The Sims 4: A Masochist’s Dream?
We’re not so sure.
Due to spending a lot more time at home, we’re finding more ways to entertain ourselves – so we’re living vicariously through our Sims. And as much as it is an internet cliché, The Sims 4 really does not compare to its predecessors on the PC. However, this leaves us wondering; why are we still playing, why not just return to The Sims 3 and why did I just buy another £30 game stuff pack that I know deep down inside will cause me disappointment? So today we’re going over the reasons we keep us returning to The Sims 4.
Create a Sim and Camera Controls
It’s undeniable that the mechanics of The Sims 4 are top tier. Starting with Create a Sim – the level of control we have in our Sim’s physical appearance is glorious, we can even customise the size of our Sim’s pupils! Moving on to camera control, while at first this is a bit of a culture shock for us it is far more seamless and user friendly. Plus, we now have first person mode!
Please excuse us.
Now onto build mode – although EA had the absolute cheek to 1. Not release pools initially with the base game and 2. Enable sims to exit the pool without the assists of a ladder (seriously, how DARE you!?) the build mechanics are a dream. Never again will our roofs be ugly and being able to move entire rooms at will saves an insane amount of time. We decided to build a quick home for our new family. Other than debating what wooden floor to use, the whole build took us around half an hour – which considering we were struggling with the hardwood vs laminate situation is pretty fast. In previous instalments you needed at least 15 minutes just to deal with the roof situation (except when auto-roofs actually pulled through for once).
Sims 4 is Visually Pleasing
Obviously as technology improves our standards for graphics rise with it, but that is not an excuse for The Sims 3 natives to look like potatoes. Our Sims now look far more normal or if you fancy your Sims more on the vegetable looking side you can do that too. And it’s not just your Sims, the world is far more appealing to look at too, especially the secret areas hidden in each world. This also applies to objects – the atmospheric lighting is absolutely gorgeous, The Sims 3 could never.
Personality and life purposes, even for the indecisive.
Despite the fact that The Sims 4 lacks the much-loved lore of the previous games, the aspirations help give some guidance on what our Sim wants to do with life – including a trait to benefit that goal. You can develop your Sim’s personalities to either suit or work against their life goals and their traits will show during tasks that match them (like below, our evil Sim is trolling the local forums and having the time of his life.)
However, if you’re indecisive like us (picking your life dream as a teen? Has that really worked out for anyone?) you can change your Sim’s aspiration at will. Sometimes it just takes you until your late twenties to realise cheese toasties are a worthy endeavour (or in our Sims case, to make the best “grilled cheese.”)
Even though The Sims 4 has its obvious flaws, the main reason we believe people continuously go back is the fantastic Sims Community. Simmers are more connected than ever via the In-Game Gallery, Youtube (Plumbella is our favourite) and the multiple Sim’s forums and threads sharing their creations with the world.
Plus, when all else fails, Mods.
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