The Sims 4 is a 2014 life simulation video game developed by the Redwood Shores studio of Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It is the fourth major title in The Sims series and was originally announced on May 6, 2013, and was released in North America on September 2, 2014 for Microsoft Windows. A Mac compatible version of the game was released on February 17, 2015. The Sims 4 is the first PC game to top all-format charts in two years. The game has received mixed reviews since its release, with the majority of criticism directed towards its lack of content.
Nine expansion packs have been released. The most recent is Eco Lifestyle, which was released on June 5, 2020. There have also been seventeen “stuff packs” and nine “game packs” released for this generation, as well as free updates that include major changes such as the addition of a toddler life stage.
Sims 4 Rating
Metascore: 70 / 100
User Score: 4.1 / 10
Sims 4 Reviews
This is a great game it got rid of cars which i liked about the last game but that’s ok it’s awesome with mods though trust me some are weird and don’t work but if you can find a way to make them work then you’re all good my first play through had me taking care of a kid on my own cause my gf in game died so i restarted but still 10/10 best game
Do you think The Sims or life of your Sims is boring? Then you’ve probably never tried the many mods out there, which turn it into an adult only rated version of the game. From alcohol and cigarettes, to drugs and dealers, sex and prostitution to extreme violence, crime and gangs, add adult traits and new careers, or lots like a red light district or complete custom worlds.
The modding community of this game is unprecedentedly large and offers more content than the biggest DLC could ever do. Whatever you can imagine (and probably more than you want) ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is there. You think GTA’s Hot Coffee mod was too much? Think again! Try the NSFW version of The Sims and your (Sims) life won’t ever be the same again.
Actually was an amazingly pleasant surprise. I have been an avid Sims player since the original, and have spent thousands of hours in Sims 3. I have been avoiding getting Sims 4 because I felt they went backwards on a lot of things, but somehow Maxis made it work. The new interactions are amazing and the game feels so much more organic than the first three. Definitely recommended.
A classic! Still going strong after all of these years and runs smooth on any rig. I love character customization, building and simulation - this is one stop place for it all. Also custom content from creators is massively abundant so you’ll never feel too outdated while waiting for new packs and extensions.
While the game started with a lack of features and things we expect from ‘The Sims’, the team has done a fantastic job over the years of improving and diversifying the aspects that make this game great.
The abundance of expansion, stuff, and game packs can seem overwhelming; however, you’re not expected to have them all. It’s more expected for you to pick and choose so that you can build the game you want.
Obviously not for everyone but a creative paradise for players to enjoy. Create stories, build masterpiece architecture; you can share it in the gallery with all the other players!
So addictive, you can easily spend hours and hours playing and not realise the time has gone. So many cool new additions which make the game more realistic, such as taking a pregnancy test and being able to change aspirations without losing progress. I love it so far
This game is excellent as it has an infinite amount of possibilities as to what you can do, from building your dream house, to creating the perfect Sim, to playing challenges and watching your Sims grow their family! My one problem with the game is that the packs you can buy are far too expensive for their content, though the prices are lowered on special occasions. I really enjoy this game, and would recommend that you try it!
The tutorial does not work. That basic, that simple - it does not work.
I have tried ti several times in different ways and each time I get to the ‘free play’ bit and the necessary tools are greyed out. Having checked on EA’s site this appears to have been a bug impacting plays for nigh on two years without them bothering to fix it.
I wanted to like this, I was ready to spend quite a lot of cash on expansions but I have not played before and I need to learn how. If the tutorial doesn’t work then I cannot do that nor can I believe that the rest of the game isn’t filed with bugs.
Such a shame.
I’ve been dying to play this and I don’t really regret buying it. There is countless of things you can do (if you want more realism you can download mods too). I don’t really like the clothes that’s why I downloaded CC’s :D But the things you can do without the expansion packs or DLC is limited. But overall, I had fun playing the game!
Odie the Catfish
I think this game is simple and enjoyable because i love slice of life game and simulating real world and i do not regret anything because it is 75% even though the game dlcs should be a cheaper but anyways this game is not for people who do not enjoy simulation and roleplay other than that good luck!
I am mainly a Sims 3 player and decided that it’s time to try the last edition. The gameplay is overall nice - I only miss the whole city interactions and opportunities. The Sims creation is also great, a bit easier than in Sims 3, but I enjoyed the more life-like looking sims. The traits range is very small compared to what Sims 3 can give you. Anti-television, loves outdoors, unflirty, etc. I miss all those traits and aspirations, that actually mady my Sim original. Also, I would really appretiate the opportunity to change the color of hair - roots, ends, main color and stripes. Wider skincolor range, and a whole color palette for eyes, hair, clothing or just everything we can choose the color of (floor, carpet, etc.). If this detail and the whole neighborhood would be added, i would be much more satisfied with it. Overall I would give it 60% out of 100%.
