Although this game has been out for quite a while it is only recently when i bought a new that i upgraded from sims 3. My main concern was that because i have windows 7 i would have problems playing the game as i have read many reviews saying that this is a problem but i have thankfully had no issues.
**installing the game/loading**
My game only came with one disk- installing the game was quick and easy but i don`t know how much of that is down to my http://www.surfcanyon.com/search?f=sl&q=laptop&partner=wtigca.
I have also found loading the game to be much quicker than the sims 2 even after i have added some of the expansion packs.
**Playing the game**
One of my favorite features in any sims game is building the house. With this one i think you can build 5 levels- four of which can be underground if you want,one of my sims houses currently has an underground pool :).
I also really like the create a sim features especially how you can pick hair colours-base,roots and highlights and also match roots to eyebrows. Its nice that you can create every aspect from the way your sim looks to what kind of sim you have.
There are quite a few expansion packs out for the game now so the game will keep you busy for a long time.
Another thing i like is the online aspect and how you can download extra items for the game
There are a lot of long and short term goals in the game which is good because after you have built the house, made the sim etc there is still loads to do.
I think that this game is well worth buying but am surprised that it has a 12 rating.
Summary: well worth buying
(photo is mine-my reviews are also on other websites)