As the title suggests, I'm really not sure why a decent amount of simmers have so much disdain for TS4. I stopped playing it for almost a year but I got into it again and it's a really really fun game. Don't get me wrong the game has its fair share of annoying quirks but it's so much more immersive.
I just don't get why anyone would want to have an open-world with less immersion.
you can watch your sims in the spa, have family dinners, go shopping for clothes, run your own business, take your sims on actual dates, invest time in your toddlers,kids,etc... , have pets that are actually invested in your sims, you can have REAL apartments, the professions are actually more fun, the game overall is more challenging, and you can take your sims out to clubs and bars and they ACTUALLY socialize and dance.
Compared to TS3
where... Your sims go to the rabbit hole 'spa,' and just get a moodlet, you can't really go shopping at all, you can't run your own business, your sims can't go on immersive dates, the toddlers are a cake walk and the kids just ignore you, the pets are practically unbothered by the sims, you have fake apartments with no real change in the sim's life style (no rats, no real neighbors, etc..), the professions are really just distractions and tasks you do outside of the rabbit holes so you feel like you're going to work with your sims, TS3 is somewhat challenging but you can get bored easily, in TS3 the clubs are just boring.... Remember the launch of Late Night and all of the "empty club" threads? Yeah.... Boring.
I just think at this point if you don't like TS4, then you never will. Some of us will just have to wait for TS5. I think the problem is the fact that we don't like change. Ea realized that they aimed too high with TS3 and because of that there were a lot of places they had to cut back to compensate for having an open world. Without the open world we have so much more immersion. I feel like I'm playing TS2 again because I actually find myself getting invested in the game, and losing track of time.
I'm not trying to bash anyone, or berate their opinion but I feel like TS4 has come a long way. It's definitely not finished but it's getting there slowl and surely...