The Sims 4 Review
The Sims 4 Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Maxis
Pub: Electronic Arts
Release: September 2, 2014
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence

And that’s the way it was. Continually, going into public, getting bored, then going home to eat, bathe, and sleep. Even though I didn’t need the money, I found a career for the adults in my family. It would have been more fun to go to work with my sims, but instead I was forced to sit staring at my house until they returned from work. There are some interesting professions, but it seems their only purpose is to unlock more items that are only available once you reach a certain level in that profession. Oh well, I didn’t really want to work anyway.

After a while, my sims aged. The adults became elders and my children became young adults. Oddly, they never moved out, which I hope isn’t an indication of what awaits me in real life, since I am quite looking forward to that.

The Sims 4 Screenshot

Visually, The Sims 4 has received a noticeable upgrade, especially if you have a rig that can handle the graphics the game is capable of. Unfortunately, The Sims 4 is also limited by its established style. So even though it gets a visual update with every new game, it still looks basically the same, with a little more polish. Much like the visuals, the soundscape of The Sims 4 is largely forgettable. The music is basically ambient noise that’s pretty much unnecessary and the cutesy babbling of the sims became repetitive and annoying quickly. Don’t you think it’s time they learned a language we can understand? It would add so much to gameplay. Just sayin’.

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At the end of the day, The Sims 4 is a core game, pure and simple. It is made specifically so that more content can be pumped into it via DLC. The overall functionality of the game is fine, with no real breakthroughs, just a little simplification and minor tweaks. Nothing groundbreaking here. It wasn’t entirely unenjoyable, even for someone like me who doesn’t really play The Sims normally. But it didn’t convert me either. The Sims 4 is certainly not deserving of the fan backlash it’s currently receiving on the internet, but it’s not the revolutionary leap forward you would expect from a game that has had years to develop.

You can’t win ‘em all I guess.

By
Joshua Bruce
Video Director
Date: September 4, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
The best looking Sims yet.
3.5
Control
The control setup works fine, but can be convoluted, especially in build mode.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
A forgettable soundtrack punctuated babbling sim voices.
3.2
Play Value
There is plenty to do, but whether or not you invest the time to do so depends on your dedication to The Sims franchise.
3.3
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Smarter Sims – Create and control smarter Sims with unique appearances, personalities, and emotions in The Sims 4.
  • Create unique Sims and customize their appearance, fashion styles, personality traits, skills, careers, and walk styles. For the first time, Sims both feel and express emotions. Your Sims experience a range of emotional states driven by your actions and influenced by other Sims, events, and objects within the game. Emotions offer you more choices and give you the opportunity to create gameplay moments with even more possibilities. Enjoy how your Sims interact and express their distinct personalities in social settings within the game.
  • Create and control the mind, body, and heart of your Sims and bring your stories to life like never before in The Sims 4.
  • Powerful Creative Tools – Create A Sim and Build Mode are more powerful, intuitive, and fun than ever before. You have the control to sculpt Sims with tactile precision. Effortlessly construct the home of your dreams with the all new, room-based Build Mode.
  • Vibrant Neighborhoods – Experience new gameplay opportunities brought to life within vibrant and dynamic neighborhoods. Choose among beautiful and diverse lots for your Sims to build their homes and explore activities. Expand your social circle and interact with other Sims in the neighborhood and hang out in community parks and venues.
  • Rich Rewards – Earn new objects, outfits, and traits by completing events, discovering collectables, and unlocking achievements.
  • Share Your Creations – The Gallery allows you to browse, share, and download new content without ever leaving your game. Get inspired by rich content created by The Sims community and add new experiences to your game.

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