I have put in countless hours into Sims 3. I love the gameplay. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a creative game to play. HOWEVER, Sims 3 has enormous memory issues. The game doesn't clear its cache when it exits - I just had to clear 20 gigs of temporary files from the game's folders. The active world is playable for around 2 hours before the cache needs to be cleared again, and sims are always getting stuck on things, freezing up the game. Mods make Sims 3 playable.