The Sims 4 is the latest edition of the popular life simulation game by Electronic Arts. The franchise has been going strong for years. Our Sims 4 review will try to asses how well this latest installment of the Sims fares.
|Type of game:||Simulation|
|System Requirements:||OS: Windows 7 or higher (32-bit or 64-bit)
Processor: 1.8GHz Dual-Core Intel or Athlon
Memory: 2GB RAM
Graphics: GTX 650 / GTX 550Ti, Radeon HD 7770, 6770
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 10 GB available space
The World of the Sims 4
The base game starts with Willow Creek, a pretty green neighborhood, and Oasis Springs, a sandy desert community. They each have public buildings, a park, gym, library, restaurant, and clubs, in place, residential pre-built homes with existing families, and a few empty lots to choose from.
Expansion packs added Granite Falls, Magnolia Promenade, which features retail shops, Windenburg, the city of San Myshuno, Forgotten Hollow with vampires, and Newcrest, a completely empty neighborhood from a free update.
Unlike earlier Sims games, characters cannot walk freely through the neighborhoods. Instead, a loading screen appears between locations.
Atmosphere & Location
The Sims 4 adopted a more cartoonish and stylized graphic look than earlier versions. Colors seemed muted with no true black or white represented at the start. A large part of the attraction to these games is the ability for fans to create their own designs and recolors of everything created by the company. This custom content quickly filled in the gaps for color choices, more realistic skins and hairstyles, and more detailed clothing, accessories, furniture, home décor, and landscape items.
Along with the usual Sims music style with updated rhythms, the in-game music that can be played on the character’s home radios and in clubs feature some currently popular songs. Players can choose from multiple music genres from country to R&B to romantic classical music.
Additional animations and actions are added with each expansion pack. This allows for more realistic experiences with the family you create in the game. These include everything from romantic kisses to hip-hop dance moves to moaning and writhing in pain when an infant “nooboo” comes into the world.
Sims 4 is all about creating unique characters and helping them live their lives. The character creation screen or CAS offers many options for skin color, hair color, eye color, and body type. The body and face customization options in this version of the Sims are greater than any other. You can use sliders for weight and musculature, or click and drag to do everything from making your sim have bigger feet to giving them a pot belly, perkier breasts, or higher cheekbones.
Their personalities are all up to you as well. Each sim character gets a lifetime aspiration. Some include Athletic, Creativity, Deviance, Family, Fortune, and Popularity. These give them traits that help them reach their goals such as domestic, high metabolism, quick learner, and alluring. Besides aspirations, each character can be assigned three personality traits.
You can choose ones that match aspirations or give yourself a challenge with those in opposition. For example, your sim who wants a big, happy family could have a family focus, or be non-committal. Maybe your sim dreams of being of being a hopeless romantic but is a loner or mischievous.
Traits include: active, cheerful, creative, genius, gloomy, goofball, hot-headed, romantic, self-assured, unflirty, art lover, bookworm, foodie, geek, music lover, perfectionist, ambitious, childish, clumsy, dance machine, glutton, insane, kleptomaniac, lazy, loves the outdoors, materialistic, neat, slob, snob, squeamish, vegetarian, bro, evil, family-oriented, good, hates children, insider, jealous, loner, mean, noncommittal, and outgoing.
Sims 4 allows players to control all the actions and reactions of their characters. There are aspiration steps to take, whims to fulfill, and personal goals to set and reach. Sims can be infants, toddlers, children, teens, young adults, adults, and elders. There are even different death traits that make ghosts look and act a certain way after the Grim Reaper comes for a visit.
Sims 4 does not have anything like a set storyline that player must follow. It’s the ultimate life simulation game and the directions you take can be wildly diverse. The main goal is to fulfill your character’s aspirations, forge relationships, learn, grow, and do various things, and, usually, age up, form a family, and pass down the property and ideas to a new generation.
Different players approach the game in different ways. Some simply want to take advantage of the powerful and flexible building tools and create dream houses and landscaping schemes. Others make their perfect man or woman and set them loose in town to charge through life having fun and growing old. Creating a large family to launch with brings added complexity as you manage multiple character’s aspirations and moods.
The Sims games have a thriving community where people share their creations and enter into unique challenges as well. These include the Legacy Challenge, in which players start with a single sim and must succeed through ten generations, a runaway teen challenge that uses cheats to play a teen on their own, a duplex challenge that plays two separate households on the same lot using locking doors, and even a weight loss challenge.
Even without getting involved with out-of-game experiences like those listed above, the Sims 4 offers a wealth of personal challenges to try. Fossils, stones, frogs, and insects can be collected, regular and gourmet recipes learned, art styles perfected, genres written, and dance moves learned. As more expansion packs and downloadable content is released, the game will become that much richer in terms of story possibilities.
DLC & Expansion Packs
Sims 4 now includes multiple expansion packs, smaller game packs, and item-rich stuff packs.
Get to Work – Three new careers that allow you to take part in work tasks and retail shop ownership.
Get Together – New socialization and nightlife possibilities with groups to join. Adds DJing and dancing skills.
City Living – Modern jobs like social media expert, apartment living, video game conventions, and lot traits.
Outdoor Retreat – Go camping, collect bugs, and learn new traits.
Spa Day – Practice yoga, take a mud bath, or get a massage.
Dine Out – Visit or run your own restaurant.
Vampires – New dark content with multiple vampire types.
Parenthood – Released shortly after the free toddler upgrade, this lets Sims raise their kids to have certain traits.
Stuff Packs include Luxury Party, Perfect Patio, Cool Kitchen, Spooky, Movie Hangout, Romantic Garden, Kids Room, Backyard, Vintage Glamour, Bowling Night, Fitness, and Toddler Stuff. They each offer new items, clothing styles, and activities for sims to enjoy.
For fans of these life simulation titles, Sims 4 brings something new to the table. While the lack of a continuous world may be seen as a negative, the options for exploration and building expand the capabilities beyond former Sims games. The shock of switching from a fully-updated Sims 3 with all expansion packs to the brand new Sims 4 brought many complaints, but as EA Games rolls out new content regularly, the game explodes with possibilities.
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