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    • The Sims 4

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (914 out of 991)

    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



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 991 reviews

    92%
    would recommend to a friend

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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
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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: 2 out of 5 stars

      Sims 4 Limited and interrupted game play

      Posted
      60plus
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful addition to the Sims franchise

      Posted
      Mommygamer
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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


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