My First Impressions About The Sims 4: not as bad as everybody is making out to be.
I have so much to say about the Sims 4 and so little time to play it! How do I start? Every time something new is announced, people everywhere seem to do nothing but complain. So if I were to listen to reviews, I would rarely buy any new games! Oh, this only applies to the gaming/software industry I think, because when it comes to buying new appliances I do rely on reviews before buying…
The Sims 4 game won’t become truly good until a few expansions hit.
So I might disappoint some of you, but I actually like the Sims 4! Yes a lot is missing, a lot is disappointing, it is buggy but what Sims game is not? For me the good still outweighs the bad and I am looking forward for some real new content.
The Sims 4 Review: No rain (and more things to miss)
A lot is missing, as with every base game, but it is still fun. Anyway, I think humans in general just expect way too much. Check out this list with 89 features missing from the Sims 4! Some of the major things missing from the Sims 4:
– There are no swimming pools, no toddlers, no rabbit holes like restaurants and bookstores.
– There are no cars, no carpool, no bicycles and no school buses -though you can occasionally see cars driving by.
– You cannot personalize clothing, carpets and furniture, even though there are a few choices for colors, and you cannot terraform the terrain.
I am already missing Seasons. My daughter is already missing Seasons and Pets. In Sims 4, you can look for frogs. Your Sim’s inventory then piles up with a few tanks with a frog (different types, common or uncommon). Your Sim can place it In-World and it seems to bring some fun, but all the frog does is blink. Sims can also buy Fish Bowls, buy a Fish but there is no other interaction besides naming the fish. The only other wildlife in the Sims 4 I noticed were butterflies without interactions.
When in Playful mood, Sims want to jump in paddles. The only paddles I could see appeared when the shower or sink broke. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, there it was: a big paddle outside the front door!? How? I have no idea since it is not raining in a Sims 4 world…
But, I repeat: this is only the Sims 4 BASE GAME!!!
The Sims 4 Review: Neighborhoods (and why I like them)
What I love about the Sims 4 is the new Neighborhoods. Even though they are way too small and all lots seem to be tiny, it kind of reminds me of the Downtowns in The Sims 2. And, we don’t have to start a whole new game like we had to do with The Sims 3 and The Worlds. It is also way easier to switch between households and that is a plus as I like to play different families.
I have read somewhere that we will be able to expand the sizes of the neighborhood and lots, and hopefully we will also be able to make them unique in style such as the beach, countryside, snowy mountains (which of course would need a Sims 4 Seasons expansion).
There is no seamless neighborhood, and you will be faced with a loading screen just to visit the next lot (mind you, loading screens are very short but then again, the game is bear with no extra custom content).
The Sims 4 Review: Multitasking rocks!
I love the multitasking, even though it can be a bit ridiculous at times, but this is my second favorite thing about the Sims 4 game:
• They can now make a call or use their tablet while on the toilet, as we all do, let’s be honest! lol
• They can talk and interact with any Sims while doing whatever they are doing at the time. It’s not like they are driving heavy machinery, right?
• They do not stop talking to a Sim just because they want to introduce themselves to another Sim. They look more social! Though Sims cannot have a private chat as it seems all Sims around your Sim will jump into the conversation.
• Their actions are nearly seamless too, such as, if you send your Sim to the shower and then change your mind, with Sims 3, the Sim will still go the shower, undress, then get out.
I also love how they can cook while watching TV, or even use their tablets while watching TV and talking to other Sims. The multi-tasking in Sims 4 is really an awesome addition and it was so, so needed! The one thing that gets annoying though, Sims always want to have the stereo on for some reason…
While Sims can chat with others and (thanks to the multitasking) it is effortless to meet new Sims, it seems to be taking for ever to build up friendships -not that it is big worry. I also like when Sims decide to call another Sim for a chat, only the available Sims will show up, no more of the “Sim is not available right now” or whatever message we get in Sims 3 when calling a Sim who is at work. Though if your Sim calls too early in the morning it will say to call back as they are still asleep. Conversations on the phone are also very short so you do not get much social gain. But with the amount of Sims walking past your house, it would be hard not to gain social points.
The Sims 4 Review: I can get no satisfaction!
