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  • Summary: New to the series, the Sims display a range of emotions which influence your variety of decisions in the game. Emotions give you new choices that impact your Sims and shape their stories. You can now control how your Sims engage other Sims, objects and individual moments in the game. You control the brain, corpus, and now the heart of your Sims. The Sims you generate are full of life and are defined by, among other things, their unique personalities and their varying emotions. Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59
  1. Sep 3, 2014
    Everything feels like a step forward, even though there are some aspects (like random tutorials or some situations in which we felt completely out of control) that we would like to see more polished. Still, a great choice for The Sims fans.
  2. Sep 4, 2014
    The Sims 4 certainly doesn't reinvent the wheel and is not as comprehensive as its predecessors, but at the same is an accurate revision of almost every unbalanced gameplay aspect of the series.
  3. Sep 12, 2014
    The way they interact with each other, the way they can eat, watch TV and chat about underpants or spaceships at the same time is a marvellous technical achievement that puts the rest of the game, with its missing pools and open worlds, into context. I wish we could have it all in the same package – perhaps The Sims 5 will – but for now, I’m happily and frankly unexpectedly willing to trade those bells and whistles for characters that feel, well, real.
  4. 70
    Almost a great sequel, but the improvements to the sims are overshadowed by the shopping list of peculiarly random missing features.
  5. Sep 22, 2014
    The gameplay is as fun and addictive as ever, but while added features breathe plenty of new life into the old formula, they aren’t enough to keep The Sims 4 from feeling like half a game. It isn’t a complete misstep, but it’s certainly a long way from the heights intended for it.
  6. Sep 8, 2014
    Like every The Sims game before it, The Sims 4's success will hinge on the DLC that accompanies it -- what you have here is simply a solid foundation. The Sims team needs to do some heavy duty work on the automation side of things, but otherwise they've created a good place to build from.
  7. Sep 12, 2014
    The Sims 4 is still a charming life simulation, with a better interface and some new possibilities, but so many elements are missing compared from The Sims 3 (hello DLCs!) that all the fans will be disappointed.

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  1. Sep 2, 2014
    Fantastic! Every body, EA did that again! After the great success of reboot in Sim City, fans of simulation games are wondering what the next simulation title will be launched by EA. I can't imagine how bad the gaming industry will become if EA doesn't exist in this world. For starters, EA is currently one of the best simulation developers in the world, and in general it is the leader in trends of development of various games around the world.

    Sim City has already drawn so much attention and become a legend of simulation games in modern era. Today, another legend has born, which is this wonderful game.

    Sims 4 has significant improvement over its predecessor. It has an improved UI, which is more user friendly. Its graphic is superb and oustanding. On a technical side, the optimization is perfect, the game is running extremely smoothly. The game play elements also bring the simulation of life to a new level. It has a lot of elements added, and offers a great variety of game play choices for players. Also, it is very realistic, which is an outstanding life simulator.

    All in all, the game has a lot of innovative and creative improvement, which is a must-have for all fans of simulation.

    I am already looking forwards for more DLCs to come. Please do not release expansions again like the old-days, as this takes too much time for development. Fans want new contents as soon as possible. Developers, please try to release more and more DLCs on a weekly, or if possible, on a daily basis. Fans are eager to pay for more FUN! ;)

    Every one, please join me to celebrate the great launch day of such fantastic title!
  2. Sep 2, 2014
    What this site has become is really sad. Most of the reviews on this game have never played the game and are just repeating things they have heard other people say just to feel like one of the in crowd. Anyway enough with that crap, The game runs great and the loading is SOOOO much better. I am really enjoying the building interface Create a Sim is fantastic and you can really see where they are going with the design of it for future updates and DLC. I think they clearly looked at the issues with Sims 3 and tried to work on them ( the "open" world is gone FINALLY) I have zero issue with babies being tied to cribs literally the only thing that changes is not accidentally leaving your baby somewhere... and the emotions? Holy crap they are perfect! So far I can tell I will greatly enjoy playing this game more than Sims 3. Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2014
    Its funny....when Sims 3 was released...people did not like the open world, felt lost....and complained about the lack of items. Sims 4 removes the above (Minus the items) and people hate it. It is just like any other Sims release....everything is reset to vanilla Sims. Sims 4 tries to be Sims 2....with a bit of 3. (A lil bit).

    It's not a bad game....Sims 2 is still the best. My only major issue with 4 is the lack of items and it just being EA in general.....EA have always been terrible with DLC...time and again, and i really hope they do not add past stuff this time with a charge that should have been in before. Toddlers/Weather etc.

    Another note is the load screens etc are nowhere near as bad as you think and being locked to a specific area, you honestly do have more to do then you would have in other Sims.

