I bought Sims 3 as soon as it came out. I think I got the game on its release month. I thought I'd be spending long hours, even months playing this game. Street Fighter 4 and Sims 3 --both games came out for my then preferred platform (PC) at almost the same time. However, I found myself indulged in SF4 a lot more than Sims 3.
Beautiful Graphics can't save a game...always
Although the brilliant graphics and seamless transition feature appealed me at beginning, I uninstalled Sims 3 within 1 month in order to save hard drive space and to accomodate other games. I haven't felt the least urge to go back to the game in the last one year or so.
However, I have been missing Sims games for some time, and I thought about going back to Sims 2 or giving Sims 3 another try. I installed Sims 3 yesterday and played it for an hour or so today morning. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the gaming time much.
The problem with Sims 3 is that it feels too bare boned. We got around 10-12 full fledged expansions for Sims 2, and by the time Apartment Life was released, the gameplay experience was totally different from what it felt in the stand alone game, Sims 2. Someone who has played, liked and enjoyed Sims 2 Nightlife, Unifversity Life, open for business, seasons, pets, free time and apartment life will find it really, really hard to accept the bare minimum functionalities of Sims 3. Yes, one expansion is out and another is on the way, but still the game is nowhere near to providing the experience of Sims 2 + Expansions.
There's just too few things to do in Sims 3. Yes, we get nice graphics, interactive vehicle movement, a seamless town view and some new places to go, but the down points are too many to list.
Here's a few:
1) You can't see what your Sims are doing when they enter their work place. I mean, what the hell? I can see'em getting in, but I can't get inside. The Sims 2 treatment of jobs was better.
2) No pets, no weather change, no seasons. Bummer.
3) No hobbies.
4) Interaction choices are very limited and there are too many annoying pop up messages.
5) Freewill is mostly broken.
6) Toddlers can no longer learn skills. The annoying little pesters are now even more annoying. And yes, there's no fun in raising childs in Sims 3. There were limited amount of fun activities regarding children in Sims 2, but that fun part has been taken out off Sims 3. I wonder why?
7) You can now "impregnate" whoever you want. I heard a patch has fixed this problem, but still. It's totally awkward to be able to have babies with all the ladies in the whole neighborhood. Previously, in Sims 2, if you were attached or married, other ladies would have sex with you, but they would never get pregnant. Ultra modern society and thumbs down to birth control..way to go EA!
8) Lots of other stuff I can't recall at this moment.
What Sims 3 should have done was including everything that was implemented in Sims 2 and the expansions from the very beginning. Then they could have added new features to make the game even better. Sims 3 is a good game for a first time Sims player, but it is a painfully limiting experience for a Sims 2 veteran like myself.
Despite of the dated graphics and somewhat worn out gameplay, I still prefer Sims 2 with expansions and I am really looking forward to a gold version with all the expansions altogether.
That'll make my day.
If I review Sims 3 now, I'd give it maximum 6 out of 10.
Will uninstall Sims 3 today and reinstall Sims 2 and a few expansions.