The Sims 4 Preview
The Sims 4 Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Maxis
Pub: EA
Release: September 2, 2014
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p
Emotional Tidal Wave
by Angelo M. D'Argenio

Somehow, we just never seem to get enough of controlling tiny little micro A.I.s. Yes, The Sims is coming back with The Sims 4, a game that will supposedly change the way we think about life Simulations. We got to see the game in action at E3 2014.

The idea behind The Sims 4, is that everything is smaller and more real. Not more real in that you won’t be able to be vampires or furries or abducted by aliens. All of those goofy quirks are still in the game. No, The Sims 4 is more real because it Simulates Sim personalities. Instead of Simply operating on a base system of needs, Sims will now have deep and detailed personalities. This goes beyond liking or not liking some music. Sims will have political beliefs, spiritual beliefs, personal demons to excise, and more.

This philosophy has been saturated into every aspect of the game starting with the create a Sim system. As before you can change any aspect of your Sims appearance, from how tall they are to how fat they are to how their features are shaped. You can change their hair color, their clothes, give them tattoos, and more. However, now you can also change how your Sim moves. You can alter how they walk, or how they speak with other people. This will affect other Sims’ impressions of them, and how the rest of the Sim world interacts with them.

You also get to choose personality traits and aspirations as well. Want to be an ambitious Sim? You can do that. Want to be a Sim with a short temper? You can do that. Introvert, extrovert, hippy, activist, businessman, luchadore, basically anything you want is in your grasp.

That being said, your aspirations don’t necessarily immediately translate into careers. More so, they translate into actions that your Sim might take. Let’s say, for example, that your Sim has a love of physical activity and a lot of pride, but is soft spoken. Their soft spoken nature might lead them to getting picked on. However, their pride won’t let them take that, so their love of physical activity will make them go to the gym, start bulking up, and defend themselves more actively.

The Sims 4 Screenshot

These skills and personality traits also help decide how Sims will interact with one another. Say that you have a Sim that is very good at video games. That Sim can help teach another Sim to be good at video games. The same holds true for Sims trying to get in shape, Sims trying to learn business skills, and much more. Simply by existing alongside other Sims, your Sims will grow and evolve.

The Sims 4 Screenshot

The Sims 4 will benefit from an asynchronous online catalog, a lot like Spore did. Everything you build and create will be uploaded to servers so that other people can take advantage of them. Need a new neighbor? Just choose someone else’s Sim and drop them into your game. Need a new room for your house? Look at the other rooms people have designed and build it all at once. Even better, if you want to skip the whole house building thing entirely, you can just drag and drop a house someone else has built onto an empty plot of land. Nearly everything can be supplemented with the creations of other people, and when the game has released, you’ll even be able to alter the in game content itself, making your own couches, fridges and other items.

The one thing I worry about really has nothing to do with the mechanics of The Sims 4. Rather, it has to do with EA’s online policies. Once again, we are seeing a Sim game build to be an online only experience. You will move in and become part of a community and other players’ Sims will interact with you. But if this means that the game cannot play without an online connection, we are likely to run into problems. Most notably, we will likely see the same game crashes and problems with signing into servers that we did when Sim City first released. This could be a nail in the coffin of this game before it even releases. Not to mention EA has announced that many features, like babies, swimming pools, and lots of pieces of furniture, will be unavailable when the game first launches.

The Sims 4 Screenshot

However, if none of this bothers you then The Sims 4 does look like a fun time. If you’ve stuck with The Sims this long, you likely aren’t going to give it up now. The Sims 4 will release in September later this year.

Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: July 2, 2014

Game Features:

  • Smarter Sims – Create and control smarter Sims with unique appearances, personalities, and emotions in The Sims 4.
  • Create unique Sims and customize their appearance, fashion styles, personality traits, skills, careers, and walk styles. For the first time, Sims both feel and express emotions. Your Sims experience a range of emotional states driven by your actions and influenced by other Sims, events, and objects within the game. Emotions offer you more choices and give you the opportunity to create gameplay moments with even more possibilities. Enjoy how your Sims interact and express their distinct personalities in social settings within the game.
  • Create and control the mind, body, and heart of your Sims and bring your stories to life like never before in The Sims 4.
  • Powerful Creative Tools – Create A Sim and Build Mode are more powerful, intuitive, and fun than ever before. You have the control to sculpt Sims with tactile precision. Effortlessly construct the home of your dreams with the all new, room-based Build Mode.
  • Vibrant Neighborhoods – Experience new gameplay opportunities brought to life within vibrant and dynamic neighborhoods. Choose among beautiful and diverse lots for your Sims to build their homes and explore activities. Expand your social circle and interact with other Sims in the neighborhood and hang out in community parks and venues.
  • Rich Rewards – Earn new objects, outfits, and traits by completing events, discovering collectables, and unlocking achievements.
  • Share Your Creations – The Gallery allows you to browse, share, and download new content without ever leaving your game. Get inspired by rich content created by The Sims community and add new experiences to your game.

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