The Sims 4 is just around the corner, so I thought I would have one last look back at The Sims 3 and what I’m going to miss (or not miss!) from the third installment in The Sims franchise.
My least favourite Sims 3 expansion pack: Probably Late Night. While it wasn’t a bad expansion pack, I disliked that the nightclub bit just didn’t fit into other worlds very easily – and there was never another world like Bridgeport.
My favourite Sims 3 stuff pack: I loved the ridiculous costumes in the Movie Stuff pack, though I think the Katy Perry Sweet Treats pack was the best value for money – assuming you really liked the whole candy mania thing.
My least favourite Sims 3 stuff pack: I can’t say I cared for the Diesel fashions much. It reminded me a lot of the Sims 2 H & M stuff pack, which I didn’t like very much either.
My favourite Sims 3 Store items: I loved the items that made it easier to look after babies and toddlers, notably the Deluxe Baby Swing and the Head Start Playpen. I think the Last Venue of Amore is probably the most beautiful venue I’ve seen in the store, though it was released a bit close to The Sims 4 for me to buy it.
My favourite Sims 3 world: Appaloosa Plains from the Pets expansion was probably my favourite expansion pack world. From the worlds I bought from the Store, Monte Vista was my absolute favourite, though I also liked Lunar Lakes (reminded me of Strangetown from Sims 2) and Dragon Valley.
What I will miss the most when moving from Sims 3 with all packs to The Sims 4 base game: I think I will miss having weather and a huge selection of clothing, furniture, etc.
What I will miss the least when moving from Sims 3 with all packs to The Sims 4 base game: I will definitely not miss the super long load screens of Sims 3! At last count, it took over 8 minutes from me pressing the play button on the launcher to actually being able to play my save game. That is one positive thing of going from a game with tons of extra content to a base game.
I don’t think I’ll miss toddlers either. As mentioned above, I lovely the Store’s ‘premium content’ that reduced the effort of having Sim babies and toddlers. For me, toddlers were a tedious life stage that could only interact with a handful of specialised objects and had access to a very limited number of skills. Plus, I’m hoping that with one less life stage to worry about, the Sims 4 team will be able to focus on more content and clothing items for the other life stages – a lot of the stuff and expansion packs seemed very focused on adults (especially females), with a disappointingly small selection for males, teens and children.
I think that just about sums up my final thoughts on The Sims 3. I look forward to seeing what The Sims 4 has to offer!