The Sims 4, game
  • It cost a mere $20 (the same price as a stuff pack for The Sims 3) and provided nearly double the amount of content one could expect to receive in a pack from The Sims 3
  • Get to Work (the first expansion pack for The Sims 4) promises to provide even more content for users than expansion packs for The Sims 3, and combines popular features from The Sims 2 Open for Business (my favorite expansion in the entire franchise
  • While it is in some ways limited when compared to previous incarnations of The Sims, more content is being added on a monthly basis, making it the best thing to happen to The Sims since the Open for Business expansion for The Sims 2
  • If you're looking for a game with richly developed characters, excellent challenges, and a ton of opportunities to master your simming skills, then you should definitely check out The Sims 4
  • I'd also encourage you to purchase Outdoor Retreat, which took my breath away with its new content and amazing secret area

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      The Sims 4 has received considerable “hate” since its release in September of 2014. Complaints varied from “the sims look too cartoonish” to indignation that the gurus had left toddlers and swimming pools out of this incarnation of the game.

      It’s understandable that people would be upset. After all, Sims 3 had brought with it the ability to create sims so realistic that they had begun to look like photographs of actual people, better textures, and of course the much-beloved “Create a Style.” I understand why people were upset, but I also believe wholeheartedly that the gurus have redeemed themselves a hundred times over.

      Players must understand from the outset that the gurus (the game designers and developers) had to take a drastic turn from the production of an online-based game to a single-player style game when SimCity 2013 failed to impress players. While some of the online


      features (such as the gallery) remain in place, the remnants of this phase in production remain: We face loading screens, small neighborhoods, and the slow death of those neighborhoods as “Townie” production peters out.

      The game is not, therefore, without its problems.

      The developers make up for what the game lacks, however. They make up for it in spades.

      For the first time since I’ve been playing The Sims (when the original game was still in its youth), Electronic Arts and Maxis are providing free downloadable content for the game. This content is provided on a monthly basis via patch. Where in the past, patches were intended to do little more than improve game performance (and often caused more glitches than they solved), these patches provide entirely new downloadable content.

      First, they gave us ghosts and pools. Then they brought gnomes back. New clothing and objects have come

      with at least two patches. Most recently we were given basements and an additional floor added to the top of our sims’ homes.

      When the first “DLC Pack” (downloadable content pack) was released, players were astonished by the amount of content it contained. It cost a mere $20 (the same price as a “stuff pack” for The Sims 3) and provided nearly double the amount of content one could expect to receive in a pack from The Sims 3. We got a new world with the pack, along with new clothing for our sims, many new objects, and several new rooms to add.

      “Get to Work” (the first expansion pack for The Sims 4) promises to provide even more content for users than expansion packs for The Sims 3, and combines popular features from The Sims 2 Open for Business (my favorite expansion in the entire franchise!) and ...

      • The Sims 4, game
      Sims 3 Ambitions.

      Game play is smooth, once you grow accustomed to it. The controls are initially “clunky” and it’s worth resetting them to Sims 3 controls via your options menu.

      I’m in love with the way that Aspirations work (after a few patches to fix some issues). They are a challenge to complete, but not so challenging as to be impossible. Completing an aspiration provides the sim who has completed it with an additional trait.

      Most sims grow into young adulthood with four traits (some Townies appear to have fewer, as the sim in my current legacy challenge can attest). Players choose three of these traits and one is granted by the chosen aspiration. For example, my legacy founder has a creative aspiration, and therefore she receives the trait “muser” to support this aspiration. Upon completion of her Painter Extraordinaire aspiration, she will receive the Expressionistic reward trait. More traits can be purchased for satisfaction points (earned by completing “whims” for your sims).

      The Sims 4 has provided me with endless entertainment, and this is the first game in the franchise that is able to hold my attention for gaming that lasts more than two weeks at a stretch. While it is in some ways limited when compared to previous incarnations of The Sims, more content is being added on a monthly basis, making it the best thing to happen to The Sims since the Open for Business expansion for The Sims 2.

      If you’re looking for a game with richly developed characters, excellent challenges, and a ton of opportunities to master your simming skills, then you should definitely check out The Sims 4! I’d also encourage you to purchase Outdoor Retreat, which took my breath away with its new content and amazing secret area.

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Shannon Folland says :

I honestly love this game so much. I have been playing sims for years and years ever since I was a little kid. The sims 4 is a big breakthrough for the gaming world. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in building a family without having to do all the reality hard work.

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Shannon Folland says :

re : It cost a mere $20 (the same price as a stuff pack for The Sims 3) and provided nearly double the amount of content one could expect to receive in a pack from The Sims 3
I totally agree I didn’t expect it to be any better then the sims 3 but it was way better

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