The Sims™ 4 review

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The Sims™ 4

The Sims™ 4 is an iconic life simulation video game from a renowned publisher, Electronic Arts. Created by the Maxis division, The Sims™ 4 is part of a series that has been both acclaimed and widely distributed around the globe, mesmerizing players with its unique blend of strategic life simulation, virtual role-playing, and architectural designing. Established in 2014 as the fourth major title in the Sims franchise, the game proposes a compelling gaming experience to its users, involving them in the intricate construction and manipulation of virtual people, known as “Sims.”

Diving Into the Gameplay

The charm of The Sims™ 4 lies predominantly in its gameplay that captivates millions, offering an exciting journey into the digital life of virtual beings. Like its predecessors, this game allows players to create a Sim character with distinct physical features and traits. You have full control over the aesthetic attributes ranging from the eyes, mouth, nose, and hairstyles to body type and clothing. Moreover, the game’s powerful personality system segments each Sim through various virtues and flaws, thereby adding depth to their persona.

Building and structuring homes for your Sims is another major element of the gameplay. The game consists of a versatile house construction mode, where you can expertly tailor your Sim's residence according to your design preferences. If architectural designing isn’t in your forte, there are pre-constructed homes available for convenience.

The Sims™ 4 has a comprehensive life simulation where players guide their Sims across different life phases, from infancy, adolescence, and adulthood to old age, witnessing their growth and evolution. The game allows you to make vital life choices for your Sims, deciding their career paths, love life, social activities, and more.

Standing Apart: The Uniqueness of The Sims™ 4

What makes The Sims™ 4 different from its counterparts lies in its core essence: it's not just a game but a simulation of life. While there is a burgeoning market of simulation games, none encapsulate the intricacies of human life as well as The Sims™ 4 does.

For instance, "Cities: Skylines" is a city-building game akin to the build mode in The Sims™ 4. However, while Cities: Skylines focuses on macro management, like zoning, public services, and taxation, The Sims™ 4 allows micro-level management of individual lives in each house.

Similarly, "Stardew Valley" is a blend of farming simulation and life simulation where players manage a farm and interact with other characters. However, the depth and breadth of personality traits, emotions, and life choices available in The Sims™ 4 far surpass the character interaction level in Stardew Valley.

Another related category is the MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) like "World of Warcraft" or "Final Fantasy XIV." In these games, you embody a character, interact with others, and progress through levels. Yet, these games primarily focus on combat or completing specific tasks, limiting the flexibility of choices for players. The Sims™ 4, in contrast, provides you with a blank canvas to shape your Sim's life course with no set goals or levels to overcome.

The Sims™ 4 truly stands out due to its freedom of storytelling. Players can not only customize the appearance of their Sims but also shape their personalities, careers, relationships, and life trajectories in whatever way they deem fit. The game essentially gives one the power to play God, a sense of control difficult to find in other games. It does not confine players with any set storyline or goals but instead invites them to create their unique narratives through their Sims.

Also, the game's expansion packs add a beautiful layer of depth by introducing unique themes or settings, such as living off-the-grid in a rural setting or immersing in a magical world. These expansion packs effectively broaden the scope and enrich the experiences that this game offers, reinforcing the position of The Sims™ 4 as a distinct entity in the gaming market.

However, unlike its predecessors, the game removed the open-world concept. All actions and activities outside the player's household necessitate a loading screen, creating a fragmented feeling, as players experienced fluid transitions in previous editions. Also, the base game lacks certain features present in earlier releases, including swimming pools and toddlers.

Reaching the Endgame: What do the players say?

From the perspective of the players, The Sims™ 4 provides a rich experience that few games can match. Users applaud the improved visual graphics, the intricate personality system, the craftsmanship involved in the house construction, and the overall freedom and creativity room to play God with their Sims lives. The new emotion system is another strong point, where Sims react more naturally based on their surrounding atmosphere or situations, making the gameplay more immersive and realistic.

However, not all player feedback is roses. Discontent arises from the removal of the open-world concept, as the loading times break the seamless living experience the previous edition provided. Also, the significant amount of downloadable content (DLC) – both free and paid– to supplement the base game is another point of contention among players.


- Enhanced visual graphics and aesthetics;
- Greatly nuanced personality system for the creation of Sims;
- Innovative emotion system contributing to immersion in the game;
- Architectural design freedom in house construction.


- Removal of the open-world concept;
- Lack of certain features in the base game found in previous editions;
- Significant reliance on downloadable content (DLC) to complete the experience.

The Sims™ 4, with its mix of creativity, strategic life decisions, and a high degree of user control, along with its own strengths and weaknesses, remains a unique life simulation game that continues to capture the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. Despite any negatives, the game provides an undeniably intriguing experience into digital life, continuing to enhance and evolve the franchise's legacy.

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Author: Maxis
Size: 51 GB available space

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