I just play the Sims 3. I don't have any expansion packs for The Sims 3. I just play the base game, which seems to be changing every time I play. Before, there was no basement tool. Now, there is an instant basement tool. Before, there was no option to gain lifetime rewards points outside the actual simulation. Now, just before the actual simulation, there is an option to gain lifetime reward points: you just have to play hide-and-seek and find the hidden times. Below, I will give my review of The Sims 3.
1. The Sims 3 Is A Frequently Updated Game
Almost every time I open the game, there will be new patches or updates. Sometimes, the patches/updates add interesting features that did not exist before. In addition to the basement tool and the mini game that allows earning lifetime rewards points, there is a function that can enable/disable expansion packs. Like I said, I don't have any expansion packs, but it's still nice to see that the game has the function to revert to a specific game configuration.
2. Gameplay Constantly Changes
Gameplay seems totally unpredictable. I think the game engine is based on layers of probability and conditions. There is no defined, structured way to play the game. I can just take a character, a Sim, anywhere, explore the whole town, and manipulate the Sim's every behavior with a click on the mouse. If I want the Sim to be the neighborhood loser, then I can do that, and there will be consequences. If I want the Sim to be rich and famous, then I can do that, and there will be consequences. The story-based nature of gameplay is strikingly appealing.
3. There Seems To Be A Bazillion Things To Do And Explore In The Game
Even though I don't have any expansion packs, there are so many things to do in the game that I really haven't explored yet. I haven't reached the top of any careers other than Law Enforcement. I haven't selected all the lifetime rewards. And I haven't used all the objects in the game, especially the fancier and expensive cars.
4. Characters Are Based On Traits, Not Stereotypes
Although it is possible to create a Sim based on a stereotype (too often I try to make a nerdy Sim), it is also possible to create an inexplicably complex character. I can create a Sim and give the Sim five traits. I prefer to select a trait from each category, including a weakness trait. So, it'll be interesting to see how the Sim will cope with the weakness and utilize its strengths. Also, I can see the quirky behaviors that are associated with particular traits.
5. Bonus SimPoints
When I registered the game in 2013, I got 500 free bonus SimPoints. I browsed the Sims 3 website for something to buy and didn't buy anything. But I did learn that I could earn even more bonus SimPoints by watching ads. So, I clicked and watched a lot of ads. Doing so a couple of times could quickly yield a small sum of 100 SimPoints, which was probably enough to buy a piece of hair or outfit. But I went further and gradually accrued hundreds of SimPoints until I could buy one of those big collection sets. Though, having the items in the catalog did not really mean that my Sims got to interact with them, because I usually just bought cheap catalog items for the Sims to interact with.