One of the most successful video game franchises in history has just announced that its latest installment, The Sims 4, is now available to download for free on the PC. The EA Games title was released for sale last September and has proven to remain the fan-favorite simulation/creator title that it has always been.
The new free download is available solely for PC users through the use of Origin Game Time. Players who take up the free offer will have a full 48 hours of real-time to play through all that The Sims 4 has to offer. The download is available now, but will only be up on the market until Feb. 2. The title is the entire game in one download, not a simple demo with a number of missing features. Gamers rarely get the opportunity to try the full game out before buying it. After playing a number of hours through the game, users who may have been on the fence about paying $69.99 for the deluxe version of the EA title may be persuaded to drop the cash to have The Sims 4 for keeps.
The Sims 4 is said to be the ultimate creativity tool. The game franchise has always allowed for much individual customization, but The Sims 4 is said to take it to a whole new level. When creating their own sim, players can actually click on the avatar’s body and morph the shape and size of the individual to their liking, much like an artist would mold clay. The option of choosing from pre-made templates made available in previous titles is still a choice for players to use when creating their characters. The specificity of creating homes and buildings in the new title is very intricate and personal as well. Removing or adding rooms, levels and anything else in the world of the Sims has never been easier or more satisfying according to a number of players.
The release of the free download is said to be in celebration of The Sims turning fifteen years old on Feb. 4. If those that download the game during its free trial period go on to purchase the title after their 48 hours of gameplay is up, they will still have all of their progress saved from the trial period and will not have to restart the game at all.
EA is also offering a few other titles the chance of a having a free download through the Origin system. Titanfall, Battlefield 4 and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning are the three games that are joining The Sims 4 in full-fledged free downloads. The movement of offering so many titles as free downloads on EA’s part is reportedly a marketing strategy to attract gamers into making more routine use of the Origin system, which has apparently not been as popular as the company would have hoped. Perhaps all of the free offers are just what the new system needs.
The Sims 4 is available for free now through Origin Game Time. Gamers will have to act quickly if they want to take EA up on their offer as the title is only available through Feb. 2.
By Cody Collier
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