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  • Summary: The Sims 4 is the highly anticipated life simulation game that lets you play with life like never before. Create new Sims with intelligence and emotion. Experience all new intuitive and fun creative tools to sculpt your Sims and build unique homes. Control the mind, body, and heart of yourThe Sims 4 is the highly anticipated life simulation game that lets you play with life like never before. Create new Sims with intelligence and emotion. Experience all new intuitive and fun creative tools to sculpt your Sims and build unique homes. Control the mind, body, and heart of your Sims, and bring your stories to life. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Dec 16, 2017
    84
    The Sims 4 once again proves that a good PC game that’s primarily designed for keyboard and mouse, simply doesn’t suit the controller. It’s but one of the many reasons that Microsoft needs to pull their fingers out and enable keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One, not only will it help the transition of games like this and Divinity Original Sin, but it will add more appeal too.
  2. Nov 17, 2017
    80
    For the first time, EA has brought a full Sims experience to console, with all of its features intact – even cheats. The Sims 4 doesn't always feel at home on Xbox, though, with clunky menus, confusing controls, tiny text, and a mess of tutorials. But if you prefer to game on console rather than PC, The Sims 4 is still worth the time and effort. The character creation, building, and social interactions are engaging enough to keep simulation-minded players busy for years.
  3. Nov 22, 2017
    75
    EA and Maxis' series comes back to console with bright and dark spots. On one side we have a very satisfying simulation with a good technical production, but on the other we get somewhat uncomfortable controls and relatively too little environment and character customization choices.
  4. Nov 11, 2017
    70
    The Sims 4 on Xbox One is a good launch if you have not the oportunity to enjoy the game already on PC, or if you don't have a computer capable of moving it, despite its moderate requirements. The soundtrack is still fantastic and the personality of the sims is here, but the controls are very unintuitive.
  5. Nov 16, 2017
    68
    If you can get past all the issues that The Sims 4 has on consoles, it’s a ton of fun. That’s a pretty big 'if' though!
  6. Nov 21, 2017
    65
    The Sims 4 is a compelling game with tonnes of customisable options. Sadly, poor attention to the functionality of playing with a controller rather than keyboard and mouse, and a sparse tutorial make this version difficult to overly recommend.
  7. Nov 29, 2017
    40
    If you are a fan of The Sims and desperately want it on your console, you will probably be able to overlook this console port's abysmal user interface and controls in order to get at what is essentially the same game you've always known. The Sims themselves are still charmingly over-animated and the audio-visual design is pleasing enough. For anyone else, the struggle to overcome the nastiness of even the basic controls and menus only leads to the same old gameplay loop, albeit with a couple of interesting features bolted on. As a series, The Sims has simply failed to evolve enough.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Jan 2, 2018
    8
    I’ve sunk a huge amount of hours into The Sims over the years and I still see it as one of the best creations to ever present itself to usI’ve sunk a huge amount of hours into The Sims over the years and I still see it as one of the best creations to ever present itself to us gamers. When The Sims 4 was first announced for consoles I was very excited, and thankfully it lives up to my expectations quite a lot of the time. There are very few games out there that offer you as much customisation as a Sims game does, and I’m not exaggerating when I say you can sink hundreds of hours by just chopping and changing things. The replay value overall is second to none and this is a game that you will be playing for year’s to come, which means you definitely get value for your money. I was a little dubious to how the game would run on my console, but thankfully I didn’t need to be dubious because it runs smoothly most of the time. It does however suffer with a few problems and the biggest problem for me is the controls. The controls are very awkward to grasp and without a doubt you can tell that the game was originally designed for PC. They do offer you a tutorial showing you how to work the awkward controls, but unfortunately I ended up becoming more confused because they are a little too complex for their own good. I will say though that they have put almost everything in from the PC experience and I appreciated the effort that has gone in here. The presentation side of the game is what you would expect from a Sims game and everything has been done really well, which is great. At the end of the day fans of The Sims will be very pleased to see that the series has finally made its way to console, and whilst it suffers with a few problems it still plays very well on the console. The thing that really makes The Sims stand out is the amount of replay value it gives you, and it’s very rewarding when playing for long periods so you will definitely get your money’s worth within a couple of weeks, and that’s the main reason why it gets a thumbs up from me. Expand
  2. Feb 28, 2019
    8
    As a lifelong Sims fan and one who has put hundreds of hours not only into the PC versions, but the PS2 and Xbox 360 ports as well, I canAs a lifelong Sims fan and one who has put hundreds of hours not only into the PC versions, but the PS2 and Xbox 360 ports as well, I can honestly say this is a solid port. I understand everyone's experience is different, but I've never encountered any game breaking bugs and glitches. In my experience, the save system works just fine especially if you use the manual save option on the pause menu.

