The Sims 4 - Mac|Windows

ESRB Rating: Teen
Sexual themes, Violence, Crude humor
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  • The Sims 4

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (902 out of 977)

Product Details


  • Developer: Maxis
  • Publisher: EA
  • Platform: Mac|Windows
  • Genre: Simulation
  • Release Date: 09/02/2014

Synopsis


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. The beauty of The Sims is that it simulates life and hands the controls over to you, but what is life without emotion? For the first time, your Sims feel and express emotions with a diverse range and depth that can be influenced by other Sims, actions, memories or even the clothing and objects you choose. What could be more true to life than that?

With intelligence and emotional depth, your Sims will move, behave and interact more naturally than ever before. From multitasking to expressing their mood through the way they walk, your Sims continually show a greater depth of character that creates a world of possibilities for rich, interesting stories. Choose your Sims' personalities and select their aspirations, then walk with them down the path toward their lifelong goals through their thoughts, social skills, careers and memories. Besides a greater wealth of emotion, The Sims 4 delivers an array of exciting new features, such as a powerful Create a Sim mode that gives you the freedom to sculpt Sims with tactile precision and a new room-based Build mode to help you construct the home of your dreams. Vibrant new neighborhoods give you a diverse and brilliant variety of lots, while new objects, outfits and traits motivate you to complete events, discover collectibles and unlock achievements. Share it all with your fellow Sims-lovers and download community creations for an all-new look. The Sims 4 inspires greater creativity and longevity from you while delivering deep intelligence and emotion for an unforgettable simulation experience that brings your stories to life.

Features


Simulate life in a deeper and richer way than ever before with more intelligent, more relatable and more emotionally deep Sims who behave and interact based on their emotional states

Create rich stories with even more possibilities influenced by the rich and diverse range of emotional states your Sims can experience — emotions are influenced by other Sims, actions, events, memories or by the clothing and objects you choose

Choose the personalities of your Sims and watch them move and act with incredible realism, from multitasking to expressing their emotions by the way they walk

Select your Sims aspirations and explore their thoughts, social skills, careers and memories as you move along the journey toward achieving their lifelong goals

Sculpt Sims with tactile precision in a powerful new Create-a-Sim mode, and construct the home of your dreams in the new room-based Build mode

Select the perfect neighborhood among a vibrant and diverse array of lots for your Sims to live in with vivid visuals that truly bring your Sims' homes to life

The Sims 4

Take a dip in a pool and interact with the other side with the arrival of ghosts, as continues to evolve with exciting new features and content

Discover collectibles, unlock achievements and complete events to earn new objects, outfits and traits

Join the Sims community to view the Gallery to share your Sims' household creations and download community creations to give your Sims a new look



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars with 977 reviews

93%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Stick with The Sims 3

    Posted
    jrud05
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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: 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: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not Impressed

    Posted
    kshane

    My expectations were clearly to high for this game. It appears as if the created this game for the capabilities of an elementary school child. Everything is pretty much pre-done for you. There is nothing fun about building a house. Using the camera angles in the game is annoying to use. There is no where near the detail that was in the previous Sims 3. Do not waste your money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • 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

    Sims 1 was better

    Posted
    CW24
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I don't know what on earth the development team was thinking when they stripped so much stuff out of the game. no pools, only 2 floors, no toddlers and teens adults and elderly people look the same!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Stick with sims 2.

    Posted
    UpsetSim

    This will be the last sims game I buy. Options are limited. A LOT was taken out of the game. The create a sim or build mode is not worth it. No pools. No ghosts. (Unless you have internet access, which is REQUIRED for initial start up.) CAN NOT put makeup on male sims. Only eye liner. No lips. No blush or face tint. (So if you like using Custom content. too bad. your sim will never be perfect) Sims 4 is a fail. Don't bother.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst Sims Game by FAR

    Posted
    Simutation
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    So many things were removed from Sims 3 it's not even funny: -cars -pools -dishwashers!? -landscape editig -ability to buy income properties -toddlers It just feels like theres not much to do and you cant travel aroud town like you used to. Each area is a block of buildings which makes everything feel segregated. Very disappointing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the price.

    Posted
    PHGemini85
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I've been playing The Sims since it first came out. This is by far the biggest disappointment. This game is so stripped down, I can't believe I actually paid $60 for this game. By comparison The Sims 3 only cost $50 when it was released, and it came with so much more that this. The biggest let down for me was the lack of an open world that I've become accustomed to in The Sims 3. If you ask me this is just another slap in the face from EA/Maxis.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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