The Sims 4 was released for PC back in September 2014 with a world-wide spread of anticipation. I myself have had this game pretty much since it’s release. However, I’ve never spoken on Sims 4. So today, after a few months of researching the ins and outs of this game, I would like to share a perspective on The Sims 4 and look into the view of other Sims 4 fans. Here’s what I came up with.
Was the release of The Sims 4 worth the hype?
- The Sims 4 had a lot of things good (maybe even great) about it starting out. Like the fact that you can actually model your sims into something more personal was something I can assume everyone wanted; with little to no restrictions. The graphics and camera-views are smooth and very refined. It has noticeably evolved and makes you feel more connected with the sims. A sim’s personality is more convincing and seem to display each trait more realistically. The multitasking played an essential role and helps prove that interacting/socializing has definitely improved. Managing households has become even more manageable — having the ability to control many lots on the map. For example, you can create another family (if you decided to) for another home on the map aside from the first home you’ve made. You can also control a random family that was already created in your world. The Sims 4 also features an online Gallery which allows simmers to share their characters and lots and even interact [to some extent] with other simmers. So there are definitely some good things about the game.
- The Sims 4, unfortunately, takes a step forward in some ways while taking two steps back in others — which in this case could make the bad out do the good. Why does The Sims 4 no longer support an open-world? And not only that, but moving from one lot to another requires that the game loads, it gets to a point where you might find yourself saying “boy, this is redundant”. Why are features like the young toddlers and dishwashers no longer available? Even pools weren’t available for the first few months of its release. The Sims 4 has had quite a hobby of crashing. The game felt too simple and cut-and-dry, especially when you’re a Sims fan who has played Sims 3 + all of it’s expansions. The core features seemed like they were “missing” from the game. Features as small as genealogy wasn’t available at launch of The Sims 4. It’s as if they wanted us to know that we (the players) will have to rely on their DLC/expansions to possibly unveil their real potential. Does that seem fair? Although socializing has indeed improved, why does it feel like socializing/interaction was on the top of their priority list? Keep in mind, it’s not as good as it could be.
But hey, after much disappointment and a lot of broken promises, EA has no plans to stop. So for those of us still holding on to dear life, hold on a little longer. Here’s some reasons why:
As of April 2015, EA will be spicing things up with one of their first significant expansions: “The Sims 4 – Get to Work“.
Yes, we’re all familiar with your Sim disappearing into thin air whenever the Sim goes to work. We would wish to be able to follow the Sim to their job and experience it with them. Well! That’s set to change with this new expansion.
According to a press release from EA, you will have the opportunity to GO TO WORK with your Sim; allowing you to take an active role in four different job types:
- Emergency room doctor will let you “spend your days saving lives. Just make sure to stay focused as you’re treating patients, delivering babies, and performing emergency surgery.”
- Police Detective involves “solving elaborate mysteries” by having your sim “investigate crime scenes, interrogate Sims, arrest criminals, and work your way from Cadet to the Chief of Police.”
- Scientists will be able to “create crazy inventions. Collect unique specimens to craft diabolical creations like the Sim Ray and decide whether you’ll use your inventions for good or to torment your fellow Sims.”
- Entrepreneur is a broader occupation that can taken on as a supplement to the other three professions. You’ll be able to “create any type of retail business you desire including bakeries, clothing boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, and many more.” Using the game’s Build Mode, you can “customize every facet of your business.”
In addition, the pack introduces new photography and baking skills for characters to learn, and aliens will invade the game to an extent. They’ll look like regular Sims and it will be up to the player to detect which “Sim” is actually not a Sim.
A question that many have/may ask is “can you have multiple jobs”? The answer is Yes and No. You will only be allowed one job at a time if you’re choosing between the doctor, scientist, or detective. But you’ll be able to run a business on the side as well. So if you’re interested in scientists work but also want to sell pastries on your free time, you can.
Oh, Fyi, did you know April 2015 marks The Sims 15th Anniversary? No coincidence there.
Here’s something nice for Sims fans with a Mac. The Sims 4 has just been released for Mac users. giving them the opportunity to experience The Sims 4 as well. This works for Mac users since they won’t have to start with little to no features in their game, since The Sims 4 has progressed a bit since it’s started. Giving us updates/content such as the Deluxe Edition, pools, Halloween content, Holiday Celebration Pack and even the Outdoor Retreat.
Maxis notes that existing Sims 4 saves and all of the add-on content you already own for the Windows PC version can be transferred to the Mac edition. Transferring save files requires the use of a Flash drive (because The Sims 4 doesn’t support Origin’s cloud storage), but it doesn’t sound all that difficult. See step-by-step instructions here.
Lastly, here are The Sims 4 System Requirements for Mac:
The Sims 4 Mac System Requirements:
- OS: Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Lion)
- PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz Processor or better
- VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 320M, 9600M, 9400M, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or better. Video RAM of 256MB or better.
- MEMORY: 4GB RAM
- HARD DRIVE: 10 GB of Hard Drive space
- INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse
Well, there you have it. I’m personally rooting for EA and Maxis to get their act together, Hopefully we will see a change in them for 2015. Do you feel the same?