8 Big Differences Between The Sims 3 and The Sims 4

Christian Cawley Updated 30-05-2019

With so many versions of The Sims released over the years, you would be forgiven for thinking they’re all the same. This isn’t the case. Over the years, with each release, new features have been added, and others have been removed.


For some players, this has been a problem, with many sticking with The Sims 3. For others, though, The Sims 4 is the pinnacle of the series. But which is best? And what are the big differences between The Sims 4 and The Sims 3?

The Sims 3 vs. The Sims 4

The Sims 4 added quite a few new features over its predecessor. Of course, the games were released five years apart (The Sims 3 in 2009 and The Sims 4 in 2014), and the differences are based on hardware advances as much as they are on improving the gaming experience.

However, many popular features have been removed or revised in The Sims 4. The differences between The Sims 3 and The Sims 4 include:

  • New Create-a-Sim Tool
  • Cross Neighborhood Travel
  • More Emotion-Driven Gameplay
  • Flexible Building Tools
  • Brand New Game Engine
  • Say “Goodbye” to Create-a-Style
  • No More Toddlers and Swimming Pools
  • New DLC to Spend Your Money On

Let’s look at these key differences between The Sims 3 and The Sims 4.

1. New Create-a-Sim Tool

The Create-a-Sim tool lets you make custom Sims characters that resemble family, friends, celebrities, or even characters from your imagination. In The Sims 4, the experience is more tactile and intuitive than ever before.


Create-a-Sim in The Sims 3
Create-a-Sim in The Sims 3

Rather than tweaking sliders to shape characters, features can be manipulated by clicking on frames and faces, dragging bellies to make them wider or thinner, or tugging them up or down to make them taller or shorter.

Even fine features like eye angles, cheek bones, and lip shapes are all edited this way.

The Create-a-Sim tool in The Sims 4
The Create-a-Sim tool in The Sims 4


Personalities are different, too. The Sims 3’s character traits have been reduced from five to four; gone are rarely-picked, highly specific traits. The Sims 4 introduces traits that affect more aspects of life and gameplay. There’s also an animation style, from a confident swagger to a primitive hunch, to match their identity.

2. Cross-Neighborhood Travel

Travelling to other neighborhoods in The Sims 3 was a clumsy proposition. Basically, it involved freezing time for everyone in the main neighborhood while one group left for a new adventure. In The Sims 4, things are far simpler.

Not only are other neighborhoods and future special worlds (like the University and World Adventures areas from The Sims 3) just a short loading screen away, but you’ll be able to make regular trips without compromising a commonsense timeline.

In The Sims 4, your sim can easily commute to the city for work and make it home at night.


3. More Emotion-Driven Gameplay

Like its predecessors, The Sims 3 focuses gameplay around the desires and moods of your sims.

With The Sims 4, the emotional state of the sims is a bigger part of the game. Here, you can understand their moods just by looking at their faces.

This can have major implications on social interactions. For example, a sim who is feeling down will need some cheering up before they can hope to succeed at more cheerful or ambitious endeavors.

While it’s easy to spot when sims don’t get along in The Sims 3, the sequel combines this with ambitions to award bonuses. Sims are basically rewarded for being unpleasant (although the same system also awards perks to creative sims when they feel inspired).


The key difference here is a reduction in “interaction spamming”—the pre-programming of a set of interactions. This is often used in sim-to-sim romantic situations in The Sims 3.

4. Flexible Building Tools

The Sims 3 and its sequel both feature impressive building tools. Armchair architects will love The Sims 4’s prefabricated rooms (a feature added to The Sims 3 via an expansion pack). The Sims 3’s building tool is an aspect that still seems rooted in the original game.

The Sims 3 home building tool
Build your house in The Sims 3

Meanwhile, more forgiving building rules in The Sims 4 let you move poorly placed homes. New wall heights make vaulted ceilings easier without workarounds. You can even snap full rooms free of the main structure to rearrange your house’s layout.

The Sims 4 house building and styling
Reconfigure a house in The Sims 4

No more dragging one object at a time when you decide you want the bathroom and bedroom to swap positions.

5. Brand New Game Engine

Expansions have been released for every version of The Sims, extending the gameplay with new skins and items and locations.

With The Sims 3, once you add a few expansions it sadly becomes the Frankenstein’s monster of video games. Neighborhoods get glitchy when they interact with content they weren’t future proofed to handle, and crashes become frustratingly common.

While some mods alleviate the worst of the problems, running too many can have similarly unexpected results.

The Sims 4 features a whole new game engine which is more stable. Some different issues have arisen, however, such as player-built mods requiring an update following game updates.

6. Say “Goodbye” to Create-a-Style

The Sims 3’s Create-A-Style tool allows players to drag choices from a library of patterns onto furniture and clothing. These items can then be recolored to your liking.

Want a zebra striped couch? Pick the couch model of your choice and drag it on. Then make it offensively garish by subbing hot pink and sky blue in for the black and white.

Sadly, this simple, powerful tool is absent in The Sims 4.

7. No More Toddlers and Swimming Pools

One of the key features introduced in The Sims 2 was babies aging into toddlers and then children. This was carried into The Sims 3, but the feature is missing from The Sims 4. Also absent is the sight of sims swimming.

Social interactions in The Sims 4
Social interactions in The Sims 4

While developers claimed the feature removals were to prioritize work on more interesting content, it means that the only way to create Sims with a full lifespan is to play The Sims 3.

