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New details about The Sims 4

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I fear for the future of the Sims. Not because of the news I’m about to reveal, but because it is looking likely that Darryn will review the game for us. You thought what he did to his Miis during Tomodachi Life was weird, you have no idea – he has all kinds of torture planned, and I believe it includes replicating all of us.

The guys and gals over at GamesRadar got some hand on time with The Sims 4 and they’ve shared some new tidbits about the game. Remember that you can still register for the demo of “Create a Sim” – all you need to do is send an email and you could get some early play time creating yourself and those you love or hate in Sim form. So, what’s new in the game?

First all, there’s an all new environment to place your Sims. Contrasting with the lush biome of Willow Creek there is Oasis Springs, a district similar to suburban Las Vegas. It’s filled with desert-themed set-pieces like cacti and massive air conditioners. Hmm, I wonder if Sims will now get overheated in Oasis Springs and become unhappy without their precious air conditioning.

Enjoy making your Sims families grow but worried that everyone looks adopted? Well, the Sims 4 has introduced a stream lined genetic matching tool that lets you grab features from both parents to create a new and bizarre looking child, just like real life. Ah, nothing like combining dad’s receding hairline with mom’s hook nose.

Traits have become more organic. Most of my Sims were bookworms because I am, but that didn’t make for the most social Sims. Now, they can actually talk about their favorite authors. Made your Sim athletic? It won’t just be about working out at home – they can have all kinds of interactions with other Sims at the gym. You can even create misanthropic gamer Sims that will insult over Sims’ gaming cred – yes, your Sim could be a troll.

Speaking of trolling, gone are the days when you couldn’t change the fridge or TV because your Sims were obsessed with staring at them. You can pull objects out from under your stupid Sims and build around them as you so please. Plus, you can customize far too much in build mode, including the width of a house’s eaves. Or, if you’re lazy like me, you can just import entire rooms and be done with it.

Sims 4 also promises to be a lot more difficult – letting your power and water bills stack up could mean getting cut off. Also, tough economic times aren’t just present in the real world – prepare for your Sims to struggle at first; they don’t start with a lot of cash and you probably won’t be able to afford the plot of your dreams when you kick off playing. However, to make things slightly easier on you, at least your Sims can’t die all that easily. In fact, a family member can even slap down the Grim Reaper’s iPad and demand the dead be resurrected. Don’t ask us how, but apparently confidence and love can cause your lost love ones to revive, just like in the movies.

The Sims 4 is shaping up to be exactly what fans were looking for… minus the pools, of course.

Last Updated: July 16, 2014

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