It’s the start of a new generation for The Sims, after no less than 20 different expansions and Stuff packs released for the previous iteration of the game. The Sims Studio and Maxis have teamed up to build a brand new game engine, packing in plenty of new emotions, a simplified building tool and a more developed skills system. Does the core Sims 4 experience pack enough of a punch to keep both casual and hardcore fans satisfied? Read on to find out.
From the very start, the new Create A Sim interface is elegant and streamlined, removing the layered menus from previous experiences entirely. Clicking around on your Sim in this mode allows players to fine-tune their shapes, sizes, outfits, tattoos and aspirations in a surprisingly entertaining process. There’s plenty of ways to make each Sim unique, and even eight different walk animations to choose from. Players can also hop into a new in-game feature called The Gallery, where a catalog of user-created sims and houses sit ripe for the picking.
Needs have been simplified in The Sims 4, leaning on the new emotional engine that ties into unlocking unique interactions. While needs like Hunger, Sleep or Hygiene remain unchanged, other moodlets like Comfort or Environment have been removed – but that doesn’t mean they don’t affect the game. Seeing garbage can now make Sims ‘Feel Uncomfortable,’ just as a promotion can make them feel ‘Confident’. These moodlets only last for a short period of time, allowing Sims to perform unique social and private actions. Pee your pants at work? Your Sim will feel embarrassed, and might want to give themselves a pep talk in the bathroom mirror when they’re home.
The Sims 4 Recommended Requirements
CPU: Intel Core i5-750 or AMD Athlon X4
CPU SPEED: Info
RAM: 4 GB
OS: 64 Bit Windows 7,8, or 8.1
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 or better
PIXEL SHADER: 5.0
VERTEX SHADER: 5.0
SOUND CARD: Yes
FREE DISK SPACE: 10 GB
DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 1024 MB