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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 7, 2014
    9
    After a few good, solid das of playing, I can hnoestly say Sims 4 is the best in the series so far. Its a nice balance between the gameplayAfter a few good, solid das of playing, I can hnoestly say Sims 4 is the best in the series so far. Its a nice balance between the gameplay of Sims 2 and the open world-ness of Sims 3 (minus the agonizing load times and PC-choking requirements).

    I was actually shocked to find 4 plays *better* on my PC than 3 did - and I bought this machine not long after 3 came out.

    Overall the game is stable, and I keep discovering new thins hiding deep within the gameplay. I think a lot of the negative reviews are from people who played 15 minutes and then went PFFFt or - worse - haven't played the game at all.

    Pros: Well... almost everything, gameplay wise. The menus and camera can be a bit confusing, but they have a couple settings to revert those to previous incarnations.

    Cons: I only have two. The first is the lack of a more robust autosave feature. While the game crashes very, very rarely (had it happen twice in a week), if you haven't saved, then you're going to be in trouble.

    The second is a bit more important - the first patch resulted in my game crashing on launch. It took me a good couple hours to realize that the game had to be run in administrator mode so the patch could be applied. I wound up uninstalling and sitting through a massive redownload via Origin before realizing what was going on.

    So is it perfect? No. But in the realm of Sims games, I think its a very solid foundation for the inevitable mountains of DLC to come. It's probably the best in the Sims franchise so far.
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  3. Dec 8, 2015
    7
    I really like how the sims look. But there are so many annoying features about the game. For example, the recent update means that if you wantI really like how the sims look. But there are so many annoying features about the game. For example, the recent update means that if you want your sim to take a shower and you have it in a queue with other things (e.g. shower, then go to the toilet, then cook breakfast) the game cancels out the shower. It seems to be specifically showers. Another thing is that when you want to cancel a conversation with other sims to talk to someone else, it takes up to an hour (sims time) to leave the conversation, which is extremely annoying. Also when I want my sim to do something (e.g. gardening), they often just decide to do something completely different, which is time wasting and especially annoying when you have a large family and are trying to make several sims build skills at once. It's a fun game, but without the (very expensive) expansion packs there isn't much to do. Expand
  4. Sep 9, 2014
    3
    I like the sims games and I am not blind to the problems the Sims 3 had. It ran badly even on fast machines, it could handle too many NPCs andI like the sims games and I am not blind to the problems the Sims 3 had. It ran badly even on fast machines, it could handle too many NPCs and had so many bugs you spent half your time at the console using cheats to clear them. It also had over £300s with of extra material added by extremely over priced expansions. When it came out people said it had nothing in it compared to the Sims 2 with its many expansions. The Sims 4 has no expansions yet so its being compared to the Sims 3 with all its extra content. So its not going to look good.
    Fact is though, compared to the Sims 3 without any expansions, the Sims 4 does not have much of anything, the maps may be designed to improve performance but they have cut back too far, you can see your neighbors house, but if you want to visit it, there is a loading screen to deal with and if you switch between your Sims whilst one is out, there is a bug that stops your Sim entering your front door. I found my self actually bored, the game seems to be Eat Sleep and **** and little else. Sure the emotions are funny and the character creation is interesting. But the UI it self scatters everything all over the screen, its not all in one place anymore so you spend the first hour wondering where everything is and the rest of your life cursing the design decision that put everything in each corner of the screen. Also the Sims look pretty dated, this is not much of an upgrade over the Sims 3 from a graphics perspective, in fact it may even be a step back once you get over the new hair and stuff. The game is very slick and polished when you go to town and find only 4 buildings you can enter and there is loading screen between each of those, you more or less get the idea that the Sims 4 has a bad case of anorexia, which for £50 for the standard game, makes it one of the biggest rip offs on sale today. EA being the holder of most of these rip off records. Having said that, if your willing to throw money at EA I am absolutely positive they will solve all these problems with a whole series of grossly over priced expansions.
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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. May 22, 2019
    0
    I did't like it. I couldn't create myself in CAS. Easy in sims 2 and 3, impossible in 4. I feel like I only have negative things to say aboutI did't like it. I couldn't create myself in CAS. Easy in sims 2 and 3, impossible in 4. I feel like I only have negative things to say about it so i'll just move on.... Sims 5 needs to be innovative and different. Expand
  7. Sep 2, 2014
    0
    I am very disappointed. When I first started to play, one word came into mind.... incomplete. It feels like they gave me a game that theyI am very disappointed. When I first started to play, one word came into mind.... incomplete. It feels like they gave me a game that they didn't finish. Compared to the mass amount of variety and options I could do to customize my Sims and house, it feels like they only gave me about 3%. If only AT THE VERY LEAST they added a color wheel to change the colors of the Sims clothes and the furniture it would at least bring some variety to customization. They put me in a universe with endless possibilities in Sims 3 and then they expect me to accept the fact that they put me in a small shoe box with so many restrictions with Sims 4. I'm going to have hope that EA listens to their customers! Expand

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