For the first time in a long time, I have managed to play The Sims for a whole day. And it was very satisfying. I didn’t even feel guilty about not doing work, because I have practically none to do at the moment.
What I love about each new generation of Sims games is the new way EA Games presents the game’s logo. How gorgeously simple is this?
And the new plumbobs are pretty cool, too. I especially like the way they sparkle like big green diamonds as they rotate above a sim’s head.
Before we go any further, let me introduce you to my sim, Marvin Gay.
Marvin is a geek, a nerd, a genius, an egghead, a bookworm – whatever you want to label him. To me, he is perfect; he loves working, playing video games, and has worked his way up the Tech Guru career ladder to the position of Development Captain in only one short month.
Marvin’s top skills are cooking and gourmet cooking, gardening, and programming. He is slowly buying higher quality possessions for his humble abode. He is also manually upgrading his appliances himself and improving his Handiness skill at the same time.
That’s one thing I love about The Sims 4: the vast amount of new skills, like Mischief and Comedy.
I love a lot of things about The Sims 4, and some of them align with EA Games’ Top 10 things you need to know about The Sims 4, which are:
- Sims with Character;
- So Smart, So Believable;
- Streamlined and Smooth;
- Exploration Galore;
- Create Anyone;
- Fashionista Made Easy;
- Move In Ready;
- Build Quick, Build Details;
- Sharing is Caring; and
- Make it Your Own.
Note that I said some of the things I love about The Sims 4 align with these top 10, not all…
Firstly, I do love the new character options, especially some of the new traits. (The “bro” social trait made me giggle.) The new moodlets are cool, too, particularly how they allow your sim to complete different actions. My favourite action is “Pee like a champion” when Marvin is feeling Confident.
Secondly, the “new Sims smarts” are awesome. What I love about this is a sim’s newfound ability to multi task. For some reason, Marvin loves eating and brushing his teeth at the same time. (Maybe I should have doubled up on the Genius trait…)
Thirdly, EA Games has nailed the smooth, streamlined game appearance. The logo, the loading screen, the Create A Sim screen, game play in general – it’s all fantastically, simply, and cleanly designed. But (heard that coming, didn’t you?), with newly designed menus comes unfamiliar interface, along with user frustration.
For example, Marvin moved into an existing house that was already furnished, so I didn’t have to delve into either Build Mode or Buy Mode until he wanted some new things (namely a refrigerator because the smell of his old one was making him sick).
Here’s a handy hint if you’re still trying to find your way around The Sims 4: Buy Mode is in Build Mode.
Then when I got around to placing an item, I had to Google how to rotate them. Turns out a single right click will do it, but if you’re looking for the keyboard shortcut, the keys “,” and “.” will rotate an object in both directions. With the normal camera options enabled, you can click and drag to move the camera without placing the item you’re holding, which I find quite useful.
Another good design feature is the new way of choosing the colour of things in Create A Sim, and in Build and Buy Modes. You simply click on the small rectangular colour palette in the bottom left corner of the item and select the colour you want from the pop up window.
An interesting point is that you can sell items that you sim is using. Poor Marvin was rocketed up off of the couch while he was enjoying the Comedy channel after I accidentally sold the TV he just happened to be watching. (Needless to say that when I went back into Live Mode, he was a bit wobbly on his feet.)
Finally, I love that you can indeed create anyone. The newest feature in Create A Sim is direct manipulation. You literally just grab a part of the sim you’re creating and move it until it looks exactly the way you want it to look.
On top of what I’ve already talked about, I have only discovered a few more bad things about The Sims 4.
Firstly, a noticeable problem – the entire game was blurry. But this was an easy fix: go to the options menu > game options > graphics, and enable “laptop mode”.
Secondly, hitting “enter” no longer centres the camera on your selected sim; you actually have to click on their small icon at the bottom of the screen.
Thirdly, what has happened to TV video gaming stations? I cannot for the life of me (and my video-gaming sim) find a TV video game console in Buy Mode. (But I still think it’s great that my sim can play The Sims.)
Finally, the major change that has me, and a lot of my fellow simmers, up in arms is that the world is closed. Your sim simply disappears off of the lot when they go places, like in The Sims 2. The Sims 4 not having free roaming like in The Sims 3 is a major disappointment. Plus, while your sim is away, you can’t access any of their information panels, like mood or work.
Overall, I had an enjoyable, relaxing day. I’m quite looking forward to guiding Marvin on his life journey, which will hopefully lead to many successes, and not his being eaten by a cow plant.
Images and information sourced from:
The Sims Wiki. 2014. “TS4 Logo.png.” Image. Accessed September 6, 2014. http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/File:TS4_Logo.png.
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SIMGURUS. 2014. “Top 10 things you need to know about The Sims 4.” Accessed September 6, 2014. http://www.thesims.com/en_AU/news/top-10-things?utm_campaign=sims4-social-APAC.
Sims Community. 2014. “The Sims 4 – New Features.” Image. Accessed September 6, 2014. http://simscommunity.net/2013/09/11/the-sims-4-new-features/.
The Sims Wiki. 2014. “Animated_sims_plumbob.gif.” Image. Accessed September 6, 2014. http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/File:Animated_sims_plumbbob.gif.
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The Sims Wiki. 2014. “Trait (The Sims 4).” Image. Accessed September 6, 2014. http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/Trait_%28The_Sims_4%29.