Rated 8 out of 10
by Ebuci Great base game; lots of fun
I've played the Sims games since the first was released but spent the most time and money on The Sims 3. I'm quite pleased with the new entry into the franchise and am looking forward to watching it grow over the next few years. This game provides better graphics and performance overall than The Sims 3 (TS3) as well as livelier, more entertaining Sims, in my opinion. It does, however, also have some glaring omissions which is why I couldn't give it a solid 10 rating. They've moved in an excellent direction by beefing up the emotions systems, though they do need to tweak things a bit and balance out the negative emotions with all of the positive ones that seem to overwhelm things at times. But, the emotions have added a new layer of life to the Sims themselves, which was needed after the rather lackluster and robotic Sims you find in TS3. Multitasking was also given an overhaul and now functions rather impressively as a more true form of multitasking where sims can actually do more than one thing at a time. Routing and AI have both been improved, though, part of the routing solution was to allow more clipping which, for those who notice, can be annoying. The children in the game are absolutely adorable. They have dramatically improved on behavior, interactions, and looks, making them, by far, the most entertaining children in any of the sims games to date. However, toddlers are notably missing and having a baby age up to an 8 year old child is odd, to say the least. Also missing are pools (though there are fountains if you want something that *looks* like a pool), Create a Style (CASt--I used it extensively in TS3 and only slightly miss it), and what everyone calls Open World, though technically it's a seamless world. TS4 has loading screens which, surprisingly, don't bother me as much as I thought they would but if you're used to TS3's vast worlds, rabbitholes and long rendering times (not to mention lagging and crashing), you may want to avoid TS4 altogether. Create a Sim and Build mode have both been remade and are, arguably, the most impressive changes to the game. While Build mode is missing some key features (terrain sculpting and CASt), it's still the simplest and, I believe, most functional build mode yet. Overall, the game is excellent and highly enjoyable. Lots of content, both object and gameplay wise. I've played close to 50 hours now and haven't even scratched the surface of what all is available. Definitely worth the purchase, plus some, but if you're coming off of a 5-year TS3 high with tons of additional content, you might want to wait for a few expansions to come out before jumping in.
Rated 10 out of 10
by DragonLord239 It is a pretty great game
I would recommend this to all of the casual gamers because it is just a good game for the regular gaming audience. I loved the new create a sim feature because you get to adjust his face and I really liked that! This is a great game to buy so all of you people reading this, go out and buy it!
Rated 7 out of 10 by Jezz Just get Sims 3 for now.
I was so excited about the new look for the Sims that I bought it immediately. For the most part I was not disappointed (especially when they fixed the demonic baby glitch), but let's be honest, EA has something to do with this game so it is bound to have a few things here-and-there to rip off the players. The more I play this game, the more frustrated I get. I get that this game will probably rely mostly on the future extension packs, but the amount of waiting that the players had to do for the business career track was ridiculous. The thing that really annoys me is the lack of colour editing that had previously been offered in Sims 3. You do not get to fully customize the clothes or home furnishings in this new game. To be quite frank the few options they give you are lacking and beyond disappointing. The fact is, this game feels like the creators did not care at all about the fans of this franchise. It definitely fit the theme of games released in 2014...
Rated 2 out of 10 by bothered A husk of what the game should be
If you're new to the series this game will be around an 7 or 8 for you no doubt. Anyone rating this game a 10 is in denial or just being spiteful. This game should not be considered complete by any means. The amount of features missing is dumbfounding. When you purchase the Sims 4 you are essentially only buying the Sims themselves as template for future expansions to flush out.
The developers purposely left out tons of basal features from pools and cars to walking around the neighborhood, dishwashers and most importantly sim traits, yet they decided it an ample time to expand on the animations for woo-hoo. This game is a 9th-grade girls dream. They left out so many features to force gamers to buy more expansions just to enjoy the base game, I'm left to assume that this will be the last Sims game and that they are trying to cash out while they can.
Lastly, the features in the game aren't even more polished or expanded upon as you would think since they apparently have less to work on. The game is riddled with annoying bugs, not game crippling, yet, but very annoying.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Gameman2001 I am so ready for a new sims game!
The sims 4 looks so much better then sims 3 in every way At least to me it does. The sims in sims 4 look sooo much better thean the sims in sims 3 its not even funny I mean the sims look and act more real thean sims 3 sims did and thay dont look like robots in sims 4 go play the create a sim demo for sims 4 and see for your self.I am so ready for this to come out like i was when the sims 2 came out back in the day.If people love toddlers and pools and every thing else thay did not put in this game then thay should keep on playing the sims 3 or sims 2.I could care less about the stuff thay left out or loading screens.It seems like to me thay are trying to make a sims game that plays better on more peoples pcs then sims 3 did.as long as the sims 4 plays better thean sims 3 I wont be complaining I will be having fun on september 2nd :D
Rated 10 out of 10 by bopbop1 Awesome game! Love it!
I personally love this game its fun but if you play it like very very often it could get boring. its not as good as Sims 3 but still a good game and fun if you like role play games youll love this.
Rated 2 out of 10 by CBGamer Needs Major Improvements
To start off, I love the Sims games and was looking forward to what Sims 4 had to offer. To be honest, I was let down big time. There are countless things removed from Sims 4 that were in previous Sims games, such as: No create-a-style, No modifications to world/public spaces, No “normal” careers - Law enforcement, Medical, Business, etc. were removed, No open world - You must incur a loading screen between each active lot; each neighborhood has 1-5 lots total, No pools or basements, No terrain tools other than paint; everything is perfectly flat, No toddlers, No story progression - Sims in the neighborhood age, but do not have children, get jobs, move, get married…etc. Again these are only a few of the countless of other things that are not in the base game. There are lists online that provide a full list of things missing from Sims 4 that were in previous Sims games. The new creation mode, emotions, and multi-tasking that were the highlights of the game were cool, but were not enough to hook me for hours. I feel that the game has taken a major step in the wrong direction. To those we are looking to buy Sims 4, I would strongly suggest to wait and see if EA makes improvements.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Chipi It is worth everything
i really love this game i personally believe that they our giving you more free stuff than the sims 3.
Rated 9 out of 10 by breakdanceattiffanys New. Not bad, just new.
I have been playing this game several hours a day for about two weeks now and keep waiting for it to be as awful as everyone says it is. I have played all the Sims games, and am a pretty big fan. There are aspects of 4 that are MUCH different, it is a departure from what Sims has been for over a decade-plus, but is that such a bad thing? Wasn't SMB2 completely different, and wasn't Link completely different from Zelda? And anyone who thinks that the majority of what they complain is missing from this game or is limiting to this game won't be made available in expansions has no handle on modern business. I just want to say to anyone who wants to keep buying a new game every year that never changes, get into Madden. This Sims is still tons of fun, it's just different.
Rated 2 out of 10 by Simaddict The Sims 4 is not like The Sims 3
If you're thinking about buying The Sims 4 because you love The Sims 3 you may want to reconsider. I bought the game and it is nothing like The Sims 3. I am a major Sims fan having bought every Sims 3 expansion and stuff pack. The moment I tried The Sims 4, I immediately began regretting my purchase. It was the first Sims game that I felt the need to return. So I am trying to spare you the disappointment I endured. The customization is extremely limited. I do not use that term loosely. Just a a few of the major flaws are; the inability to color or customize your house, the inability to explore the world, the restriction of 25 lots in the entire city,and the absence of cars and rabbit holes. So my Simaholics I am sorry to say that The Sims 4 is not a simtastic game.