I’m just going to come out and say this: I never really “got” the whole Sims phenomenon. I think my problem stems from the fact that playing the first game made me feel like I was bossing around a hamster. All you did was control bodily functions, wash the dishes, and shower. I barely do half of that in the real world. The second game added more personality and better graphics, but there I felt like I was directing a really needy, whiny kid. And who wants to deal with that?
Third time is the charm, though, because I finally had a chance to see The Sims 3 in action, and as a gamer, I think I can get behind what the newest installment offers: quest-like objectives, an open world that grows older with your characters, and actual story progression–a real plotted course for you to follow if you want. Crazy, I know. Those were some of the bits that I missed most in the previous games. Well, I could sit here and break out a bunch of the points for you, but why do that when I can get a Sims team member to do it for me?