The Sims 4 review

The Sims 4 coverThe Sims 4 was originally announced on May 6, 2013, and was released in North America on September 2, 2014 for Microsoft Windows. A Mac compatible version of the game was made available for digital download on February 17, 2015. The Sims 4 is the first PC game to top all-format charts in two years. The game has received mixed reviews since its release, with the majority of criticism directed towards its lack of content.

Review by Teoalida

When I initially wrote this review, I wrote based on other people reviews, because did not had the change to get the game for free download and make it working. I am NOT going to pay even $1 for such bad game, I wanted to get it for free, play few hours to review it, then delete, because I cannot play it anyway, I have grown up, becoming an adult and a busy businessman so I no longer have time for gaming. I am sorry for all kids who wasted $60 for this piece of shit.

I played it in 2015 when EA offered the game for free play for 48 hours starting from the moment you download it, and improved the review.

The Sims 4 is the WORST game of Sims series, or second worst after the original The Sims game launched in 2000 (it being the first Sims game, is understandable why it was a bad game, but for a 2014 game is simply unacceptable to be so bad).

Electronic Arts made a huge step backwards in October 2014. Lots of features available in The Sims 2 and 3 base games do not exist in The Sims 4 base game.

  • The Sims 4 worlds are small, up to 20 lots, compared with 70-100 lots in The Sims 3. All lots are fixed on screen, a cartoon-style 2D map like in The Sims 1. You cannot rotate camera around the neighborhood. You cannot move houses from one lot to another.
  • The open concept from The Sims 3 is gone. You live in a neighborhood with max 5 playable houses on a background full of houses that you cannot touch. travelling between neighborhoods is possible but bring the loading screen like in The Sims 2.
  • The pools do not exist in base game. Do you notice that 90% of the houses I built in The Sims 2 and 3 have pools? I can’t live in a house without a pool. The pool feature was introduced in a patch launched one month later, but… all worlds launched for The Sims 3 are compatible with base game, so this does mean that possible new worlds that will be provided for The Sims 4 will feature only houses without pool? Horrible!
  • The owned cars or garages do not exist in base game and is unlikely to have them added by any expansion. With such small worlds and limited build mode you have nothing to do with a car. Cars that take sim to work, famous in previous 3 games, also do not exist, the sim simply go in front of house and disappear.
  • Toddler life stage is also removed. Not a big deal in my opinion but many people loved them (toddlers added via a free update in 2017).
  • The Sims 4 does not include emergency services, you cannot call police 911 because there are no burglars (many people hated having their homes robbed but personally I found funny to see burglars from time to time), worse than this, fire services are missing too, putting a fire detector is pointless and in case you burn the stove you need to extinguish fire with your own Sims. Gardener services also does not exist.
  • Workplaces and school are not existent in The Sims 4 as we know them in The Sims 3. It returns to The Sims 1 / 2 style, the sim goes in front of house and disappears, there is not even a car or school bus to take the sim to work, you do not see where it is going.
  • The Sims 4 graphics are not significantly improved compared with The Sims 3, or even worse, the grass and water were well textured in The Sims 3 while in The Sims 4 looks plain.
  • Create a Style from The Sims 3 was also removed. You can no longer apply custom colors to objects, you need to choose from a predefined list of colors as you did in The Sims 2.
  • The Sims 4 do not have a pre-made story.

The Sims 4 build mode was redesigned to allow easier construction of houses, but it prevents you from exploring architecture creativity:

