1 and 2 were what I really played. I played 3 for a bit, but the loading times put me off. Seeing all of the expansion and stuff packs put me off more and I stopped playing. Also it was around then I kind of got more busy with life stuff stopped playing games too in general. I forgot until you mention EA owns that franchise (not maxis), so that might also explain with their later cash grab and excessive stuff packs model.
Yeah the pay-to-win or get ahead model with games is bad. Fortunately that is around the time I stopped playing games. It's nice now also with the huge wave of many indie games now coming out. And also now I'm at an age where I don't really care too much for the excessive smooth graphics. The simple or throwback graphics I actually adore more.
The loading times in 3 could get pretty insane. I built a new computer recently and have played 3 on it since and it was a lot faster but still pretty slow compared to Sims 4 which loads in like seconds for me.
I played the first Sims a lot on console (and a few of the other console games - bustin' out and the Urbz game,) but not much on PC. I had the base game for The Sims 1 + makin' magic but it only worked on the family PC we had at the time for a day before it stopped working and since I was a child and my parents didn't know anything about computers and such there wasn't anything I could do to make it work, really that computer probably just didn't meet hardware requirements. Then later when we got a new PC I started playing The Sims 2.
It's a shame though because that expansion seemed really cool, I think if you had Unleashed as well (though I didn't,) you could also get dragons.
Wow, this looks promising.
I've been waiting for a new life simulation game for years now, ever since Will Wright left Maxis. I've played The Sims series since the first one, and my favorite was 3. I was really disappointed with The Sims 4, especially upon release when it was so bare-bones and missing so many basic features like pools, basements and toddlers. I agree with Persephone; the fact that The Sims has gone virtually unchallenged is ridiculous, especially since 4 came out and disappointed so many gamers. And I absolutely hate the whole DLC thing -- it's gotten WAY out of hand nowadays. I've spent way too much money on both 3 and 4, and I don't even have most of the "stuff packs".
I wonder what the characters will look like in Paralives, though; one video I watched said they're going to be cartoony, which will probably kill most of my interest. I like realistic characters for life simulators; I was disappointed with the more cartoony style of The Sims 4. Although too much realism is also a problem, I think.
I'm curious about that too. I was put off by the cartoony style of The Sims 4 at first although it grew on me later, and one upside to The Sims 4 for me was the increased customisation options in CAS so I'm wondering what this will be like. The environment art style has changed a bit a couple of times, so it doesn't seem like they've completely settled on one but I'm going to assume it won't be hyper realistic.
But at the moment I don't think they've worked on character stuff much at all since he only recently hired some artists. I found a video a while back that I don't think has been posted on their official channel where he was modifying a duck but that seemed very preliminary (I mean obviously the duck model won't be playable in game either.) I imagine people will probably create custom content in different styles though anyway.