8. New DLC to Spend Your Money On

The Sims games have long been sustained by downloadable content (DLC). The Sims 3 saw 11 full expansions, 9 stuff packs of themed furniture and clothing, 10 standalone neighborhoods, and thousands of objects available via microtransactions.

DLC in The Sims 3
Downloadable content browser in The Sims 3

As with previous versions, however, The Sims 3 DLC is incompatible with The Sims 4.

On one hand, it’s unreasonable to expect a newer game to have content parity with its predecessor. On the other hand, it’s hard to imagine playing The Sims 3 without its rich diversity of content.

Of course, DLC is available for The Sims 4, but again, this isn’t backwards compatible.

To learn more about The Sims 4 expansion packs The Sims 4 Expansion Packs: Are They Worth Buying? Each One, Reviewed We take a look at all of The Sims 4 expansion packs and help you decide whether or not they're worth buying. Read More , check out our reviews and if they’re worth buying.

What’s Best: The Sims 3 or The Sims 4?

Whether you’re edging towards The Sims 3 or The Sims 4, both remain available. You’ll find The Sims 3 available to buy on Amazon for PC and Mac.

Meanwhile, The Sims 4 can be grabbed direct from EA’s Origin digital distribution service. Or, if you prefer to own physical discs The Sims 4 is also available on Amazon.

The Sims 4 on PC/Mac The Sims 4 on PC/Mac Buy Now On Amazon $37.48

Are you ready to play The Sims 4? Or do you prefer the older versions to The Sims 3? Here are the differences between all of the games in The Sims series What Is the Difference Between the Sims Games? The Sims is a beloved and long-running franchise. Learn all about the Sims games and their highs and lows in this guide to all four mainline Sims games! Read More so that you can make a proper comparison.

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  1. Daniel
    November 4, 2017 at 2:51 am

    I miss the fully open worlds along with World Adventures, plus the largest lot in Sims 3 is 60x60. But Adventures is pretty much mandatory for me. So sticking to Sims 3 mostly.
    Sadly, Sims 3 loves to crash like crazy. Upping the RAM barely works, now I need to fix the CPU usage. But it has more stuff anyway, so I am putting up with it.

    Sims 5 should be a combo of Sims 4 improvements and all that, but some of the stuff from Sims 3, maybe even a bit of Sims 2, and the big open worlds. And 80x80 or even 100x100 lots, for a MASSIVE manor! Or a castle!

  2. Ana
    October 9, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    The sims 5 should be the sims 3 and the sims 4 put together (including expansion packs, exc.) included. That would be the best sims.

  3. hartsa71
    July 16, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Sims 4 is crap.... slow crashes. No artificial intelligence. Cannot manage long witout control. Cheats don't seem to work but money cheats. Nude patc woohoo might be cause. Too much time for badic f...n needs. Expansions failrd to install.

  4. Me
    June 4, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Sims4 has something good but sims3 is much better wish sims 5 will be the besr

  5. Jupiter
    February 1, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I guess it's just good to know I'm not the only one who isn't even remotely satisfied with how this game turned out. But my Sims 3 is super clunky so I've been playing it. The Sim feature manipulation is better, the events and interactions are cool, but everything else is way to simplified. Not enough detail editing, I never use the pre furnished rooms, ever, and the camera is its own matter. It's as if the creators said, "We know this camera sucks, so let's give em the Sims 3 one too." I guess I just don't feel like this game was created for me. What I would like to see is a blend of 3 and 4. Tending toward 3.

  6. Twisted
    January 17, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Played sims 4 for at least 3 hours after making sims, having gone this far i am taking it back to the store. Its gameplay quality is horrible compared to base sims 3. there is no freedom. i miss the toddler stage in children I have to start in the overly obnoxious infant stage or jump past the fun to children? No teaching my baby to walk talk or potty having the fun taking the toddler on a picknick?

    Second the edit tool. By far the BEST feature of sims 3, isn't here and from what I read and have looked up, will not be put in sims 4? kind of seems like a huge error to me. Even if the goal was to market this to younger people. that is ALL my niece or my younger brother do, is EDIT furniture and other items for hours. I have a sims 3 city made of houses they all designed completely. it's such a huge let down to not have that power even a little in sims 4.

    The whole building movement is crappy./ and frustrating.

    The lack of freedom is annoying, and honestly the way the business and working is, is even more annoying :/

    After playing The sims 4, I can safely say I won't be buying another sims game for a long time. Big waist of time.

  7. Twisted
    January 17, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Played sims 4 for at least 3 hours after making sims, having gone this far i am taking it back to the store. Its gameplay quality is horrible compared to base sims 3. there is no freedom. i miss the toddler stage in children I have to start in the overly obnoxious infant stage or jump past the fun to children? No teaching my baby to walk talk or potty having the fun taking the toddler on a picknick?

    Second the edit tool. By far the BEST feature of sims 3, isn't here and from what I read and have looked up, will not be put in sims 4? kind of seems like a huge error to me. Even if the goal was to market this to younger people. that is ALL my niece or my younger brother do, is EDIT furniture and other items for hours. I have a sims 3 city made of houses they all designed completely. it's such a huge let down to not have that power even a little in sims 4.

    The whole building movement is crappy./ and frustrating.

    The lack of freedom is annoying, and honestly the way the business and working is , is even more annoying :/

    After playing The sims 4, I can safely say I won't be buying another sims game for a long time. Big waist of time.

