I must be one of the few gamers out there who never actually played any of the The Sims games, seriously, I haven't. I've seen only a few videos from YouTube and other web sites, some trailers, a little of game-play, but other than that... nothing. It never interested me.
I always thought The Sims games were pretty good if you had the time and imagination to do role-playing and character development, ever since The Sims 2 and the expansions you built up your family and gained an immense income way too fast. I played The Sims 2 for maybe about 30 hours and then I got bored with it, the game just became stale and it was too easy, even with a HUGE family includings kids and everything it was still a piece of cake earning enough money and keeping everyone happy.
I'm not that interested in The Sims 3 simply because the game is steering way too much away from what made the original Sims a revolution and an outstanding fun, simple game.
The sims 1 was awesome, i didnt like the sims 2 much, it ran like a dog back in 2004 and it still runs badly and things are too customizeable, theres such a thing as too many options. I just couldnt be bothered with it, sims 1 can still be lots of fun though
My sister has every expansion. I played it for a while, but as someone already said, eventually it gets too easy. I haven't played it in a long time because now I just don't have the time that's required to play the game all out. I usually just played as a bachelor who had 7 girlfriends and would sleep with a different one every night. It's real easy to keep a guy happy that way.
I played 'The Sims Complete Collection', the original game with all the expansions. Some of them were rather poor - Vacation added nothing to the game. Even the Superstar expansion did little to enhance the game. Unleashed with the 'pets' was nice (you could fill your Social requirement much quicker by just playing with a dog, as opposed to talking, entertaining, tickling, hugging and kissing a human). The thing is extremely addictive for the first ten days, as you level up and buy all the expensive stuff.
After that, it gets dull real fast. You constantly keep tabs on friends' ratings, careful not to lose one lest you get demoted at work. Hell, I used to queue up several actions all the time. My Sims always had a queue of at least half-a-dozen actions. And then of course, there were issues with pathfinding.
Very clockwork. Didn't even bother with The Sims 2 because I suspected it would be more of the same.
I played Sims 2 for about 20 minutes & then got bored with it ... my older daughter on the other hand has every expansion pack (I just bought her Kitchen & Bathroom stuff today!) and has been playing it constantly since it was released.