Well, the "Eco Living" trailer dropped a few days ago, as we all know. It doesn't look terrible to me. I mean, trash piles up, people can rummage in dumpsters...we get dumpsters...Death by Flies has come back for all those people who missed it, there's a smoggy industrial town, there are shipping container textures to put on homes to make it look like your sim is living in a genuine "container home," there's green roofs and solar panels and wind turbines...Yeah, it looks O.K.
However, I have one concern about this pack, one little gripe. From the looks of this initial trailer, it doesn't look like there was anything done to make playing with the world's polluted state as much fun as cleaning everything up. I saw no evidence of toxic waste/mutagenic ooze that could cause a sim to mutate or gain super powers, I saw no pollution-forged mutant monsters to have to deal with if you let the environment stay polluted or get worse. We saw plenty of Planeteers, but no evidence that we can also have a sim be Hoggish Greedly and jack the place up by polluting for profit...you know, a real antagonist for our eco-friendly sims to be able to push back against (a good role for a grown Malcolm Landgraab, actually...). The CAS offerings have a bit more edge to them than most other packs, but it doesn't look like there's much edge to the gameplay. No real potential for conflict or mayhem built into the pack's mechanics. It's just kind of After School Special/Commercial Break PSA environmentalism, and that's about it.
A new trailer or gameplay demo might prove me wrong, but from the initial trailer, it seems that there are a lot of lost opportunities with this pack. There's no real room (gameplay-wise) for an antagonist in this pack. There's no room for weirdness and freaky stuff happening. It's just a, "Hey, let's all reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycle, and clean energy our way to a sustainable future! Yay!" pack. And, yes, sustainable living is something we should all be aiming toward, but...I just wish this pack also had more of a dark/weird side to it too.
There is a song I hear, a melody from the past...
When I woke for the first time, when I slept for the last.