EA The Sims 4

Last updated date: May 15, 2019

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6.8

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 96 expert reviews, the EA EA The Sims 4 placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
6.1
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
1,303 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The quick tools include the option to auto place windows on entire rooms, this sounds like a time saving.
- Trusted Reviews
November 15, 2017 | Full review
The Sim 4 is beautiful and charming.
- GameSpot
Reasonably diverse character customisation. Significantly improved build mode. Moods are a nice touch. If you just want more of the same, this is the game for you.
- True Achievements
The base technology and interface are fantastic.
- CGM
September 9, 2014 | Full review
There’s plenty of ways to make each Sim unique, and even eight different walk animations to choose from. Players can also hop into a new in-game feature called The Gallery, where a catalog of user-created sims and houses sit ripe for the picking.
- Game Rant
The building and creation tools have been very well designed.
- US Gamer
September 8, 2014 | Full review
What experts didn't like
There is definitely some skill and a lot of patience involved if you want to build a complex, architecture wonder from scratch in The Sims 4.
- Trusted Reviews
November 15, 2017 | Full review
The constricted structure makes it disappointingly limited.
- GameSpot
The basic gameplay loop and AI are both getting tired.
- True Achievements
The core gameplay is still compulsively addictive as ever, even though it amounts essentially to a time management game. Some new mechanics, such as emotional states and “moodlets” add a bit more nuance to how the Sims behave and interact. And of course, new behaviors such as social media, smartphone dependence, and “selfies” are now all part of the Sims vocabulary of behavior. There are still a few things that need to be patched immediately.
- CGM
September 9, 2014 | Full review
Its only problem is a lack of content to keep gamers interested. Those accustomed to series know that the first game of a new sequel is always left feeling light in terms of content, and The Sims 4 is no exception.
- Game Rant
However, while the emotional side of Sims 4 is solid, the styling aspect isn't. There are certainly plenty of styling options and available items, but even so, the selection lacks oomph. I found much of a little too conservative, and not particularly interesting.
- US Gamer
September 8, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Enjoy the power to create and control people in a virtual world where there are no rules. Express your creativity as you customize your Sims’ distinct appearances and unique personalities. Choose their fashions, select their hairstyles, and give them life aspirations. Effortlessly build your Sims the perfect homes with the all-new room-based Build Mode, choosing your favorite designs and décor. Develop your Sims’ relationships, pursue new careers, and shape the rich and entertaining moments of their lives. Explore beautiful worlds with unique environments and travel to neighborhoods where you can visit venues and meet other interesting Sims. Be powerful and free, have fun, and play with life! Create Unique Sims: Create a variety of unique Sims with distinct appearances, big personalities, and all-new emotions. Sculpt your Sims’ body shape using the powerful new Create A Sim tool then choose their hairstyles, walk-styles, and fashions. Give their lives purpose by selecting their traits and aspirations that give you control over their mind, body, and heart. Build the Perfect Home: Effortlessly build and design homes for your Sims using the new room-based Build Mode. Construct the home of your dreams by designing its layout, choosing its furnishings, and altering the landscape. You can even add a pool or basement! Explore Vibrant Worlds: Travel between worlds, explore unique neighborhoods, and discover interesting venues. Your Sims can visit new communities to expand their social circle, hangout with friends in parks, or find and collect fun new objects. Play with Life: Control the rich and entertaining moments of your Sims’ lives from their relationships to their careers. Your choices shape every aspect of their lives from birth, to being a toddler, and into adulthood. Develop your Sims’ skills and pursue new hobbies. Add New Experiences: The all-new Gallery gives you the power to discover amazing community content to add to your game, or share your own creations with the world. Download, like, and comment on your favorite Sims, complete homes, and fully designed rooms.

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