I’ve played about 30 hours of this game, and the first 4.5 or so were a rare treat… gaming nirvana. After that it moved to “very fun and addicting”.
I’ll probably be playing 100+ hours of this game over the coming month, so I’ll have more to say on it later. I’ll point out some standout goods and bads so far…
The Presentation is exceptional. Colorful, bright, pretty much the Suburban Dream come true. There is a certain sensibility here that is an impressive achievement. Great interface, easy to operate. The camera works fine.
In a game so heavily dependent on social relationships, those relationships are very shallow and simplistic. For example, the Sim you are controlling controls all other Sims in too easy a fashion. If you Chat with someone, you won’t be thwarted except in very rare cases. This is a common problem with games in general, but it stands out more here. Other people don’t have their own agendas. Other Sims are passive responders… you might either succeed or fail in building a friendship but either way it won’t conflict with the other Sim’s agenda since they don’t have one. Other Sims don’t age (unlike the Sim you are controlling) and they always seem exactly the way you’ve left them in your last interaction (minus time apart relationship degradation). The Sims have work/school and “sleep” hours, but that’s the only sign of any life they have apart from you.
The environmental modeling is also simplistic. Sims can respond to music through a wall (or maybe its through a window), but seemingly nothing else. A lover can be waiting outside, and they don’t respond at all to female laughter in the next room. Its very much line-of-sight with respect to that.
While Sims respect the privacy/sovereignty of home ownership, they think nothing of continuously stealing the money off my Money Tree. They also seem to think they’ve done nothing wrong.
Cops must be Liberals in Sim Land. I saw a Burglar entering the premises, called a Cop, she came over and proceeded to get beaten up by the Burglar! This was early in my game when I was poor, and I lost $3,000 worth of stuff, and was trying frantically to find an option to either beat up the Cop myself or sue the Police Department for incompetence. Instead, the Cop recovered and walked off without a word!
Very few bugs. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is that sometimes after I’ve eaten (if the counter is full) my Sim puts the empty plate on the ground, and sometimes the dish disappears (not needing to be Cleaned Up like usual).