I bought The Sims 4 a few years ago, right after it was released. The Sims 3 was one of my favourite games, so of course, I was excited about the new game. However, shortly after I started playing it, I realised that there really weren’t as many new features as I thought there were.
The new create a sim is kind of better than The Sims 3 version. Kind of. You can change the features of the sim more easily, but I did think that they made create a sim more complicated than necessary. Do I really need to choose my sim’s walking style? I don’t care about that.
There are a lot more clothing choices. The colours for the clothing seem so limited though. They also only allowed sims to have three trait slots compared to the five trait slots that were used in The Sims 3. That felt like the sims actually had less personality. There were a lot of negative traits and when I chose positive traits that were supposed to help the sim during gameplay, I didn’t notice the traits helping at all. There were so many things to decide on create a sim, it took forever just to be able to play the actual game.
When I finally started playing, I noticed “whims” which are basically the “wishes” that they had in The Sims 3. If you’ve played The Sims 3, you know that each time you fulfill one of the wishes, you get points that can then be used to buy lifetime rewards, like the ability to stop the aging process or “steel bladder” which stopped the sims from needing to use the bathroom.
The “whims” in The Sims 4 are frustrating. While some wishes in The Sims 3 had like 1,000 points for completing them, the same whim might only give 100 points. I always thought that buying lifetime rewards were important because then I could spend less time cooking and sleeping and more time doing what I wanted to do in the game. You can’t do that in this game! A lot of whims are only worth 25 points or 50 points while some of the lifetime rewards are worth 4,000. It took forever to buy any rewards. Because of this, I did have to spend more time than I would have liked doing the mundane things.
This only got worse after I got the sim a job. Jobs and schoolwork are so much more difficult! To get a promotion, you need to do a daily task which could be “make business calls” if you go into the business career track. You need to do this stupid task EVERY DAY. Combine that with the fact that you need to build up certain skills, which take forever, to get a promotion and you’re basically working most of the time.
I barely had any time to do anything fun in the game! I was just stuck keeping the health bars up and building the skills. It wasn’t fun to play. None of the amazing features that were mentioned in the trailer made much of a difference. The emotions that were supposed to completely change the game play did nothing at all really. Overall, I just ended up thinking that the game was made more difficult.
So many features were taken out of this game. Swimming pools, toddlers, the ability to go around the town without loading screens, there were a lot of issues. They have added swimming pools and toddlers now, so I’m hoping that they will add more of the missing features in the future. You need to sit through a loading screen every time you want to go anywhere as well.
When I made one of my married sims cheat on their spouse, just to create some drama because I was bored, the faithful spouse walked in on the cheater literally making out with someone else and there was no reaction. Nothing! I do think that they updated the game and changed that a little bit, so that now, if a sim walks in on that, they will get angry and the relationship bar will go down a little, but if you leave it a few days, you can very easily build that back up. In The Sims 3, if something like that happened, a lot of the time it would end in divorce and the relationship would be severely damaged. It was quite hard to get the relationship bar back up when that happened. It was more realistic. It’s much more difficult to create drama in this game.
I could go on about more of the issues that I have with the game, but there are too many problems to list.
I’m sort of stuck playing The Sims 4 though because I have so many expansions for The Sims 3 that the game has slowed down to a ridiculous point and even when I try to use fewer expansions, the game is still very difficult to play. I’ve spent 10-15 minutes in the past just waiting for the game to save. I can’t play it anymore.
In the past, every Sims game felt like it was better than the last. The Sims 4 however, feels like a big step backwards.