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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 4, 2014
    9
    As a long time fan of The Sims, I had a count down going for The Sims 4 release date. I bought it the day after it was released and I amAs a long time fan of The Sims, I had a count down going for The Sims 4 release date. I bought it the day after it was released and I am absolutely blown away by how good the game looks. Yes you don't have toddlers or pools, but those aren't really necessary to play the game. I'll eagerly await the expansion packs that are sure to have those. What I loved about The Sims 4, and what I found lacking in all the others, is how attached you get to your Sims. Sims 4 allows you to build a deeper connection with what's going on in your Sims life. I find myself excited when they learn a skill, eagerly trying to accomplish their desires and overall just paying a lot more attention than before. I don't even feel the need to cheat because I want to watch my Sim grow. The Sims 4 has reignited my love for the game that was lost on all the others. I say play it! Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2014
    7
    Sims 4 is kind of a disappointment(IMo)but not without its own set of new giddy features, Sims series fans will feel just as home. InitiallySims 4 is kind of a disappointment(IMo)but not without its own set of new giddy features, Sims series fans will feel just as home. Initially The intuitive UI and seamless gameplay are only things that standout for me but hopefully the mods change that infact since this time EA is actually fully supportin mods and seeing the potential of improvements which might make the series glorious comeback and recover its popularity i'm giving it a 7 if not 3 to 4.20302032 ...its a downgrade from sims 3 but we'll have to wait in time to have a unbiased "critique" of the game since Sims 3 had all the expansions. Expand
  4. Oct 27, 2014
    3
    I played The Sims 4 for about 18 hours, then switched back to 3. I hate that there is now neighborhoods, instead of open access to the wholeI played The Sims 4 for about 18 hours, then switched back to 3. I hate that there is now neighborhoods, instead of open access to the whole town. Limited amount of lots to build houses on. The build mode is great, aside from not being able to change/create a style. CAS is pretty cool. I had a lot of hope for this game, but one of the things that turned me off completely, is the lack of Family Tree. I'll definitely be playing 3 for a long time to come. Expand
  5. Sep 3, 2014
    1
    This is an embarrassment almost on par with Sim City. Like that game, the 'Sim' part of the title is rendered null by the fact that there isThis is an embarrassment almost on par with Sim City. Like that game, the 'Sim' part of the title is rendered null by the fact that there is no actual simulation going on. The neighborhoods are not dynamic, sims will not live out their lives unless you're controlling them.

    It's unforgivable that a company with the resources of EA is putting out sequels that are actual REGRESSIONS of their predecessors. The only improvement this game makes is with the UI and Create-A-Sims, which is why I didn't give it a zero.

    The Sims has one of the most brilliant concepts in gaming but EA is holding it hostage with their anti-consumer business practices and their incompetent designers.
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  6. Apr 15, 2015
    0
    Don't trust any review that rates this game over a 5. This game, and the reboot of Sim City represent the dying days of EA and Maxis. I didn'tDon't trust any review that rates this game over a 5. This game, and the reboot of Sim City represent the dying days of EA and Maxis. I didn't think it was possible for the old EA games to be better than the new releases, but that is the case. EA did very little to update the Sims. The newest Sim City is a trainwreck, with very small towns that have less area than the original sim city. Expand
  7. Sep 2, 2014
    0
    This entire game is a huge disappointment. No sandbox, no sim careers, and the graphics are not better than sims 3's. I wasted 50 $ on this,This entire game is a huge disappointment. No sandbox, no sim careers, and the graphics are not better than sims 3's. I wasted 50 $ on this, luckily I can get a refund 24h from purchase. Expand

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