Well i never played the first game simply because the game never appealed to me. I actually didn't have this at the top of my list and was almost going to take it off when all the new games started coming out. This game is excellent you have to get off to a slow and somewhat boring start but you can spend hours just trying peoples creations. Some are really fantastic, like a little adventure.
The only problem I have is finding a group to play with. Most dont talk, More don't want to play with you.