  • You can buy pre-furnished rooms and arrange them to form a floorplan, doors are automatically added between rooms but sometimes in wrong place.
  • You can drag walls to resize the rooms without having to remove items hanged on wall. If the wall you move overlaps with furniture placed in the room, the furniture is automatically removed, but you can undo.
  • The Sims 4 houses can have 4 floors above ground and 2 basement floor (under ground).
  • Each floor can have 3 heights, short, medium, tall, 12, 16, 20 stair steps, 4 steps per horizontal square meaning 9 inch tread. Floor heights are approximately 9, 12, 15 feet, meaning that staircases have 9 inch riser, making them at 45-degree, steeper than in previous games and unrealistic, violating architectural codes from real life. For comparison in The Sims 1 / 2 / 3 the floors had a height of 16 steps with an apparent height of 10 feet, giving a riser of 7.5 inch. Most pre-build houses have medium wall height, making oversized ceiling height in my opinion. Tall walls are required to add cornices under roof, an useless feature in my opinion. You can change wall height anytime, but lowering the height will make tall windows to disappear.
  • The foundation is added automatically when you build the first floor, and you can anytime adjust basement height from 0 to 9 steps, stair length is adjusted automatically.
  • You cannot make houses raised on foundation and garage without foundation on same lot. You cannot have semi-basements integrated in foundation on sloped land, as it was possible in The Sims 2 and 3.

Other facts:

  • The Sims 4 support all 16:9 resolutions up to 2560×1440 (QHD). Good, considering that The Sims 3 lacked FULL HD (1920×1080) support and was running at maximum of 1600… 1600×900 and 1600×1200 (update: figured later that you can edit GraphicRules.sgr to set up custom resolutions, FULL HD and 4K works fine).
  • The life simulation was slightly improved over The Sims 3. This is the only good thing that survived from all The Sims series.

Lot prices in Newcrest

  • 15×20 – $1500
  • 20×30 – $2000
  • 20×40 – $2500
  • 30×30 – $2500
  • 30×40 – $3000
  • 40×50 – $8500

Willow Creek and Oasis Spring have lot prices varying between lots of same size.

The Sims 4 expansion packs (from Wikipedia)

EP01 Get to Work
PC: NA: March 31, 2015; EU: April 2, 2015.
Console: WW: March 20, 2018.

The first expansion pack adds three new playable, active careers: Doctor, Detective and Scientist. Get to Work also gives the opportunity to build your own retail store and start your own retail business. The expansion pack also adds a new neighborhood called Magnolia Promenade, and planet Sixam, an alien home world, as well as playable alien Sims. It also adds two new skills (Baking and Photography), new objects and clothing.

EP02 Get Together
PC: NA: December 8, 2015; EU: December 10, 2015.
Console: WW: September 11, 2018.

Get Together is the second expansion pack for The Sims 4, which was announced on August 5, 2015 at Gamescom. The main new feature of this expansion pack is Clubs. The player can create and join Clubs with distinct interests, personalities, and styles where the player can set the rules, define their look, and customize their hangouts. Furthermore, there are brand new activities such as foosball, darts, Don’t Wake The Llama and arcade machine. There are also all new DJ & Dancing skills. This expansion pack features a new world of called Windenburg, with scenic neighborhoods and picturesque landmarks, including the sprawling hedge maze at the Von Haunt Estate, the alluring pools along the bluffs, and the mysterious ancient ruins. Other new features include: emotional texts, natural pool colours, new foods & drinks, barista & DJ NPCs, and new Closet WooHoo & Bush WooHoo.

EP03 City Living
PC: NA: November 1, 2016; EU: November 3, 2016.
Console: WW: November 14, 2017.

The third expansion pack features a new city called San Myshuno with four unique neighborhoods. City Living introduces new careers reflective of our time including the returning politician career and two new brand new fields never seen in the franchise: social media and critic. The expansion pack focuses on city life and reintroduces apartments into the city, ranging from fixer-uppers to penthouses. There are many new lots and activities for Sims to explore such the Spice Market, Karaoke Bar, Geek Con with video game competitions, the Spice Festival with curry eating contests and a Romance Festival for love-seeking Sims. Apartments will feature lot traits which can be assigned to any lot. The new lot traits are available via patch to players who do not purchase the expansion.

EP04 Cats & Dogs
PC: WW: November 10, 2017.
Console: WW: July 31, 2018.

The fourth expansion pack introduces creation of pets such as cats, dogs, and items catered to Sims’ furry friends (similar to The Sims 2: Pets, The Sims 3: Pets and The Sims: Unleashed). This also allows players to pursue a veterinary career and create their own veterinary practice.