    I think the Sims community is strong enough to change Sims 4 to how they want eventually... as always. + Mods always keep it fresh.

    Is it worth full price ? really is not...not even Sims 3 was imo, but when it does go on sale + dlc + patches then would be worth picking up. Honestly if you are a Sims fan , you will be playing it still right now, and not even reading this.
  4. Sep 7, 2014
    I think that Sims 4 is a scam...
    I think that the bare bones of the game is given with the initial release so that you have to purchase the
    expansion packs that are to come, which will have more options of course. Very disappointed with the fact that you have to load between neighborhoods, something that they probably wont change. Expand
  5. Sep 3, 2014
    Awful, don't bother. It's a huge downgrade.
    No pools, no basement. You can't lock sims in a room anymore. So you can't kill them by
    starvation unless you take the fridge off. You can't drown them either obviously. It's nearly impossible to kill a sim. No more happiness points based on moodlets, instead you have an useless buff called "emotion", that unlock useless interactions for "wishes" that barely grant any points. And that whole new design is just awfully confusing. I liked the old system a lot better the more moodlets the happier my sims, the better rewards, that's **** emotions for you... simple, powerful. No social worker. No cars. No urinals. Sims "pee like a champion" sitting down... No jobs location, no school location. Can't access sims to see their needs etc, when at work or at school (imaginary place). So weird tilting in the rewards section. An awfully obnoxious tutorial system that will pop a thousand times in your face.
    No jobs. It's all text based and skill based.
    Hair that look like kiddy paste. I don't see the point of doing Sims all over again they looked fine before. It's just so they can stick "Sims 4" on the box.
    People claimed that demo of Create a Sim didn't have everything, it very much did... There is not any more clothing options in the real game. And no create a style, no create a world either...
    Teens/YA/Adult/Elders look exactly the same that's why they only shown YA in the demo. They knew themselves. Stupid walks, who cares...
    Small cities... and all these sims walking around your home, feels like the Truman show car scene with his wife "they are running in circle all day".
    If you own Sims 3 and several expansions you are lucky because you don't need this crap! There is no reason whatsoever... Even build mode, so you have new commodities, cool, but with the old one you could achieve nearly the same, they just needed to patch it in not do an entire new game and call it "Sims 4".
    I played this game 2 hours, and I don't feel the need whatsoever to come back to it. I might actually buy an expansion of Sims 3 but this, no way... And they spent years to make this? No way... 6 months top...
  6. Sep 20, 2014
    I felt compelled to create an account and rate this game as low as possible. Now I'll carefully explain why.

    Every Sims release (until now)
    has been strides ahead of the previous version. DLCs aside, it was very easy to tell that Sims 3 was far ahead of Sims 2. The open world offered a level of exploration and customization that was absolutely unprecedented. Create a Style allowed you to make anything fit in exactly how you chose. There was no debate about whether the base game was an improvement over Sims 2.

    Now, to Sims 4. Gone is the open world, rather we are stuck with a district consisting of a handful of houses. It is a small handful at that. Want to visit a neighbor's house in the same district? Loading screen. Want to visit some random place on the map? Nope. All the while, other sims are free to roam past your lot, which seems to have more foot traffic than a park in London. Toddlers and pools are gone, which I was actually okay with, it's the other features, included in the base game of Sims 3, that put me a bit off. Create a Style is gone, revert back to the Sims 2 style of presets. Ponds and water are gone. Want to go fishing in the comfort of your backyard? Nope, you've been reduced to fishing and signposts. Along with ponds, changes in elevation are gone. The elevation tools allowed you to create massive castles, towering over the town, surveying all those beneath you. Basements are also nowhere to be found. Entire houses could be create under the earth in a seemingly empty lot. It seems the days of real creativity in designing your home are lost.

    Now to the performance. It is pretty clear that Sims 4 does run smoother than Sims 3, but is the cost really worth it? Below are a few factors that most certainly contribute to it running better:
    - No open world
    - Smaller lots
    - No Create a Style
    - No elevations
    Do the loss of these basic features for the gain of a bit of performance really make it a better game?

    Now for why I gave it a 0 instead of 3 or something... Too many reviews on this site (from those rating the game favorable to a point that is worthy of ridicule) make accusations against those who've rated it poorly. Rating it against Sims 3 w/ DLCs, don't like change, never actually purchased it, these are all things I've read in positive reviews. As a fan of The Sims since the original release, I am disappointed with this most recent installment.
  7. Sep 3, 2014
    EA lied to us since the very beginning. This is nothing but an alpha version of the game, which was supposed to be called "The Sims 4". While they've done well on the animation and the UI, they've managed to screw and cripple every other aspect of the game. If you don't want to be disappointed - play Sims 2 or Sims 3 instead - they BOTH have better graphics and far more features than this joke of a game. Expand

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