I have enjoyed all of The Sims games over the years, but I never picked up The Sims 4. I remember seeing some of the limitations during the preview cycle and the loss of the open world really bummed me out. That said, there are times where I still want to play The Sims (and seeing Abby stream Thirteen Deadly Sims is a big factor in that as of late).
So now that we are a few years into The Sims 4, what do people think of the game? At the time it sort of seemed like The Sims 4 still has its issues, but people moved onto the next game reluctantly, primarily because it's the new game and The Sims 3 is old. Has the game improved enough to less the impact of not having an open world?
For me, I don't mind buying expansions, especially if I can get them on sale. (Even if I were to do something truly crazy like load up The Sims 3 again, I'll end up buying some expansions anyways, since I have never messed around with the Pets stuff.) So if the answer is "Yes, but you need to buy these five different expansions", I would be okay with that (as crazy as that may sound).