Its my own fault, I have been fooled by EA before. The original Sims was basically my intro to getting into computer games, I loved it. Played all 3 extensively, didn't bat and eye when it came to pre ordering the collectors edition for TS4, but the writing was on the wall when they chose not to hand out many copies for media to review. Had I read but one honest review of this before hand I would have spoken with CLOSING my wallet.
There is just so much missing from the game I am actually confused why they released it. You would think after SimCity (which got me too) the Mass Effect ending fiasco, getting voted worst company two years in a row, they would have done more for their loyal fans. I understand there will be paid DLC, like a whole lot of it, but come on, there are some very basic things that are not included in a base game for 70 bucks? You cant gloss over the fact that because Sims now have emotions that we can overlook everything that came before. Its 2014, TS4 should be a massive step forward, but this feels like a huge step back.
First thing I notice is there is no pitch control which drives me nuts! You have to zoom all the way in, the controls feel very awkward. EDIT: You are able to revert to the TS3 default camera, middle mouse pitch button in game options
You actually give your sims less traits in creator? Losing story progression, small-heavy loading screen towns? No control over jobs? Lack of jobs in the first place; where are the classics, athlete, law, army? Picking from a handful of preset colors and patterns. Things like simple appliances missing.
I wont beat a dead horse about pools and toddlers missing but those hurt. (Some people say they chose to skip that part, which is fine since you could scale how many days one stayed at the age bracket in TS3, thus almost skipping it if you wanted anyways) Things like seasons and pets should be standard now, a 70 buck game and Ill have to pay 30 to add those things I really was hoping was a thing of the past. I get if you want to add new items, clothing, but a basic lack of features is a killer.
I dont know, I could play all night before and only realize I had because the sun was coming up, but a few hours in, I'm here on the forums, bored already. EA this is simply unacceptable at this point. I will be returning this game until you admit its not finished or plan to have content added that wont nickle and dime me to death. Stop being so stubborn all the time. As a review, graphics are great, I always enjoyed them though, house building is a big step forward, but in all honesty you better off continuning to play TS2 or TS3 with all your expansions until they annonce 5 and you can buy the entire Ts4 bundle and all its updates.
TL;DR save your money for now, OP never learned his lesson that anything with EA on it is nothing but a headache.