I would say that I probably wouldn’t spend the whole amount of money they normally want for it, for what the game offers. I am a bit disappointed with the DLCs. They cost you 20€ - which is alot with the fact that you get quarter the things you would get in a DLC for The Sims 3. A friendly recommendation - buy them in sale or just don’t buy them. I would say they are not really worth that much money - just as the whole game.
I really enjoy the game overall but the amount of money you must spend to get enough content to be worth playing is insane. My wife likes to decorate the houses and I like the actual gameplay so we are a good combo. However EA is too greedy and have too many paid for DLC’s. I bought all the ones I have during sales for no less than 60% off however there shouldn’t be stuff packs or game packs. I can understand wanting some money for continued improvements and major expansions but all the little things are just ridiculous ways to nickle and dime customers.
The game for the most part is alright. EA has a bad habit of not listening to their players and what the players would like to see. I remember I used to be obsessed with the Sims 3, it was great game so when I heard about the Sims 4 and could finally afford it, I was hyped…but, mostly I get underwhelmed. The game can be pretty glitchy and not run properly sometimes but through Steam, it does work better. Origin didn’t really help boost the game play at all. My advice is, get the game while it is on sale here, and have some patience. Everything else aside, the game has potential, especially with new updates coming.
The Sims 4 might not be the best Sims game in the franchise, but it is an Art that is working progress and they keep adding more and more content that they think we would love without the exception to Star Wars pack. They do shady stuff at times, but they do work hard to bring the best and up to date content. I get frsutrated with them at times, but I love the game and find myself wasting hours on this game!
Background: I’ve play the original game pretty extensively and some of the Sims 2. I haven’t played Sims 3, and I haven’t done a whole lot of modding. I tend to enjoy micromanaging a small group of sims opposed to playing various families through the generations.
I played the base game during a free weekend. It’s a solid experience if you enjoy Sims-type games, and I appreciated the way they streamlined some features. The main improvement is probably in the visuals - the character models have a lot of charm. Create-a-Sim isn’t the most intuitive, but the system is solid once you get used to it. Building is easy, but I didn’t spend a ton of time doing so. You’re able to upload your builds (of Sims, Lots, and Individual Rooms) and download those of others, which is a very interesting feature. I enjoyed downloading and personalizing the homes other people made.
I do feel like Sims 4 is a fair bit easier and more forgiving than past games. You can max out your career in the Tutorial (which I recommend skipping; the Tutorial is frustrating and doesn’t provide more than a base understanding of the game - though it does give you two exclusive Traits). I was pretty much able to play out the main game in the 3-4 days the game was free (~25 hours; I wasn’t actively playing for much of my recorded time), so you’d likely want DLC if you actually bought the game. I would check the price point of Base Game + desired DLC before committing to purchasing - it can become very pricey very fast. You’d get more out of the base game if you spent more time building and creating Sims, but you would probably want to buy some Stuff Packs (i.e. DLC) at that point. Note that you actually play the game through Origin, so you’ll have to link your accounts.
Mods: I used MC Command Center after playing for a bit. It was pretty easy to set up and allowed me to adjust several settings beyond what’s allowed in the vanilla game. A main draw for me was the ability to adjust the rate of decay for relationships. It has a cheat engine built in, too, if that’s your cup of tea.
I have played all The Sims games over the years, starting with the first one back in the early 2000’s. It has to be one of my favourite franchises. A lot has stayed the same with the core game play over the years, this is nice. There’s something nostalgic in playing this game, it’s a welcome feeling as an older gamer.
I think the games have improved visually over the years. It’s not really a matter of graphics capabilities or technology in the last few games though. I feel the cartoon style of the sim characters looks nicer in the fourth game than it ever has because more love and skill went into the art style. I also like that they didn’t go for a realistic style, I think it would make the game feel creepy and take away from the lighthearted fun.
The sim creator screen is pretty intuitive and easy to use, which is nice for someone like me who likes to spend a lot of time making new characters. You can make many different types of face without any of them looking unnatural or strange. The sim create allows you a lot of room to make zany looking, unrealistic characters as well. It’s nice to have that kind of freedom.
I also like that moods have been made a part of the game in a more complex way. It makes your sims feel more lively. Makes for an interesting experience, kind of encourages me to care about them more. It reminds me of when robots are given human faces and voices. On the topic of voices, I like the way they sound in this game more than the old games.
I think indoor lighting and the sun coming through windows is a little more dynamic than in earlier games.
It feels like mods have been made easier to install too, which is a plus.
On the downside, I was disappointed with the price of the expansions and base game. It seems unreasonably high. I bought this while it was on sale. Another thing which I find a bit of a step back is the choice of colour in the sim create. You could choose your own colours, and combine them with a collection of patterns which you could apply to any outfit. It was a nice touch I miss.