  8. Hares Feghali
    October 12, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Just experienced the first 4 Sims 4's Expansions and here's what i currently think....
    The Sims 3 is still GREATLY better than the Sims 4 for these reasons:
    1 - The Sims 4 Map is a Disapointment you can't Zoom in or Zoom out, looks like a Puzzle without any Realistic Touch unlike the GREAT Sims 3 Map which is FAR more Realistic and Entertaining
    2 - In the Sims 3 we have this Great thing called " Freedoom " and i mean by that going wherever we want, having more spaces to plant, Building and many others...
    The Sims 4 sadly and whatever this strange decision about limiting this Freedom doesn't really make the Sims 4 more like a " Real World "
    3 - Building Houses, Rotating Objects and Walls Cutaway View in the Sims 4 are also one of those problems.... the Walls Up View - End are far better in Sims 3 we can see what our Sims are doing clearly hwv it's the opposite in the Sims 4 the Walls are just too High and REALLY annoying not to mention the Compexity of Rotating Objects
    Sims 4 has Great Graphics, Options and events not to mention this Great thing about working inside our Workplace in a really Amazing Entertaining way
    I think this is the only Great thing about the Sims 4 tbh but currently the Sims 3 takes it by FAR in my opinion " if " in case they can found a way to balance those problems with a Great Expansion unlike any other

    October 4, 2016 at 5:58 am

    The Sims 3 MOD quality blows THE SIMS 3 out of the water compared to SIMS 4. It seems more that the newer version is set up for younger generations as the SIMS 3 and Mods/Graphics and the way it functions and is set up can be for everyone. I don't know if I like the MAJOR CARTOON look as much... in fact... 11 years later, I'm still playing The Sims 3... and still having conquered everything. They should SHOCK US, and give us something more similar with the same layout, and more features. I miss that. I feel like I'm 5 when I play THE SIMS 4.

  10. roklyonaaa
    August 9, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    i have playe the sims 3 before and honestly i have to say the sims 4 is i guess u can say more free"er" then the sims 3. You can do things u could never do on the sims 3. And am super happy of my purchase

    • Cole
      April 11, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      How are you more free in the sims 4.. And they also cut out a lot of stuff from the sims 3. It really seems like you haven't played before and you just want attention.

      • Finn
        October 31, 2019 at 3:33 pm

        You are sadly right. A lot of people on the fringe or mentally deficient play and like the sims4, horrible game and phony cartoon like environment with no cars!!!??? Make for a lousy installment meant for flamboyant youtubers or they’re teeny bop sims 4 fans. GOD HELP US!

  11. Ivan
    August 3, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Here's the sad truth that most Sims players don't realise (because many started at 3, fewer at 2, and even less at 1). Most features in the Sims games are recycled content. There is no innovation. Sure, Sims 4 optimised a lot of things, but did they really? We are talking about Electronic Arts here. You can't spell "steal" without "EA". Sims 4 simply compartmentalised the entire game - instead of having an entire map simulate, only a section of it (a neighbourhood) simulates (i.e. Willow Creek).

    The concept of DLCs is probably the silliest thing I've seen. Sims 3 was the most guilty of this. There were many features added into the game later in the form of DLC, but in reality, these were either direct clones of content found in Sims 2, just released several years after the release of Sims 3. So you have to wonder how much work was really put into Sims 4 because the last few games are very much copy-and-paste, simply translated to work with a supposedly new engine.

    That being said, most video companies are guilty of this (like Guild Wars 2, a disturbing amount of content is simply copy-pasted from Guild Wars 1). There is nothing wrong with copy-and-paste because it's part of building a memorable legacy for the franchise. It is a problem when it's monetisation that foregoes the original mantra of "making games to make money", not "making money to make games".

  12. Atzaz
    July 25, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Lol. No world editing, no cars, no toddlers, teens are adults, less traits, no public buildings ( city hall, book store etc, Testingcheats not that useful, no cool expansion packs. Sims 4 is shit
    Long live sims 3.

  13. Josh George
    July 24, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    the sims 4 is shit I much love the sims 3

  14. Elly
    April 6, 2016 at 10:35 am

    I've been debating getting 4 but I really couldn't get on with sims 3 personally. Sticking with sims 2 for now!

  15. MidnightViolet96
    March 23, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    I think that Sims 4 is a big mistake, I love the create a style, watching my Toddlers grow up even seeing them as kids having fun in pools. My neighbour plays 4 and she loves it, But she never played 1,2 and 3 first to get the hang of it but then again I made the same mistake by jumping straight to 3 when it came out, only I bought my copy a year later and I've loved it ever since, at time of posting this, I now own the base game four expansion packs and three stuff packs and hoping to plan more, I'm nineteen and I don't have a job yet as I'm still looking, but I can't afford the games like most people, but I'm building my collection up slowly.

    I think Maxis/EA have made a huge mistake with 4, taking pieces that were in 3 and not including them in 4, when I heard about this I was a bit disappointed but my neighbour's asking me to try it but I've told her "I'm a Sims 3 player and always will be, 2010 till never"

    • King of all gods - The Wisest
      April 11, 2016 at 11:26 am

      I have played sims series from the first instalment.
      When sims 2 came out, i was dissapoined by the lack of content (cos not addons yet) but the imrovements were amazing - life stages, gradual growing, cars... The game was amazing.
      When sims 3 came out, i again was dissapointed by the lack of content, but improvements were amazing again - you could just WALK to the neighbour house next door! In the sims 2 you had to sit through 2 loading screens (1 from hous to the map, then from the map to the house). Actually driving from work, and stopping at the cafe on the way - the world became the whole and smooth. It was the pinnacle of freedom.
      When sims 4 came out i... that is... Game became CLEARLY WORSE. Its no lack of content - the core mechanics are made worse! The freeroaming is gone! Instead of neighborhood you get stupid 2d map?? You cant even change it! No toddlers?? Are you kidding me? We are back to sims 1??
      After playing the masterpiece that sims 3 is, i cant even touch that pile of trash sims 4 is.