EP05 Seasons
PC: WW: June 22, 2018.
Console: WW: November 13, 2018.

The fifth expansion pack introduces new weather and seasons systems similar to the systems found in The Sims 2: Seasons and The Sims 3: Seasons, which allow Sims to experience winter, spring, summer, and fall. The pack also introduces new outfits as well as a new career, the Botanist.

EP06 Get Famous
PC: WW: November 16, 2018.
Console: WW: February 12, 2019.

The sixth expansion pack allows sims to become famous (similar to The Sims: Superstar) through the addition of an acting active career or a social media influencer. A variety of expensive objects are added to create luxury mansions, in the brand new world of Del Sol Valley.

EP07 Island Living
PC: WW: June 21, 2019
Console: WW: July 16, 2019

The seventh expansion pack focuses on sims living in a tropical paradise world called Sulani (in a similar vein to that of The Sims 3: Island Paradise). Other features include the conservationist, diving, fishing and lifeguard careers, playable mermaids, boats and the island locals.

EP08 Discover University
PC: WW: November 15, 2019
Console: WW: December 17, 2019

The eighth expansion pack introduces your sims to the life of university (similar to The Sims 2: University and The Sims 3: University Life). There is a new world, Britechester, which has two universities, “University of Britechester” and “Foxbury Institute”. It also adds the possibility of riding a bike.

EP09 Eco Lifestyle
WW: June 5, 2020

The ninth expansion pack focuses on eco-friendly living and environmental changes. There is a new world, Evergreen Harbor, which is impacted the environmental choices your Sims make. New objects include solar panels and wind turbines.

The Sims 4 game packs (from Wikipedia)

GP01 Outdoor Retreat
PC: WW: January 13, 2015.
Console: WW: December 4, 2018.

Adds a new world called Granite Falls. Within the new world Sims can vacation outdoors in a national park. This pack also adds a new skill (Herbalism); a new collectable (insects); and several new Sims traits, achievements, aspirations, outfits, objects, and game interactions related to outdoor activities.

GP02 Spa Day
PC: WW: July 14, 2015.
Console: WW: April 18, 2019.

Adds a new building type, the spa. This pack also includes a new skill (Wellness) as well as several new outfits, objects and game interactions related to the typical features in a spa like massages, meditation, mud baths, saunas and yoga.

GP03 Dine Out
PC: WW: June 7, 2016.
Console: WW: January 8, 2018.

Allows Sims to visit restaurants, as well as build and run their own restaurant. Those that own restaurants can experiment with new foods, employ staff and succeed in cooking. This pack also comes with a variety of items in Create a Sim.

GP04 Vampires
PC: WW: January 24, 2017.
Console: WW: November 14, 2017.

Allows Sims to become Vampires with different powers and weaknesses. A new residential world with five lots, Forgotten Hollow, is also introduced. The pack also comes with a new aspiration, new lot traits and numerous CAS and Build mode items that fit the darker Vampire theme.

GP05 Parenthood
PC: WW: May 30, 2017.
Console: WW: June 19, 2018.

Allows adult Sims to control and shape their child or teen’s life. New features like cursing, acne, school related projects, and many more. Toddlers, children, and teens can now be rebellious to their parents and other siblings. Parents can treat this new behavior by being strict, or they could be nurturing and hope that good things will come.

GP06 Jungle Adventure
PC: WW: February 27, 2018.
Console:WW: December 4, 2018.

Adds a new destination world called Selvadorada. New food, dance moves and music are added. Ancient artifacts and mysterious relics can be excavated and examined.

GP07 StrangerVille
PC: WW: February 26, 2019
Console: WW: May 14, 2019

Adds a new residential world named StrangerVille with a mystery to be solved. A new aspiration, build mode items, and CAS items were also included.

