I've actually discovered that even with the only the base game it's not "a terrible game" as I previously thought. With all the cool PLAYER MADE CC out now I've been playing for a few weeks and enjoying it. Granted, it's still limited with only the Sims 4 alone but there are things to do if you take your time to discover the options. I also don't cheat (the fastest way to become bored in any game). It is Sims 2 or 3, no...but it's okay as a stand alone. Do I wish EA would stop trying to rip people off for every little recolor or "new item"...yes...But it is what is is.