      • Ivybutter90
        July 2, 2016 at 6:32 pm

        You took the words right out of my head! This is exactly why I haven't made the transition to Sims 4. I've been playing the sims since it came out in 2000 when I was 10 years olds and the game was amazing to me at the time. I've seen this game evolve over years to this wonderful world of endless opportunity and creativity. I was so excited about the sims 4 before it came out and it was very disappointing to hear that the sims 4 sounds like a fancier sims 1 game. It took me a while to get use to sims 3 but I can honestly say that it is the best so far! I feel the only people who love the sims 4 are people who never played sims 1, 2, 3 because this is all they know

        • roklyonaaa
          August 9, 2016 at 7:46 pm

          correction i have played all the sims exept the sims 1, and i find it more fun then the sims 3. I miss toddlers but the kids certinaly make up for it!

      • Hares Feghali
        October 12, 2016 at 3:32 pm

        The SAME thing i was thinking
        Just experienced Sims 4 yesterday and can tell the BIG sadly difference btw it and Sims 3
        Sims 3 is FAR better.... Great Graphics, Great play, Entertainment at max
        Now it's like playing a lesser version of Sims 3 but with only one difference which is working inside the Worplace and nothing else

    • Ellie Carlson
      July 7, 2016 at 12:24 am

      Pools are back just so you know. I love TS4 and I spent a lot of time playing TS3. I do really think you'd like it, it's a really great game but it's fine to stick to what you know!

  16. Josef Strydom
    February 19, 2016 at 3:13 am

    The pool in build mode is there didn't they mean carpool?

    Maybe they had second thaughts and add the pool tool even added an octagonal pool tool.

  17. Ava R.
    February 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I like sims 4 because its brighter on your screen, But I Miss TODLERS. I also like the star wars ouitfits

  18. dmitry
    January 22, 2016 at 3:59 am

    Please, buy Sims 4. This will allow EA to make money, pay programmers to create expansions for the next 3 years, and then smart gamers will buy the Complete Edition with all 20 expansions and stuff packs for 30$. And THEN compare it to Sims 3 with 20 expansions. ;) Have a nice day!

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      no, id rather pirate it ;) Have a nice day!

      • dmitry
        January 29, 2016 at 3:31 am

        But... that's forBIDDEN!

      • iguanakingdom
        June 23, 2016 at 8:48 pm

        What did you use? My brother tried to pirate it but he said it wouldn't work.. Any advice???

    • REX
      March 2, 2016 at 12:27 am

      There was no complete edition for Sims 3. I wouldn't count on seeing one for the fourth game either. If you don't a VPN or seedbox, then I hope you a have a big wallet.

      • Anonymous
        March 2, 2016 at 2:49 am

        I hope Google will unblock your account someday and you'll be able to search for Sims 3 Complete Edition, instead of posting pointless comments on the internet.

      • roklyonaaa
        August 9, 2016 at 7:48 pm

        i brought the sims 4 recently and it had a HUGE sale around 50% OFF so the game costed arould $25 i think

      • elisa s.
        October 27, 2016 at 5:42 am

        no offense but that guy dmitry on is right. unfortunately, it's only for pc but its got the base sims 3 and then 20 packs (the sims 3: ambitions; the sims 3: world adventures; the sims 3: late night; the sims 3: generations; the sims 3: pets; the sims 3: showtime; the sims 3: supernatural; the sims 3: seasons; the sims 3: university life; the sims 3: island paradise; the sims 3: into the future; outdoor living stuff; fast lane stuff; katy perry stuff; town life stuff; high end loft stuff; master suite stuff; diesel stuff; 70's, 80's & 90's stuff; movie stuff). god knows why they thought people wanted katy perry expansion packs, since you know, we're all fourteen-year-old girls, but whatever.

  19. elly
    January 12, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    The sims 4 just seems like such a downgrade from the sims 3. To be honest, I don't care much for toddlers but it just seems stupid for a baby to age up to a child. There's also just a lot missing from the base game, that was included in the sims 3.
    Some of the things I miss the most, is the fact that you're sims we're so much more personal! You were able to choose like what 5 traits for your adult sim? In the sims 4 you can choose 3! 3 traits! And there's not even a lot of traits to choose from! Your sims quickly become the most dull and boring people ever! Of course CAS, building, and graphics were heavily upgraded but the creators has to realize that not everyones favourite part is cas! I didn't give a *** about it when I first played the sims 3, and I sure as hell still don't in the sims 4! But it seems as it's suddenly becoming the most important part of the game since the gameplay is absolutely boring! I can live with no open world, but NO story progression? Are you actually kidding me? I loved the sims 3 for all the little details such as story progression! You were able to be so much more creative with Create-A-Style in TS3 CAS, but now the whole thing has become a boring chore. You're able to choose out of maybe 18 different hair colours, and you're so limited when it comes to clothing!
    Everyone is always complaining about the base game TS3 content like clothing, but you had the possibility to make it super creative and your own! Maybe the clothes was ugly, but you were able to change the colours! It seems like such a tiny detail, yet it's so important!
    Also the freaking expansion packs they're coming out with? Get Together is way overrated! Clubs? Really? Just give us pets and seasons and we'll be happy! If anyone is reading this and thinking of buying TS4.. Don't!
    TS4 is absolutely boring and unplayable without modding the game, and we shouldn't have to do that! A sims game should be good even without cc and mods, but this shit is just ridiculous!
    The sims 2 was amazing and that didn't even have a trait system or open world, but it still managed to be better than The sims 4. The sims 3 was a great upgrade from the sims 2, and then they give us this?! I'd rather have TS3 with no expansions than TS4 with all of the current ones.
    Sorry for this rant, but I am seriously so freaking mad about this!

