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I haven't had a ton of time to explore all the features, but here are my initial thoughts:
General: I should have waited about eight months to buy this Expansion Pack because it is worth buying, especially if you play Legacy-style and enjoy having Children, but definitely not worth the $40 it cost me. I should have waited until I could get it for $20. Nevertheless, this Expansion Pack may not drastically change your gameplay, but it's full of lots of "little things" that enrich the experience- and after all, isn't that what life's about?
Clothes: Most of clothes are definitely Elder-oriented, but they are very cute. I'm a little tired of seeing my Elders walking around in skanky little dresses. No matter how much Elder clothing I buy, it seems all they want to do is go back to the days of their Youth.
Hair: Some good hair here. I like the short, curly hair that looks great on Elder females. As for Body Hair, eh. I'm the type of person who is generally turned off by facial and body hair, so I haven't done much with this. It's well drawn and looks good, but it's just not what I'm into.
Memories: Oh God oh God oh God make it stop. They just annoy the crap out of me. They make my game lag A LOT. I had a fire on my home lot during a party and two guests died because my Brave Sim was lagging too much to extinguish the flames or call the firefighters... all because every single Sim in my household had to get a memory about the fire. Honestly.
Romantic Reputation: I don't mind this so much, but I do think there should be ways of keeping your reputation a secret, and I don't think that having a couple Romantic Interests should be considered cheating. That's what Going Steady is for.
Canes: I love these. I almost always use the Southern Gentleman walk because the Geriatric Gait depresses me. They're relatively inexpensive and don't cause any issues in my game.
Prom: This is sweet, but it needs to be fixed so that they only hold it on Fridays/Saturdays. It went well into the night and my Teens were not back until nearly midnight. My Sim was voted Prom King and he even met his girlfriend there! However, it does seem as though every Sim that goes either gets voted Prom King or gets in a fight. My loner Sim got elected prom king: very unrealistic! He had barely any friends, so why would anyone vote for him?
Graduation: Boy, are these loooong! That's okay, though, since mostly it's just waiting. I flipped to Ultra-Fast and thumbed through a magazine. I thought the gowns they wore were cute.
Boarding School: I'm not sure about this yet. Even though I haven't tried it out, it's pretty straight-forward so I can have a preliminary opinions about it. I don't like the idea of just sending my kids away; I feel like it defeats the purpose of having them in the first place. But, if you need to get them off your chest, go for it!
Treehouses, Sandboxes, Costumes, etc: These are all sweet and generally non-glitchy for me. I like the costumes; hopefully we can get some Modders to do some really cute ones for us! Treehouses are basically the same as those base-game playsets, but still cute. Sandboxes and seesaws are nice.
I also hate the memory system. My sims seem to get two or three memories of the same thing. Your sim just had a great date! Your sim just had a great date with other sim! Your sim just went on his/her first date with other sim. I mean, wouldn't just one memory of a great first date with other sim be enough? I like the idea of having memories, just not so many!
Other than that, everything seems to be working nicely and I enjoy it.
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I'd prefer having a memory system like the Sims 2 if there was a way to do it without risk of game corruption.
Edit: I added the mod. No more new memories! YAHOO! :D
There are lots of others things that I do enjoy, like children playing in sand, and making potions with the chemistry set.
Dslike: Poorly-implemented memory system and romantic reputation system.
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I dislike most of Generations in general, though. I really like the new items though, and some of the interactions.
Originally Posted by Shhh
You can turn off memories in the Setting menu with no mods, you do realise
Not really. The option is "Enable memory notification." When it's off, all it does it stop spamming you with messages about how your sim will never forget her 457th trip to the park. Memories are still created with this setting disabled, which is the bigger problem. It bloats save files tremendously. This is especially problematic for people who suffer from frequent Error Code 12 problems when saving.
I was expecting top-notch family scenario. I'm talking about going into CAS (Create a Sim) and creating a adult male and a adult female.
Then later down the road, possibly if you have the time, creating the adult male and adult female's parents.
Then you have the elders (parents) and the siblings, then the siblings lead their seperate lives, have their children, and their children have grandmothers and great-grandmothers, and uncles, and aunts...
That was all I wanted. I would have paid seventy dollars for that feature.
That's all I ever wanted.
We don't have cousins or aunts... it's ridiculous.
Of course you can get around this by:
Creating ELDER parents (Grandparents)
Creating ADULT female (Link as elder's Daughter)
Creating ADULT male (Link as elder's son)
(That makes them have a Mom and Dad.)
Create Husband for female adult
Create Wife for male adult
(Now the adult's have parents, and they have in-laws)
Create teenager (Link as Adult male or female's child)
(Now you have offspring.)
THAT'S WHAT GENERATIONS IS CALLING FOLKS. EA YOU SUCK! Just kidding... But still.
