Synopsis: The Sims 4 is the highly anticipated life simulation game that lets you play with life like never before. Control smarter Sims with unique appearances, personalities, behaviours, and emotions. Experience new levels of creativity when you sculpt Sims with the powerful Create A Sim and design beautiful homes with tactile, room-based Build Mode. Use The Gallery to browse, share, and download new content without ever leaving your game. Control the mind, body, and heart of your Sims and explore your new gameplay possibilities in vibrant neighbourhoods that bring your stories to life.
Overview: I’m sure many of us grew up with The Sims. The ones in the series were a few of the many games I played as a child, but now I get to play this new one as an adult! Also, even though The Sims 4 has had many expansions, this review will focus on the one that came out a few months ago on the PS4.
What I loved about the game: I put off getting this game for months, afraid that the controls would be too clunky and annoying to deal with. Then, there was a PSN sales with it being 50% off, and I was like, well, I guess it’s now or never. But yes, the controls. Although I have something to gripe about them, the controls were still surprisingly fluid and easy to get used to. This helped me enjoy the game a lot easier.
Because I was playing on the PS4, I could play on a much bigger screen. (My PC is about 23 inch, and my TV is about 40 inch.) It made the game more fun since I could see everything in minuscule detail. The graphics didn’t falter just because the game was ported to the PS4. I thought this was a plus!
The Sims in general will always be a beloved game to most. It’s a means of escape to live a life you wouldn’t otherwise have. It’s also fun to play the puppeteer, controlling your sims to your whims. I think one of the best aspects of this games its the ability to do anything you want in the game, just to have fun.
Favourite thing to do: Obsessively level up all the skills.
What didn’t work for me: Boy, the game on PS4 is so glitchy. There were many times when my sims got trapped in places randomly, wouldn’t move, or just had commands all disappear. These were extremely infuriating and made me want to throw my controller out the window (hi, I live on the 9th storey, aka not a good idea). This was the worst part of it for me.
My gripe about the controls is that the sensitivity of moving the left analog stick was so random. You can’t even change how sensitive you want it to be, which only added to my frustration. I also wish I could have moved the cursor around using the touch pad; I thought I could, but I couldn’t find any option for it. Ah, well. The left analog stick worked fine despite its sensitivity issues.
Conclusion: If you’re like me and want to trophy hunt, definitely get it on the PS4. However, if you have a decent computer, it would be a lot better to get the game there instead. Besides, there’s a lot more expansions you can fiddle around with. (And mods!)