The latest installment of Maxis and EA Games’ mega-hit life simulation video game, The Sims 4, releases Sept. 2 and allows players to become ultimate creators. The series is known for its massive custom-creation style gameplay and The Sims 4 is destined to take the creativity levels to new heights.
One feature that has not been seen in any of the previous Sims installments is the new in-depth “create-a-sim” mode. Previous players of The Sims will know that this part of the game can take up a few hours out of the day due to the limitless choices one has when creating their own character. Now it seems those players may be creating sims for even longer in The Sims 4. The latest version of “create-a-sim” allows gamers to actually mold their characters into whatever shape and size they desire. Before, one would select body shapes and hair colors from a pre-made selection of customizations whereas this time full-blown clicking, dragging and molding to the player’s own design is now an option.
The new building mode of The Sims 4 is another feature that is ultimately destined allow even more creativity to develop. Building a dream home has never been easier in The Sims universe. Before players would have the challenge of changing the layout of their sims house and have to nearly start from scratch if they wished to change it. Now players can simply click and drag to move rooms and all furniture in it, all without disrupting any of the surrounding rooms. One can literally click their mouse and move it around the screen to create an entirely new room, similar to how one would crop a photo: building homes is as simple as that now.
A third addition to the game that provides a very personal and realistic touch to the characters is the new feature of sims having emotions. For instance, a sim can be irritated by another sim for whatever reason, causing their emotional status to read as angry. The anger can then be transferred into energy to use at the gym, which helps the sim build their physique. When the sim sees their newly toned body in the mirror their emotional status may switch to confident. The newfound confidence then can make it easier to fall in love with another sim and the rest is a domino effect just as it would be in real life.
Even though the new features and the hype for The Sims 4 seem very promising, there are a few negative factors that will come along with its release. A few issues that have seemed to upset die-hard Sims fans include the riddance of pools in the game, the annoyance of a loading screen in between major lots so the open-world feeling is slightly lost and the nonexistent “toddler” age for sims. The Sims 4 is also scheduled to only be released for PC computers with no news for a Mac version of the game in sight – although this issue can easily be fixed through the downloading of software that allows PC programs to function properly on a Mac.
Although there seem to be a few small kinks within The Sims 4’s release, the title ultimately still allows the immense creativity that all of its fans yearn for. The Sims 4 will be released in the U.S. on September 2 and can be purchased wherever PC games or sold and will also be available for download. View the official launch trailer for the game below.
By Cody Collier