Week 1 Review of The Sims 4

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A definite Scott Brown pose.

I’ve had The Sims 4 for about a week now and I feel like my opinion of the game hasn’t changed. I’m taking a short break from the game. After all, there are other games that want my attention! The Sims 4 is a satisfying game with enough to do to occupy my time if I pace myself. Ultimately, there is a significant lack of content if I compare it to The Sims 3. However, that is mainly because of all the expansion packs. Since we only have the base game for Sims 4, it’s not really fair to complain about lack of content when compared to Sims 3, in my opinion.

Of course, there still is the matter of no toddlers or pools. I get the frustration with this. I’m still hoping Maxis is secretly working on putting toddlers in the game soon. Right now I have deactivated aging, so that I can get more acquainted with the game. I can live without pools, but it’s too much fun watching toddlers bug their parents! I heard a rumor that story progression might be coming back, another feature that I’d like to see in The Sims 4.

Recently, one of my families had twins! As far as I can remember, this is the first time I’ve witnessed it. It’s a feature that has been in the other games as far as I know, but this is probably the first time I’ve seen it. What luck and my first time having kids in Sims 4! Infants are much more realistic in this game, especially with the sounds they make. Here’s a quick sample:

There are also a lot more interactions that you can do with them. I really like that there is a breast feed option for moms. That seemed like a long time coming! Of course, dads don’t have that option when clicking on the cradle. 😉

My main concern with the game so far is that there isn’t a lot to do in town. Sure we have libraries,  bars, night clubs, and gyms, but we need more! It would be nice to have restaurants again and maybe some other venues. I spend a lot of time in this game staying home and visiting other sim’s homes. So, it will probably be ok for a while, but I do think I will get tired of the same old places to visit, eventually. Why not have a “downtown” neighborhood where it’s mostly business and maybe a couple of homes?

I still have short loading times. It’s such an improvement in my mind. The longest load time is when I’m loading a household from the main menu. It’s a bit shorter when I’m visiting a new lot. Getting to the main menu is really quick and loading my save takes a couple of seconds. While some complain about having more loading screens, the short load time means you can get into the game and play faster than you could in The Sims 3. You are giving up the open world of Sims 3, but Sims 4 still feels open. Still, it’s true that it’s not the same as Sims 3, where you could go anywhere without loading screens. Overall, I don’t miss the open world, I’d rather have the faster load times and Sims 4 doesn’t feel all that different from Sims 3 as far as visiting lots. Public areas are still accessible without loading screens, so the park in the desert town is a rather large area to explore without having to sit through a loading screen.

With all the negativity around the game, I feel like people ignore the new stuff. So far I stand by my earlier opinions about the new content. Multi-tasking is a big deal and it really makes things easier. Being able to talk, eat, and watch TV helps satisfy sim needs better then in the older games. Sims are much more expressive and animated now. Having different walking styles and seeing expressions on their faces more clearly adds a level of intimacy to the game. I really feel more connected to these sims than I have in the past. Seeing a sim happy makes me feel happy. Their accomplishments are more impactful and when a sim get’s rejected by a romantic interest, well it’s easy to relate to! Having more in-depth emotional states motivates you to try to help them feel better when they are sad and excited for them when they are inspired or confident. Geeze, confident sims really do seem to be more successful in social situations, reminds me of real life. 😉

The Sims 4 community is a great place to chat with fellow simmers and the Maxis staff are active there too. They ask for feedback and suggestions. It makes me feel like they really care about this game. I like that and I feel more connected with the Sims 4 community than I have in previous games. For now I’m pretty active on the forums. Hopefully I’ll stick with it, but with me you never know how long it takes before I move on to something else. Heck, I’m not that active on reddit!

Bottom line: if you are a fan of The Sims buying this game is probably a no-brainer. It’s a fun game that pulls you deeper into the lives of your sims. It is focused on sim life and not on customization, so some people should probably hold off if they like customization. Custom content also doesn’t exist in this game right now. That’s fine with me, I’m not really interested with creating worlds or custom objects. If that doesn’t bother you, then you’ll probably like this game. I spent $70 for the deluxe version. I understand why some complain about the price, but I couldn’t wait! The price will go down eventually and you will see expansions for this game, so you may want to wait for a combo pack. If money isn’t really an issue and you enjoy Sims games, then go for it. Overall, I don’t think you will be disappointed.


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