I finally ended up playing a Sims game besides the original Sim City. I saw Sims 3 and two expansions packs on sale and figured “why not?”. Here’s my observations so far.
First there is a really long loading time. I’m not sure if it’s just slow or if it’s my pc though I’m leaning towards it being slow due to other games loading times. I really was not expecting that, but I quickly learned to start up the game and then go do something else (like unload the dishwasher or put my laundry up) while waiting.
I did enjoy the character creation. I like picking the different outfits to different social situations and then changing the colors. Even in games without an extension character creator, I tend to take a while on my characters since I go through all the options available including switching sexes. As well as outfits, you get to choose five traits and a lifetime goal. I think the traits were tougher to pick than the lifetime goal.
As far as playing the actual game, I did find that it becomes repetitive fairly quickly. I can also see why people tend to spend a good chunk of time playing Sims games. Even though it was repetitive, I passed through five hours of playing it without realizing that it had been that long. It’s easy to play, though I do wish that the character’s pay monthly bills alert was more noticeable.
Overall if you have time to kill or just like simulations, Sims is a good game. I can see not playing for a bit and being able to pick right back where you left of. It’s fun if repetitive and not difficult.