    If you've played any of the previous console ports then you should expect the controls and UI to be a little challenging at first, but again, I wouldn't say they make the game unplayable by any means. They're not "broken," just a little complicated. If you're patient and take time to read/learn the prompts, it will become second nature. In fact, where it took me a few days to get used to the controls and UI on the 360 port of the Sims 3, it only took me a few hours on this one.

    Yes, the open world feels a little disconnected and not as immersive with the load screens and all, but in my opinion that's never been a strong suit or major focus of the Sims franchise. If you're wanting a genuine open world experience then of course there are better options out there than a Sims game.

    As for the content in the base game, I think it's inaccurate to say it's been stripped at the expense of the DLC. If you compare the customization options for your Sim and lots in the base game to previous entries, it's absolutely a step up. I was worried when I read others' reviews about the lack of content in the base game, but in fact I was a little overwhelmed with the customization options. Of course the DLC is ridiculously overpriced, but I never felt like I was missing out on stuff in the base game- vampires or cool patio stuff weren't going to significantly enhance my experience either way. Even so, it's understandable that people who want to mix up their game play are upset at paying nearly full-price for DLC. Personally, I feel there are tons of customization options and lifestyle choices to keep you busy for hundreds of hours in the base game if you're creative enough.

    As with any PC port, it's not absolutely perfect and I did have a few gripes with it. For example, when in the different UI menus, you can't move the cursor so you have to back out of whatever menu you're in to keep playing. I would've loved an option where I could pin the needs menu to the screen and keep playing instead of having to scroll all the way to right corner every time to see what I needed to take care of next, and then have to exit out of that menu before I could use the cursor again. Another example would be if you wanted to use the sledgehammer to undo something, you have to continuously hit the back button from the different build menus to get to that option. The actual flow between the game play and menu interface feels very disconnected and can get annoying, especially if you have a lot going on at once. When trying to interact with different Sims, you're better off pausing live mode. Other Sims move way too fast on screen for you to move your cursor over and try to interact with them. I felt those interactions were also considerably brief compared to previous entries, so if you're trying to build a relationship with someone, again you're better off pausing the game and filling up the queue or else the interaction will be over before you can decide your next choice. By that point the other Sim might already be walking away or doing something else. I believe the same can be said for your own Sim's actions- to make it easier I never give my Sims full autonomy, but that's completely up to the individual player.