GP08 Realm of Magic
PC: WW: September 10, 2019
Console: WW: October 15, 2019

Adds two new worlds, Glimmerbrook and the Magical Realm. Adds Spellcasters and magical gameplay as well as Art Nouveau style build mode items and three different styles of Spellcaster CAS items.

EP09 Eco Lifestyle
WW: June 5, 2020

The ninth expansion pack focuses on eco-friendly living and environmental changes. There is a new world, Evergreen Harbor, which is impacted the environmental choices your Sims make. New objects include solar panels and wind turbines.

The Sims 4 stuff packs (from Wikipedia)

SP01 Luxury Party Stuff
PC: WW: May 19, 2015.
Console: WW: December 5, 2017.

Includes several luxury party outfits and items, including buffet tables and a table-top cheese/chocolate/drinking fountain.

SP02 Perfect Patio Stuff
PC: WW: June 16, 2015.
Console: WW: November 17, 2017.

Includes patio furniture, including hot tubs, as well as new outfits.

SP03 Cool Kitchen Stuff
PC: WW: August 11, 2015.
Console:WW: December 5, 2017.

Includes kitchen counters, cabinets and appliances, such as an Ice Cream Maker with over 30 different flavors.

SP04 Spooky Stuff
PC: WW: September 29, 2015.
Console: WW: October 2, 2018.

Includes Halloween-related costumes, items including spider webs and a pumpkin carving station, and a new spooky-themed party that Sims can throw.

SP05 Movie Hangout Stuff
PC: WW: January 12, 2016.
Console: WW: February 19, 2019.

Includes Bohemian-styled clothing, home theaters, and items such as the Popcorn Maker.

SP06 Romantic Garden Stuff
PC: WW: February 9, 2016.
Console: WW: February 6, 2018.

Includes garden objects, new outfits, and new gameplay modes.

SP07 Kids Room Stuff
PC: WW: June 28, 2016.
Console: WW: June 19, 2018.

Includes items for children’s rooms, including new beds, a puppetry, a new game, and new hair and clothes for children.

SP08 Backyard Stuff
PC: WW: July 19, 2016.
Console: WW: May 22, 2018.

Includes items for the backyard such as slip ‘n’ slide and bird feeders, and new hair and clothes.

SP09 Vintage Glamour Stuff
PC: WW: December 6, 2016.
Console: WW: November 14, 2017.

Includes vintage style items such as a vanity table, new Old Hollywood inspired clothes and hair and the ability to hire a butler.

SP10 Bowling Night Stuff
PC: WW: March 29, 2017.
Console: WW: March 12, 2019.

Includes items such as bowling lanes allowing players to build their own bowling hangout(s) for their Sims to visit. A new five level bowling skill, new themed clothing items, furniture, wallpapers and floorings are also included.

SP11 Fitness Stuff
PC: WW: June 20, 2017.
Console: WW: March 12, 2019.

Includes new items such as the rock climbing treadmill, workout videos and earbuds. Also included are more fitness apparel.

SP12 Toddler Stuff
PC: WW: August 24, 2017.
Console: WW: May 22, 2018.

Includes new playground equipments for toddlers to use.

SP13 Laundry Day Stuff
PC: WW: January 16, 2018.
Console: WW: August 14, 2018.

Includes new home technologies to help your Sim with domestic responsibilities and live an eco-friendly life. Marks of the return of laundry, washing machines and other laundry related items.

SP14 My First Pet Stuff
PC: WW: March 13, 2018.

Includes hamster, rat, pygmy hedgehog, or miniature bubalus as new pets. It is the first stuff pack to require another piece of Downloadable Content in order to use some of the content in it, in this case the Cats and Dogs pack.

SP15 Moschino Stuff
PC: WW: August 13, 2019
Console: WW: September 3, 2019

New clothing and décor from Moschino and Freelance Fashion Photographer career.

SP16 Tiny Living Stuff
PC: WW: January 21, 2020
Console: WW: February 4, 2020

Includes new home technologies to help your Sim with living a smaller lifestyle and reducing his/her carbon footprint., including carbon neutral tiles and Murphy beds.

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