So according to Sims Community, the next expansion pack may well be “Life in the City” if rumors and such are true.
Let me just pass on my two cents worth about this mess. Now, there are already a lot of things missing from The Sims 4 that we were absolutely used to in The Sims 3 (I know, you nutcases, toddlers is a big one, you don’t need to say it), but you know what? I don’t give much of a shit about missing toddlers as I do about another aspect they brought back to The Sims 4.
The Sims 1 had them, The Sims 2 had them, but The Sims 3 had minimal load screens (traveling in World Adventures, that sort of thing). In The Sims 4, load screens were brought back, and in my personal experience playing, it’s annoying as hell.
One of the things I loved about The Sims 3, and that set it apart from the rest, was that it was open world. You could move around the world and interact with the other sims wherever. There was no loading screen if you wanted to take them to a park or the gym. You could move around freely and for the most part, absolutely unrestricted.
If this expansion pack is truly going to involve city living, I think it may be pretty shitty, JUST because of the loading screens. You want to walk across the street to a market? Loading screen. You want to buy a hot dog at a vendor? Loading screen. Yeah, I’m being a bit excessive here, but you know what? Loading screens piss me off. I hate them in The Sims 4, but that is ONLY because they did not exist for the most part in The Sims 3. We got spoiled with open worlds in The Sims 3. Then it was as if that freedom to move around without a loading screen got hampered. That’s one of the reasons I feel that The Sims 4 is incomplete. Loading screens suck ass when in previous games, they hardly existed. And I don’t see it changing.
Now, a city living expansion may be fun, but if it’s done right. If you have to deal with a bunch of loading screens, it loses appeal. So I honestly hope that they will make loading screens in this expansion as minimal as possible.
People want their toddlers, I want these loading screens flipping eradicated. I want them GONE. I think The Sims 4 would be 95% better if loading screens did not exist. If your sim could move around the entire world openly, not just free roam around a small neighborhood, but have a loading screen to go to a nightclub or a museum. As usual, I feel that EA took a step back. But, that also being said, this expansion gives them an opportunity, I hope, to resolve at least one of these issues that makes the game so Sims 2.5ish. Time will just have to tell.