End of the Road for SIMS3?
True, they added a lot of cool stuff to TS2, but it could have been better if they had included more of the TS1 features.
Now TS3 has been on the shelves for some time, and MOST of the user reviews about it seem to be rather negative. With every new version, EA seems to be abandoning more and more of what actually made the game such a big success to begin with. I hear lots of people about trying TS3, being disappointed, and turning back to TS2. Therefor, I'm not even thinking about ever buying TS3, let alone playing it. EA is killing the whole Sims franchise with their greedy attitude.
I also think that was the biggest issue with TS3 - its divisive aspect - I think that TS2 DOES beat TS3 hands down in terms of gameplay, but there were some people in the early days of TS3 whose PC just could not RUN sims3. That caused some jealousy and so-on - not good for friendships, and not good for the community.
Me - I chose TS2 over TS3 - the PC I have now could probably run them both at once . Not everybody did - not everybody can - there is a financial crisis out there and PC's are not cheap. But as far as playing is concerned its all a matter of taste - I never played Sims1 - but Inge did - and she told me that she always preferred 1 over 2 or 3 - but you have to move on if you are a modder.
I think she means the kind of modder she is - we have to remember that for TS3 we would ONLY have TSRW if it was not for Inge and Peter and Atavera and Delphy and all the other tool makers out there, so I am glad Inge gave up TS1 so that we could have the choices for TS3.
Anyhoos, I really think TS3 is it. Not only is the community dying, but EA is sucking all of the fun out of it by being money hungry yet unwilling to make their content worthwhile. I totally wouldn't mind buying a stuff pack if that pack actually had more than a dusting of CC items. If I'm going to spend 20+ dollars I want some damn good content! And most could argue that TS3 needs some time to get better, and I do agree somewhat. If you think about it, the jump from TS1 to TS2 was a BIG one. We went from 2D sprites with only 4 views and 3 zoom levels to complete 3D with free cameras and even sims eye views. So of course people were wowed. But with TS3...nothing is really *new* except for the open hood aspect. So I don't know...EA needs to stop being lazy and give us a GOOD expansion pack--although I do rather enjoy Late Night.
I think they know it too - Inge was looking at the publicly published EA forecasts for next year - and NO SIGN of TS3. At all.
And yea to Dal - the open hood and CAST are cool - but it's not enough. Having my sim traipse about looking for stuff is not as rewarding as gameplay and all the cute interactions the TS2 sims have.
Because, DAMN... Over a 5 year period, they made 16 TS2 expansions in all, the last EP is already about 3 years old, and STILL modders are hacking and working to make the game a little more sensible, because those lazy, greedy bastards could be arsed to do that right away! And did they learn anything from that and make TS3 any more sensible? I guess not!