Brittany is an avid "The Sims" bạn and has been playing và modding the games since the first "The Sims" title was released in 2000!
5+ Reasons The Sims 3 is Better Than The Sims 4!
all screenshots are courtesy of EA và Maxis, và taken from my own gameplay, unless otherwise noted
Sims 3 vs. Sims 4: How They Compare
Despite what the title of this article might suggest, I am a big người of The Sims 4. I've played it since the day it was released, và there are some things I love about the game and miss when I play older versions. I love sầu the art style, I love sầu how smooth the game runs, I love the fact that Sims can multi-task, have sầu emotions, và I really enjoy some of the DLC released thus far. However, I haven't been able khổng lồ play the game as much as I played some of the older Sims versions, particularly The Sims 3. I find myself getting bored lately (I'd say since 2016, so two years after the game came out) & shut down the game after playing for a few minutes.
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I started playing The Sims 3 again not long ago, và completely forgot how much better the game actually is in comparison lớn The Sims 4. It's a popular thing in The Sims fandom lớn go on about how The Sims 3 is better than The Sims 4, but there are some solid points as lớn why The Sims 3 actually is better than The Sims 4.
Before I get started, I will admit that I am comparing The Sims 3 with all its DLC khổng lồ The Sims 4, which is still releasing DLC & is still in development. However, The Sims 3 was released from 2009-2013, while The Sims 4 was first released in 2014, và has had more years of development at this point, yet is still lacking some of the content The Sims 3 had when it ended.
The Sims 3 Create-A-Style is one of the best things about the game. The level of customisation is unreal!
The Sims 3 introduced the Create-A-Style tool & blew the minds of Sims fans all over the world. The tool allows players lớn customise pretty much everything in game, from hair colour, clothing patterns, fabrics used on furniture, và more. The color wheel allows players to piông chồng from unique color swatches, while pre-made patterns can be applied to clothing or objects. You can even download custom patterns và swatches and add them to lớn the game.
This level of customisation is currently only available in The Sims 4 via The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs expansion paông chồng, where you can customise your cát or dog's coat with a color wheel, or stamp patterns. It's too bad the same variety can't be applied lớn all clothing, hair, và objects in the game, too.
The Sims 4 has a color wheel, but only for use for designing pets in The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs Expansion Paông chồng.
2. mở cửa World
The Sims 3 was the first, & so far only, game in the franchise which included an “open world.” The open world mechanic allows players to lớn travel all throughout the world bản đồ, from residential lớn community lot, from home to home page, without loading screens in between. It totally changed game play for Simmers who were used to waiting for loading screens between any sort of travel in The Sims 1 & Sims 2.
Sadly, Sims 4 removed the open world from its game. There are neighbourhoods in the game, which are “open” in the idea that your Sims can walk & jog around the neighbourhood, but if you go to the Sims' house even next door, you'll encounter a loading screen.
The Sims 3 has an open world, miễn phí for your Sims lớn explore without encountering loading screens from lot lớn lot.
In The Sims 4, you must wait at the loading screen when you enter a new lot.
3. Wider Variety of Lot Sizes
World customisation is pretty up to you in The Sims 3. You can place lots of all sorts of sizes (& even use a mod to lớn fully exp& lot sizes) và place them pretty much anywhere you can find flat land on a map. Further, you can sculpt l& & make it flat or suitable for a lot and plop it down. You can plop down a 64x64 lot và build a big cinema, or a 30x40 lot and build a family home. That màn chơi of customisation really gives the player the ability to make each world feel quality và their own.
Sims 4 has pre-designed maps with designated plots for lots. While you can demolish lots và place the lot of your choosing in its place, you're still only limited to so many lots per world. Which brings us lớn...
You can place all sorts of lot sizes in The Sims 3, & completely customise the world to your desire.
4. More Lots per World, and You Can Place Them Wherever!
Again, in The Sims 3, because you can place lots wherever you'd lượt thích, you can have sầu a world crowded with lots. I suppose your gameplay might suffer depending on the kind of computer you have sầu, but hey, at least the option is there to lớn have sầu 170 lots in your world, if you so desire.
Most of the Sims 4 maps are very limited in lots. The biggest world khổng lồ date has been San Myshuno (City Living Expansion Pack) with 30 lots, và the smallest has been Forgotten Hollow (from the Vampire Game Pack) with just 5 lots.
In The Sims 3, you can have sầu 100+ lots in your individual worlds và place them wherever, if your computer can handle it.
The Sims 4 comes with flat, pre-defined maps. You can only place lots in the specific spots on the map, and they can only be the sizes that the developers created- nothing larger than whatever the space allows for.
5. More Variety of Community Lots và Places for Sims khổng lồ Go
Speaking of lots, The Sims 3 has way more variety of locations for your Sims to lớn visit. From the beach or a comic book store, to a tattoo salon or the grocery store, there are more community lots & locations for your sims to lớn go to lớn throughout each world. Even though some were just “rabbit holes” (meaning your Sims disappeared into lớn a building shell và then came baông xã out after a few hours), at least it gave them a variety of things khổng lồ bởi & experiences to have. Once all the expansion packs are factored in, there are over 80 different lot types in The Sims 3.
