I remember playing TSO back when they had their 14 day trial when it was released.It was actually pretty fun, but the lack of any custom content and the fact that you have to pay monthly killed it quick.The Sims 3 gives you the freedom to choose whether (or not!
I would like to introduce you to EA-Land, a world that is free-to-play, and based on a re-engineered The Sims Online architecture. If you played The Sims Online before, we have played together and I would like you to rejoin us in the game: My avatar is Maxis Luc (yes, I work for Maxis/EA).
A lot of new users are constantly joining us and we expect more.
If you played TSO before, I think that you ought to own your lot in this new land, and I want you to have the ability to grab the best location before we open the gates.
Most of these games exist in Japan, but there are some available in English as well. The Videos blog covers the dramatic opening sequences from games (usually Japanese). On the Fans page we link to other sites and blogs talking about otome games, so you can find reviews of the games you're interested in.
Everyone has different tastes, so it's a good idea to check out multiple opinions!