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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 6, 2014
    7
    Feels unfinished.

    I know EA has a penchant for releasing tons of DLC - and the Sims 3 was no exemption, which I hope highlights the state
    Feels unfinished.

    I know EA has a penchant for releasing tons of DLC - and the Sims 3 was no exemption, which I hope highlights the state of the sims 4.

    Currently, there's not much to do outside of go to work and come home. My sims are content to act on auto-pilot for their daily living and there's not much to do outside of train skills.

    Interactions feel clunky. Sims mostly do what you expect them to otherwise just chat. Previous versions of the game felt like a soap opera - the people in the neighborhood could invite your characters into their lives and drama. Now it feels like a doll house, a doll house which lacks imagination.

    The easiest way to describe it is a lack of emotional connection to anything which happens.

    The game has a solid understanding of the dynamics of life - I like how the choices at work can affect your potential. The career oriented things I saw seemed plausible and fun to achieve.

    Felt like sims aged a bit quick by default but there's the normal option to turn it off, as well as an option to turn off the auto-birthday and make you instead have to blow out candles to age.

    The graphics are more inviting than the sims 3, but not so far out there that it makes you think, "Wow!". I miss being able to go places on vacation and explore and a variety of interactive towns.

    It's much less in your face, and has less staged actions than the sims 3 did at it's height, but the sims 4 feels very unpolished and lacking that energy that made the game an alternative to watching TV opposed to what it is now: a computerized doll house.
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  4. Oct 1, 2014
    3
    At first i want to pending the review for some expansion but NOT! Here is the story:

    i feel the game are disappointing because it close
    At first i want to pending the review for some expansion but NOT! Here is the story:

    i feel the game are disappointing because it close world not an open world like sims 3. i feel bored easily because in my computer, it take 5 minutes per load which is take a hard time to going to the gym or park. When i played the sims 3 , the sims can going by cab.

    i think in real world people going somewhere by vehicle not by loading and teleport like the sims 4. Why the hell EA downgrade from open world to closed world? This is disappointing. I ask the possibility of open world and Sims 4 Admin confirm that the sims 4 will never going open world.

    Thats it!! End of the story...

    why the hell they downgrade to closed world anyway? i am trying to figure it out and got assumption: EA want to back again to sims 2 because in some review, people always compare sims 3 to sims 2 and said "Sims 2 are better than sims 3 blablabla..." But it just my assumption.

    i am sure 99% i don't need to buy sims 4 expansion. What the hell they want to sell anymore: Astrology sign? color wheel? toddler? woohoo technique? amusement park? weather? new skill? new job? life stage? NOT INTERESTING!

    I want to jump to the sims 5, if EA open registration for sims 5 now, i am ready on the list!

    i actually want to score it 0, but i kindly think EA work hard for this game and deserve more than that. Well maybe you can get better score for sims 2 fans... Just saying...
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  5. Sep 4, 2014
    1
    This game is a scam.

    I spend a lot of money at the Sims 3 and the fuc.... expansions packs, but not anymore.   And with this fourth
    This game is a scam.

    I spend a lot of money at the Sims 3 and the fuc.... expansions packs, but not anymore.

      And with this fourth installment will do exactly the same.

    No children, no pets, no pools, no seasons, no quarters, no furniture, no clothes ....... because they prefer sell oll those things separately (again)
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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
    If you like Sims 1 you may like Sims 4. If you love Sims 2 or 3 you will hate this version. It seems EA is going backwards rather thanIf you like Sims 1 you may like Sims 4. If you love Sims 2 or 3 you will hate this version. It seems EA is going backwards rather than creating something better. Expand

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