The Sims 4 is pretty limited in comparison. To date, there have sầu only been 29 new lot types introduced in the game (with all DLC included). Some of the lots are also just variations of each other; the “National Park” lot type is basically just the same as a normal “Park” and the “Arts Centre” is just a “Museum.” Having only a few places lớn visit in the game tends to make gameplay feel boring & redundant after a while.
In The Sims 3, your Syên can go grocery shopping! A small, but more realistic touch which is lacking in The Sims 4.
I remember how revolutionary it was when The Sims 2 introduced the ability lớn own và drive sầu a oto in the series. The Sims 3 really evolved this gameplay element, allowing players khổng lồ buy from a large variety of cars, build & decorate a garage, take driving lessons, go for a “spin,” rebuild a busted vehicle và even have a “relationship” with your oto. Driving is such a part of everyday life for most people, that it feels normal to lớn have cars và driving in the game...và really odd to lớn not.
It's not even the lack of driving in The Sims 4 that's odd; it's the fact that cars don't exist at all except for background deteo. Sims don't have to carpool lớn work, they simply walk out khổng lồ the pavement và then disappear. They appear baông chồng on the pavement when work is over. Same for any other sort of travel. This sort of “evaporate” travel really does break immersion and doesn't feel at all realistic.
In The Sims 3, your Syên can own và drive sầu a car. Even if they don't own one, they still get picked up by taxis or a carpool lớn go khổng lồ different locations.
The Sims 4 has cars, but only as decoration. The Get Famous expansion pachồng features lots of cars parked on the side of the road (pictured above), but you can't interact with them.
7. The Game Feels More Immersive
Numbers 5 và 6 combined with other bits & pieces really lover to The Sims 3's overall experience, making it a more fully fleshed out, immersive sầu game. If you want realistic gameplay, you can have sầu it. There's a variety of places to go, things for your Sims lớn do, there's cars for them khổng lồ drive sầu (and even bicycles for children to ride), there's crime, after-school programs for kids, part-time jobs, different worlds khổng lồ visit, and no loading screens beyond the initial one to lớn start the game. There was also the wonderful game play mechanic called “story progression” which allowed all the Sims in the world khổng lồ move sầu out on their own, get married, have children, & basically live a life without you having khổng lồ control them all.
Even if you're looking for a more wacky/fantasy world, there's still more lớn play with in The Sims 3; mermaids, witches, and wizards, zombies, vampires, werewolves, aliens, etc.
The Sims 4 still doesn't have things everyday things, like crime (no burglars) or law enforcement careers to lớn go with them, no open world, no story progression without player-created mods, just a few supernatural creatures (just aliens và vampires).
The "world is your oyster" in The Sims 3; the city can be fully explored, with a variety of lots khổng lồ visit, things for Sims khổng lồ bởi vì, jobs for them khổng lồ work at, và so on...
The Sims 4 City Living paông xã included the city of San Myshuno. It's beautiful but most of what you see is simply "phối dressing"; you cannot go inlớn these buildings, interact with the cars, even some of the people on the street are nhái.
It's almost unanimous: Anyone who has played both versions knows that The Sims 3 is simply a better game overall. The Sims 4 is still lacking a lot of nội dung and doesn't compare yet in terms of available gameplay compared to lớn The Sims 3. I've sầu noticed over the years that every time I start playing, I get bored after a few hours; truly, the last time I felt really obsessed with The Sims 4 was when Dine Out was released (June 2016), & I had a lot of fun building new restaurants & visiting them. I suppose that's because the Dine Out restaurants were something “new” added khổng lồ the franchise, và the cấp độ of customisation really drew me in. But most of The Sims 4 still feels very much “been there done that” & after a few hours of play, I start to feel lượt thích there isn't much else to vị.
Even with new DLC added to lớn the game, that feeling still lingers; as none of the new content adds to lớn the things listed above, things that make The Sims 3 such an amazing & memorable gameplay experience.
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What bởi you think? Is "The Sims 3" better than "The Sims 4?" Do you think "The Sims 4" is better? Or should we stop comparing the two altogether? Let me know in the poll or the comments section below!
Questions và Answers
Question: Do you think that the Sims 4 will improve sầu in at least 3 years before the next Sims game?
Answer: It's really hard lớn say for sure, but I don't think it'll ever be better than Sims 3. Obviously they keep releasing new packs, which are always fun, but the fun seems lớn wear off after a few weeks and the game feels flat again. I think the core issue with The Sims 4 is the fact that it just lacks that immersion (#7), & more content won't fix that, necessarily. The basics that they've left out (story progression, for example) really make the game feel dull in comparison to the others in the series.