The Sims franchise has always been one that provides players with an open-ended, sandbox gameplay that allows the user to create their own journey. Sure, over the course of the series, the game has transformed, adding slightly more direction for players. For the most part, however, The Sims gives you the feedom to do what you want.
As a kid we are taught to believe in dreams and establish a goal in our life. Of course, as we age, we begin to realize that these goals may no longer be possible and are replaced with more practical goals, but we never lose the ability to dream. This is perhaps where The Sims 3 becomes so popular – allowing adults to live their dreams through the life of a Sim.