I'm not the biggest fan of the latest iteration of the sims franchise. I'm not ashamed to admit that I have added my fair share of complaints on this forum. Despite all of that though, even I have to admit that there are some things this game has going for it that the others didn't. So I decided to play devils advocate for a minute and make a list of all the things I liked about ts4. But because I couldn't just make this a list of pros, I added some cons as well.
1. The gender update.
Pro- This was something new and innovative that we had never seen in the sims franchise before and I am all for it. This is something I hope they continue to include it future iterations of the game moving forward.
Con- I couldn't find a con for this one. It was very well implemented.
2. World aesthetic and ambiance.
Pro- The worlds in this game are gorgeous. They just are. I've seen landscape and sunset screenshots on these forums that are just beautiful. Not only that but they did an awesome job of making each individual world have its own unique feel to it that really make you feel like your traveling to different parts of the world. For example, Del Sol Valley really feels like your in LA or southern California while San Myshuno gives off New York vibes and Widenburgh makes me feel like i'm traveling through Europe.
Con-Most of the worlds are just set dressing and backdrop. You can't interact with most of it and its a shame.
3. More than one boyfriend/girlfriend.
Pro- This would have been something that would have come in handy in ts3 with the heartbreaker aspiration. I can't tell you how frustrating that one is for me because of how long it takes to romance a sim, ask them to date, then break up with them and repeat nine more times after that.
Con-There is a bug that makes it so that you can't marry someone if you have any of those previous relationships still active. Even if the person you are trying to marry is one of said boyfriends/girlfriends already. You have to go back and break up with every single one of them afterwards and sometimes it still doesn't work. I know not everyone has this bug but for those that do it can be rather tedious and time consuming, not to mention tricky if some of them have died or been culled. It was fixed once but seems to have made a comeback with one of the latest patches. Also (and I know this doesn't really have anything to do with this but...) you can have as many bfs/gfs as you want but you can only have one best friend? That doesn't make any sense to me.
Pro-Vampires were done pretty well in this version of the game. I like how they did the vampire skill gains this time around, and the cool powers they have to explore.
Con-Another bug not allowing master vampires to continue to gain skill points.
5. Travel between worlds.
Pro- I love how you can travel/move between all worlds without losing relationship with other sims you leave behind. That's one of the things I didn't like about the sims 3.
Con- Loading screens. I dislike them so much! And i'm not just talking about the ones between worlds, (we had those in ts3 as well) I mean the ones you get when visiting anywhere in your own neighborhood. Want to visit the neighbors, go to a restaurant, the library, gym, the park you can literally see out your window? Loading screen. I hope they get rid of the ones in your own neighborhood so we can have a least semi open worlds.
6. Buy mode.
Pro- Being able to type in the item that you are looking for instead of spending 10mins. looking through everything is a lifesaver. As some one who still plays ts3 and has every pack and a good chuck of ts3 store I can tell you it is a pain in the bottom to look through all that content when you want to find that one thing you know you have but can't remember what category its in. Being able to sort by color is a plus as well.
Con-Couldn't find a con for this one either. Two points for s4.
7. Club system/Calendar
Pro- I am pleasantly surprised by how well the club system works from GT. You can make a club for almost anything you can think of in this game and I thinks its a really cool feature. Being able to keep track of holidays and birthdays on the calendar is pretty neat. I like that you can plan for things in advance and not have to worry about it. The added touch of being able to make your own holidays is what makes this feature for me though.
Con- Another one without a con so another point for s4.
So there's my list. Still not a fan of the game as a whole but these are some of the things I like and hope they continue to improve upon and implement in the next sims game to come. What are some of yours?
Have a super fantastic awesome splendid amazing day! -TheQxxn