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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 2, 2014
    9
    The definitive the sims experience. With a very cool enviorement, the game provides an immersive feel that you are in the true control of yourThe definitive the sims experience. With a very cool enviorement, the game provides an immersive feel that you are in the true control of your character. The pros: great graphics, nice music, fantastic character creation, fantastic house builder (the best of all of them), great new concepts such as smartphones and enviorement colors that change your sim moods.
    Cons: lack of pools (yeah), small village.
    It is an amazing game, don't feed the trolls here, there are just a lot of ppf that hate changing...
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  3. Sep 11, 2014
    7
    not bad :( Sims3 is better than sims 4 it don"t have new thing besides it lost something EA its a good company but I want to better scores 71not bad :( Sims3 is better than sims 4 it don"t have new thing besides it lost something EA its a good company but I want to better scores 71 is a good score for this game Expand
  4. Sep 18, 2014
    3
    I felt just the same way when i bought the "new" SimCity, all cool options and addictive gameplay were gone. The same happened with TS4. ThisI felt just the same way when i bought the "new" SimCity, all cool options and addictive gameplay were gone. The same happened with TS4. This game is booooooooooring compared to the Sims3. Maybe it's a good option if you have not played anohter sims game ever, but as a fan of the series, you will be very disappointed. The gameplay just sucks, loading screens? come'on!, the "city" where you are living is just dead, there are no longer interesting stories going around, the lack of customization, fewer life dreams, and a long etc.. Now i have graded this with a 3 for the following: nice create a sim, improved social interactions (more "realistic")... and i think that's it. Expand
  5. Sep 3, 2014
    1
    I've been expecting that game so much, after endless hours of the older games.
    But what I got is just not satisfying at all.
    From the first
    I've been expecting that game so much, after endless hours of the older games.
    But what I got is just not satisfying at all.
    From the first second when you moved into a house you have the feeling that things are missing.
    You just have the feeling that the "core game" was designed to make people buy the addons/DLCs.
    It just restricts your creativity.

    Another big anoying things is bugs.
    My sims are sometimes stuck in walls, the music is running wild (i seems there are multiple tracks played at the same time), and I have some grafic glitches when moving objects around.
    Sure, its the first week for the game. But what in hell, was there no internal testing?
    These bugs are so obvious to me, how could they make it to the final product?

    For me EA would have done better by focusing on the gameplay, content and game mechanics than all the other stuff around the game.
    What is the benefit of the community stuff when the actual game is not satisfying.

    For 70 bucks im really extremly disappointed from what I got.
    And the feeling that you are driven to buy additional content, as 70 bucks are not enough to provide content, make everything just worst
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  6. Dec 7, 2014
    0
    I have never complained about a game before in my life. I'm pretty forgiving. But this game is a scam, it's daylight robbery. Though it'sI have never complained about a game before in my life. I'm pretty forgiving. But this game is a scam, it's daylight robbery. Though it's meant to be a sequel to three other Sims games, it's a total downgrade in every aspect. Even if there hadn't been three previous versions to compare it to, I'd still feel robbed. They must have made it with 2 year-olds in mind, because the game play, cartoon graphics, ridiculous Duplo style furniture and embarrassing amount of loading screens are just insulting. They shouldn't call it a life simulator, because it's not. It seems rushed, cheap, and it is full of software bugs. Technically it must have been programmed by apprentices. Saved games get lost, broken and bloated, so that the appalling amount of loading screens take longer and longer the more you play. Seriously, it's no more than a mobile app at best, not worth more than 1.99$. And it's dreadfully boring. Once you realize how limited it is, and how useless the NPCs are, and how flawed and game driven the emotional system is (forcing you to complete tasks all the time just to control your Sim's emotions) there is nothing fun about it. It has been stripped down to the bone. EA takes pride in having released 7 patches already. That is how broken and buggy and unplayable this game was on release, nothing to be proud of, however they seem to think it's very amusing. The people who are still playing have modified it to the point it hardly resembles what EA made at all.
    I can safely say this is the worst game I have ever played in my life, despite being a hardcore Sims player since 2000 and owning every single title and EP of the Sims franchise. At first I hoped an eventual Sims 5 would repair the damage it's left in it's wake, but I'm afraid it's so bad I'll never trust EA again. After SimCity and Sims 4, I believe the company just doesn't have what it takes to make games. Even if they did make a Sims 5, their vision would probably ruin that too, because they just don't know what they're doing. This game is a disaster and a rip off.
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  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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