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Decided to explore how does The Sims 4 base game feel to play in 2022

mirta000mirta000 Posts: 2,974 Member
edited August 9 in The Sims 4 Game Feedback
I played through what I thought was a reasonable exploration of the features available in the base game. I made a sim, dated, got them married, had a kid, tested out living off the grid feature, killed a sim, moved in a ghost and adopted extra kids. I took notes on what broke, what worked, what I enjoyed, what I disliked. I made a 40 minute video about it here:



But I will post the conclusion here:

"The game could be summed up as being a mile long and an inch deep, if we changed the allegory to have varying depth detween one water droplet at some points and a good foot at others.

The good includes expansive neighbourhood, building tools, create-a-sim, toddler and child lifestages.

The bad includes barely finished features that are obviously meant to be expanded upon in an expansion pack that make no sense even to have in the base game (such as asking me if I want to store or sell my water and electricity when I can't make either and penalizing me for not living green with the bills when it is impossible for me to do so), loads of bugs, completely abandoned teenage life state that goes on for forever, avenues built for the wrong purpose (such as a karaoke lounge when karaoke is impossible in the base game), ADHD like sim behaviour, fears making it nearly impossible to play the game (feels much better when you switch them off).

I guess I would like more polish and finishing touches without having to buy the DLC to finish them off. Bills would feel better for base game if they were not expanded, teenage life stage should be shorter without the DLC, or there should be more finishing touches for the life stage that hit base game and are not money dependent. I wish the in-depth conversation topics that sims can have actually mattered, so that if someone tells you that they're not looking to expand their family at the same time they would refuse your "try for baby" ask. There's so much goodness here when it comes to toddlers, children, the attention to detail in customization yet so many threads are left hanging lose and I would just like a nice tie off."

There's so much beauty here, but it is like something is still missing. I can't even make up my mind is the base game in better shape now than at release, as on one hand I would be missing likes and dislikes (fun system), better skin tones, toddlers (major improvement here), pools, but on the other hand my bills would be easier to manage, my teenagers wouldn't live for forever as the awkward in-between of "acts and dresses as an adult, but can not perform all adult functions", there would be no monsters under the bed to keep my little ones awake and my sims wouldn't be getting depressed over their unfulfilled life dreams and being stuck in a dead end job every second day (relateable, but those fears are a chore). Ideally what would be absolutely perfect before this game winds down is the teenager life stage rework - shorter frames, loss of adult interactions (complain about bills? Why? What bills are you paying, kid?), gain of something to make the lifestate unique as this and elder are the last more awkward life states remaining in the base game. I would also suggest a couple of optional lots at least uploaded to the Gallery by Maxis team to officially replace venues that don't have support in the base game (Karaoke icon venue when the microphone in it is only for comedy as neither bands nor karaoke exists in base game, making it a very pointless venue).
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Comments

  • Gamer_34567544Gamer_34567544 Posts: 1,280 Member
    ADHD like behaviors? I don't see that at all. Now, I did notice a lot of stupid behaviors.

    And I think giving it an inch depth is too generous. Everyone seems as annoying as the other in the game, everyone's the exact same, except maybe if the Sim is evil.
  • mirta000mirta000 Posts: 2,974 Member
    ADHD like behaviors? I don't see that at all. Now, I did notice a lot of stupid behaviors.

    And I think giving it an inch depth is too generous. Everyone seems as annoying as the other in the game, everyone's the exact same, except maybe if the Sim is evil.

    They'll drop what they're doing mid doing it for me to do something else which they'll also drop mid doing to do something else... Very noticeable with playing chess, or reading books, or any social gathering where there's multiple sims to interact with, though is happening with eating as well.

    And I think that toddler and child stages are nice. I actually really enjoyed them, so I don't know, there is good in this game too.
  • thesimmer14thesimmer14 Posts: 379 Member
    I would love to download the original build of The Sims 4 from 2014 and play that. I don't even know if that'd be possible.
  • OldeseadoggeOldeseadogge Posts: 4,178 Member
    You might be able to find it on disk somewhere. Otherwise probably not.
  • SimSoonSimSoon Posts: 34 Member
    The Karaoke Bar is a completely separate lot type to the Lounge, which is for listening to live music and comedy performances.
  • Gamer_34567544Gamer_34567544 Posts: 1,280 Member
    mirta000 wrote: »
    ADHD like behaviors? I don't see that at all. Now, I did notice a lot of stupid behaviors.

    And I think giving it an inch depth is too generous. Everyone seems as annoying as the other in the game, everyone's the exact same, except maybe if the Sim is evil.

    They'll drop what they're doing mid doing it for me to do something else which they'll also drop mid doing to do something else... Very noticeable with playing chess, or reading books, or any social gathering where there's multiple sims to interact with, though is happening with eating as well.

    And I think that toddler and child stages are nice. I actually really enjoyed them, so I don't know, there is good in this game too.

    I merely say this as ADHD doesn't make one act quite as bad as a vampire stepping into the sunlight to use a telescope. I've seen that happen in Sims. The characters are plain out stupid anymore! They need to really work on their AI systems.
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