I am one of those players who nearly had a heart attack when TS4 was first released. When the sky was falling in 2014, Graham told us to be patient because TS4 would be a foundation for the deepest Sims installment of all time. Unfortunately I feel like this promise has not been kept.
I do not want to dismiss the opinions of those who enjoy TS4. However it seems difficult to deny that the level of content has been much lower than prior Sims games. We are almost 4 years into the game's lifespan, and yet it does not have close to the level of depth that it should. The game has been selling well so I am not sure where the money is going? Get to Work was fun. Get Together and City Life were basically just World Packs, and Cats & Dogs was decent. The smaller game packs were all okay but pretty limited. Everything just feels watered down in TS4 compared to its past-gen equivalent. Yet, we are still charged premium prices.
Another thing that has been bothering me is the quality of new worlds. Like many others, I did not like the small worlds of TS4, but I had hope that they would make up for it with tons of new, detailed towns. It has been underwhelming at best. It is painful to see beautiful environments that are unexplorable, with only tiny pockets that you can access. Brindleton Bay was especially disappointing to me. TS2 and TS3 had more lots than I ever needed, but I felt like I had OPTIONS, something that is lacking in TS4.
When adding the lack of expansion content to some of my other gripes (Weak color customization, fake teen age), I am feeling ready to give up on TS4 and return to TS3 or even TS2. The game has improved, but it still feels like a shell of a game. Too many cut corners have not been addressed. Ugh.