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Fitting Challenges for the Sims 2, Sims 3 and Sims 4

waterywatermelonwaterywatermelon Posts: 413 Member
There are lots of challenges for the Sims 2, Sims 3, and Sims 4, but today I would like to talk about fitting challenges for each game that would be difficult to transfer over to other games because of the way the game is constructed.

In The Sims 2, time and aging both pass on residential lots. If a Sim goes to a community lot and returns home, the Sim will return at exactly the same time. This is actually very similar to traveling to a sub-world in the Sims 3 in which time and aging will be frozen in the main world as the Sim visits the sub-world. For this reason, the Sims 2 would be ideal for doing rotations, and the family albums and neighborhood albums create a more cohesive story of what happens in the game. With that said, a fitting challenge for the Sims 2 would be the Build-A-City-Challenge. The BACC involves a lot of detail and micro-managing and rotational gameplay.

In The Sims 3, there is an open world, and one challenge that really takes advantage of the open world would be the Runaway Teen challenge, or if you choose to start with a Young Adult, the Homeless challenge or Rags-To-Riches challenge. You can also avoid adults and elders in the Sims 3, because they actually look different from teens. You can technically do this in the Sims 4 and the Sims 2, but without an open world, what's the point with foot-travel?

In The Sims 4, weight loss/gain works completely differently from what it was in the Sims 3/2, so if anything, you can do a weight loss challenge and get a super-fat Sim lose weight or get a super-thin Sim to build up on muscle and fat. In The Sims 4, you are most likely controlling one Sim at a time, but then the uncontrolled Sims seem to have the autonomy to do stuff and not kill themselves; so for that, I think another fitting challenge would be the Three Little Sims challenge in which you have to control just one Sim at a time and let other Sims run on free will. The Three Little Sims challenge would be difficult to transfer over to the Sims 2, because Sims 2 Sims are dumb and will kill themselves by fire or hunger; and in the Sims 3, you would just miss out on a lot of wishes and opportunities for the uncontrolled Sims so the Sims' LTWs are harder to fulfill. In The Sims 4, how you live your life doesn't really matter, and all Sims will die the same way (unlike the Sims 2 and the Sims 3), so even if you mess up the lives of those Three Little Sims, there are no bad consequences.
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  • texxx78texxx78 Posts: 5,098 Member
    edited October 10
    Interesting thread!

    I'm right now playing a challenge in sims 3 that i think fits it perfectly and would be hard to transfer to sims 4 (not sure about 2 cause i haven't played it enough).

    It's the Adam and Eve challenge and it consists on building an empty town, generation after generation. Each heir (and spouse) have to master some skills, careers or degrees in order to build a different building in the empty town.

    In sims 3, when there isn't a building in town whatever job or activity that such building hosts is unavailable for sims. For example, until your sims work to build a school, kids and teens can't go to school, so we can't choose their traits when aging. But we will be able to choose those traits when we build the school...
    The fun is in improving our sims' lives, by buiding places that will open new posibilities, new job offers, new places to hangout... in no specific order.

    In sims 4, because school and jobs happen in non-physical rabbitholes, our sims have all options always available. Imo, this challenge wouldn't make sense and wouldn't be as fun...
  • Seera1024Seera1024 Posts: 3,527 Member
    texxx78 wrote: »
    Interesting thread!

    I'm right now playing a challenge in sims 3 that i think fits it perfectly and would be hard to transfer to sims 4 (not sure about 2 cause i haven't played it enough).

    It's the Adam and Eve challenge and it consists on building an empty town, generation after generation. Each heir (and spouse) have to master some skills, careers or degrees in order to build a different building in the empty town.

    In sims 3, when there isn't a building in town whatever job or activity that such building hosts is unavailable for sims. For example, until your sims work to build a school, kids and teens can't go to school, so we can't choose their traits when aging. But we will be able to choose those traits when we build the school...
    The fun is in improving our sims' lives, by buiding places that will open new posibilities, new job offers, new places to hangout... in no specific order.

    In sims 4, because school and jobs happen in non-physical rabbitholes, our sims have all options always available. Imo, this challenge wouldn't make sense and wouldn't be as fun...

    Sims 2 works more like Sims 4 with regards to careers.

    But you could have rules that state your Sims can't join Law Enforcement until you have a Police Station community lot placed down. Yes, there's nothing in game that prevents the job from showing up in the paper or on the computer, but all challenges are about self control.

    Sims 2 does have a challenge that is similar to that that's next to impossible to do in Sims 3 without a ton of mods due to the aging and story progression is the Build a City Challenge. Keep in mind there are a variety of variations and some do have you start with multiple families. The original version has you start off with a single Sim, but does let you bring in and make other Sims over the course of the challenge.


    Challenges have to be fairly non-specific or have contributors who play each version to make sure a niche challenge remains equally challenging but keeping the same spirit.

    The legacy challenge is non-specific enough that it's easily converted between versions and will be just as easy to convert for Sims 5.

    Challenges such as the BACC needs extra work for Sims 3 and Sims 4 as the business system for Sims 3 and Sims 4 is no where near as expansive as Sims 2's is. But Sims 2 had an expansion dedicated to it. Sims 3 was store set. Sims 4 was part of an expansion pack, but not the focus.
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