- Release date: 11/17/2017
- Developer: Electronic Arts Inc
- Genre: Simulation
- Content rating: ESRB Teen
The Sims™ 4
Electronic Arts Inc
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The Sims 4 Review: Nice Life Simulator
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The Sims 4 is the newest rendition of the famous franchise of everyday life simulators. Download The Sims 4 to create and control your own virtual people that look more real than ever.
While not adding much to the visual style of the previous game, The Sims 4 can still impress with its polished graphics. Everything looks a bit smoother, from furniture and house decorations to Sims’ expressions. But the game lacks anything new: even animations are the same old ones, and it can be really disappointing. After all, it is a whole new game, not another graphical mod for The Sims 3.
Gameplay has seen some dramatic changes – but not each of them to the better. The main letdown is that the world of the game isn’t seamlessly connected anymore. Now it’s more like it was in The Sims 2 with its short but very annoying loading screens between isolated locations. And careers are still rabbit-holes which means your Sim just vanishes every day to reappear again in eight hours or so.
Still, a lot of things are better. Creating your Sim is more intuitive and offers more options than before. Addition of emotions system made social interactions much more fun: instead of repeating the same trait-oriented actions your Sim can now act in context, adjusting his or her behavior to the circumstances. Even Build Mode has seen some significant improvements: for instance, you can now move entire rooms with all furniture.
Controls are pretty good. Customizing your beloved Sim’s appearance, talking to a neighbor or furnishing the house are equally intuitive and easy actions. Most of the time you can push and pull or drag and drop and get the result in a few seconds – instead of looking wearily for the right option. In this sense, the PS4 version doesn’t differ from what PC players get at all.
Replay Value: 2
Alas, with all the improvements The Sims 4 without expansion packs just doesn’t offer enough content to keep player’s attention for long. For those who have played the Sims 3 it is only a matter of a few hours to explore every novelty there is, and even for a new player, the list of curious features can seem disappointingly short. It’s fun to play once, but there’s just nothing to do if you decide to start all over again.
The Bottom Line
It’s impossible to review The Sims 4 without comparing it to the previous game in the series – and that’s what causes most of the disappointment. It seems barren of content and severely limited, but it is still complex, deep and visually pleasing game. New mechanics are really promising, and we can only hope that The Sims 5 will have that wow factor the series was once famous for.
Looking more like The Sims 3.5, the game still has some interesting features. Download The Sims 4 and see them all for yourself.
Pros : Nice graphics and sound effects;
Major gameplay improvements;
Intuitive and powerful customization.
Cons : Lack of anything truly innovative;
Low replay value.
Replay Value 2.0