The Sims 3 (PC)
As the first game in the series without original creator Will Wright on board, The Sims 3 had a lot riding on its suburbanite shoulders. For our money, it kind of failed to deliver.
The problem is that it all felt too familar -- and they say familiarity breeds contempt. While The Sims 3 may have looked fresh and sprightly, no amount of cosmetic surgery can hide the creaky bones beneath. Despite a handful of new modes and challenges, it's essentially the same game we were playing at the turn of the century.
It's been nearly 10 years since The Sims took up residence on our PCs, and in that time the gaming landscape has changed dramatically. While other franchises continually reinvent themselves, the Sims are still living in the same old neighbourhood, speaking the same old gobbledegook and putting out the same old kitchen fires. It's time somebody put the fire out for good.