A Sims 3 Love Story

Brittany is an avid "The Sims" fan and has been playing & modding the games since the first "The Sims" title was released in 2000!


5+ Reasons The Sims 3 is Better Than The Sims 4!

all screenshots are courtesy of EA và Maxis, và taken from my own trò chơi play, unless otherwise note

Sims 3 vs. Sims 4: How They Compare

Despite what the title of this article might suggest, I am a big tín đồ of The Sims 4. I've played it since the day it was released, và there are some things I love about the game & miss when I play older versions. I love the art style, I love how smooth the game runs, I love the fact that Sims can multi-task, have emotions, and I really enjoy some of the DLC released thus far. However, I haven't been able lớn play the trò chơi as much as I played some of the older Sims versions, particularly The Sims 3. I find myself getting bored lately (I'd say since 2016, so two years after the trò chơi came out) & shut down the trò chơi after playing for a few minutes.Bạn đang xem: so sánh the sims 3 với the sims 4

I started playing The Sims 3 again not long ago, và completely forgot how much better the game actually is in comparison to lớn The Sims 4. It's a popular thing in The Sims fandom khổng lồ go on about how The Sims 3 is better than The Sims 4, but there are some solid points as to why The Sims 3 actually is better than The Sims 4.

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Before I get started, I will admit that I am comparing The Sims 3 with all its DLC lớn The Sims 4, which is still releasing DLC and is still in development. However, The Sims 3 was released from 2009-2013, while The Sims 4 was first released in 2014, and has had more years of development at this point, yet is still lacking some of the content The Sims 3 had when it ended.


The Sims 3 Create-A-Style is one of the best things about the game. The level of customisation is unreal!

1. Create-A-Style

The Sims 3 introduced the Create-A-Style tool & blew the minds of Sims fans all over the world. The tool allows players lớn customise pretty much everything in game, from hair colour, clothing patterns, fabrics used on furniture, và more. The color wheel allows players to lớn pick from unique màu sắc swatches, while pre-made patterns can be applied lớn clothing or objects. You can even tải về custom patterns and swatches and địa chỉ them khổng lồ the game.

This màn chơi of customisation is currently only available in The Sims 4 via The Sims 4 Cats và Dogs expansion pack, where you can customise your mèo or dog's coat with a color wheel, or stamp patterns. It's too bad the same variety can't be applied to all clothing, hair, & objects in the game, too.


The Sims 4 has a color wheel, but only for use for designing pets in The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack.

2. Mở cửa World

The Sims 3 was the first, và so far only, game in the franchise which included an “open world.” The mở cửa world mechanic allows players lớn travel all throughout the world map, from residential to lớn community lot, from trang chủ to home, without loading screens in between. It totally changed game play for Simmers who were used lớn waiting for loading screens between any sort of travel in The Sims 1 & Sims 2.

Sadly, Sims 4 removed the mở cửa world from its game. There are neighbourhoods in the game, which are “open” in the idea that your Sims can walk và jog around the neighbourhood, but if you go khổng lồ the Sims' house even next door, you'll encounter a loading screen.


The Sims 3 has an mở cửa world, miễn phí for your Sims to explore without encountering loading screens from lot to lớn lot.


In The Sims 4, you must wait at the loading screen when you enter a new lot.

3. Wider Variety of Lot Sizes

World customisation is pretty up to you in The Sims 3. You can place lots of all sorts of sizes (and even use a hack to fully expand lot sizes) and place them pretty much anywhere you can find flat land on a map. Further, you can sculpt land & make it flat or suitable for a lot và plop it down. You can plop down a 64x64 lot and build a big cinema, or a 30x40 lot and build a family home. That màn chơi of customisation really gives the player the ability khổng lồ make each world feel unique & their own.

Sims 4 has pre-designed maps with designated plots for lots. While you can demolish lots và place the lot of your choosing in its place, you're still only limited to so many lots per world. Which brings us to...

You can place all sorts of lot sizes in The Sims 3, và completely customise the world to lớn your desire.

4. More Lots per World, và You Can Place Them Wherever!

Again, in The Sims 3, because you can place lots wherever you'd like, you can have a world crowded with lots. I suppose your gameplay might suffer depending on the kind of computer you have, but hey, at least the option is there to lớn have 170 lots in your world, if you so desire.

