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Are Relationships more difficult?

Does anyone else feel like the relationships in Sims 4 require a lot more work to maintain?

When I play Sims 2, my sim can meet another sim, become friends with them and not talk or see them for a few days, and then when my sims sees them again, their relationship has barely changed, hasn't really gone down.

Whereas in the Sims 4, if you go for a day or two without speaking them it seems like your relationship with them goes right down to the very start.

On a side note does anyone else miss how in the Sims 2 relationship panel it would also have the number for their daily and lifetime relationship score (or whatever they were called), like if two sims were madly in love it would 100 or if they hated each other -100. I personally really miss having that, to me it just seems so much easier with that to keep track of two sims relationship and how it is going.

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    duhboy2u2duhboy2u2 Posts: 3,290 Member
    I actually have way more trouble making friends in TS2 to be honest. Somehow I always seem to make the other sim mad when trying to level up a friendship in that one :P
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    MasonGamerMasonGamer Posts: 8,851 Member
    Yeah it's weird that they deplete so quickly, like I didn't have these 2 best friends meet up for a day, they talked on the phone for a little but still by the end of the night I got a notification Sim A has fallen out of touch with Sim B.

    The fact that there can only be one best friend has me mad.

    Like I was trying to Have a Sim be best friends with her Husband and maintain her best friendship with her Sister, (Childhood Best Friend) it's not possible. I think it is in real life, it's possible to have multiple best friends, as a group like me and my 2 other best friends IRL. like why?
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    Ponder the SimPonder the Sim Posts: 3,054 Member
    Have friends send texts back and forth or chat on the phone/computer when they aren't hanging out.
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    Bubbles_19Bubbles_19 Posts: 476 Member
    It's most annoying if you're a rotational player and you spend some time with another household for, say a sim week. Then you return to your primary household to find they have no friends. It would be great if at a certain point in their relationship, Sims relationships actually decay slower. For example, once Sims become 'good friends' the relationship bar decays slower than if they were friends.
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    NZsimm3rNZsimm3r Posts: 9,265 Member
    Bubbles_19 wrote: »
    For example, once Sims become 'good friends' the relationship bar decays slower than if they were friends.

    That's such a good idea. Like being a good friend would 'lock' the friendship in for a much longer period of no-contact before a gradual decay started.
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    Ceres_MeirionaCeres_Meiriona Posts: 5,006 Member
    edited October 2015
    It does decay pretty quick if you don't make an effort to text or email your friends. I'm hoping they add an aspiration reward to slow the decay with an upcoming game pack or ep.

    I usually invite all my sim's friends over every few nights to enjoy a dinner party and maintenance their relationship bars. It would probably be easier if I just texted or emailed them, but I always forget, so I just invite them all over for a campfire cookout or drinks on the back porch.
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    NZsimm3rNZsimm3r Posts: 9,265 Member
    If I play a single sim I do the Friend of the World Aspiration that way with the reward trait 'beloved' the friendships never decay. I think the last patched fixed the problem with multiple sims having the aspiration completed in the same household but I haven't actually tried it.
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    Ceres_MeirionaCeres_Meiriona Posts: 5,006 Member
    NZsimm3r wrote: »
    If I play a single sim I do the Friend of the World Aspiration that way with the reward trait 'beloved' the friendships never decay. I think the last patched fixed the problem with multiple sims having the aspiration completed in the same household but I haven't actually tried it.

    Thank you for mentioning that, I totally forgot that aspiration rewarded you with that!
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    NZsimm3rNZsimm3r Posts: 9,265 Member
    @Ceres_Meiriona you're welcome. :)
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    LiahonaLiahona Posts: 21 New Member
    > @NZsimm3r said:
    > If I play a single sim I do the Friend of the World Aspiration that way with the reward trait 'beloved' the friendships never decay. I think the last patched fixed the problem with multiple sims having the aspiration completed in the same household but I haven't actually tried it.

    I think just the opposite has happened. I know that if I had more than one sim with the beloved trait that it worked on only the last sim that got it. But now it isn't working even for my one sim that has it, and that is a recent development.
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    halimali1980halimali1980 Posts: 8,246 Member
    If you are playing rotationally in TS4 then you are screwed! Some players said this is the best game to play rotationally which I strongly disagree.
    I can keep control of the relationships of my active house but how am I gonna control the non active ones?

    The game affects all the relationships in the worlds whether it is for the playable sims or non playable. It takes control and only gives you the control of the active household.

    I play rotationally with about 22 houses and I play each house for 10 sims days so when I return to my older houses the game has wiped out all their friends and also added unwanted love interests.

    In TS2 hardly this happens, unless you see it in front of you. What I mean the relationships of non active sims are affected only when two are fighting in front of you or else there is no effect at all.

    That is why OP TS2 is better in maintaining relationships. TS2 game acts the way you want it to, TS4 is doing it randomly which spoils the whole purpose of playing.
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    LunaNovaLunaNova Posts: 1,239 Member
    I've never really noticed that! Though I try and keep on top of my sims relationships often... I know its definitely harder to make friends in TS4 as well as romantic relationships. This is when I notice the 'emotions' affecting my sims the most actually. If both sims are happy I can quickly level the friendship of both sims super quick.

    They have changed the relationship decay on purpose, they intentionally made it so a quick phone call wont maintain it like in previous games. You actually have to actually have sims over. Carls Sims 4 Guide says:
    'A little phone call won't do in this game to keep friendships alive; you need to have that Sim over, hang out at their house, or meet at a public place. Doing things in your own home is usually good, because you have full access to cook, and things like that. In short, socialising in person is the shortest path to Friendship in The Sims 4.'

    This is why I use the social event function allot. At least once a week i'll hold some kind of social event, usually non prestige so I don't have to worry about goals! Then I invite my sim friends over and use the multitasking function to my advantage! My sim needs to paint? I stick my sims easel in the kitchen and make them talk to their guests while they paint, My sim needs to up their cooking? Bake or cook a load of dishes for my guests to eat whilst talking to them. Or i'll just plonk them all in one room and have them chat together. If you've previously spent time getting their friendship up to a decent level then its easy to boost it back up again, especially if you have a well decorated room which makes all the sims happy!

    I've started my first sims 4 rotational play game a little while back, and i've found social event's or inviting family members over once a week has been the easiest way to keep the relationship up. I actually really liked the Sims 2 way of doing it... Kinda miss it tbh. I still remember how excited I got when they introduced it in the sims hot date XD Its the one of the things I wish they hadn't gotten rid of in sims 3...
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    bevillebeville Posts: 1,151 Member
    It is easy to keep an enemy, but hard to make and keep a friend. I wish it was easier to make a friend without all the embarrassment they have to come cross.
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