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And what i love the most about it is the video camera!! altho it seems to lag so much
when my sims play it on tv. I also love the new school interactions. There really isnt
something to hate for me, I just wish they have more thing for the YAs since I play with
that age group the most
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I mean when my couple had their first kid I got the message from Grandma's second cousin about the surprise in the mailbox, got the thing and thought oh isn't this cute? It grew into the imaginary friend and since my kid was the only child until teenhood, I thought oh this was adorable, blah blah blah, they would play all day and then the thing would turn into a doll when the kid went to school or to sleep.
My couple had triplets... and each one of them got one of the damn things. I couldn't even keep up with who's imaginary friend was who's, and I assumed when a sim reached teenhood the imaginary friend would dissapear, but oh noooo, damned if the things didn't grow up with them.
I chose one of the triplets as the heir as I was making a legacy, the thing stuck with her even during her engagement and bachelor party, she couldn't even mingle at her party because Imaginary Friends need so much attention. When finally it vanished after I moved my sims to Bridgeport.
I'm aware that you can make the imaginary friend real through some potion, but I think they should also have an option weather or not:
1. Your sim kid NEEDS an imaginary friend (if they're an only child I get it, but triplets?)
2. Teenhood is too old for an imaginary friend, at this age they should have an option for the imaginary friend to become real or for it to just disappear forever.
Also on a different note, I think sims should visit every now and then from boarding school.
TS2 and TS3: Where adult sims potty train their toddlers.
TS4: Where adult sims make Angry Poops.
Which game is made for the juvenile minded?
Originally Posted by zigersimmer
I hate the fact that everything they sold us in Generations should have been in the base game from the start.
I have to agree with that, another way to get money -_- *sigh*
And what is this nonsense about every single newly-born baby receiving a doll? An imaginary friend is no longer special when every Tom, Dick and Harry have one. Would it really hurt to make it sort of special and only kids with specific traits receive one?
Originally Posted by simsample
One thing I hate about Generations is that it doesn't have a new world to play.
Especially considering it probably has a ton less content than the rest of the EPs. I mean, look at WA, which added a completely new type of gameplay plus content for that plus three worlds. And with Generations we get a bunch of small, simple additions (many of which don't require animations), and yet no world?
I promise I'm not as grumpy as my avatar looks.
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1. All those interactions that cannot be cancelled, like Scold or Accuse of Cheating
2. Proms. One of my current teen Sims now has four randomly assigned romantic interests, one girlfriend and, accordingly, a bad reputation. Very nice, especially as the Clean Slate LTR is not available for teens. Having five Prom King crowns does not make up for how this game messed up my family.
3. Preside Over Royal Court. This has got to be the most annoying autonomous action. I begin to dread the moment when a chair appears in the action queue of my child Sims. If you cancel it, they'll change into that outfit nevertheless and you have to cancel it another time. And once a child has done it for the first time they seem to get addicted to it and able to find the nearest dining chair even when they're out collecting bugs. I'm really thinking about either aging that boy up, sending him to boarding school or into the Netherworld.
I must say..I actually like Generations. It's not worth $40, but it really reminded me of Sims: Life Stories. And when you have The Sims 3: Pets, it's just complete. Me, I like to play Sims like it's my real life. My expectations were set pretty high for this expansion.
I wanted the teens, whether it's family-appropriated or not, to get pregnant, and have to get married. I want to go to doctor's appointments when I'm pregnant, have baby showers, get ultrasounds, have bridal showers(not just bachelorette parties). I want women, in general, to be able to abort. Because that's a way of life. I realize there are mods for them, and I've had them, but it's not the same. I shouldn't have to download them. I really wanted changing tables...that was WORKING like in TS2/Life Stories. I wanted a wedding chapel, not just the arch back. I wanted parents to be able to ground their children for doing anything wrong.
I do like, though, that teens now have to be TAUGHT to drive, they have dances, prom, graduation. You can send them off to boarding schools, they can have their own parties and sleep overs. I love that they can now can Bachelor and Bachelorette parties, they brought back the wedding cake! I was so happy to see that. I was happy to see that they care about where their friends graduated. Also, WITH a diploma to show off.
They could've put a lot more in the expansion for what we paid. Maybe new vehicles, a new world, some kids stuff. Just more.
And maybe this isn't the right thread to bring this up, but..I really wish they'd give me some rain, some clouds..snow? Anything.
I agree, the imaginary friend is a little creepy. The memory notifications are annoying as hell. And the romantic reputation, I like/dislike. I wanted it when I didn't have it, but don't really want it when I get caught cheating and can't even have an interaction to "Explain Myself" or "Beg Back", maybe even "Sit and Work Things Out". Anything? No. Instead you can't talk to that person romantically for like 5 days because they were "betrayed". -___- That's not real life, people.
Um, I wanted to actually see a new laundry set, and kitchen set. Maybe even a kiddy pool?
I just think there could have been a whole lot more. I appreciate the treehouse, the sleeping bags, the costumes, and such, though. Soo, thanks EA. You did something right.
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