When I first saw the adverts for the Sims 1 on the TV I used to think how could such a game be fun. But after a while and seeing so many great reviews I decided to give it a go. I was hooked! And when the Sims 2 came out I was worried about the aging process not knowing there were ways to stop it with the elixir of life. The Sims 2 was even more awesome and to be honest the best game I have played on the PC.
The Sims 3 was so so. It had great content but I had trouble with the open world and zooming in, maybe my getting old and having motion problems. Also later on the glitches/crashes with all content was a problem because is had not been addressed.
So we come to the Sims 4. It started out mean and lean but has expanded over time. I didn't like the game so much but came to warm to it. Although some expansions have cause me problems with my game and especially goals in the game. When I loaded Seasons suddenly all my wanting to find those crops had suddenly become seasoned based. Make a Greenhouse or go without, which meant I had to take time out to do that. I am not one for downloading items, never have been because of some of the issues they may cause.
I have had many of my older Sim Players say to me, if an updated Sims 2 was made to run on newer computer they would still be playing the Sims.
I understand that you want to make newer things to do in a game for newer players, but do you not realise how many people you have lost over time because of your changes?
Are you not in the business of making money? Why are you not giving those faithful player things they want? Are you thinking that the younger generation are suddenly go to take to the new type of Sim games? I know things have changed a lot since the Sims 1 but one fact remains that the core objectives of the game have not.
I don't dislike that you introduce time limited things into the game, but as someone who has played the Sims from the start wants to achieve everything for our little Sim people. And when you don't re-introduce those time limited things again they are lost and to me I personally feel I have missed out and therefore not keen to play.
I wonder if some of you are focused on what many of the real hard core Sim Players want in the game? Or are you trying to lure new younger people into the game with new ideas? New is not bad but you need to keep a balance.
And another thing I would like to say about downloading. I saw the writing on the wall may years ago when this was mooted in the Sims 2 forum, with downloads v content on a disk. When I have to download something from origin on a Sim game it often takes over an hour. Content on a CD disk used to take 10 minutes at most. Now I have to wait for my download before can play. That has put me off a lot.
I need to feel as like I did over 10 years ago, that my game was so special and I enjoyed it so much that missing a day was a tragedy. Sorry but cant feel that with the Sims 4 although it is a pleasant game to play when I feel like it