Wanted to make a poll but can't on this board. Oh well. Which do you prefer?
For me, in The Sims 4, Maxis Match 100%.
I hate how Alpha sims look, and yet I feel like an odd one out because I see people endlessly praise them, particularly on YouTube where the only Maxis Match or no CC simmers who seem to be popular are incredibly talented builders or make comedy-based content. Pretty Maxis Match sims generally get glossed over completely, I find.
Why do I hate alpha you ask? I find them uncanny, and the games' animations don't match with them whatsoever (everything is animated bouncy and cartoony unlike TS3) and the entire environment and every object is mismatched with them so you have to replace everything for the game to look right. Go hard or go home, so to speak
In fact, I feel I'm just going full on Maxis Match in all games in general now. I filled my The Sims 3 with alpha CC as a teen. I look back and hate how the sims I made look.
That said, I don't mind alpha CC for furniture quite as much. Some of it is a lot less jarring from what I've seen, and there's quite a few pieces of Maxis default items that blend in fairly well with alpha stuff. But for CAS? Absolutely no.
So how about you? What's your reasoning too?