It's different than the other sims in that the characters have a different kind of ... dimension, I guess is the word. Every sims game comes with a different looking, more complex looking sim. I do love this game though. The one thing I don't like is that there's really not much going on in town. Gameplay is good. Really entertaining, lots of stuff to put in the world. Not many lots to choose from without placing more or building your own home.