The Sims 3 – Same Old Story
I have been playing The Sims series since it was released. I remember opening up my birthday gifts in February, 1999 and finding the cover of The Sims 1 staring back at me. I had always been a Maxis fan, playing games like SimTower, SimCopter, SimCity, SimAnt, SimFarm and Streets of SimCity. I’ve always loved the idea of a simulation game and using my creative side to come up various stories for the workers in SimTower or the residents of my SimCity. The Sims was an instant success in my eyes and has continued to lure me even after all these years.
Let me give you a little background information into my addiction to The Sims. I have purchased every game and played them inside and out. I have purchased every stuff pack (except Katy Perry Sweet Treats…don’t ask!) and every expansion pack offered for the game. I have purchased so many items on The Sims 3 Store that I can no longer take part of the “mystery bags”. Yeah, it’s a bit sickening. Some people are addicted to drugs, others are addicted to cigarettes or alcohol; I’m addicted to The Sims. And coffee.
So let me jump right into the purpose of this post. How the hell are all of the Sims fans still playing the same game?!
I know how different the Sims 1, 2 and 3 are. I’ve played them all for more hours than I’d like to share. I’ve spent insane amounts of money to keep my game fresh and have new opportunities and skills to master. But every expansion pack that comes out, particularly for The Sims 3, just feels redundant. I know EA keeps creating them to make more money and people like me are purchasing them. But there is such a small amount of new content released in these expansions that I feel like I’m totally getting ripped off.
So why do I play? Because I’ve been playing forever. And despite how boring and mundane the game can be, I love it to pieces. I love starting a new character and raising her to the top of her career as fast as possible. I love watching her have her first romance and marrying her dream Sim. I love building the houses, completing the same puzzles in China, France and Egypt, and fully getting to know each new expansion inside and out.
After all of that is where I start to get bored with the game.
Let’s talk about Into The Future. We have a new world to visit. It’s a pain in the butt to live in this world permanently because your Sim usually wants to return home and it isn’t made for children. The clothing and hair look like they were taken from Hunger Games and the objects, though they look cool, don’t really do much. There are a few objects with a new effect like the Food Replicator, but they make actually learning to cook completely useless. And in my opinion, the Plumbots are really just another annoyance in my game. They are another character to watch over and make sure they don’t kill themselves. That’s about it.
Basically I’m hoping that the Sims 4 brings something new to the table. I miss getting lost in The Sims for hours on end. I miss having Sim Marathons with my best friend while we gamed on our laptops beside each other, raising our families and comparing stories. And I hit the same boredom barrier in each Sims since the release. A new expansion pack captivates me for a few days, and then I lose interest. Maybe my imagination has diminished and I can’t come up with the same great stories of drama for my Sims. Or maybe the expansions just don’t have enough new content in them. The Sims 4 “emotion” idea sounds like it’s the exact same game as The Sims 3. The only differences seem to be better graphics and character customization.
I hope I’m wrong and that there is new content. I love my Sim families and I love the idea of the game. I’m waiting for new, fresh content without so many rabbit holes. I’m hoping that’s what Sims 4 will bring.