Simburian wrote: »
I stopped actual playing for several weeks but am still building and using CAS for Sims to fill my houses. I'm filling every world with furnished houses and my Sims before playing it. The trouble is that each new pack makes me want to re-furnish again.
Saying you are bored with it when you only have a couple of packs seems rather a silly comment to me.
Cynna wrote: »
Am I still playing TS4? If you count posing characters, taking screenshots, and using them for stories as playing, yeah. I'm still playing.
However, I haven't attempted to actually play in Live mode since Seasons. I find the gameplay so same and boring, it isn't worth the frustration. Whatever EA offers is merely set dressing to me because the Sims themselves have no meaningful differences in personality. As well, romantic affection between adults is practically non-existent. Married couples still behave like hesitant teens. Sims also have no preference for friends, lovers, or rivals. Each Sim treats every other Sim identically.
As a result of the above, when I want to play a game with Sims that are full of personality, distinct traits, and have their own wants/desires, I go back to TS3.
TS3's gameplay isn't as deep as TS2's. Yet, with an open world and story progression, it feels more like a living, breathing game to me. Nraas mods would allow me to play many families in rotation, however, I have always preferred to concentrate on one family at a time. For me, that is where TS3 excels. In that game, my family has deep and lasting ties with their world and its other inhabitants without me having to play the other families as well. The other families develop independently alongside my main one, generation after generation. I can't express how much I love that.Am I interested in TS5? Less and less with each utterance from the powers that be at EA. Each time someone opens their mouth, they prove to me that they don't understand the reason why I've loved The Sims series for twenty years.
A new base game would have to offer many things in order to pique my interest:The game would need to have all life stages fully implemented and distinct at launch
The game would need a laundry list of diverse traits and Sims who react to stimuli according to those traits, not some universal script (at launch).
The game would need meaningful interactions with an array of unique animations, positive, neutral, and everywhere in between. That would also include idle animations that reflect the Sims' current state of mind. In other words, hire more animators!
The game would need to be truly neutral! I can't say that enough. I can't take another game based on utopian bliss in which everything is geared towards happier Sims, happier relationships, and lightning-fast progression. Positives need to be balanced by equally weighty negatives. There is no sense of accomplishment when a game has no significant failure states.
The game would need diverse environments, including places that depict urban squalor and rural decay. Enough with the Leave it to Beaver perfection, thank you. The game needs worlds that spark the imagination and can support any type of architecture and social class.
The game would need the ability for players to customize the environment, not only the current lot. It would need the ability to add lots, as needed. In addition, the game should never include custom lots that the player isn't allowed to change without mods. (Von Haunt Estate, I'm looking at you!) TS4 has these kinds of lots and all it says to me is that the developer is pushing their vision for the game onto me. If The Sims were another genre, I wouldn't care. However, TS series is supposed to be my vision, not the developers'.
The game would need the ability to eventually create/download additional worlds. This is key. The community's imagination is far more vast than what EA allows in a game world. TS3's player-made worlds added amazing longevity to the game. Especially when it became possible to move Sims to new worlds. I'm so tired of everyone playing the same worlds at all times, forever and ever amen. It's stifling.
A new game would require a robust story progression mode with a toggle to turn it off for those who prefer rotational play. If modders could accomplish that feat in TS3, I don't know why the engineers and developers at EA can't accomplish the same. It's possible, EA!
In order to make the worlds feel more real, the game would need to have civic buildings, services, and accompanying NPCs There should be a city hall, accessible police and fire stations, a hospital, a cemetery. The player should be able to designate any lot as such and build the buildings themselves if they like. If the player wants to demolish those lots altogether, that should be allowed, too. Because options.
There should also be public transportation as well as private. Not everyone wants I Dream of Genie style teleportation but it should also exist for those who do.
Above all else, the single-player experience should always come first. EA should stop trying to dropkick the game's single-player roots.
Having said all of that, from what I can tell, EA is going in the polar opposite direction of what I'd like to see in an upcoming game. They're running away from my ideal at light speed, no less. So, no. I guess that I'm not very interested in TS5 at all -- not anymore. I didn't leave The Sims series, The Sims series is leaving me.
Cinebar wrote: »
I have health problems so when I can play a game like this franchise TS4 isn't worth my time and trouble.
It has out lived itself. These Sims are shallow, no depth, all the same, just a different hair, body type,etc.
Yes, I have some GPs and EPs. GTW,GT, OR, DO, Vampires, SpaDay, KidsStuff,MovieStuff,PH.
I stated at the time when they got around to toddlers I would support the game out of some sense of misplaced loyalty, so I bought a few packs more. Many family players said that. After toddlers, the last pack I purchased was Parenthood. I uninstalled TS4 in 2017 almost three years ago. TS4's shallow, lackluster gameplay, direction, attitiude of company, attitude of some players to those who aren't happy, problems with Origin, slap happy programming in EPs and GPs or even stuff packs, the reoccurring bugs, the changes they continue to make with each patch that take away a feature, and the general attitude we all have to be wrong because TS4 is the best....pile all that on with my health problems and TS4 isn't worth it.
With my health problems it is not worth the trouble to even load it when there are two other games that did everything better in so many more deeper ways.
Yes I still have 2 and 3 installed and will never uninstall them. Yes, I'm interested in TS5, it's why I stay engaged here, because we can sort of get an idea of what they might do by what they do in TS4 for better or worse.
No, I do not play regularly but if I load a game to play, it would be the TS2 but that may be several weeks or months apart now. It would still be TS2 once you look around at everything in TS4 by reading posts, pack info, mistakes, excuses, direction of game etc. I did my little part, I helped get it off the ground by supporting it, but I'm sure they don't expect die hard fans of TS2 to keep it going five more years, as we can see our ideas are never implemented and instagram popularity ideas are. We know we aren't who they want to play these games anymore. We are too much of sticklers for detail.
AHolyToilet wrote: »
You're my new favorite person here. I can't believe how moved I was from this.
StrawberryYogurt wrote: »
@Renato10 how are you getting TS1 to work? Im afraid of buying it and it not playing. I have windows 10
damageincracing wrote: »
If it wasn't for all the mods I've found to make the game fun, I would have stopped playing completely about 2 months after the joke- I mean game- came out. There is literally NOTHING to do in the game that makes it remotely entertaining unless you have mods. Mods to fix the bugs EA won't fix, mods to change traits and skills to something not generic, third party custom content since EA took away our ability to customize their content. In all actuality, I didn't start playing again until a couple months ago- I spent most of my time playing Sims3, just for the abundance of things to actually DO in the game. Until then, it was just update to see what they fixed and what they screwed up worse...