The sims 3 is absolutely terrible, and completely ruined the sims experience for me. I was expecting an improved version of sims 2, but what I got was a complete mess. I can no longer tell stories because there is no storytelling mode in-game, and because there is only one saved game allowed per neighbourhood, so gone are the days of playing several families at once. At first I was happy to be able to visit other sims' houses and have my sim's workplace right there in town, but with my sims all over town, I can't watch the whole family without zooming all over the neighbourhood. Instead of complaining about the lack of improvements over sims 2, I find myself complaining about all the things that were lost. So I'll put all that aside, and pretend that the sequel to Sims 2 hasn't been released yet and go from there.
Sims 2 was without a doubt the best game I have ever played. It had two layers. First, it had the basic time management game brought over from the original - keep your sims' meters full or they'll die, then have them work on their career when they have the time. That made the game fun to play for hours at a time. Second, it had the storytelling...