The Sims 4 is a life simulation game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It’s the fourth major title in The Sims series, and the reception it has received has been quite mixed, as most of the critics complain about its lack of content but praise various aspects related to its gameplay. Eight expansion packs, eight game packs and sixteen stuff packs have been released for the game so far, with more to come in the future, and let’s not forget the free game patches which typically come with more or less hilarious patch notes. Don’t believe me? Try googling them, but be warned – some of them do get quite… brutal.
Like in the previous games, players create characters known as Sims and control their life – it’s your choice whether you’ll live out your greatest dreams or make your Sims’ life pure hell. Some additions that weren’t in the earlier games are, to mention a few, Sims’ ability to multitask, moodlets that not only affect the Sims’ emotional state but also gameplay and better Create a Sim functionalities. In my opinion, there could be even more options, which might sound insane, as the base game by itself already contains 40 hairstyles for both men and women and up to 18 hair colour options for each hairstyle, but if you are trying to make a realistic version of a character you like, you’ll soon come to the same conclusion.
In The Sims 4, players can publish their creations, such as Sims, lots and rooms, to the social feature called The Gallery, so other players can download them into their games instantly. Not feeling like spending hours on creating the Sim or house of your dreams? Chances are you’ll find it in The Gallery!
The game originally had two worlds to choose from, Willow Creek and Oasis Springs, but with free updates, expansions packs and game packs you’ll get up to 11 more worlds and two outdoor vacation worlds, so getting as much expansion packs and game packs as you can seems really worth it, though pricey. Better team up with your siblings who share the same passion to The Sims series as you to get them. (Much thanks to my little sister, you are the best)
Though the game adds multiple interesting features that make the Sims smarter and the graphics look even more polished than in the earlier games, every now and then it makes you miss those small details which some say made The Sims 2 the best game of the series. What the earlier games lack, though, is the amount of diversity The Sims 4 brings in the series, which is a more than welcome addition to old and new Sims fans. So, if you enjoy life simulation games and would love to see plenty of diversity, I strongly recommend giving The Sims 4 a try!
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Series: The Sims
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: September 2-5, 2014 (Microsoft Windows), February 17, 2015 (macOS), November 14, 2017 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Header image: “Front Cover”. Contributed by Foxhack. https://www.mobygames.com/game/sims-4/cover-art/gameCoverId,578241/
Picture: “Creating a sim”. Contributed by GTramp. https://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/sims-4/screenshots/gameShotId,847786/
Picture: “Official Screenshot from PlayStation.com”. Contributed by リカルド・フィリペ. https://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/sims-4/promo/promoImageId,341567/