    • elly
      January 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      sorry for the grammar mistakes, I was typing fast and I was very annoyed aha

      • elly
        January 12, 2016 at 8:21 pm

        Also everything is so unpersonal.
        In the sims 3, the teens were super fun to play with and they actually felt like teens. The children were also way better, but now teens are like exactly the same as adults and the children are just boring.

    • Brittany
      January 22, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      thank you a lot, you have really helped me out. I was debating on buying it, but was worried when I seen how they have changed things. i hate when theyy focus on more less important things. its always been about playing with life...thats was their phrase for the sims for so many years! I just don't understand why they would take away more realistic things about creating a real person

    • Anonymous
      February 2, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Very insightful, thank you. I know how frustrating it can be lol.

  20. Jamie
    December 26, 2015 at 12:54 am

    I've played all the Sims games. 2 was by far the best! 3 added some cool things like the Island and creation for items. What I've read so far on Sims 4, there is no way I would buy that. I'll wait for 5, if 3 holds in there until then. Already crashes every hour and takes FOREVER to load.

    • roklyonaaa
      August 9, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      I wonder wat 5 will bring maybe its better but sims 4 is already to perfection, i miss toddlers but children make up for it! But of course we have to wait 5 years till the next game

  21. Dallas M.
    December 24, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Okay... Long time Sims player. When Sims 4 was announced, I was excited. It promised of fluid multi-tasking, expanded base game play with greater interactions, and a vast world to explore. Sadly, only the multi-tasking is what came of this. Which is amazing but so incredibly under utilized within the game engine. One feature of Sims 3 that I enjoyed was building apartments and colonies of multi-family dwellers together on one property. Sims 4 multi-taking properties could have easily expanded on this by allowing the "tenants" of the property intermingle. Not to mention the missing pets. The upgrade in graphics could have allowed for Sims to have co-existing pets without the glitches that were common in S3. And while I could have done without the Seasons component, having the expansion and ability to change with the weather was nice as was the "holiday" items that one could decorate with.

    All-in-all, Sims 3 became a very complex and highly interactive game. What fans got was a dumbed down version of the game for the sake of some extra shininess and a CAS system that was (by any sense of the means) an improvement. That's not to say that some of the changes aren't interesting and useful in their own right. It's just that these things seem to have come at the expense of being able to play in a vast Simlish world that was complex and intriguing. It was world that held out attention for several hours on end, rather than just long enough for the novelty to end.

  22. Emma
    December 24, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Majorly disappointed in that it's been over a year since the release of the game and yet I still dislike it. I have bought everything EA has released: Get to Work; Get Together; Cool Kitchen stuff; ect. Yet I still find myself immensely bored out of my mind after half an hour!

    Enter the Sims 3. I used to not think toddlers were a big deal in the Sims 3, however, the lack of them in the Sims 4 shows an obvious change. Sims 4 children bore me to death! A baby (trapped in a crib for days) finally ages up into something that leaves for school, comes home, does its homework, and then what? They play outside on the monkey bars, talk to kids at school... and that's pretty much it!

    Emotions are repetitive and also boring. One thing I will give to EA, though, is multitasking. There is no way to express how easy it is now to take care of their needs now.

    Something you think isn't a big deal but is, would be parties! They now start immediately, which is insanely annoying. Now you cannot even change the dress code!

    I'm awaiting pets, actually. Screw "Get to Work", which added only THREE JOBS. I'll be okay with the missing toddlers, BUT I NEED PETS TO BE ABLE TO FUNCTION. The graphics are perfect for pets!

  23. Anonymous
    October 30, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I have to say I am not a life long sim player but after having sims 3 for 6 months now I couldn't possibly see switching to sims 4 even with the slow progress it has been making for better content. I have all the expansion packs (curtsy an awesome online deal I found for dirt cheap) and run all of them along with over 4gb of mod packages and custom contents. I have only once experienced a crash in the hours I have logged playing it and that was after it had been up and running for about 7 hours. (Probably should have went to bed). It does take more then a few minutes to launch (I tend to get a snack or put in a load of laundry while it launches). But once it is up and running I don't have many issues with speed. In the time logged though I have to say close to 50% of it has just been customizing houses, lots, and sims. I'm not sure I even remember what the original Sunset Valley looks like anymore. And to me that's what I enjoy the most out of a game. I could handle modding the 'cartoonish' sims4 sims into something a bit more life like but the fact that they took out a ton of the customization ability from sims 3. That and the fact that I still have yet to explore all of the world adventure areas (Just finished france and have to do china) and haven't even experienced island life because i have been too caught up in everything else there is to do and imagine.

