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The Sims 4 - Mac|Windows

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Sims 4 Play with life?

    Posted
    GoldenBuffy

    No, this is not the simulation game that I have come to know and love since 2000. I have been playing the Sims since the Original was released. With every new addition to the Sims series it worked off of what made the previous so enjoyable and great, and added to it plus bringing something new to game play as well! With Sims 2 not only did we get life stages, but weather, partly drivable cars, and most importantly fully fleshed out Sims. With Sims 3 they took a lot of what made Sims 2 so great and gave us an open world that our Sims could explore. No longer confined to loading screens, we got beautiful vibrant worlds teeming with life. And we also were able to unleash our creativity with a color wheel. You could literally recolor anything thing that you wanted in world. Well, with Sims 4 it's a huge step backwards. AND that's very disappointing. they say "In The Sims 3, you got the opportunity to throw open the doors and explore the neighborhood — well in The Sims 4, it's time to look within the mind, body and heart of your Sims for an amazingly rich and incredibly lifelike story that you won't forget" It's not amazing nor is it incredibly lifelike. The new emotions that the talked about so much is lack luster. They are comically over done, and the way it effects the Sim over all makes no sense. I mean really, you're Sim is angry so they have the option to take an "angry" poo. Or if in a flirty mood, bake "flirty" cookies. Seriously. And no matter what traits and characteristics you pick for your Sims, they all act the same, rolling almost identical wants. The Sims are flat and one dimensional. The multitasking was a great idea, but even that is flawed. From playing musical chairs when your Sims are talking or eating, to sitting down watching television and reading a book. EA would have you to believe that with those two features alone it would replace the beauty that was an open world. After giving your Sims the freedom of movement and no loading screens, they shove you back into a box. It's like your Sims and you, are being punished for enjoying an open world. And the load screens are worse than those in Sims 2. You even get a load screen when your Sim goes next door to visit their neighbor. Even in the Sims 1 the back drop was not a fake painting, but in Sims 4 not only is the background fake but it's blurry as well. The Sims 4 started out as an M M O, and do to other background things happening (Sims City online) they got scared and decided to make it a single player offline game. There used to be a game called The Sims Online. Players hated it, and it flopped, and we asked EA never try to make an online version of the Sims ever again. Did they listen? No. And instead of giving us the next generation of Sims, that could have blown our minds, they gave us this disastrous game. I'm not even going to mention how babies are objects now (i.e. Sims 1 babies) and there are no toddlers, or family trees, or even family play for that matter. Just this whole game is very, very disappointing. I had went into this with high hopes even after reading reviews and watching a few "Lets Plays" on YouTube. But honestly, save your money, don't even buy this on sale. It's a shell of a base game. And a shadow of it's predecessors. The Sims is a life simulation/sandbox game, and the Sims 4 falls severely short in this regard. It's a Facebook game made for PC not even juiced up on steroids. If you're looking for a game that will only hold your attention for the same amount of time as Simpsons Tapped our or any other smart phone tap game, then this is for you. But if you're looking for this to be a continuation in the Sims series, continue looking because it's not hear. Plays Sims 2 and Sims 3, heck, go out and buy Sims 1. You'll have way more fun and actually be playing The Sims! EA needs to listen to their consumers and make a game that we want to play and spend our money on. They made a huge blunder with this one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Stick with The Sims 3

    Posted
    jrud05
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    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    So Much Potential Lost

