While I did run a search, I apologize in advance if I missed a topic already made about this.
Does anyone else think that the daily penalties for not socializing with your friends and for forgetting certain skills are unbelievably severe? It has honestly sucked all the fun out of the game for me.
I enjoyed the demo for an hour or so and decided to purchase the full version. While the game was indeed fun for a few hours, I soon found myself extremely frustrated in trying to keep my friends happy with me at all, even though I carefully selected activities that everyone enjoyed and went out in groups that always got along with each other. It should not be next to impossible to stay on good terms with 6 or 7 people. In the real world, I sometimes go for weeks (or months) without seeing certain friends with absolutely no ill will between us. It’s mind-boggling to me that if you don’t see a friend for a week in the game, they will go from bff to borderline hostile to you. Do people not go on vacations?
That’s not even mentioning the skills for which the penalties seem to simulate some bizarre form of retrograde amnesia. After bringing my chess skills up to nearly 30% by playing several times a week for several months, I lost ALL my skill in this area in less than a year. Really? I can understand being a little rusty but am I going to be just as bad as if I never even started playing? Or take soccer, which I played about once a week. I never got my skill above 5%. It would seem you only get better at something if you play it every single day (and due to the rigidity of the activity system, that means precluding being able to do anything else).
While I’m on the topic, that’s another rant. Does taking a BATH really take all of your free time for a day? Are there no such thing as showers? If I spend an entire Saturday reading a book completely alone, does that really mean I only get 60 pages into it? How fast is he reading? A word a minute? Keep in mind that his concentration was maxed. Apparently, that doesn’t stop him from being illiterate.
I’m sorry if this rant seems a bit bitter, but the purchase of the game represented a not insubstantial amount of money for me, and within a single night, I’ve found myself completely unable to play the game anymore. I support independent developers, and this game has a lot of really cool concepts, but it’s seriously driving me crazy.