Everyone is familiar with the game The Sims. This game is the most nostalgic part of our youth. It is also the best-selling game in history. I start to play this game when Sims 2 was first launched. However, I saw my best friend’s brother played Sims 1 for a very long time. When I was in elementary school, the most enjoyable time is the two hours that I can play Sims 2. It was such a popular game that almost everyone around me discussed this. Sims 3 is a big hit during 2009, and in my opinion, it’s the most successful game that ever launched. Yet, when Sims 4 was launched, it was not as succeed as people expected. Although The Sims 4 is still a great game, with the attractiveness is getting smaller and smaller, sales are not as good as expected; an era of Sims is sadly disappearing.
“The Sims is a life simulation video game series, developed by EA Maxis and published by Electronic Arts” (The Sims: The Complete Guide, p2). The first Sims game was released in February 2000. “The game uses isometric projection and features open-ended simulation of the daily activities of one or more virtual persons ("Sims") in a suburban area near SimCity ”（p2, The Sims: The Complete Guide). Electronic Arts released The Sims 2 in September 2004. It was a full 3D game. In 2009, “The Sims 3 sold 1.4 million copies in the first week, making it the largest release in PC gaming history at the time. The game has sold over 10 million copies worldwide since its release ”（p3, The Sims: The Complete Guide). After five years, the Sims 4 was released by Maxis. Although it still attracts a lot of players, compared to the previous game, the retail situation is not as expected. The Sims 4 spend almost four months to achieve this record. Many fans of the Sims series were very disappointed when they saw the new games.
Sims 4 there is no more open world, and Color wheel customization was limited. For a long time, EA pursues the gameplay and graphics. While playing the Sims 4, a majority of players feels there is a backward on it. In order to allow more people play Sims series, Sims 4 reduced the requirements for graphics. What’s more, “The Sims 4 did away with the toddler life stage that was previously available in the past two games as well as several core features that Simmers praised in the past.” (Keem). The biggest disappointment is that Maxis canceled the open world, which is the most successful part of Sims 3. The open world is that player can operating the sims citizens without waiting for the loaded world. On the website “Gamespot”, The Sims’s score is 9.8; The Sims 2 is 8.9; the Sims 3 is 9 again, while Sims 4’s score is only 6. With such an obvious gap, there is a rumor that there won’t be a Sims 5(Gamespot).
|The Rate of The Sims on Gamespot(Gamespot)|
|The sale of Game|
|Sims 1||11.24 million|
|Sims 2||6 million|
|Sims 3||7.72 million|
|Sims 4||over 5 million|
However, as the most successful PC game worldwide, The Sims still have a board market, to attract the majority of players to spend both time and money on it. This game helps people find love for interior design and costume design. As long as EA is willing to invest more time to study the consumer's favorite, developing the Sims Studio, or if Maxis want to restore and optimize the characteristics of the Sims 3, it will gain most consumer back. Not only because this is a great memory about their youth, also this is the best game ever in the world.
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