Ok, let’s be fair and name one of the cons of the Sims 4 game. It seems harder to keep up with their needs. My Sims needed to go to the Toilets way more often than I liked, so my goal was to earn enough Satisfaction points to buy the Steel Bladder, which I did, and it is actually better than Sims 3 because it does not stop them completely from going to the toilets, it just makes the bladder decay over days, maybe a week even (did not actually pay too much attention, just noticing it going down from time to time), so well worth earning the 2000 points for it.
While on the Satisfaction point’s subject, well you can buy Traits and Potions, but it also seems harder to earn points in Sims 4 than in Sims 3. Not only their mood can change so quickly, it is hard to keep up with their whims (wants or moodlets) and it seems they earn few points for the amount you need to buy a Trait or Potion. I was able to buy a few Traits but my daughter is really struggling. Mind you I have only 1 Sim in my household, she has 3. I went into a household of 5 including 2 kids and one teenager and that was full on.
The Sims 4 Review: Money for nothing
Money wise, Sims start with the usual 20 000 Simoleons, which is not much to buy a furnished house. And with the uncomfortable mood Sims will often get, you are better off spending that little bit extra to keep your Sims comfortable, so this is where the Sims 4 money cheats come handy…
And a lot of money is needed to keep up with the Sims 4 expenses! Appliances break up on a regular basis. Especially the stereo which seems to break every 2 days! By now I have given up on fixing it and just pay for repair (no repairman anymore) only because it is only 372 simoleons. Compare that to the shower which costs around 1070 simoleons to fix! My daughter had her Sim’s fridge broke down and cost $2000 simoleons to fix it. Upgrading does not help in avoiding appliances to break.
Bills do not come as often, maybe once a week, but my Sim’s bill is over 3000 simoleons. I decided not to pay it once to see what it does, and it cuts off the power and water so Sims can no longer use any electrical appliances or shower until paid, no more repo-man and her mood was not affected.
As for career, I chose the usual Writer career. There are not many choices that I can rave about, though I love that they have a Tech Guru career.
Tech Guru: eSport Gamer/Start-up Entrepeneur
Secret Agent: Diamond Agent/Villain
Painter: Master of the Real/Patron of the Arts
Astronomer: Space Ranger/Smuggler
I was a bit worried about my Sim’s wage (which did not seem to bring enough money to pay the already mentioned high house bills) but once she started to write books (and I supposed maximizing the writing skill helped her), she begun earning daily about 3000 Simoleons just from her books royalties. Until the royalties started to decline, so she needs to write and publish on a regular basis, well depending on how many Simoleons you want your Sims to earn I suppose. After reaching top of her career as an Author, I now made her switch to the Tech Guru career which involves programming skills, making plugins, viruses, modding games and working freelance so far.
Sims 4: Meeting people and going places
No more door bells, so Sims knock on doors. Sims tend to only call your Sim because they want to come over and if you click yes, they will be knocking on your Sim’s door within a few seconds. I also noticed Sim’s friends will drop by all the time while they are at work.
There are no rabbit holes, so basically going out of the house is mainly to meet new Sims or fulfill their want such as viewing art at the museum. The public places are quite boring and few: gym, lounge, museum, library, bar, nightclub and the park but besides exercising, playing chess, ordering a drink at the bar, dancing or telling jokes, there is not much to do in any of them. But at least the lots are populated. In Sims 3, you would send your Sims to a nightclub to find the barman was the only other Sim there.
With no rabbit holes for jobs it also means Sims do not waste time going and coming back from work, which depending on the size of your World in Sims 3 could use up quite some time. With the Sims 4, you can work your skills until the last minute, even be 5 minutes late and then your Sim just walks out of the front door, off the lot and gets There wherever There is, so I am not complaining about that one.
There are also two hidden areasin the Sims 4. I’ve only been to one but there is nothing to do besides looking for frogs, fishing or viewing some trees that my Sim still can’t harvest. You can also dig for things -which are piling up in my Sims inventory, and I do not see a huge need or the point of all the stuff my Sim has found so far (will work on a list of what I have found so far****).
There is so much more to say about the Sims 4, good and bad stuff but overall it is great, and I’m really looking forward to the first expansion and even rumors about what it is going to be. Custom contents are coming out which is quite exciting. Until next time, have fun playing the Sims 4 and let me know: What are you favorite things? What things do you miss from previous versions? What are your main dislikes?