The Sims Franchise has been around for over 20 years and is one of the most recognisable gaming franchises ever, love it or hate it if it’s your thing or not? the game has earned and deserves the respect. This is the latest version of the game Sims 4 and was released on PS4, Xbox One and PC/MAC, this review is just about the original game and not the Expansions/DLC.
I actually played Sims originally on PC many many years ago, and both Boo and I even got some of the DLC for the original one, it was before EA and just Maxis made, I enjoyed the pure designing of the house etc because at the time there had never been a game of that level of detail, yes there was some looking after the sims but that was fairly limited and generally easy to look after but for us 2 it was all about the house.
Fast Forward years later Boo and I have stepped away from Sims games but Roo has started to play them along with some of her friends, she first began on PS4 and recently on PC also.
What They Say?
“Unleash your imagination and create a unique world of Sims that’s an expression of you! Explore and customize every detail from Sims to homes, and much more. Choose how Sims look, act, and dress, then decide how they’ll live out each day. Design and build incredible homes for every family, then decorate with your favourite furnishings and décor.
Travel to different neighbourhoods where you can meet other Sims and learn about their lives. Discover beautiful locations with distinctive environments and go on spontaneous adventures. Manage the ups and downs of Sims’ everyday lives and see what happens when you play out scenarios from your own real life! Tell your stories your way while developing relationships, pursuing careers and life aspirations, and immersing yourself in this extraordinary game, where the possibilities are endless. Play with life!”
So if you haven’t ever played the game or seen it the general idea is to control the lives of your family, you can choose the look of them, their jobs, their careers, the love life, the whole design of the house, deal with situations in their life or just simply things that go wrong in the house. After 4 games and countless Add ons they have nailed what their game is all about, and in reality, is one of the few games you can definitely say they have got better and more detailed with age (even though I loved the first one).
Both on Consoles and PC there are several DLC packs ranging from small little add ons with skins to much bigger expansion sets that are pets or buildings etc. These are money and don’t get put off by these, you can still play the original game absolutely fine but if you are that person that loves the game and wants to expand its play over the years then they are good to have, there’s often deals on them so wait for these.
What the Kids say
“Sims 4 is about creating and Designing your own characters and house, as well as their life. When you create a new game on sims it will ask you if you want that character as part of a story mode, it means they pick your aspirations, traits, how much money your start with, if you have a job already or not. If you would rather choose yourself you can change the look, the aspirations, jobs, even different clothes for different occasions like every day, sports, formal, party, sleep even if its hots or cold weather.
Once you finish designing your character you get to choose where you live or if you want to build your own house, you can create your dream house or just a fun home. The expansions packs let you add stuff to your games to make them more opportunities, like more building items or more makeup, hair and clothes options etc. I like Sims 4 because I get to customise characters to how I want and create different houses.”
Graphically its a good game, this is one of the biggest jumps over the years for the franchises but it has its only style, its not the top of the graphics tree and for some they might be put off but I think they’re fine, and even on some of the slightly more mature edges they make it a bit blurry or funny for obvious reasons, there is plenty to do in one playthrough and you can’t really complete the game like most simulator type game but you do reach that point, however, you can have multiple games and try different things and go back.
It’s a solid game, the pay aspects of it with the DLC or expansions may put people off but to be fair this is large because they have pumped out more and more stuff, most games wouldn’t but there are also plenty that also put out pay to improve or items, put all that to the side it’s still a good game, there isn’t anything else to that level or as good, so if this is your style of the game it’s still the leader, and there’s normally only ever one main game on each generation of consoles/PC so its still worth getting.