviews of the game, and after playing on it only a few times, I felt that I should put out my own positive review about the game. Here, I list how the game series has changed since the first one, what I liked about each one, and why I think 4 is good and has a lot of potential.
However, after playing on it for about 6 months on and off, I have made the decision to revert to The Sims 3. I would actually really like to the play the Sims 1, but I’m not sure it would play on my laptop.
I would like to start by saying that my main basis for going back the Sims 3, is that I feel like 4 gets boring quickly. I know that’s just the base game, but I feel like I played TS3 base game for a LONG time before I got any EPs, and I never got bored of it.
So I bought the – expensive – Get To Work EP. I really didn’t like it. I built my own business and my Sim was stressed to hell all of the time.
I thought okay, maybe lets get a job that I can follow my Sim to instead. Police… I had the same effect… every task was taking so long that my Sim was starving, dying for the loo and stressed again. But if I stopped to take care of the needs, my job performance was dropping.
TS3 definitely has more levels of imaginative game play, even when you just play the base game.
I was quite interested in the new “emotions” aspect of the game. Your sim can now has all sorts of feelings including flirty, focused, bored, dazed, inspired and playful. My interest in this didn’t last long. I found it really annoying how quickly their feelings changed. It wasn’t just the actions that you gave them, they were also effected by objects around them. So potentially their moods would change from room to room. It’s even more frustrating because the jobs – the few there are to choose from – also require certain moods for you to progress. I much prefer the simplicity of the TS3. The little box that tells you how your Sim is feeling… hungry, grungy, happy, moody, etc. As long as your Sim is in a good mood when they go to work, this will help, and sometimes those good moods last for days which can be great. Bad moodlets seem to be easier to fix too of TS3.
There are also the more obvious complaints that a lot of people have commented on – there are no toddlers for example! I didn’t think it would be a problem, but it turns out I really missed that phase!
I also thought that whilst the new building features were really good, I wasn’t much of a fan of the new objects to furnish the house with. I felt that they were really limited, and some of them were so expensive! I feel like on TS3, there is A LOT to choose from, and you get more and more with each EP!
All in all, I feel that with TS3, I could play the same family for generations, and I often do, without repeating anything. There is so much variation, and I know that one day TS4, there might be too, but for now its definitely not for me. You know what they say – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
If you are interested in trying TS4, I think you should absolutely do it, but try to get a cheap version of the game so if you don’t enjoy it, you don’t feel like you’ve wasted as much money, and if you do enjoy it, buying the costly EPs might not seem as much as a blow!