The Sims 4
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.
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!
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
Maybe in a few months/years
I had such high hopes for this game. I have been in love with the Sims from the beginning and loved the 3rd one. When I heard about the 4th one I was ecstatic. New graphics, new features, the whole shabang. When I popped in the game and got it all downloaded and started I was so excited to see the game in person and see how much better the demo was from the final product. What a let down. As I started to create my sims, I realized that only a few things had been added from the demo, which is a very limited selection of styles and clothes. But I figured when I started the game and have my sims living their lives that it would all get better. It didn't. While building a house was a lot simpler (being able to move rooms around and easily fix the walls), there was a still a limited selection of items. The jobs were few and random and the world itself is broken up into little loading screens. I had 2 sims at work and sent the other 2 sims on a date to the bar, saved the game, and came back the next day only to find that I could not travel to the bar to be with my sims, nor go to where my sims were working. I had to wait until my sims got home from work before I could get in touch with the other 2 sims on their date. This game's flow does not exist and having a loading screen to simply go down the road feels like I'm back in Sims 2. Maybe once some bugs are fixed and some new stuff comes out and I feel they are good enough to fork out some more money for, maybe then this game will be decent to try again. Other than that, don't waste the money on it right now. I didn't want to believe that the rumors of this being a bad game to be true, but they sadly are.
Sims is fun....
Everyone I know enjoys playing Sims, they have all been amazing and entertaining games and well worth the base price. Its fun to be able to control the aspect of their lives and give them what makes them happy, because that's what we would love for our lives to meet those goals. And there are those who enjoy doing...other things I'll omit from mentioning, most of which are entertaining as well. But unfortunately EA has gotten into the habit of giving more content in DLC (Downloadable Content) then comes in the base game. For Sims four they no longer include swimming pools OR the toddler stage for Sims lives. Those are both coming in DLC among the many other things that should be part of the base game. And looking at the graphics they are nothing too special and in some areas are worse than previous games. Overall this will be a really fun game when its complete. Unfortunately it will only ever be complete when all the DLC is out, and then it will probably cost well over $200 in total, thus no longer being worth it for the amount of time I will put into it. And due to a strong loathing of EA's ORIGIN system I refuse to buy this game unless they re-add their products to steam or remove ORIGIN. It is too much of a hassle and I have well over 300 games on steam all of which I have purchased, not like we will be stealing from EA if we buy them off steam instead of ORIGIN.
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.
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.
It needs to be work with mac too
Sims 3 was a lot of fun and after seeing the great potential of the character creating and the graphics boost, this game looks like it will be really good on release as long as they don't mess up along the line. But one thing i noticed in the requirements of the game is that is for windows only, this needs to be able to be played on mac too since a lot of computer users are using mac now and limiting it to just windows will really narrow the market release. If it can be used by both then there will be a large turn out of buyers as opposed to windows.
such a step back from where they have take the sims 3 to. it's like the ripped out the best parts of the sims and started from scratch horrible wish i could get my money back
Stick with The Sims 3
I've been anxiously awaiting the release of The Sims 4 for quite some time. I was recently made aware of the missing pools and toddlers but I've been playing The Sims since the beginning so I decided I wasn't going to let that keep me from giving this game a shot.
At last the game has arrived! I get on to play and start creating my sim, the create a sim tool is great, I mean it's missing some simple things from TS3, like body hair but no biggie. So finally, I'm done creating and I get to start playing... Select a house? Okay, but why is this neighborhood all divided up into sections? Well... you can't simply travel around the neighborhood like before. What, are you joking? No! Remember what it was like in TS2? It's like that, loading screens to travel to and from a lot of places. Meh.
Fine whatever, let me just go get my usual job in the business career and it'll all be good. Nope, you can't do that either, sorry! My Sim just vanishes into thin air, I can't see his needs or anything while he's gone. There are many other things that I've found missing from the game compared to previous versions.
While the emotions of the sims are an interesting addition to the game, they most certainly do not make up for the all of the things that are now missing. The graphics in my opinion are only slightly better than before.
I remember the day the first Sims came out, I was glued, for hours and hours. It's only taken me about 3 hours to get bored with The Sims 4. Keep your money and stick with The Sims 3, you'll be glad you did.
I'll probably be returning my copy tonight via the Origin Great Game Guarantee because in my honest opinion, the game is a very stripped down version of the Sims 3 that is not worth the price tag.