    Posted
    sierraplanet
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    Overall, I am mixed about this game. If I don't compare it to Sims 3, then overall, it is a decent game with a lot of character and playability. It isn't as intimidating for a newcomer to the series to get started, and it definitely retains the quirkiness tone to it that defines Sims. If you are totally new to the Sims, then this game is still highly recommended. It is a hoot to see how realistically or unrealistically these Sims can behave, and what you can make them do! A lot of features were missing at launch, but since then many bugs have been fixed and improvements made though patches. Still, I can't help but feel that in many ways, this game is a step backwards, like Sims 2.5. I love the Sims 3 for two reasons. The world was kind of open map, so you can zoom around the town and see what everyone was doing, and then zero in on a house to see what was going on there. It made you feel like the overlord stalker of the town. Bwuahaha! Who is that running along the sidewalk? Where are they going? Who's in that taxi? This is no longer the case with Sims 4. The zones are back. I understand that was to help resolve the issue with loading times, which is a big problem with Sims 3, especially once you add in all the expansion packs, stuff packs, and custom content. I have all the "hundreds" of official expansions, stuff packs, and worlds for both Sims 2 and Sims 3, so I've sunk a lot of money into these games. I could almost accept the zones if it weren't for the fact that the custom color/texture option was also eliminated in The Sims 4 to also help with loading times. I LOVED THIS OPTION! I could put any texture pattern and any color(s) on any object I wanted. I mainly built and furnished houses in my game, and this was my dream come true. If I wanted every surface to be blue glass, every piece of furniture to be a certain type of rose wood, and all curtains a certain type of red fabric, so be it! Sims 4 is back to giving you a limited selection of color options per object mesh. Many of the other features lacking in Sims 4 will eventually come in the future, I'm sure, so I'm not too worried about them. However, since zones and color/textures are core game, I doubt they will be addressed unless it is done soon. Until then, I just casually play Sims 4 while keeping most of my hardcore building in the Sims 3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    No, just no.

    Posted
    Anonymous

    No, just no. I feel like EA has taken great shortcuts and removed so many features with the Sims 4. The Sims 3 was great and I would be ashamed to know how many hours I spent playing the Sims 3. Yeah, there are some cool new things about the Sims 4, but they have REMOVED over 89 features. Really EA, really? How stupid do you think your customers are? The world is extremely small, there is a loading screen between EVERY lot, even your neighbors lot. The biggest killer for me, NO STORY PROGRESSION. All people do is get older. No one gets married, has children, or ANYTHING unless you MAKE THEM. What kind of Sim game is that? In real life you don't walk over to your neighbors house and say, hey, it's time you get married and have children now. So all Sims are simple robots who only eat, sleep, and die. I could go on and on, but I'll put in as much effort into this review as EA did into their $70 game. Besides, finding information on how bad The Sims 4 is isn't hard, it's widely known in the gaming community. No, I DO NOT recommend this game to anyone. Don't waste your money, or at least return the game and spend your money elsewhere if you do, and wait to see if the Sims 5 is any better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    addicted

    Posted
    liza86
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    I guess you could say my review would have to be biased, as I'm a long time Sims fanatic. My affair with Sims began back with the first edition, where you could not even do 1/3 of what your sim can do now in Sims 4! However, as much as I love the new additions, there are some old things I miss. First and foremost (I have always been an avid Sims builder) the capability of the old edit/personalization color scheme tool. In Sims 3 almost 99% of all build as well as furniture objects could be changed in terms of color, hue, pattern, material (let's not forget the clothing either). Now you just have presets and very few for some objects. Very dissapointing when you are trying to work crossing styles in a home or sims wardrobe. I also miss cars and having the ability to travel to different places with one sim and be able to fully control functions of the rest of the household without the "care self" option or having to load the current location/world of the other sim. Odd as to why they would remove that. If only just to make the game less taxing on the computer system. Also, the decrease in the size of the town as well as the number of community type of places is a bit sad as well and who could forget the capability to do laundry! My poor family has been wearing the same clothes from cradle to grave, thats a bit stinky and disturbing, you'd think with the depth of new Sims emotions that would have an impact ;) Otherwise, happy camper and will be waiting for expansions for this bad boy, as having only the main one is never enough for this Simmer!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I was skeptical

