- Sep 4, 2014
And yet, like I said before, even to people who have almost no experience with RPGs, The Sims is obviously not an RPG.
The Sims 3 has been one of the best RPG out there for some time though and unlike most fake RPGs you see on the market, characters are actually defined by stats, traits, quirks, relationships and whatnot. They gain skill with use in a classless system, can pursue multiple paths and whatnot. With expansions, you can pursue immortality, supernatural shit, aliens, explore tons of Indiana Jones light content, etc...
What a player can do though, which is the interesting bit because it's so rare, is declare intentions (try to go there, try to do that, etc). Ultimately, the actual action resolution (or lack thereof) is decided by stats and factors out of player control. That's the beauty of it for me, especially in an era where cRPG means player doing everything and, as some other folks here mentioned "player skills" (which, btw, is moronic when talking RPG, by the very words used). Having actual action resolution done by game mechanics and not twitchy mouse movement or something, is refreshing.
It's also a very, very open ended RPG, without a story but the one you create as you go (basically the ultimate RPG story and the only one that matters). Because of that, you can replay it pretty much forever.
Main reason I think some people don't consider it RPG is perceived childish/girlish "dollhouse genre", multi-actor management but above all freedom.
Freedom isn't something everyone can handle, especially story wise. When you say "here, do whatever" to some people, they have no fucking clue and usually get bored in 2 minutes after discovering the game mechanics which, for Sims 3, usually resolves around building shitty house, making sims pee everywhere, killing someone, fucking someone.
it's EA so fuck EA. All the add-ons plus base game will cost you an arm and a leg, even a decade after release.
There are so many fucking mods/UCC out there though, bit nuts.
Sims 4 is for retards.
Sims 3 is one of the best cRPGs out there
CK2 is the other one