How do you truly feel about The Sims 4? Why do you feel this way?
I feel a whole range of emotions from the state of the Sims 4 after being a faithful Sims game Player since first testing the Original Sims for Will Wright in November of 1999 - so nearly 16 years I have been enamored by this amazing series - and when I saw there was to be a Sims 4 I was of course overjoyed - that is until the game came out and of course pre-ordered it - and had it installed on my pc. From that first moment it seems the romance I had with the Sims left the station when Sims 4 opened up on my pc with it's glaring white opening screen to it ending up not overlooking a green lush map like we usually saw - but stopped at a crude sketch. I thought well that is rather cheap of them for my 80 dollars.
I was aware there was no toddlers and no cars, but fueled by the fact the Sims team assured us that things missing in the game were only missing due to a time factor - which said to me they would be coming as soon as they were finished - I alloweed my pre-order to go through. I was further encouraged when the first thing they gave us was pools, and they said pools and toddlers would be a priority - there we had the pools so I was psyched and wanting to get to know the game and get used to all the candylandish world while waiting, because I am a family legacy game player - have been since Sims 2 - and that is my play style - so I was willing to wait. Pools done, toddlers next. NOT!!!! NO, not only did the not come, it is a year now and they still are missing and I am still waiting to play my game. I have tried to play this game and just can't. I am miserable, dismayed beyond words and not happy. When I go long bouts of not being happy my fragile health suffers. I play this game to live life I can no longer live in real life, recreating my self and family and doing all the things we did before I became ill and housebound 4 years ago. It has served to keep depression at bay and keeps me happy in the past, but with sims 4 I grow increasing stressed, sad - sometimes just sit staring at the screen in tears because it just is not my sims game anymore. It also makes me angry when everytime I turn around the Sims team come out with even more linear play to do with parties. Talk about the ultimate slap in the face to someone in my position. It is like the game is practically an insult to someone like myself - and the Sims team does not even try to focus on the home and family. Sims has been my sanctuary but not Sims 4. I am just grateful I had enough sense not to give away all my Sims 3 disks like I did Sims 1 and Sims 2 when the new version came out. As luck would have it - EA did play nice and give Simmers the Sims 2 complete collection for free if you had the game registered before - which I did. So I play Sims 2 and Sims 3. But it still bothers me I spent 80 dollars on Sims 4, and money on the Camping GP - hoping that would help as it was a non-party hardy destination. Then family members who know I play sims because I can't do much else - bought me Get To Work and the Patio SP for my birthday so I had more non-party like content. But the family programming is just so dull. I feel guilty I can't love it. Hubby spent a lot of money rebuilding my pc to handle anything, plus all the money on the games and I just can't play very long at all with out feeling like I'm either going to cry or get sick. Never mind seeing an infant as an object that morphs into a 10 year old is just too much. That was a feature of the first Sims game 16 years ago and why I did not become a family player until Sims 2 - I just cannot tolerate going back 16 years ago. Even writing about all this is causing me to get a stomach ache I am stressing so much. But I would go through anything to get a new rendition of my beloved Sims if it helps. I have the pc to play it - I definitely have the time - 24 hours a day to do nothing to go nowhere but periodically to the hospital. I just cannot play this game - The Sims 4 no matter how bad I want to or how hard I try.
What are your feelings on the direction of The Sims? What do you think leads you to feel this way?
I have pretty much covered this question also in the first reply - but can sum it up that if Sims series had came out with a new series between the original The Sims and Sims 2 - Sim 4 would have worked. That is where it fits in. I would have been more able to tolerate the way it is then because it was before the perfection of the game that was know as The Sims 2. Then it would have been a step up from Sims 1. But to have this come out as it is now - it is an insult to all the Simmers who have given their heart and soul to this game for the last 16 years - especially me with the way I feel. I feel betrayed. So Sims 4 is a major step backways before family mattered in the game and became a main focus - now it is just insulting to us that loved it.
Why do you play The Sims? What do you get out of the game that you may or may not be getting from The Sims 4, and why?
What are your hopes for the future of the series and how do you think your hopes could be realised?
Do you have any specific or personal messages for the developers that you would like to share?
I started out playing the sims by volunteering to test the new game that I learned about through Sims City. Back during those days I was a normal healthy person with a job and a life just like everyone else, and played games just for a few hours on week -ends to relax and have fun. My family have always been avid gamers.
Then 7 years ago I started getting a multitude of serious health issues (and playing the Sims helped me deal with all that goes on with serious illness), which ended up culminating 4 years ago me being confined to my house. I play the Sims to remind myself what life was like before my life became one very long episode of Grey Anatomy on steroids. I always like making my hubby, my self and our three sons when they were little - sometimes variants of us, and other family members as well. I do things with my family ingame we used to do - even recreated our house and laugh a lot when my sims react so much like us it always amazes me, and delights me. The Sims team back then were like Gods - the realism was true to life - I know I lived it - and the game reacted as we expected. Granted Sims 2 did it best, but Sims 3 with it's beauty and somewhat lessened family play - still could easy enough be almost as fun as Sims 2, and I could enjoy life in Sims 3, and what's more see the world - We had always planned to see the world - you know like everyone who says - when the kids get older and we have more time or more money... You never even think for a second life may suddenly hit you upside the head and turn you world and life upside down. But Sims 3 gave us the chance to see that world a little bit, to live out time on a houseboat, to explore the Far East, France, and Egypt - and even travel to the future....
All I can say to the developers is to think - sometimes your games is more than a game to many people - in particular when the game is a life simulation game - and to make a new version of the series with no regard at all to people who use this game to live life through it - is just plain sad. Keep in mind that all kinds of people play a life simulation game and it needs to be a welcome place for a variety of players - not just party Hardy Bros and YA's. Family matters to everyone - in a life simulation of all simulation to have less to do with family and about family and missing the beloved toddler stage, tying infants to cribs - is no way to do a game about life. Parties, craziness is not life. Family and things in the home is where life start and in my case ends. Everyone loves to go home. Try not to forget that - as first and foremost focus, with all else secondary.