    Posted
    Sherrylynn8779
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    I have been a Simmer since the very first game came out in 2000. I have seen the franchise do many amazing things with this game. When TS4 was being touted to be an improvement over TS3, I was skeptical. First, they took out our toddlers, pools, terrain sculpting, move objects, and multi-level foundations. I was not impressed by these things. Even for all the new things they said they added... mainly "Emotions!" I was not going to buy it, but the Simmer in me decided to give it a go. First off, I am more of a builder than a player, and I must say, that building is lack-luster to me. I just can't get into it like I did in TS3. Though some of the new elements are nice (roof sculpting, multi level walls and foundations, windows that can be placed anywhere along the vertical axis. But, the lack of design choices, the bulky cartoony style of furniture, nothing really matches really gets to me. I just can't build and decorate like I could in TS3. Now, I find myself getting into game play a bit more. I do go back and forth between its predecessor and this game, because I do LOVE to build, but I have always found the game play part in 3 to be boring. 4 is not boring at all. I laugh quite a bit at some of the things my simmies do. If you have a fast enough computer, this game is pretty great... for game play only. Builders, I would suggest sticking with 3 for that and just use EA's prebuilts or someone's in the gallery.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful addition to the Sims franchise

    Posted
    Mommygamer
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    If you ever wanted to build your dream home and live in it then Sims 4 might be for you. The building options in this game are so easy to use it is impossible to mess up. You can move anything you've already built around and rearrange your house on the fly, even after you have moved in. Become the architect you always dreamed of and let others share your genius which you can do right in-game! The only real limitations the building mode has are the color choices. I did find those limiting, but overall everything I built felt unique and expressed me. When actually living as a sim there is so much detail in how they react to each other and to their current situation. The focus on managing their emotional state is a new twist to the Sims, and while not quite up to its full potential yet, it definitely brings new challenge and life to the little sim people. The jobs available in Sims 4 are much more entertaining than before. Instead of being a businessman, politician, or medic the jobs now include things like astronaut, secret agent, and writer. And when you are not at work you can entertain your sims by fishing, collecting, gardening, cooking, and creating works of art. The new cooking system has so many more recipes and you can even specialize in gourmet food! I loved playing Sims 2 and I'm so pleased this game feels like they brought back so much of the life and fun that was missing in the Sims 3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Sims 4 Limited and interrupted game play

    Posted
    60plus
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    Have been playing the Sims games since the very first one (the Sims, Sims 2, Sims 3). Found this as way to relax and at the same time enjoy some entertainment after a long day. Was looking forward to Sims 4 release and while I'm sure there will be individuals who disagree with my review I find that with the release of Sims 4, I expected more from EA when spending $59.99 for the game and unfortunately this has turned into a huge disappointment. While the ability to adjust Sims personalities and body image is a nice feature along with the easy building features this game does not live up to my expectations. The game is extremely limited and basic and lacks some of the features found in past Sims games.When going to a different venue not only is the flow of the game play interrupted but the additional neighborhood venues are limited at best and in fact the neighborhoods do not live up to past Sims games. I find it annoying that EA thought this was such a great release. All I can say is that I think I'm going back to playing Sims 3. Watch out consumer, EA is out for the dollar as I'm sure they will be exploding the market with numerous "expansion packs" and if so, I for one, don't plan on wasting any more money on the EA Sims 4 game.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Has the roots to be the Best of the franchise...

    Posted
    BlackWolfSS84
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    This game features 'less' features than previous Sims core game entries (with the exception of the first, of course), meaning features we've taken for granted from 2 and 3 (w/o any expansions) are entirely absent from this title. While these aren't big ordeals, they'll be added later, they are detracting since the last core Sims title had all of them. That aside, this Sims focuses 'heavily' upon the social aspect of the game. For what little this Sims does, it does it very well, I must say. While not the best of the series, Sims 4 certainly has very solid roots to becoming the best. I would suggest waiting until a couple of expansions have been released in a year or so before purchasing it, however. Allow them to both update and add features back into the game before considering it a part of your Sims collection, as is I've already gone 'back' to Sims 3 and its expansions and dlc. Though 3 doesn't quite have the social diversity that 4 has, that by itself is not nearly enough to get me to commit to it yet.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Awesome game

