The Sims 4by Mikhail Jun 4, 2019 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate The Sims 4 is the fourth installment of the ever-popular life simulator. You’ll be able to create and fully customize your sim, give it traits and various attitudes. You can forge strong relationships and engage in romance with other sims, and work to earn money and further its career path. Play Now Similar Games Played
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A lifetime isn’t enough to live the lives you want and the career choices you would have liked. You may never become an astronaut or a bestselling author in a single lifetime, but in The Sims 4, you can choose both career paths and live a life based on popularity and wealth. Although the game had a lot of issues at launch and is chock-full of DLC, the base game has turned into a refined piece of work and can give you countless hours of entertainment. This is thanks to its more intelligent AI and a wide variety of customization options, from character aesthetics to building elements.
The full game was free on EA Origin last week, and if you’ve claimed your copy and haven’t played it yet, let’s take a look at what the experience holds:
The Sims 4 is a simulation-sandbox game: there’s no story to follow, and you’re deciding the fate of your character and the entire neighborhood. The only semblance of plot you’ll be treated to is the little tidbits of background story each sim household has. For example, three young adults (two girls and one guy) are embroiled in a weird love triangle. There are also families, each with their own stories and careers.
In terms of gameplay, The Sims 4 is a much-improved version of the previous iterations. It centers around you controlling the sim or sims of your choice. You can control the pre-made households the game provides or use the comprehensive yet intuitive and easy-to-use create-a-sim function. As its name suggests, you’ll make a sim from scratch and will have the option to pick their traits and inclinations. For example, you can select characteristics that can make him a musically creative sim, an evil genius, or a criminal mastermind.
The gameplay is fully point-and-click. At first, the user interface may seem overwhelming, especially if you didn’t go through the tutorial. Thankfully, if you’ve played any of the older games, you won’t have any problems, though you’ll have to adjust to the new tabs and the new yet better camera control options. If you control multiple sims, you’ll also feel overwhelmed initially, but you’ll get used to it the longer you play. Thankfully, the sims themselves are smarter and, at times, take the initiative. If they remain idle, they’ll either play a video game or do actions that will help meet their needs, like grab something from the fridge or go to the toilet.
The Sims 4 has a lot of deep gameplay concepts. Though most of them are similar to their predecessors, they’ve been vastly improved. The gameplay loop centers around making you meet your sim’s needs, helping it get a promising career, improving its skills and capabilities to help it earn a promotion, and introducing new and improved furniture and appliances. For example, you can make them read a book to gain inspiration for their novel or improve their cooking skills by continuously making meals. By doing so, you’re setting the stage for them to further enhance their careers.
Apart from the adult sims, you’ll also need to help the younger ones, like the kids and teens, in school by furthering their skills and, of course, doing their homework. In the case of romance, your sims can also bear children (lady sims who are young adults or adults only). Friendships are crucial: the friendship level decides whether you can invite them to specific events, go out with them on a date, or the chances of flirting success (though there’s a separate meter for friendship and romance). However, romance is quite shallow: you can actually be soulmates with another sim in just a day. You can’t blame them, though, since lifespans are relatively short (baby-toddler-child-teen-young adult-adult-elder-death).
The Sims 4’s building aspects are top-notch. The builder tools are comprehensive yet intuitive enough to learn thoroughly within 15-30 minutes. You can fully design individual rooms, ranging from their wallpapers to furniture. The thing is, you’ll need to watch how much you spend on the builder, and the quality of your appliances and furniture will decide your household expenses and your bills.
Being a long-running series, The Sims 4 has a large fanbase across the web. It has a large subreddit community as well as in other forums. There are also a lot of unofficial yet reliable guides and wiki entries.
In terms of presentation, The Sims 4 excels. Its various customization options stand out, whether on the sims themselves or the buildings you construct. Music is fun and relaxing; even if the sims’ language is gibberish, this is good game design. If the sims have spoken dialogue, it would sound repetitive.
Overall, if you missed the free window, you’re missing out on hours of one of gaming’s best sandbox-simulation experiences. If you’re one of the many who managed to claim their free copy, you’ll be treated to a lot of fun and a great experience in guiding your sim and his friends and family to a better life.