Most of the Sims 4 maps are very limited in lots. The biggest world lớn date has been San Myshuno (City Living Expansion Pack) with 30 lots, & the smallest has been Forgotten Hollow (from the Vampire game Pack) with just 5 lots.

In The Sims 3, you can have 100+ lots in your individual worlds and place them wherever, if your computer can handle it.The Sims 4 comes with flat, pre-defined maps. You can only place lots in the specific spots on the map, & they can only be the sizes that the developers created- nothing larger than whatever the space allows for.

5. More Variety of Community Lots and Places for Sims to Go

Speaking of lots, The Sims 3 has way more variety of locations for your Sims lớn visit. From the beach or a comic book store, to lớn a tattoo salon or the grocery store, there are more community lots & locations for your sims lớn go to throughout each world. Even though some were just “rabbit holes” (meaning your Sims disappeared into a building shell và then came back out after a few hours), at least it gave them a variety of things khổng lồ do và experiences to have. Once all the expansion packs are factored in, there are over 80 different lot types in The Sims 3.

The Sims 4 is pretty limited in comparison. Lớn date, there have only been 29 new lot types introduced in the trò chơi (with all DLC included). Some of the lots are also just variations of each other; the “National Park” lot type is basically just the same as a normal “Park” & the “Arts Centre” is just a “Museum.” Having only a few places to visit in the game tends to make chơi game feel boring và redundant after a while.

In The Sims 3, your Sim can go grocery shopping! A small, but more realistic cảm biến which is lacking in The Sims 4.

6. Cars

It's not even the lack of driving in The Sims 4 that's odd; it's the fact that cars don't exist at all except for background deco. Sims don't have to lớn carpool lớn work, they simply walk out khổng lồ the pavement & then disappear. They appear back on the pavement when work is over. Same for any other sort of travel. This sort of “evaporate” travel really does break immersion and doesn't feel at all realistic.

In The Sims 3, your Sim can own and drive a car. Even if they don't own one, they still get picked up by taxis or a carpool to go to lớn different locations.The Sims 4 has cars, but only as decoration. The Get Famous expansion pack features lots of cars parked on the side of the road (pictured above), but you can't interact with them.

7. The trò chơi Feels More Immersive

Numbers 5 và 6 combined with other bits & pieces really lend khổng lồ The Sims 3's overall experience, making it a more fully fleshed out, immersive game. If you want realistic gameplay, you can have it. There's a variety of places to go, things for your Sims lớn do, there's cars for them to lớn drive (and even bicycles for children lớn ride), there's crime, after-school programs for kids, part-time jobs, different worlds to lớn visit, & no loading screens beyond the initial one khổng lồ start the game. There was also the wonderful chơi game mechanic called “story progression” which allowed all the Sims in the world to move out on their own, get married, have children, và basically live a life without you having to control them all.

Even if you're looking for a more wacky/fantasy world, there's still more to lớn play with in The Sims 3; mermaids, witches, và wizards, zombies, vampires, werewolves, aliens, etc.

The Sims 4 still doesn't have things everyday things, lượt thích crime (no burglars) or law enforcement careers to go with them, no xuất hiện world, no story progression without player-created mods, just a few supernatural creatures (just aliens and vampires).

The "world is your oyster" in The Sims 3; the đô thị can be fully explored, with a variety of lots khổng lồ visit, things for Sims khổng lồ do, jobs for them lớn work at, and so on...The Sims 4 city Living pack included the thành phố of San Myshuno. It's beautiful but most of what you see is simply "set dressing"; you cannot go into these buildings, interact with the cars, even some of the people on the street are fake.It's almost unanimous: Anyone who has played both versions knows that The Sims 3 is simply a better game overall. The Sims 4 is still lacking a lot of content and doesn't compare yet in terms of available chơi game compared lớn The Sims 3. I've noticed over the years that every time I start playing, I get bored after a few hours; truly, the last time I felt really obsessed with The Sims 4 was when Dine Out was released (June 2016), & I had a lot of fun building new restaurants và visiting them. I suppose that's because the Dine Out restaurants were something “new” added lớn the franchise, và the cấp độ of customisation really drew me in. But most of The Sims 4 still feels very much “been there done that” và after a few hours of play, I start lớn feel like there isn't much else to lớn do.

