I liked the first Sims more than the current one. It was more dramatic because it was harder to make a living and to keep your sim happy. All the management you had to do was fun to me. I like still like The Sims 3 but I always get bored because of how easy it is. It's definitely more of a sandbox. It's still nice to build houses in the 3rd one and to be able to make community lots and have the freedom to go places. I'm pretty sure The Sims 4 is going to be like a sandbox too, which is fine. I do hope they add pianos though, which I miss very much.