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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 75
  2. Negative: 2 out of 75
  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 8, 2014
    9
    I genuinely cannot understand where all the bad reviews are coming from, it seems to me like people are reading reviews and noticingI genuinely cannot understand where all the bad reviews are coming from, it seems to me like people are reading reviews and noticing 'problems' they would never have bothered about before. For example, the load screen when travelling between places. Surely you aren't basing your entire opinions on something so small which, if you ask me, is a major improvement? Why would you want to watch your Sim glitch from place to place (as the Sims 3 was slow to the point it was almost unplayable) when you can travel there within seconds? Granted, there are a number of things missing that I would like to have seen in the Sims 4, such as swimming pools and a larger variety of clothes etc. however i'm fairly sure those things will come in time. It seems to me, the original game was made to be so simplistic with the intention of adding more expansion packs than with the previous games,which I can only assume to be a way of making more money. Wouldn't you? Overall, I would say I am very pleased with the game and I'm glad I ignored the negative reviews, The Sims 4 is a smoother, tidier and all round better looking version of the Sims 3 with tons of added features and a Sim that is much more interactive than before. Please ignore all the negative comments and bad reviews, it's well worth the money! Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2021
    7
    A huge improvement over Sims 3 in terms of performance and glitches. While it lacks many of the things that previous Sims games had, likeA huge improvement over Sims 3 in terms of performance and glitches. While it lacks many of the things that previous Sims games had, like Create-A-Style, Open World, Cars, burglar alarms, neighborhood customization, etc, it makes up for what it left out, by being playable with little to no lag on even low-end PC's (laptop mode is a godsend), much-improved body diversity in CAS, emotions, fast loading times, etc.

    It's neither a step-above nor a step-backwards from its predecessors and excels in ways its predecessors don't, but also lacking in many of the things its predecessors had. So I give it a 7/10.
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  4. Sep 5, 2014
    3
    Big prize, **** content. Footage showed on E3 isn't what I expected after premiere. To many limitations due to The Sims 3 which destroysBig prize, **** content. Footage showed on E3 isn't what I expected after premiere. To many limitations due to The Sims 3 which destroys gameplay. If you are Sims-maniac and you want to pay for incomplete game, go for it! Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2014
    1
    Lets get it straight. Its a stripped out version of sims 2. No cars, no restaurants, no open world.. I rather have abit of lag rather thanLets get it straight. Its a stripped out version of sims 2. No cars, no restaurants, no open world.. I rather have abit of lag rather than empty village with 25 lots..
    Apart from multitasking and sim feelings, there's nothing else there...
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  6. Feb 27, 2020
    0
    I bought sims 4 when it was discounted to around $12AUD and bought pets for $25.

    It's sort of fun at first but becomes boring very quickly.
    I bought sims 4 when it was discounted to around $12AUD and bought pets for $25.

    It's sort of fun at first but becomes boring very quickly. Tiny closed in world, horrible load screens all the time. Sims completely vanish when they go to work and school. Lack of customisation.

    A base game should be fun and enjoyable and not feel so empty and lacking and not need eps that end up costing a lot. And because of being so bland I wont be spending another $ on Sims 4 and I worked out all EP's game and stuff packs bought at full price cost $910AUD total. I could buy so many good complete games for that price.

    A EP should enhance and add to the game play not make the game feel boring and unplayable without it.

    I bought sims 3 Ep's most at full price and didn't mind as I enjoy the game so much.

    The only good thing is the game doesn't crash at all.

    I wanted black curtains for my emo sim but nope that is not an option, it's so limited I can't make and decorate the house the way I want. And you can't play multiple sims efficiently. I wanted to have 1 sim stay at home and write books while I sent the other sim off to make friends. But nope when you go somewhere else the sims at home stop doing what you assigned them to do and are instead wasting time watching TV.

    You have to keep your sims all together to be able to control them all.

    So many steps back. There is so much I miss from Sims 3, the open world, CAS, vehicles, horses being able to control multiple sims at different locations at the same time, story progression.

    Never played the first sims.

    Sims 2 was alright.

    Still absolutely love sims 3 and it's the only one worth playing and bought every EP for it. And will still keep playing it.

    Sims 4 is not even as good as sims 2 and will not buy any more ep's for it as it's not going to change what I hate about it. Not going to play it again.

    Terrible money grabbing game that is not fun and so much content needed to buy that should be in the game already. It doesn't even deserve a 1.
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  7. Sep 2, 2014
    0
    I played for over an hour. (Not counting install time which was about 30 minutes.) The only reason it loads fast is because it's all installedI played for over an hour. (Not counting install time which was about 30 minutes.) The only reason it loads fast is because it's all installed to the hard drive.

    The bad: Everything you loved from the Sims 3 is now gone. There are no color wheels. There's a mismash of preset colors. Customizing your sims is pretty hard and in the E3 demo they showed them pulling on the sims in all kinds of crazy ways. No... You can't. There are limits. Very limited limits. No colors for changing colors of the clothing, hair, etc. You can't make anything even close to what you could in the Sims 3.

    The world is very limited. There are a few houses, a park, and no alterable terrain. No swimming pools. No karaoke machine. You have to unlock objects with career levels. Which is nice, but what if the sim you made wants an electric guitar? Nope. You have to get him up career levels to get it. What if you want green hair on your sim? Is the color available? No? Well, you can't have it. What if you want your sim to have a pink and purple shirt? Is it a preset color? No, well... You can't have it.

    The free to play app has more features than the Sims 4.

    The good (and there's not many):
    Load times are faster
    You can search for objects by name
    There are moods

    That's about all the good things that there are... Sadly. :(

    If you love the Sims 3 and have expansions, then you're going to hate this game. I have every Sims game from 1 and all it's expansions to now... 4. 4 is the worst Sims game I have ever seen and I bought the fully loaded premium edition for 80 bucks!!! I am not happy in the least!
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