    All in all, if you're a Sims fan and know what to expect from the franchise and haven't picked this up on PC already, I would absolutely recommend the console port. I never experienced the technical issues others have complained about and as far as the amount of content in the game, I never felt like I was missing out and in fact appreciated the amount of customization options compared to previous entries. Of course everyone will have their opinion, but based on my experience with the franchise, I think it's inaccurate to say the majority of the game is locked behind the DLC. Despite the blatant greed that EA puts on display with over $300 worth of DLC, I can say that this is still a solid continuation of the franchise and worth picking up if you've been a Sims fan from the beginning. If you're looking for an incredibly OVERWHELMING amount of content and are unfamiliar with EA's approach to DLC ever since the first Sims expansion packs, an open world experience, or have never played a console port of the Sims (or any Sims game for that matter), I'd recommend some hands-on experience before actually making a decision to purchase. If you know what you're getting into with a console port of the Sims and are a lifelong fan like I am, absolutely go for it.
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  3. Nov 22, 2017
    7
    Sims 4
    Addictive Simulation
    Sims 4 is a simulation game where you live out the life of your created sim.. Though sims 4 introduces a
    Sims 4
    Addictive Simulation
    Sims 4 is a simulation game where you live out the life of your created sim..
    Though sims 4 introduces a genetics system to allow your sims to have babies that borrows traits from their parents..
    I chose to live my sim life as a husband with my son and wife..
    You start out by choosing 1 of 3 areas to live in, you then purchase a plot of land and get to building with a small but decent budget, enough to get a house going with your essentials..
    Its then up to you to fulfill your sims needs based on their characteristics and traits you choose at the start…
    I was an athletic romantic husband with a smart and crazy wife, and a charming toddler..
    Eventually my wife and child would signal they needed certain items so it was up to me to get a job to afford entertainment for them to keep them preoccupied and happy..
    As my mai n character didn’t need too much.. he just needed to workout to keep his mind clear..
    But my wife needed mental support, she needed help with our child, cleaning the house, repairing items, while she took breaks to be with herself.. hide from the world a little bit, talk to herself to calm herself down, she had a need to make friends and discover, she has a dork so she needed to play video games to stay happy, another thing for me to take care of…
    I was surprised how invested I ended up being in my sim family, of making sure my wife was happy, that I gave her just the right amount of attention and free time…
    That I took her on dates and cheered her up by being dumb…
    Ending our days occasionally making sweet love…
    Which brings me to baby making.. your sims can get pregnant and have babies..
    And youll check on your wife constantly, feel her tummy, make her feel beautiful and wanted while you you wait for the baby to come out…
    this is how I chose to live my sim life, but you can live yours any way youd like.. you can start out single and go out into the world.. just focus on earning cash to build a massive house…
    Its all up to you..
    And you can go back and forth between the different members of your family and interact with eachother any way youd like, you can roll play, make them fight, or keep them happy… or just let the sims do their thing on their own..
    I enjoyed my first sims experience..
    I get why so many people get addicted to it..
    I got my fill of the sims in about 5 hours of fast forwarding and managing everyones needs
    but it was an enjoyable 5 hours
    I give the Sims 4
    a 7/10
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  4. Jul 27, 2018
    4
    THE SIMS SHOULD HAVE STOPPED IN THE FAR FAR TIMES OF THE FIRST TWO THE SIMS. NOW UNMEANING AND UNWORKING. PLEASE EA LEARN FROM YOUR COMMUNITYTHE SIMS SHOULD HAVE STOPPED IN THE FAR FAR TIMES OF THE FIRST TWO THE SIMS. NOW UNMEANING AND UNWORKING. PLEASE EA LEARN FROM YOUR COMMUNITY COMMENTS.

    +++THE GOOD+++
    +THE SIMS
    +REAL LIFE SIMULATOR
    +NICE ADDS
    +ENDLESS GAMEPLAY

    ---THE BAD---
    -NOTHING NEW
    -BUGGY
    -THEN BORING
    -TECHNICALLY SO BAD AND OLD
    -CLUMSY CONTROLS
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  5. Feb 14, 2018
    4
    I was super excited for this game, and was disappointed. The graphics and gameplay is the same as the PC version (I think), but I didn’t enjoyI was super excited for this game, and was disappointed. The graphics and gameplay is the same as the PC version (I think), but I didn’t enjoy it for console. The gameplay is slow and it took to much time to do what should be simple tasks. Another thing is that I experienced multiple glitches within the first hour. The controls are also not great, but that wasn’t a huge issue overall (it was annoying at times though). Creating my Sim was fun though, and my favorite part of this game. The game itself can probably be fun if you like this kind of game, but if you aren’t sure, then I don’t recommend it. Expand
  6. Nov 20, 2017
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a poor game. Too slow when changing from live mode to build mode,also slow when carrying out tasks takes hours to complete tasks taking up most of the day making it hard to achieve anything. When choosing personality traits the hot headed one is a joke the sim is constantly angry making it hard to form a relationship at home and at work. One sim caught fire and just stood in the fire didn’t extinguish it or anything and no fire truck came,was unable to ring one as the phone didn’t work...Overall the game is a let down and I’d rather play it for free on my iPad. Waste of £40 Expand
  7. Dec 12, 2017
    0
    The game has yet to receive a single patch and its menus and controls are -still- utterly glitchy broken and borderline unusable, And EA beingThe game has yet to receive a single patch and its menus and controls are -still- utterly glitchy broken and borderline unusable, And EA being EA it probably won't be patched any time soon if ever. Don't waste your money. Expand

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