    • Imogen
      December 19, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      I have the sims 3 and I've been playing it for a year and a half, but I have got bored of the standard edition. I just got the sims 4 today and I think its better than ever! I hope they make the sims 4 pets one day!

      Just my opinion! :D Let alone I am only 14 yrs old. xD

  24. Anonymous
    October 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    For me, the Sims 4 is like a kiddie game. They make it out to be this perfect game, where the gameplay is great and innovative. Unfortunately, it's not. I play it with my 6 year old niece because she loves the look of it and it's easier to make sims in CAS.

    I got bored with the game a month after it came out. There was nothing to do and I hated having to travel around neighborhoods and having to use loading screens for everything. It's so bare bones that this game should be the demo. The neighborhoods are tiny. I hate it. Also all the normal features in the game like hot tubs have to be bought instead. If you paying up to $60 for this game and then having to spend $10+ for hot tubs that should be free.

    All the game and stuff packs are ridiculously overpriced for so little content. Even with an expansion pack and game and stuff packs the game gets boring and monotonous really quickly. No pools and toddlers pissed me off. It's creepy having a baby turn into a child. I love generations and legacy gameplay. So much for that. I thought the Sims 4 was supposed to be better than the Sims 3. Turns out it's worse. It's like playing the Sims 1 with better graphics but the old gameplay.

    Can somebody tell me why we need another party expansion like Get Together when we have so many parties and stuff in the base game? Why not a University or Seasons or better yet Generations expansion or something to make the game more enjoyable. I think I'll stick to playing the Sims 2 & 3 until they actually fix this base game (demo version is what I think it is) regularly.

  25. Anonymous
    July 28, 2015 at 2:25 am

    I have never played any Sims games, but I'm strongly considering buying Sims 3. I would buy Sims 4, but it's way too expensive right now. Would it be worth buying the Sims 3? Or should I wait until the Sims 4 pricing goes down...

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      3 is cheaper and lots of fun. Maybe just start with playing that and later on when you get sick of it play 4.

  26. Anonymous
    July 19, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I have been playing The Sims (1), 2, 3 and now 4. I loved ts2 and i felt SO disappointed when I got ts3. I hated it basically... Ts2 was SO much better than ts3, but now ts4 has blown me away. I love it so much, i only wish for more of ts2 type game featured in it :-)

  27. Anonymous
    July 17, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Im still playing Sims 3, because of all the expansions, that gave way too much experiences and playing time, and I feel like Sims 4 is a downgrade, taking away good functions and stuff, just my opinion :D

  28. Anonymous
    July 7, 2015 at 6:03 am

    I like the sims 4 more than the sims 3 because of its graphics and create a sim but i wish they wouldn't have removed some of the features that the sims 3 had like the controls because i have a mac and it's way harder to use the controls now! I am a bit disapointed on what they created but i still enjoy the game!

  29. Laura Mills
    May 29, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Sims 4 is okay... I just miss what Sims 3 offered with the wide world, seasons, world travel, pets AND especially toddlers!! Toddlers were my favorite thing in Sims T.T They were so cute. The developers lied to consumers and got lazy. They could make toddlers. They lied and said there wouldn't be pools, and come out later with pools and ghosts. They lied about the offline mode with the gallery, and fixed that later. Why the heck can't they make toddlers?? I don't want to wait until Sims 5 comes out and get toddlers. The Create A Sim feature is nice though...made a lot of unique sims of celebrities and it's a lot easier...just really mostly bummed about toddlers and not having a lot of room to explore the world.

    • Anonymous
      June 18, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Go have real babies then. Think of it as the most realistic Sims ever.

      • Anonymous
        August 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

        Hahaha!! I don't know why I thought that was so funny

    • Anonymous
      August 17, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Developers didn't lie.They said their wouldn't be pools.But they didn't say their wouldn't be pools PERMANENTLY did they? Have a think about that.And toddlers cost money and are annoying little gits.I hate them,glad there were none.

      • Anonymous
        September 13, 2015 at 1:15 am

        And this is why, my friend, kids are afraid to be around you.

  30. Kevin
    May 7, 2015 at 7:28 am

    well i am a simmer my self have been play the original sims since it was release and have all sims 2 expansion pack as well as sims 3 then did play sims 4 traveling from next door neighbor you have to wait for loading screen same as sims 2 but sim 3 doesnt have loading screen at all. sims 4 have small neighbor not same as sims 2 and sims 3 wich have more big neighborhood.
    sometime i play all 3 sims so enjoy sims games hope there more expansion on sims 4.

    • Anonymous
      August 17, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Oh! So Willow Creek,Oasis Springs,Newcrest,Magnolia Promenade and Granite Falls aren't good enough for you? Especially Newcrest a 15 space neighbourhood were you actually make the buildings in it.That's 5 neighbourhoods, all their really missing is weather/seasons and things.

      • SkyDome
        June 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm

        No they're not big enough. They're super tiny with very few lots and the worlds can't be edited. You get 5 tiny neighborhoods with a dozen loading screens.

  31. n
    April 29, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    I have sims 4 now, and it really isn't great. Smaller towns and, well, $60 of mY MONEY wasted!!!!!

  32. LeahB
    April 11, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Sticking with Sims 3 thanks.. S4 sounds like a downgrade.. Way to ruin the Sims!!

