I picked up a 48 hour free demo of the Sims 4 for PC. Let’s talk about it! Note: I don’t have any screenshots of gameplay, mostly because this was downloaded onto our PC laptop, and taking screenshots on that thing is nearly impossible. 🙂
I’m going to say that I’ve played the Sims 2 and 3, and 3 is my favorite. I personally find it to be the most user-friendly/easiest to learn of the bunch, though some might disagree. I knew the Sims 4 was going to be different, but honestly… I wasn’t impressed. There were only a few things I really liked, one of them being the graphics. I like the cartoon-ish look.
Let’s start with Create-A-Sim. It’s a drastic difference from the Sims 3 (which, for the purposes of this review, will be the baseline. The Sims 4 is probably closer to the Sims 2 in a lot of ways, but I haven’t played that nearly as much.) I don’t mind the new CAS, but it took me a while to figure out. I found the controls to be rather touchy, and the click and drag of the new custom system has a definite learning curve. However, I have seen videos of the Sims 4, and the things people do with the new CAS are impressive, so it has redeeming qualities. Plus, I much prefer the new clothing system/clothing options to previous games. It’s easier to set up the different clothing genres and match them with hair and stuff.
Continuing onwards into the game, I don’t really like the whole “shared neighborhood” thing. It’s more like having one neighborhood that you add families to, as opposed to having multiple games. I could see the appeal if you had a lot of personal characters you wanted to have all interact… but it’s personally not my favorite model. I prefer separate games.
However, there are things I do like about gameplay. I really like the new mood system. It’s an interesting change from the Sims 3. Also, there are some interesting new career options. I really like the new computer-centric career. You can be a professional gamer! Yay!
The new building system also has a small learning curve. However, I’ve never liked building in any of the Sims games, so I’m not going to comment on this.
Overall, would I pay $60 for it? Probably not. If I won it, got it as a gift, or got it at a drastic discount, would I play it? Probably. Having only played it for 48 hours (and on a PC not meant for graphics-heavy games), I don’t feel qualified to give a definite yes or no to this. I’ll wait until it’s released for Mac, and then consider it again. I’ll keep watching it on YouTube, and I’ll keep an eye on any expansions they do for it. The Sims 3 wasn’t all that great as a base game either.