    Posted
    divacouture86
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    The sims 4 is all new and awesome but, sadly it was quite torture getting it to download. I ended up exchanging the game because I thought the disc was faulty, turns out even after I exchanged it then the darn thing still would not download. I know it has to be the discs, because I had just purchased a brand new computer and everything else played and downloaded without a hitch. Finally after I got origin to download, I ended up doing the online download which took way over 24 hours and I have immaculate internet speed so I know that wasn't the issue either. Once the game finally downloaded and I got to experience the all new sims, I discovered the game was pretty darn cool! The only thing I can really say is that I wish there were more lots to choose from and more customization options for the homes, outfits, ect. I also wish there were still more activities and things for the sims to do like in the previous editions. overall good game, but sad experience. The game should not take that long to download nor should the discs not be working.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's Takes Time

    Posted
    RadTurbo

    I won't lie at first I was highly disappointed in the game, so I gave it some more play time. Here is the thing, EA gave us so much freedom in sims 3 then cut it all away in an attempt to focus more on the actual sims. Yes the lack of several key features is annoying, and the loading upon loading to go anywhere is enough to make u swear in simlish but when u dig deep the game is good. The sims are hilarious this time around and there are many more social options which people tend to overlook bc the sims lack or toddlers and such. Watching sims react when they have different moods is great, they feel so much more real now! Gameplay is still the same, create a family watch them break all their things u fix them get them jobs watch them fail and grow up. Nothing has changed there. So if you are a true sims fan u will enjoy the game and overlook the negatives, it's still fun, and I feel less buggy than sims 3. Plus we all know several expansions are to come and they will add all the things missing from the base game. Overall, give it a try if u are a fan, it's fun and still the same sims we know and enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sims now multitask and its great!

    Posted
    Ryck
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    The first thing I notice when I started playing was just how natural all the sims interactions are now. The sit, stand, drink and eat all while having conversations. They can work out and converse or sit on the bed together and talk. It's a total reworking of the task oriented sims in the past. The old Sims games feel quickly obsolete. That being said, I appreciate the revamping of the sims, but their quickly needs to be followup to fill in the missing venues, objects, pools, etc. The world is small now, but it can grow a lot more than the Sims 3 worlds. In the sims 3 the world was limited to the single map. In the Sims 4 each expansion will be able to link to all the existing neighborhoods so you virtually have an unlimited size world. The Sims 3 was alway frustrating cause you ran out of lots so quickly. I'm giving it 4 star because even though its a bare bones base game, the change in direction has a huge amount of potential.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the risk

    Posted
    Bridget1026
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    I had read some reviews for this that were less than glowing, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was a fan of The Sims 3 but I got started too late to really appreciate all the expansion packs. I was excited to learn about The Sims 4 so I could start my collection from the beginning. I really like this game! I think that while they removed some things from The Sims 3 they added so much more! It's more realistic now, I think. The graphics are great and the controls are easy to use. The design a sim has so many more options to customize your sim to the exact specifications you want and it's as simple as a click and drag to resize things. I did get to try this for 48 hours through Origin before I purchased it and that was the best thing I could have done to convince myself that I wanted to purchase it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    About as good as the console games

    Posted
    jen859
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    If you were a fan of the previous sim installments, you will more than likely be let down. The emotions that were added to this game get quite annoying after a while. Unlike Sims 3, you cannot choose the exact amount of days for each life span. Your sims are more self sufficient seeing as the only help you can hire is pizza or a maid and have you repair your own stuff. The game seems to have been rushed as it's still very glitchy *sims just stop washing dishes without you cancelling the action, they'll be in one part of the house and then magically appear where you told them to without walking, etc* Overall, if you've only played the first sims game, not sims 2 or 3, this may be great for you, however with everything missing and lack of a lot of clothing/shoe customizations, this might be a game to skip unless on sale for $30 again like on Black Friday

