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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. YouNew 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: 31 out of 74
  2. Negative: 2 out of 74
  1. Sep 3, 2014
    90
    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 12, 2014
    80
    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.
  3. Sep 12, 2014
    79
    Series veterans are also going to realise that despite the various improvements, The Sims 4 is not in any way as robust as The Sims 3. The core game is magnificent and well designed for the most part, but there are a ton of missing extras, which will presumably be filled out with various DLC packs.
  4. Sep 9, 2014
    70
    Although The Sims 4 brings a few new features, namely the emotion system, it can only make the early fans unhappy and disappointed. Electronic Arts erased many elements and features that were essential and representative of the saga. And we already know that EA will sell them in a few months, included inside expansive expansion packs.
  5. Sep 29, 2014
    70
    The Sims 4 manages to be both the worst and the best installment in the series so far. It’s lacking content and has a fair amount of glitches and bugs. But the new feeling mechanics works really well, and opens up a new dimension that The Sims never have been close to before. In the end, the positive parts are the ones that are most noticeable.
  6. Sep 10, 2014
    65
    Even in virtual worlds, variety is the spice of life. The Sims 4, for all its polish and cleverness, simply isn't very spicy.
  7. Sep 12, 2014
    40
    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
    10
    Fantastic! Every body, EA did that again! After the great success of reboot in Sim City, fans of simulation games are wondering what the nextFantastic! 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!
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  2. Sep 7, 2014
    9
    After a few good, solid das of playing, I can hnoestly say Sims 4 is the best in the series so far. Its a nice balance between the gameplayAfter a few good, solid das of playing, I can hnoestly say Sims 4 is the best in the series so far. Its a nice balance between the gameplay of Sims 2 and the open world-ness of Sims 3 (minus the agonizing load times and PC-choking requirements).

    I was actually shocked to find 4 plays *better* on my PC than 3 did - and I bought this machine not long after 3 came out.

    Overall the game is stable, and I keep discovering new thins hiding deep within the gameplay. I think a lot of the negative reviews are from people who played 15 minutes and then went PFFFt or - worse - haven't played the game at all.

    Pros: Well... almost everything, gameplay wise. The menus and camera can be a bit confusing, but they have a couple settings to revert those to previous incarnations.

    Cons: I only have two. The first is the lack of a more robust autosave feature. While the game crashes very, very rarely (had it happen twice in a week), if you haven't saved, then you're going to be in trouble.

    The second is a bit more important - the first patch resulted in my game crashing on launch. It took me a good couple hours to realize that the game had to be run in administrator mode so the patch could be applied. I wound up uninstalling and sitting through a massive redownload via Origin before realizing what was going on.

    So is it perfect? No. But in the realm of Sims games, I think its a very solid foundation for the inevitable mountains of DLC to come. It's probably the best in the Sims franchise so far.
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  3. Jul 13, 2015
    7
    Although the game has impressive smooth graphics and has a lot of customization options in Build-A-Sim and Build-A-Lot modes, The Sims 4 feelsAlthough the game has impressive smooth graphics and has a lot of customization options in Build-A-Sim and Build-A-Lot modes, The Sims 4 feels more like The Sims 2.5 as the game play barely offers something new in its gameplay with its lack of open-world from its predecessor.

    Rating: 7/10

    Pros:
    +Graphics are smooth and impressive.
    +Lots of customization options in Build-A-Sim and Build-A-Lot modes.

    Cons:
    -The gameplay barely offers something new to the game. The “emotions” feature does not even dramatically change the gameplay.
    -Lack of open-world from its predecessor is a huge downgrade.
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  4. Dec 27, 2014
    3
    The game promises a lot but it turns out to be boring, empty, buggy and lacks the fun and enjoyment that one would expect from a Sims game.The game promises a lot but it turns out to be boring, empty, buggy and lacks the fun and enjoyment that one would expect from a Sims game.
    The Sims 4 feels like playing some facebook free game and that might work for someone who's new to the sims franchise, but for the players who are used to the large amount of content of the previous sims games this is just disappointing.
    The Sims 2 and Sims 3 base games have a lot more to offer and not even mentioning The Sims 1 that for the time when it came out was an amazing, mind blowing game.
    As far as now I can't truly recommend the game, it might get better as time goes by but as far as now It just doesn't worth what it costs.
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  5. Sep 3, 2014
    1
    The graphics are very nice looking, in my opinion, but that is really the only thing I like about the game. To put it simply, it is a slap inThe graphics are very nice looking, in my opinion, but that is really the only thing I like about the game. To put it simply, it is a slap in the face to all long-time Sims fans. It might be enjoyable to people who have never played a Sims game before, but you'd be much better off buying the Sims 3 and saving money if that is the case. Expand
  6. Jun 6, 2018
    0
    Another despicable release by EA, I think the current 1224 red vs 566 green user reviews show that gamers are fed up with these predatoryAnother despicable release by EA, I think the current 1224 red vs 566 green user reviews show that gamers are fed up with these predatory "DLC" practices. Its obvious the "DLC" is cut from the shallow main game release to be sold to you later at predatory prices just to get that "full" experience. Vote with your wallets people, do NOT buy DLC in games anymore...if a game is obviously cut up and shallow like The Sims 4..do yourself and the rest of gamers a favor...REFUND IT and give it bad reviews/shout outs on metacritic/youtube/promotional videos/twitter/reddit/facebook and EVERYWHERE you can to get more people like us..the smart ones that know to steer clear of EA games. Its gotten so sick with this company that now they are selling DLC FOR DLC. "DLC" shouldnt even be called "DLC" anymore it should be "CFM"..."Cut From Maingame". Crooks! Avoid EA like a plaque. Expand
  7. Sep 2, 2014
    0
    I am very disappointed. When I first started to play, one word came into mind.... incomplete. It feels like they gave me a game that theyI am very disappointed. When I first started to play, one word came into mind.... incomplete. It feels like they gave me a game that they didn't finish. Compared to the mass amount of variety and options I could do to customize my Sims and house, it feels like they only gave me about 3%. If only AT THE VERY LEAST they added a color wheel to change the colors of the Sims clothes and the furniture it would at least bring some variety to customization. They put me in a universe with endless possibilities in Sims 3 and then they expect me to accept the fact that they put me in a small shoe box with so many restrictions with Sims 4. I'm going to have hope that EA listens to their customers! Expand

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