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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 6, 2014
    9
    Just like every other new game that is released, Sims 4 has its problems and negatives, sure, but what I see is a Sims game with enoughJust like every other new game that is released, Sims 4 has its problems and negatives, sure, but what I see is a Sims game with enough potential to become a great sequel to the series. Instead of rating the game badly right away, wait a little bit, it might turn out that EA will release updates adding all the content Sims fans miss so much in the 4th part. For my part, I have fun playing Sims 4 how it is. :) Expand
  3. Apr 18, 2015
    7
    Okay, I don't think, what game is so bad(3.7!)
    I can say some pluses and minuses:
    + Sim-creator, create your sim from plasticine, Sim's
    Okay, I don't think, what game is so bad(3.7!)
    I can say some pluses and minuses:
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    Sim-creator, create your sim from plasticine,
    Sim's emoji.
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    No open world.
    Many things is disappeared.
    Sometimes it boooring.
    7/10
    65/100
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  4. Sep 9, 2014
    3
    The Sims 4 has givening me no reason to spend my money on it, when everything in the Sims 2 is on pair, not to even compare it to 3. The SimsThe Sims 4 has givening me no reason to spend my money on it, when everything in the Sims 2 is on pair, not to even compare it to 3. The Sims 4 might have a shinner coat of paint, but if the Sim 3 is an sign of how much DLC can be squeeze out of people at 20 expansions at 30 a pop, your going to end up having to pay close to 600 alone for a complete game.

    The fact pools and children are removed gives the consumer an idea of the first 2 DLC packs that will be offered at a prem of 29.99-39.99 each.

    Time for the sun to set on the Sims as 4 has nothing new to offer past shinnier graphics and more DLC.
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  5. Sep 4, 2014
    1
    They are missing way too much. This game is only half there. This is not worth $60. It's not worth $30. It's honestly Vanilla Sims 2,They are missing way too much. This game is only half there. This is not worth $60. It's not worth $30. It's honestly Vanilla Sims 2, (yes, 2 not 3) with improved graphics. The game looks great, the ability to multitask, and to move rooms is a HUGE improvement. But when you realize you have to go through a load screen just to visit you neighbor, you will just turn off the game. The older Sims games were great, it seemed like you had to work to achieve things, there was progression. In this version you basically just send your sim to a job, keep all their needs sated and wait until you accomplish your goal. Your phone can basically do everything your sim needs. There's no upgrade path. There's no need to keep making your home better. You build a decent kitchen, get a nice bed, and some entertainment and you're done. Which is probably for the better since there's only a handful of items in the entire game.

    Maybe in a few years when there's actually content in the game, it'll be worth a purchase. But if it's some obscene $150 price tag for the game it should have been at launch you can be damn sure I will not buy it. Time to try to request a refund from Origin. This'll be fun.

    TLDR: If you enjoyed Sims 2 and hated Sims 3, you will like this game in a few months when it has DLC. If you've only been playing Vanilla Sims 2 for the last 10 years, then you'll look at this as a worthwhile upgrade.
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  6. Jul 3, 2019
    0
    This is truly the worst Sims game ever created by EA. They are destroying Will Wright's legacy in my opinion. The gameplay is extremelyThis is truly the worst Sims game ever created by EA. They are destroying Will Wright's legacy in my opinion. The gameplay is extremely superficial and shallow. The Sims, originally a fun, witty and detailed life SIMULATOR, is nothing more than a doll house where the simulation aspect only happens in your imagination. Expand
  7. Sep 2, 2014
    0
    Played several hours, lost interest fairly quickly. I found a lot of things empty or underwhelming. And though I realize it's still only thePlayed several hours, lost interest fairly quickly. I found a lot of things empty or underwhelming. And though I realize it's still only the vanilla game, I'm not so forgiving after paying $60. Meh...I've requested my refund, I just can't justify funneling money into DLCs to make the game more enjoyable like I did with The Sims 2 and 3. Expand

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