Here it is folks, with the announcement of the fourth installment of The Sims franchise, The Sims 4, made on May 6th 2013. Many Sims fans went crazy with excitement and hopes to get their hands on the game once released which was only the other day on September 2, 2014 in the US. September 3rd for Europe and Australia and September 4th for the UK. The Sims 4 brings a whole lot of new improvements to the table and also removes a lot of what we believe made the Sims games. Every developer wants to improve on their previous games and make their game better while adopting new technology, features, and improvements to avoid making the same game, different name mistake. I will have to talk more about what was added and remove later on as we write our review out for it.
For those of you who haven’t played The Sims before. The Sims 4 is a life simulation game where you can live your second life anyway you want to. You can pick the type of style they have, what sort of job you want them to work at, etc. You get the point? This doesn’t mean there isn’t any consequences of doing so. Just like in real life, your Sims have needs and those needs, need to be fulfilled. You have the basic needs just like you would in life, you need to watch needs meter to make sure you Sims doesn’t need to go use the bathroom, eat or go hungry, go out and live a little and make your Sims have some fun. Although your Sims preferred fun depends on the type of Personality or traits you chose. You’re not going to see your geek or nerd have fun trying to lift weights. You can use your imagination and creativity to live the life want.
User Interface Has Significantly Improved.
As many players have notice, Maxis has made a huge improvement over the User Interface in The Sims 4. The ease of checking on your needs meter without taking much of your screen and seeing the wants and aspirations is as easy as can be. Being able to see a flashing icon on the bottom right when one or more of your needs has to be handle is great.
Effectively being able to Multitask Makes Your Sims Life Easier than before.
The ability to multitask in The Sims 4 has made it much easier to play the game than it has been in the past. For example, over the course of the day, your Sims will constantly have to juggle between doing different task just to get your Sims mood back up to being green aka a happy Sims makes everything better. Your job performance, your personal life, social life, etc. Before if you wanted to conversate with another Sims while you were watching TV, you would have to turn off the TV and cancel the task to do so. Now with the new multitasking implementation. There is no need to do so. You can conversate and do more while fulfilling multiple needs at the same time. Having fun and having a social life at the same time. Read a book while using the toilet. I am sure you could think of more things you can do.
Character Customization is a whole lot better with Create-a-Sim.
From the new styles they implemented to manually choosing what outfit you want your Sims to wear. Whether it be an everyday outfit, athletic, sleeping wear, formal and party outfits. You can search through all the clothing options that the base game offers which isn’t a whole lot such as T-shirts, sweaters, pants, shoes, hats, and accessories like glasses, watches, and so on. Hopefully down the road they allow more options to choose from. If you haven’t yet played the game and want to somewhat experience the creation of your Sims. Take a look at the Create-a-Sim video below to get somewhat of an ideal of how it works. Take a screenshot and post your Sims below in the comments. We would love to see some of your creativity!
Gameplay seems more Organic.
The Sims 4 seems to feel more organic with the new emotions features, character interactions, and performance compared to the past games. The playability of your Sims seem to work smoothly when coming to communication and giving commands to do with them.
A Better Build Mode.
As far as I can tell, the build mode for the game has by far been improved and is very easy to use. Granted there isn’t as much content as we would want when coming to building and furnishing your home. Hopefully to be added with more DLC’s down to the road which I assume is what EA is planning to do squeeze more money out of pockets. But overall with the new styled rooms, new roofing system, the ability to change the size and lengths of your windows to make the perfect home. Even the option to take some other Sims fans from the online Sims community and download it into your own Sims game (very handy and useful for us not so creative minds). Here is an official video of the new and improved build mode in Sims 4 below:
Here we go for the most painful part of our review and I am sure many of you can agree that the Sims 4 has many downfalls when coming to expectations of the game we all hoped it would be.
Doesn’t Have Much Story to the Game.
With previous Sims games, they had family legacies, rivalries, which family is better, etc. Bottom line, Sims 4 doesn’t offer any story to the game. You essentially are building your own story as you play through the game. You can easily within a few hours max out your career, fall in love and create the family you always wanted, in the end after about 5-10 hours of playing. You may feel the need to have to start all over with a new character.
Items and Features from Previous Sims Games Have Been Removed.
This is probably one of many of the pet peeves that Sims fans have a problem with. A lot of the familiar items a features of past Sims games have disappeared. Granted the developers gave their reasoning why they chose not to include in the game. No more buying cars and driving to places like work, into town to do things, etc. No more bikes, burglars (granted it got annoying being broken into every other night, but still is something I miss from prior games), no more pools to take a nice swim in or for more of your evil side, deleting the only exit only to drown your Sims, which in turn no cemeteries, hot tubs, and even firemen or repairmen. The Sims 4 seems very bare when it comes to content.
There is only four venues you can send your Sims off to.
Not sure about you, but for me this falls along the line of the game itself being very bare for release. There isn’t any real good choices when it comes to venues. Where’s the shopping center, restaurants, public schools, and many more places you could visit in Sims 3.
Sims 4 isn’t an open world like it used to be.
Exactly what it says. Every time you want to visit another neighborhood, or go to a venue for a date or to get out of your house on days you don’t have to work. Every time you leave your neighborhood you have to sit on a loading screen. The loading time is a whole lot quicker than the Sims 3 and even previous Sims games. But… makes it feel a lot more secluded.
Overall I enjoy playing The Sims 4 as the newest Sims games and feel that it has made a big improvement in a lot of areas, but sadly it has also made a few bad changes as well. If you’re a Sims fan, you probably already going to or already gotten the game. You are going to see and feel like Maxis went down the wrong direction with The Sims 4. For the base game on launch, I don’t see it going over well as for reviews and ratings go. But I can definitely see that this game will have potential with more DLC’s they decide to add and for many of the hopefully free mods that people will release for the game. As of now I feel The Sims 4 took one step forward, two steps backwards. But it is a new Sims game. We will just have to keep playing more and wait to see how Maxis goes from here.
If you’re playing The Sims 4, please feel free to let us know what you think about it so far. Do you agree or disagree with our review? I am sure we left a few things out and that’s okay. We leave it in your hands for all you creative people to make new content and mods that will hopefully improve the game till more DLC’s are released!
- Significantly Improved UI
- Ability to Multitask
- Character Customization via Create-a-Sim
- Gameplay is More Organic
- Better Build Mode
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