I was in my first year or two of secondary school when my parents bought me my first Sims game. They bought me the original Sims game along with the Pets and Superstar expansion packs. An addiction was born. I spent quite a bit of time playing that game but I hoped for more. It wasn't long before I bought Sims 2 as well.
I ended up with all the Sims 2 expansion packs and some of the stuff packs. I was surprised by how much more there was to do in this game than the original. There were a lot of families I created and played with, and I even came up with a few stories. They gave me a good few years of entertainment, although as more expansions were added I hated that it took so long for different areas to load. I've always been a bit impatient but that was the only real problem I had with the game. So of course I was excited when Sims 3 came out and I got it as soon as I could.
Sims 3 is amazing. It looks great and I love how many extra features and interactions there are, though there are some I still miss from Sims 2. I miss the university and seasons too as well as the different holiday destinations they had in Sims 2; I'd love those in addition those that came with World Adventures. The towns are great because there's no loading between travelling to places, though like a lot of other people I was upset when I discovered we can't actually watch sims in school or work, though that isn't much of a loss when you think about it. My main issue with the game at the moment is the glitch where sims stop going to after school activities after they've had a field trip. I've experienced other glitches from time to time but they all stop eventually. This one doesn't and I'd love for it to be fixed soon.
At first, though the game added a lot that wasn't in Sims 2, I still felt like there was a lot missing. Of course, that changed with the expansions. I was, and still am, shocked by how quickly they were coming out. I've heard many people say most of the expansions don't add much to the game but I have to disagree. So far the one that's done the least for me is Late Night, not to say that it didn't add some great things though.
I can't wait to get the two new expansions. Supernatural came out today but I won't have the money to buy it for another couple of weeks. I have a feeling it will be my favourite so far. I can't wait to have all the different types of sims the game allows. I was also incredibly excited to learn about Seasons being released in November because as I've already mentioned that was one of the expansions I miss the most. I'm also really looking forward to having aliens back as, like many players, I've been waiting for them for ages. I hope, but doubt, they will have the ability to make male sims pregnant still.
As for my actual playing style, the main problem I have is that I find it difficult to keep a family. I don't use the pre-made ones and I put so much effort into creating families and their homes only to not want to play with them when I'm done or to get bored of them quickly. I think my problem is there's so much to do in the game and I always want to do something else or do too much at once and it messes it up for me. I'm between families at the moment. I do love the Sims challenges as well and I think I may try some again soon. My favourites are the legacy and apocalypse challenges. My record for keeping a family was actually 4th generation in a legacy.
So there it is, a glimpse of my experience with the Sims series, I'm sure I'll be reviewing the new expansions when I finally get them too.
So what are your thoughts on the series? Which one's your favourite, and what's your playing style?