The Sims 3 vs The Sims 4 – which is better?

The debate over The Sims 3 vs The Sims 4  and which is better is a tale as old as time… or the last seven years, at least. The Sims 3 launched back in 2009 and The Sims 4 arrived five years later, so you’d think it’d be hands-down that The Sims 4 would take the crown by being the shinier, newer model, right? Nope. The Sims community has a split opinion on which one reigns supreme with some major differences between the two games.

So, we’re lining them up against each other and putting The Sims 3 and The Sims 4 to the ultimate test, battling them out on their differences to see which one is better, or at least creating a list which will help you decide. Sure, The Sims 4 is statistically the best-selling and longest-running of the life sim franchise but with each game has come something a little different and we aim to work through some of those solid points around gameplay, graphics, and features below.

The Sims 3 has a seamless open world but The Sims 4 has faster loading

Sims 3 vs Sims 4

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We’ll start here because it is by far the most contentious point of The Sims 3 versus The Sims 4 debate. EA excited players when it introduced the ability to avoid loading screens when travelling around in The Sims 3. The open world mechanic made the game much more seamless than its predecessors by allowing your Sims to move from lot to lot, community to neighbourhood, like it was all one, big connected world. Fancy popping next door without staring at a spinning Plumbob? Sure, The Sims 3 has you sorted. You can even control your Sim when they’re not on a lot. Its successor, The Sims 4, removed it.

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