Even with new DLC added khổng lồ the game, that feeling still lingers; as none of the new content adds to the things listed above, things that make The Sims 3 such an amazing and memorable gameplay experience.

What vì chưng you think? Is "The Sims 3" better than "The Sims 4?" bởi you think "The Sims 4" is better? Or should we stop comparing the two altogether? Let me know in the poll or the comments section below!

Questions & Answers

Question: vị you think that the Sims 4 will improve in at least 3 years before the next Sims game?

Answer: It's really hard to say for sure, but I don't think it'll ever be better than Sims 3. Obviously they keep releasing new packs, which are always fun, but the fun seems to wear off after a few weeks and the game feels flat again. I think the bộ vi xử lý core issue with The Sims 4 is the fact that it just lacks that immersion (#7), & more nội dung won't fix that, necessarily. The basics that they've left out (story progression, for example) really make the trò chơi feel dull in comparison lớn the others in the series.


andrew on August 11, 2020:

more like the sims 2 is better than 3 và 4

Sara, just because you played this easy af gameplay of The Sims 4 it doesn't mean that The Sims 3's game play is complicated.

Stella on June 28, 2020:

My opinion is the sims 3 is so much better, a reason is that i feel lượt thích you could so so much more lượt thích go khổng lồ the shops, drive cars, ride bikes. The world in sims 3 is so much more bigger & better. In the sims 4 you have khổng lồ buy so many expansion packs just to make the game more enjoyable.

Marie on May 15, 2020:

The Sims 3 is so much better. I tried the Sims 4 & couldn’t get into and to this day I am playing 3. You can play it for hours. They need khổng lồ make 5 lượt thích 3 .

Sara on April 14, 2020:

The Sims 3 is worse than the Sims 4 at the same time as well. You can't remove mặc định households, and gameplay is very complicated.

Kat on March 24, 2020:

This is so true, I am playing sims since 1st grade and I am now 25yrs old và it is my favorite game. However I am disappointed with sims 4 I lượt thích sims 2 & 3 better , thing gets really get boring in sims 4 unlike the earlier installment were I would play the whole day and lost track of time.

Cait on February 10, 2020:

Sims 3 is way more enjoyable than Sims 4, imo. There are aspects of 4 that I enjoy, and I play it more often now for the simple reason that it runs better on my computer, but I doubt I’ll ever play it as much as 3.

Though my most favorite Sims game will always be Sims: Medieval

Gguy on December 17, 2019:

The only thing i like in the Sims 4 is the emotion system và the more detailed (at least in certain aspects) CAS. Everything else is just a joke. The Sims 3 will forever remain my favorite of the series. Hell, even the Sims 2 felt more alive than 4 ever will.

l on September 18, 2019:

I prefer the Sims 2 because the genetics is too much simplied in the Sims 3. For other things, Sims 3 is better than Sims 2, but I love the ability khổng lồ get a genetically logics in the babies.

katie on August 16, 2019:

let me put it this way

that should speak volumes :)

Internetwriter62 from Marco Island, Florida on June 03, 2019:

I prefer the Sims 3 myself, I own both games.. I enjoy the creative options especially the create a style.. I also like all the things you listed in your hub! I do lượt thích the soundtrack for the Sims 4.. Excellent hub! You made some really good và truthful points!

TheDayDreamer on May 07, 2019:

I still prefer The SIMS 3 over 4. I have tried 4 và played it for 1 week. Gave it a shot with that amount of time. But still I'm missing somthing. Could it be the content? My SIMS 3 only has 4 expansions & I'm not more into stuffs. What I'm missing is my ability to see the "open world". Because I play multiple households at a time. Switching from one to lớn another time khổng lồ time. I think this is what SIMS 4 is missing.

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Although SIMS 4 has a lot of bells & whistles under the hood, like better memory handling, graphics, resource management, etc -- I don't care. My goal on playing this a trò chơi is the "expperience". Knowing that in SIMS 4 once you're in your lot, other households "sleeps" on their own progression. I don't lượt thích that. It's non-realistic, non-reactive, non-immersiveness, etc, etc.