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sims 4 Not Worth $$

    Posted
    YellowDoors
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    I do love the Sims, but 4 is a let down! I wish I hadnt bought it. I also bought the add-on packages on Origin when registering my game, those are a rip off. 14.99 for 2 to 3 more items in some of the categories. I would've not bought this game if I had known what I know now. I am not sure the intent of this game. Creating Sims is so limited you'll have the same Sims everywhere. Sims creation is out.. Build mode is also on the extreme side and lacking in objects, so build is out. Then you start to furnish your Sims home and find that its lacking also and then you wish you hadnt bought the game and those add-ons because you have less of everything with 4 than you did with 1....disappointed is an understatement.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Needs improvement

    Posted
    longhorngirl
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    Overall, not as horrible a game as the forums make it sound. Sure, the lack of an open world makes you feel like you're stuck in a tiny box after that function was introduced to us in Sims 3. And sure, there's less customization available now that objects and clothes come in preset colors, and Sims babies are kinda just glorified objects. But for me, Sims was never about playing some "legacy" family or whatever the term is; I've always been in it to build, and I'm loving the new build mode (still waiting to build curved walls though...EA..). It's so simple to expand rooms or just pick up an entire building and move it, and as someone who's made planning mistakes before and had to tear down walls to rebuild, I appreciate this. I do really miss the open world though, so if it's possible to script that, that'd be awesome. Or, at the very least, let us add additional lots.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good as a Base Game

    Posted
    Lexiellent
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    Sims 4 is better and worse than Sims 3. It runs much smoother than it's predecessor and it's building/creating is superior. However after those aspects the game falls lackluster. I played for over 8 hours in total and eventually the character autonomy is so well done that you don't even have to pay attention to the game unless you want to make them do something different for whatever reason. Hoping that when they start releasing expansion packs it will add something interesting to the game. As it stands it's a good base game but nothing worth spending a ton of time on yet. Also I cannot stand the new camera controls, even though you can switch to the sims 3 style camera they are still overly sensitive and impossible to control.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    WOW, What happened???

    Posted
    tmelech
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    Very disappointed avid player of The Sims since they first came out. Was very excited for this to be released and now wondering why a game would regress so much back to The Sims 1 and 2 versions. I am sticking with my 3 until they take the best of 3 to make 4 better. Will not be adding on to this game when expansions come out. You use to be able to fish by clicking anywhere on a pond, lake, or any body of water, now you have to find signs??? Really? You cannot que your sim for their return home from work any more. Your needs go faster then in 3. I know they added pools and fixed some glitches, but the not being able to go downtown without it reloading....not worth it for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Sims Game Thus Far

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    NFT97146
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    So I read all the reviews, the good, the bad, and just plain awful. I know that toddlers and pools were removed along with the open world concept... And I was hesitant on buying it at first. But I must admit, I am in love with the Sims 4 thus far. The ability to fully customize my Sim body type is something I've always wanted in this game. Also, with the Sims 3, the base game wouldn't even work on my laptop without it lagging and freezing. Now, I can play on my laptop and my brother can play on the computer and we're both happy. The emotions makes the game seem more realistic. There were things in the Sims 3 that I do miss (i.e. dishwasher, pets, seasons) but most of them were a part of an expansion pack later down the line, which a lot of people have forgotten. It can only get better from here on out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Entertainment for hours.

    Posted
    Angel
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    This is the first Sims game I've played and I'd say it's very time consuming but in a good. There are so many details you can tweak about each Sim and their home that you'll spend hours and not even realize. Graphics are very good and you can noticed how intense it is on the hardware. I'm playing on a MacBook Pro late 2013 model and I've notice the fans are constantly on around 75% and can drain your battery in about 30 minutes so I'd recommend, if playing on a laptop, only playing when you're plugged in and have your laptop on anything other than your lap due to the heat. Only downside I can think of at the moment is the mandatory updates every once in a while that will prevent you from playing until they've completed, but that seems to be the norm in modern games.

    I would recommend this to a friend