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Is it just me? (Longtime Simmer and Bored)

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  • JoAnne65JoAnne65 Posts: 22,244 Member
    A game that’s flexible and open for the player’s own input, won’t get boring. Because there are so many different ways to play it.
  • TiarellaTiarella Posts: 642 Member
    I wholeheartedly agree with your analysis, @Sucom - my biggest problem with TS4's gameplay* is that the sims' emotional responses are so often wrong. Far too often I find myself thinking, 'that sim, with those characteristics [& the background story in my mind, of course], would never have reacted in that way, would never have done this or that.' They are just all wrong.

    I've given up on so many stories because the sims don't act right, can't be made to act right, because the base-game programming takes priority and precedence over anything I want. I didn't have this problem with TS1, 2, or 3. (And I won't even go into the bugs that make this worse, like family relationship-culling, being unable to cancel automated actions, or having them re-activate if I do manage to cancel them!)

    I make do, often half-heartedly, because the few games I like better are too painful for me to play now. But if TS5 does not return to its sandbox roots, then this money-grabbing iteration is the last I'll buy.

    And I intend to wait for months after the game comes out, until the shininess wears off & those willing to pay to beta-test the new game provide plenty of in-depth analysis. Then I'll decide.

    EA has fully earned my distrust.

    *I also have issues unrelated to gameplay, in particular EA charging us so much for packs that have so very little compared to previous versions; they're simply not worth full price, & imo not truly worth even half-price--though I've been buying them for half-price. So far.
  • NorthDakotaGamerNorthDakotaGamer Posts: 1,646 Member
    Nope, not just you. I quit buying content at full price 2 years ago. Right now, Sims 4 is a bunch of sims who are addicts to social media or any electronics in general. That to me is not meaningful gameplay.
  • PegasysPegasys Posts: 1,015 Member
    CK213 wrote: »
    I am bored because there are hardly any surprises in this game.
    In the past games you can go in wondering, "What's going to happen today?"
    In the Sims 4 it's mostly what you choose to do and the occasional fire, or broken appliance.

    This is the biggest issue I have with the game -- the lack of surprises, as well as consequences.

    I play the game in spurts. I was playing Sims 2 for a while, but I started to miss the build/buy content of Sims 4. Now I'm back to Sims 4 (having fun with an Off-the-Grid hippie commune). But it takes more imagination to create challenge and drama than previous games. I take breaks, sometimes up to three months, and then by that time there's usually some content that's been released that draws me back in again.
  • Sk8rblazeSk8rblaze Posts: 6,941 Member
    Pegasys wrote: »
    CK213 wrote: »
    I am bored because there are hardly any surprises in this game.
    In the past games you can go in wondering, "What's going to happen today?"
    In the Sims 4 it's mostly what you choose to do and the occasional fire, or broken appliance.

    This is the biggest issue I have with the game -- the lack of surprises, as well as consequences.

    I play the game in spurts. I was playing Sims 2 for a while, but I started to miss the build/buy content of Sims 4. Now I'm back to Sims 4 (having fun with an Off-the-Grid hippie commune). But it takes more imagination to create challenge and drama than previous games. I take breaks, sometimes up to three months, and then by that time there's usually some content that's been released that draws me back in again.

    I have that same issue with the game as well. I can’t even get myself to click the icon to play at this point because of how predictable and stale the gameplay has gotten.

    The Sims 2, even being more than a decade old, feels like it has more to offer.
  • OldeseadoggeOldeseadogge Posts: 1,705 Member
    TS2 is my sim game of choice for the reason you gave. So much more available in all respects.
  • amber_ilumireamber_ilumire Posts: 265 Member
    Definitely not just you. I don't hate this version of the game, I just feel that it's beginning to lack the life and quirkiness that was originally such a massive pull for TS2 and TS3. Sometimes it feels as though my sims are very shallow in character no matter what traits I give them and I end up having to break away from the game for a while. I think the main problem I have personally is that TS4 is far less detailed than previous versions in terms of gameplay (it feels like they've focused too much on the visual effects and not enough on fleshing out the game itself imo) and, as others have said, it's also that it's lost all unpredictability. The idea that in TS2 was that you couldn't control everything and that made it interesting. That game made you work hard for success and it really felt like how your sim behaved would impact them down the line. I miss that and I think that's why I've been getting bored of playing for long periods of time.
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  • OldeseadoggeOldeseadogge Posts: 1,705 Member
    I think that a lot of it comes from the online game roots, live player interacting with live player. Problem is, once that ended the sim needed to take up the slack, but they never changed the coding to do that. TS1-3 were planned from the get go to be single player games, so the coding focus had to be internal. Because of the TS4 engine, not sure it can ever be fixed even if they actually wanted to.
  • keFUNKNEY101keFUNKNEY101 Posts: 624 Member
    The Sims 4 is very boring for me as well. I've played since the Sims 2 and that game still is great and exciting. The packs now are shallow and severely lacking in decent gameplay and customization. The Sims 2 set standards that Sims 4 will never be able to reach, which is sad, considering sims 2 came out in 2004 and this is a modern day game made by a AAA studio. It's clear the standards for this franchise have hit rock bottom.

    Yeah, I'm negative. Really negative. But I can't sugarcoat this anymore. I used to defend the Sims 4, but it's ridiculous at this point how lacking this installment is and how it's nothing but shallow gameplay and very poor and questionable design decisions.
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