I know I owe you a post and it has to be a real one and I can’t just regurgitate news story or berate Yahoo! editors… I guess. So…I suppose I’ll give you this:
That’s right. That’s my Simsimized (?) family, celebrating Ezra’s birthday in the park. Right before he became a teenager. (Wipes tear.) So…I’ve begun playing Sims 3. If you’ve been to my Contact page, you know that I was a fan of Sims 2. And Husband bought me the new one a few months ago but, until we got a second laptop, I couldn’t run it for more than fifteen minutes. And once I had that squared, well, I just didn’t know how I felt about it. Josh is sure it’s a “sequel”, which makes like no sense. It’s a next generation, which isn’t the same thing. And it’s completely not the previous one – which for one means all those expansions and characters and hairstyles are useless here. And I thought, well, I’m sure most people will just continue playing both. My sister, JenJen, seemed to continue playing Sims 1 after getting Sims 2… but one thing that makes a bigger difference than I ever expected? Not waiting for loading screens. *Angelic choirs singing Frabjous Day*
The fact that the town is alive = awesome. The job tracks = awesome. Personality traits actually having an impact on how well they complete tasks and get along = awesome. The fact that relationships can actually be sacred now = awesome. The fact that it doesn’t take a million years to grow up = awesome. Kind of. I mean, I’m the sort who maybe wants her households to go on forever. In Sims 2, I kept meticulous photo albums in game. O_O Hey, I’m a storyteller. So I usually had aging off unless there was a baby. In which case, after a couple days, I just cheated it to a child or teen. Because come on. Get a move on, yo. (Which also brings me to the fact that the only cheat I know of at this point is “motherlode” to get 50k simoleons… but there’s nothing necessitating the use of cheats in Sims 3 really!)
Okay, almost nothing. So the not awesome. A, those huge censor grids are still wicked annoying. Is anyone really that offended by Sim nudity? Sim Ezra was in the bathtub and I almost couldn’t even see his head. Come on. Prolly gonna have to find the cheat for that, if they’ve got one yet. B, the men’s hair choices. O_O Erm. Vraiment? They are HORRIBLE, as are the facial hair options. I mean, the mustaches literally look like you’ve scribbled above the guy’s lip. The beards look like painted messes. The one non-straight hair option (for me, because the cornrows work for me not at all) is a short “afro” that makes everyone’s head shape look wonky. O_O And, hi, my white husband has curly hair. Can you grasp that not everyone wants to play with straight hair options? So that whole thing was just surprising. I had to give him the buzzed hair style until I remembered that I got free Simpoints with my game purchase! And oh the fun that did ensue.
Now, granted I only purchased one male hair style thus far – but everyone I create will no doubt have it because man alive – but the women’s hair styles I got made me evah so happeh! Super. Cute. They have a steampunk collection that is deLISH. I highly recommend it.
Anyway. The game’s amazing.