Does it bother you to restart with new The Sims game (basegame only) ?

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  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 23,709 Member
    edited November 20
    Yes, it feels empty.
    By the time I got my own copy of the Sims2, University was out. I didn't have to mess around with just the Base game. So when I made the switch to Sims3, it was a bit of a shock. There were so many 'missing' items and interactions. (Some of which never came back, I'm sorry to say) that I had a hard time enjoying it. In fact, even though I still played the dern thing every single day, I had quite the love/hate relationship with this game. Oddly enough, and perhaps it was due to my previous experience with just a Base game, I loved Sims 4 up front. The Sims, themselves, behavior was way more like those in Sims2. Not quite as quirky, but still they were better than the frozen ones in Sims3. (By frozen I mean lacking in autonomous interactions.)

    I seriously doubt I will be moving on to Sims5. Although, some of the teased bits seem intriguing, I am not at all on board playing online. Been there, done that, not eager to do it again.
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  • SimsILikeSimsSimsILikeSims Posts: 1,571 Member
    Yes, it feels empty.
    I waited until Livin Large was out for TS1. TS2 it was clear the graphics were good, so I waited a bit to get it. TS3 I got as soon most of the packs as they were released, just in time to get premium content features.

    TS4 I actually pre-ordered, but I wish I hadn't. The base game was missing a lot of features that previous games had, and it went back to some of the worse features of the previous games. TS2, for instance, did not have color wheel or open world, and had lots of loading screens. TS1 base game was very skimpy on features and did not even have community lots at the start. It also came with only ONE world/neighborhood until the others were introduced later. TS3 base game, on the other hand, was much more fully featured. It too, came with only one world at the start, but it had a LOT of lots per world.

    The only real advantage TS4 had with its base game at the start over the previous games was that you could change the venue type, Sims had a separate category for different types of jewelry, and Sims could travel between worlds/neighborhoods.

    One thing we almost certainly can expect from a new base game:
    * Base games have never had weather, pets, or supernaturals in them.
    * They don't have all the skills or careers or lot types or hobbies/activities that we see introduced later in packs.
    * They also generally do not have more than one or two playable worlds/neighborhoods.
    * More often than not, not all life stages are included in the base game. In TS1, kids could only become adults with a magic charm, and there was no aging, toddlers, or elder life stage. In TS2, young adults were not introduced until the University EP. TS3 is the only one to date that actually included all the life stages at start.
    * The mode of transportation will certainly be either reduced or changed in the Sims 5/Sims 2025, whichever one they decide to use. Sims 1 had the carpool. Sims 2 had the fixer upper car, and more carpools, including a helicopter for Sims at the top of their career (I miss that). Sims 3 had cars, scooters, and joggers.
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  • BariSaxyBariSaxy Posts: 4,612 Member
    Yes, it feels empty.
    I've been playing The Sims for nearly two decades now. I do honestly get a bit agitated going back to square one every time. I'm especially bothered by Seasons being an Expansion Pack that we have to wait years and years for when it's as natural as the day/night cycle. It brings the game to life in a way that no other EP does... It really should be a base-game feature. Then I'd be a lot more content.
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  • CinebarCinebar Posts: 33,520 Member
    A little
    Yes and No. When I moved over to TS2 from The Sims I was very bothered by the fact Sims didn't have anywhere to go except the grocery store and some neighborhood pinball place out in the middle of nowhere. (Base Game). Coming from a game that had Hot Date, Vacations, and other community lots to visit I was desperate to build a restaurant, a hotel, a theater, etc. In TS2 most items were separated by community lot or residential and many of those needed objects couldn't be used either way. I finally figured out how to put a regular stove on a community lot (after a few patches I guess) and my own Sims went to my makeshift restaurant and served dinner for everyone there. It was better than nothing. :|

    Moving to TS3 I was so desperate for community lots in the base. The only open lot places to go were the museum and the library :'( I was miserable with just those places and even with the ocean no swimming! Yes and No, because though TS4 had community lots like a bar in in the base it still didn't have the depth of the Sim in its game so yeah, I guess it actually does bother me.
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  • BoergeAarg61BoergeAarg61 Posts: 801 Member
    Yes, it feels empty.
    It usually takes some time to getting the sims from the household bin into the neighborhoods or world and find out which changes are needed for a decent life for the sims.
  • Stephanie8509Stephanie8509 Posts: 49 Member
    Sorry for being slow, but did I miss something? Is there any specific reason that we'd need to play with the basegame only? Or is this due to it being released to the general public for free, and since those people may be new to the franchise, they'd ONLY HAVE the basegame to start with? If that's the case, then yeah I don't think it'd be that intriguing as a newcomer because there definitely isn't enough substance there...
    I do like the visuals a little better in TS4 - they seem clearer. It seems like they're wearing the clothes whereas they look painted on in TS3. But the meat and bones was there in TS3 in a way they've never been for TS4.
  • WildIrishBansheeWildIrishBanshee Posts: 1,668 Member
    Not all.
    Sorry for being slow, but did I miss something? Is there any specific reason that we'd need to play with the basegame only? Or is this due to it being released to the general public for free, and since those people may be new to the franchise, they'd ONLY HAVE the basegame to start with? If that's the case, then yeah I don't think it'd be that intriguing as a newcomer because there definitely isn't enough substance there...
    I do like the visuals a little better in TS4 - they seem clearer. It seems like they're wearing the clothes whereas they look painted on in TS3. But the meat and bones was there in TS3 in a way they've never been for TS4.

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  • Pipersfun2Pipersfun2 Posts: 704 Member
    Yes, it feels empty.
    I do not purchase a new sims game until it has a few expansions, game packs otherwise I know I will tire with it quickly.
    while we are playing them,WHO IS PLAYING US?
  • Pipersfun2Pipersfun2 Posts: 704 Member
    Yes, it feels empty.
    BariSaxy wrote: »
    I've been playing The Sims for nearly two decades now. I do honestly get a bit agitated going back to square one every time. I'm especially bothered by Seasons being an Expansion Pack that we have to wait years and years for when it's as natural as the day/night cycle. It brings the game to life in a way that no other EP does... It really should be a base-game feature. Then I'd be a lot more content.

    I agree totally with you, we can only hope that "they the sims team" are looking at what other games say they are going to offer at the start of their games... but not counting on it.
    while we are playing them,WHO IS PLAYING US?
  • rudolpharudolpha Posts: 884 Member
    Yes, it feels empty.
    Always feel off when a new version is due. It’s like losing something I care about and have invested time on. Sometimes fav families move over but they are not the same.
  • Sarah26CatSarah26Cat Posts: 23 Member
    Not all.
    I think many of the Newer players each time complain a lot about everything being missing, but as a well seasoned player I expect it... As long as it, at its core, is an upgrade from the previous game at it's core.

    TS4 was not an upgrade and why I skipped it. Now, TS5 will be in an unusual place. It will easily be an upgrade from TS4 if it's not rushed out the door like I feel TS4 was. But certain players will still compare it to TS1,2,and 3. Myself included.

    EA should not try to build it whole in the Base Game with Seasons, Pets, and other EP items included. Those Items are better if the EA programmers get time to focus on them separately. Trust me. Though EA, If you're reading this, you get points each time your packs update components of other packs, and not just the Base Game stuff. Which is why I get a little worried when TS4 is released so stripped down it doesn't have Pool Tables, and needs a patch to give players Toddlers, Pools, and Hot Tubs.
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