  33. Miranda Rose Queen
    April 4, 2015 at 3:00 am

    I am really so disappointed about TS4 game. This is similar like TS2 game just much better improved graphics. The TS4 game is very childish game. Why in the game are not toddlers?
    You spoke of how great the game is. Very similar to real life. But as the saying is very childish game. It would be better to do even what better supplement for TS3 game. In the game TS4 I just like how you can draw near to the camera when fix Sim. I also like the construction of houses and swimming pools.
    I wish you all Happy Easter and a wonderful day by day. And I wish you all a good mood and success in making TS4 game.

  34. Maria Angela Micheletti
    April 3, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Sims 3 is so advanced in comparison to Sims4 that it's a wonder everyone who purchased the Sims4 in Sept 2014 hasn't returned it and demanded a refund. Sims4 is so inadequate on so many levels that one simply can't understand why they released it in the first place!

  35. Maria Angela Micheletti
    April 3, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Sims 3 is so advanced in comparison to Sims4 that it's a wonder everyone who purchased the Sims4 in Sept 2014 hasn't returned it and demanded a refund. Sims4 is so inadequate on so many levels that one simply can't understand why they released it in the first place!

  36. Joe
    February 12, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Think you need a new computer then. I have every single expansion and stuff pack, plus a bunch of store content. My neighborhoods run smoothly, no crashes or problems traveling between neighborhoods, and it is in no way " the patchwork Frankenstein’s monster of video games". Please reevaluate and try going in with an open mind this time, cause this article was obviously written in favor of the sims 4. Its not a comparison, its basically a celebrity roast.

  37. Ingrid
    December 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I have played sims 3 and sims 4, but I can tell, that Sims 3 is way more fun to play, than sims 4. My worst disappointed was the lack of family tree. I just love to follow a family and play, generations, after generations and so on. Nope, Sims 4 have better graphic, simplier tools to build a house and create a person is easier. But just the gameplay is lost in sims 4.

    I stick with Sims 3.

    • Anonymous
      August 17, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Added family trees. Get To Work kind of upgraded the gameplay and Outdoor Retreat did it a bit. You clearly haven't played Sims 4 in a long time as the game is slowly getting better.Just don't get Cool Kitchen Stuff and Luxury Party stuff. The rest is pretty good.

  38. tracy
    September 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I pre ordered it and I am ready to try it out at 11pm tonight. I am okay with no toddlers, bummed a little about the pools and create a style. I hope the other changes make up.for that. But in the grand scheme.of things, if it sucks, oh well. I'm.sure my kids will.love it and I can try again 6 months from now

  39. Lars Inge
    August 30, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    It looks exactly the same to me. Any new fun i might get out of it would be from expansions i recon. It does however bother me that missions in both sims 3 and sims medieval had huge bugs that made missions impossible to finish.
    There was a bug making the adventure storyline in champs le sims in the travel expansion to sims 3 come to a screaching halt with a broken ghouststory and a mission in sims medieval where there was supposed to be the king had a marriage. Unfortubatelly the arranging of marriage was impossible and all work that went into it obsolete. Both mentioned bugs have been met by many and can be reproduced still to this day together with more.
    I dont like games that dont work or games that are exactly like the previous one and i dont like having to buy twenty expansions to my game,. EA is clearly just in it for a quick buck. Sadly..
    I enjoyed sims 3, it was something new then. This one, so far seems like mostly the same but less.. Same emotes, same ambitions.

  40. Monique
    August 30, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I've just gleefully uninstalled my sims 3 games in anticipation for sims 4. I got so so so bored with sims 3, not sure if this was just me or not but I never got bored with sims 2. I have high hopes for sims 4.

  41. Silveressa
    August 11, 2014 at 4:45 am

    No create a style? That's a deal breaker right there, a lot of the fun I had was in creating custom styles for countertops, furniture, and clothes.

    I can already foresee the micro transactions for reskins of furniture and what not. (Gotta milk you that poor cash cow!)

    Really though, Sims 4 launches with... Just the basics, for $70?

    Where as in Sims 3 I have pets, a university, generations, seasons, all the fun stuff I'll just be feeling is lacking.

    I'll sit on this one for a couple years and wait until enough expansions come out it's worth the hard drive space, and then buy the base game + expansion double/triple pack at a discount like they offered with Sims 3 a while after release.

    Hopefully by then create a style will be added back in.

  42. April
    August 5, 2014 at 2:32 am

    First of all, amazing article, well written, good points. Now, onto my point of view.
    As a hardcore simmer since the 2nd grade (yeah, a bit young for a teen rated game, but I was a mature kid with a want for a game like the Sims, a few nights where I would beg my mom, and she finally agreed), I have always loved seeing how the Sims team can improve the game, or the opposite. I absolutely ADORE the new CAS for the Sims 4. Sculpting my sims however I want is something I have wanted since the Sims 2 came out. Sure, there is no sign of CASt, but I can live without it. Sure, as I play the Sims 4 CAS demo, I get a bit annoyed no clothing choices I like to go with an item, but once again, I CAN live without it as long as there are different coloring options. Now, no toddlers or pools hit me a bit harder. No toddlers; I have always loved those joys instead of burrito baby. I loved having their grandparents teaching them how to walk or talk, or taking a home video of them with their parents. But, the new babies in TS4 have limbs, clothes, and all sorts of good things, BUT they must stay in or right in front of the crib, which will tick me off. No pools; POOLS ARE NOT A NECESSITY. I realize, yes, they are amazing fun factors, but once again, I can live without them. Yes, I loved having pool parties or having the kiddies slide down the water slides into the huge pool, but they ARE NOT a necessity. I am very disappointed, yes, but you still have to think about the positives. CAS, emotions, the TWO (very excited the Sims 4 base game comes with TWO new worlds, unlike TS3 coming with only the very plain Sunset Valley) beautiful worlds, flawless game performance, and so much more to come. I will not be pre-ordering, as I want to see the players' reaction first, but as you can tell, I am VERY excited and looking forward to be using up weeks, days, hours, and even just minutes embracing this ALL NEW game play packed into the Sims 4.

