Got this game yesterday, was rather excited about it's arrival as being a fan of the original Sims game, I welcomed the said 'improved version' as the old one got very boring after incessant playing.
The graphics are awesome, much better than the original, and the neighborhoods are bigger, meaning you can fit in more families either into the pre-made lots or attempt to build you own house!!
Also for all those budding painter and decorators, most furniture items now come with a colour changer meaning that you can choose accordingly to go with you decor, optimising your satisfaction with your houses.
The create a sim is also far more advanced, but is easy to spend hours perfecting the look (espcially if you are modelling on yourself) the only quarrel I have with this is that the outfits are a bit samey and so some more variation would have been nice!
Other added features include aspiration points, completing tasks assigned by the game to earn points in exchange for items and fears, which in turn make you lose aspiration points. Interaction with friends is far more advanced with them occasionally ringing you to catch up.
So in all so far, even though I have played the game for all of probably 2 hours, it is spectacular, much more advanced than the original, plus I cant wait to see my Sims age, marry, have children etc.
A great buy, very pleased with it!