One of the favorite pastimes of The Sims’ community is to lớn talk about how good the older games are. While there are things about The Sims 4 that I don’t love, I’m not as nostalgic as other fans. Every time I think about The Sims 3, for instance, all I can remember is how much that game kindomain authority sucked.

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I got The Sims 3 the summer before my sophomore year of college and played it obsessively. I played it at my boring summer job, & then later in my boring classes. I made Sims of my roommates & friends, I downloaded hundreds of mods, & I continued to lớn play it through the the release of its final expansion in 2013. I am exhaustingly familiar with that game, & all the ways it is bad.

Let’s start with an easy và obvious problem. The Sims 3 is optimized lượt thích shit. The loading times for this game are so bad that eventually the developers added a spot-the-thành tựu style game to them. I rethành viên sometimes spending 20 minutes waiting for my game to lớn load. Even on the very modern gaming PC in the office, the initial loading screen took a full minute. Saving my game was also a crapshoot. Sometimes, after waiting for half an hour, the game would crash while I was saving it. Then while I played, the game would hitch & jerk any time I sent my Sims out into lớn the open world.


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You will be looking at this screen for a long time while that open world loads in.Screenshot: The Sims 3 (EA/Maxis)
There’s a loading screen when you go into Build or Buy mode, và because these are each separate game modes, you’re going khổng lồ vày a lot of waiting if you want lớn build a house. When you go to a location in town, you have sầu to wait for all the textures to pop in. Worst of all is that it takes a full minute of waiting, even at the highest game speed, for your Slặng to lớn get a full night’s rest. You just kind of sit there, watching. It’s creepy & not fun lớn vị. When your Sim is awake, if you want lớn sover them to a restaurant or a movie, instead of a loading screen, you’ll have to wait while they disappeared inkhổng lồ a rabbit hole for an indeterminate amount of time. What an engaging, living world!


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The Sims 3 seems built on the philosophy that more is more. Unfortunately, if you played the game for half a decade lượt thích I did, you come to realize that for all the options they give you, most of them are bupkis.Take the custom patterns they offer you. I mean, who exactly is this nightmare Halloween pattern for?


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Screenshot: The Sims 3 (EA/Maxis)
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The Sims 3 is constantly getting in the way of itself. In the effort to make sure that the player uses each và every disparate system it has, it stops you from having the organic moments that make The Sims so much fun. My Slặng was a mèo lover, and when I sent her out to the park on her day off from work she finally met a stray cát. As I was trying to befrikết thúc it, her phone went off, and my game was interrupted with a notification telling me that my coworker wanted me lớn cook her some hot dogs.


There are plenty of little things that get under my skin about every Sims game, but when I think about the experience of playing The Sims 3, I can feel flames on the side of my face. The Sims 3 sucks shit, and if you say that you actually lượt thích this bloated game, you’re a liar.


DISCUSSION


By
D. Walker

So to lớn sum up, you don’t lượt thích the Sims 3 because of:

1) Bad Optimization2) Too Much Content / Too Many Options3) Not Enough “Organic” Moments / Emergent Gameplay

Is that correct?

The first complaint is absolutely true. Sims 3 was very badly optimized.

But so is Sims 4, on top of being an even bigger resource hog due to more demanding graphics. In fact, it’s so bad in Sims 4 that they had lớn break up the game into lớn different chunks, khổng lồ alleviate the issue. There’s no more seamless (if sometimes laggy) open world lớn move around in. Features have sầu been sacrificed.

Now you must constantly jump to lớn different menus inbetwen different parts of the game, which is just a clever way to lớn disguise loading times. It’s all smoke và mirrors to lớn make you think you’re not spending as long loading as you really are.

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In fact, if you have sầu a beefy enough computer, this actually makes you spkết thúc MORE time waiting around then you ever would loading. Loading times can be reduced by running the game on a very fast computer, but clicking through menus with prephối animation lengths never gets any faster.

And if you’re on the other end of the spectrum, & have sầu an underpowered system, then odds are good that Sims 4 won’t even run on it, making Sims 3 the superior option by mặc định, since you can actually still play it.

Your second complaint is flimsy. Too much content is a bad thing? Nonsense.

It’s always better to have options & not need/want to lớn use them, than lớn need/want options that you don’t have sầu. Just because you don’t lượt thích a given feature useful doesn’t mean other people won’t love sầu it.

What’s more, it’s entirely up khổng lồ you which features show up in gameplay. You don’t have to lớn buy và install every single nội dung pack available for the game. You can selectively install only what you actually like & want.

But maybe you want just a couple items from a larger nội dung paông chồng, and all the rest you don’t care about? Good news! The game is trivially easy lớn mod! You can buy the entire paông xã, & then filter out all the parts of it you don’t care about, and just install the bits you really want.

The Sims 4, meanwhile, has the problem of far, far too little nội dung. People quite rightly expect certain baseline features - if things like pools were standard issue in the very first Sims game ever made, it’s kind of asinine khổng lồ not make them standard in the modern recent installment.

Third, you don’t lượt thích the popups & “guided” play elements?

Talk about a non-issue. You can ignore them with no effort, & you can outright disable them with only miminal effort.

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