  43. Kat
    August 5, 2014 at 2:01 am

    I have been a die hard simmer for about 14 years and I remember the progression from The Sims to The Sims 2, then 2 to 3 (with all the expansions in between) and how totally fricking amazed I was over the interesting things that were always happening in my virtual world. I still have all my discs that never get used once a new one comes out.. but I display my collection on a shelf proudly, because I love the franchise. I have spent countless hours, days, nights.. stolen minutes.. just fiddling around. Does it suck theres no toddlers and pools.. sure I guess so. Honestly though the toddlers and pools don't make or break the game. I don't remember the last time I put a Sim into a pool. I even stopped building them because I couldn't keep the Sims out of it. Also, I ALWAYS aged up my toddlers the second they learned to talk, walk, use the potty and master the pegs/xylophone. People want them that bad there's nothing stopping them from playing the games they already have. I'm sad over create a style being gone.. but oh well. Bring on emotions! Show me the NEW things there is to do in this NEW GAME. I preordered mine and I can't wait till September 2nd! So excited. If it flops like the Sims Medieval did, (which I so highly doubt it will.. be real, it looks awesome) I'm sure I'll still play it sometimes too. Love me some pit beast. Great article, very well written.

  44. Anonymous
    August 4, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    After reading this article and many other on the Sims 4, I have decided that I will be sticking with the Sims 3.

    • Cole
      April 11, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      lol. Just saying, you might as well try the sims 4. I also think the sims 3 is better, but it's a good game overall.

  45. Luc
    August 4, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I've put so much time and money and love into The Sims 3, I'm definetly going to wait. If it genuinely looks better, even without toddlers, pools, create-a-style and some bits from the expansions I don't know how I lived without, then I'll get it. But really, I always make my Sim hotter than me IRL. And I can spend five minutes moving my rooms. It's a pain, but at least I can chill in my pool and make a butler look after my toddler. If it is better, I will NOT miss saving every five minutes in case it crashes. Good luck, EA

    • Robert W
      August 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Well stated, Luc. No harm in waiting for a price drop or bundle. It's not like there isn't plenty to do if you have The Sims 3 and several expansions.

  46. Lindsay C
    August 3, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    After the the many bugs that Sims 3 gave us I swore I wasn't going to buy Sims 4. But as any true Sim addict I started seeing some of the videos and promos and thought maybe I should give it a chance. I saw that the Create- A -Sim demo came out and downloaded it. Oh I am so glad I did. I realized that I would in fact miss the Create A Style and when I when I heard no toddlers or swimming pools that was it. I am done. Its so upsetting since I was a Sim fan from the very start. However the product I get for my dollars is spreading thinner and thinner and with so many unresolved bugs and glitches they are leaving in Sims 3 it gives me little hope for this new reboot. I am incredulous that people are voicing the same concerns and are still going to run out and buy it. If they really wanted things fixed they would show it by not giving EA their dollars.

    • Swanny
      August 4, 2014 at 4:30 am

      Everyone has every right to be sceptical after Sims 3 and SimCity 2013. Personally, I could never get on Sims 3 but I loved Sims 2.

      I'd just wait for it to come down in price, give them a chance to hopefully bring back pools and toddlers, iron out a few launch bugs, and then decide from there.

    • Robert W
      August 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      I'll echo your concerns for sure, Lindsay. That's why I'm not preordering. I'm waiting until I see press and player reactions before I spend my money.

      It's a shame no other game publisher really puts EA's feet to the coals by making a competing product that does have the features Sims fans know they want. I have a feeling Sims games would get stable really quickly if the fanbase started migrating to a new product.

  47. Horace C
    August 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Bet a DLC for the Sims 4 will feature swimming... :) Maybe even toddlers?

    • Robert W
      August 3, 2014 at 8:41 am

      You never know, Horace. I could see them patching it in later for free to get some "Look! We listened to you!" good press. I'm still more bent out of shape about the loss of Create-A-Style. I've spent hours matching colors and textures to get exactly the sims and houses I want when I play the game on Twitch.

      Link in my MakeUseOf author profile if you ever want to watch any of that.

  48. Howard B
    August 2, 2014 at 2:32 am

    You forgot the biggest new "feature" - the online component of Sims 4 won't work right for at least 6 months. :)

    • Robert W
      August 3, 2014 at 8:37 am

      The good news is that whatever online function they had planned was apparently scaled down in the face of the Simcity backlash. Seems like the biggest function will be something along the lines of Spore's Sporepedia, allowing you to drop sims and houses into your game with ease. If that's broken at launch, it's hardly a deal breaker for the whole game I think.

  49. FlyingAce
    August 1, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Meh... I'm taking advantage of all the Sims 4 hype to pick up the remaining Sims 3 expansions at a discount :D

    • Robert W
      August 3, 2014 at 8:35 am

      I own all of The Sims 3 expansions, and I don't regret it. I thought Into the Future was a particularly high note to go out on. So many great references to varied sci-fi genres. Enjoy!