One final thing that’s sort of philosophical, and not really a complaint about the game. It’s good as what it was designed to be, it’s just that I wish the games allowed more space and freedom for all the uncertainty of life and depth of the human condition; even the unsightly parts. This is a lot to ask for, and of course it’s not intended to be that kind of experience. It does not have to be, and the market probably doesn’t really reward that kind of development right now. It sounds kind of niche. Though I like to think it would give games like this a greater appeal for older audiences and people at large, this might encourage people to take games more seriously as a medium. I want this for games, I think they have a lot of untapped potential which I hope will be explored in coming years. It is totally okay if most are not interested in that kind of experience as well. There would hopefully be a way to turn off certain features for those that aren’t interested in them or who shouldn’t have access to them.
I bet some developers try to take on projects like this, but they are rarely big studios and their products are usually not very well supported or fleshed out. To make a more complicated and textured life sim would be a huge challenge for an indie team with only twenty developers or so. I think of all games I have played, ones that try to simulate human life are among the best candidates for the kind of expansion and exploration I am thinking of for video games. It makes for electronic art, not holding back all the stuff that a mature medium could be claimed to benefit from. Maybe this is misguided, it’s okay to disagree with me. Maybe in the future we will see more games that go to those kinds of lengths. I am excited to find out what will happen. Just sharing my thoughts.
Also, llamas are a nice running gag.
The game is great, but really expensive. Definitely get the game when its on sale, and never buy any DLC at full price. That said, the Seasons DLC is probably the best base upgrade and makes the game much fuller. After that, pick and choose DLC content based on what you enjoy. Not all are needed or even very good for the price, even on sale.
Overall yes, but only if you buy it with a few stuff packs, game pack/expansions you want. Base game only is just not worth it.
I still don’t find it as fun as Sims 3, but at least this ones on steam… kind of. (Installs a lite version of Origin which sucks because I already own this game on origin)
I honestly used to dislike Sims 4 in the early days as It was released with almost nothing to do in it. The game has since improved, but if you’re looking for base game only, Then expect nothing but disappointment, As it is still boring with the base game alone.
I hate the fact that since Sims 3, They have been adding too much DLC with content that should have been in the game in the first place. At least with the Sims 3 store, It managed to give quality content (although the prices for most of that content still was a still a rip off)
The worlds in Sims 4 are small and if you’re used to open and big worlds like I am from Sims 3, you won’t be getting it here. Closest you get with a large and decent world is the one that came with the Get Together expansion.
I’m glad that we can use the dlcs we bought from Origin on the Steam version, but I am also saddened that we don’t get keys to transfer them directly from Origin to be used on steam. Buying the Dlcs via steam gives a code that can be used on Origin, but not vise versa. (just like Sims 3 and it’s DLC)
Well it isnt a new game, did play the first sim years ago and again when they made an online version on social networks.
for the disk size of the game i somehow expected lot of new features and stuff. if you played old version of the game it is sure fun to see how attention we given to make the game more realistic to todays society and reallife. Cannot find a better Social Simulator. on the downside again it isnt a new game. i somehow expected a smooth gameplay, to my suprise some event did break the gameplay and needed a game restart. things like action not popping up when interacting with objects or the sim getting stuck in a loop for an action. for a game promoting new content for sale, the core should be first of all well polish.
i like the fact that you can build larger communities and that earning money is easy and that they sims ai is really nice now. the little challenge allow your game, help as mini guidelines to improve your sims, they designer tools is great as well. building house and planing feels funs and easy
Needs more. Honestly for a game that has been out for awhile now I’ve expected a lot more from them. I love the Sims 3 and was very excited to get this game because my friend at school recommended it to me. You can’t play this game without buying the other expansion packs and stuff packs to actually enjoy it. There’s not much in the actual base game itself (except for maybe 2 worlds that hardly have enough to explore) and if you want more, you have to spend a lot more money than what you originally spent on buying this game. It’s much better to just wait until this game is on sale to buy it first then spending like 20 dollars on it. I also wait for the expansion packs to be on sale to save money. I think there also needs to be more makeup skin tones for creating black sims as well. I know it’s probably stupid to some people but it really bothers me how there is so much for creating white sims but not a lot for black sims. First of all, the lipstick is so bright on the black sims than it is on the white sims and I’m talking dark colors too, like dark red and dark pink. I’m not even going to get started on the blush because there’s only three choices for blush and all the colors do not fit for black sims. Overall, this game needs a lot more. It’s definitely not better than the Sims 3. The only thing that changed from the Sims 3 to the Sims 4 was the graphics. Also i really don’t like how they got rid of the color changer in the Sims 4. Sims 3 had this option to where you could change the fabric and color of any item you were on your sim and furniture as well. it was an amazing feature for builders because it added more tools for them to work with. They never added it to the sims 4 and I always wonder why? I recommend it to anyone who like simulation games because overall it’s a fun game to play but it gets boring pretty fast unless you buy the expansion packs. Anyone need expansion pack recommendations, I am here for you! Realm of Magic is a really good one and so is Seasons. Enjoy!!!