5 Things You Can Expect in "The Sims 4"
It's been almost five years since Electronic Arts released The Sims 3, the third installment of the best-selling life simulation game franchise. Though The Sims 3 had eleven expansion packs, and nine stuff packs (as well as multitudes of online content) fans have been awaiting the release of The Sims 4 for years.
Last year we finally got the announcement that The Sims 4 was, in fact, in development and would be released at some point in 2014. There have been tons of speculation and hopes about what the new game will have, and though we don't have all the answers yet, here are five things we know for sure about the new Sims 4 game.
1. Sims Will Have Emotions
The Sims games are pretty involved when it comes to controlling your Sim's lives. The Sims 2 first introduced memories, and The Sims 3 expanded on interactions with other Sims, allowing Sims to "feel" during their conversations with one another. The Sims 4 takes these ideas one step further, by giving Sims actual emotions.
Instead of just happy and sad (which was the full range of emotions in The Sims 3), there are 14 new emotions that your Sim can potentially feel. Sims can feel everything from depression to jealousy, to intense anger or even armoury. The game adds in various facial expressions to properly portray these new emotions, and their voices even change to reflect their various moods.
The emotions aren't just there for show, though. The mood your Sim is in also dictates the way they behave. If your Sim is in a depressed mood, they might be able to benefit from doing something artistic, like painting a special painting they wouldn't be able to do if in a different mood. An angry Sim can take to the treadmill and burn off some of their irritation, as well as some of their calories. And a Sim that's feeling romantic might take the opportunity to talk to a Sim of their liking, while they're in mood.
The Sims games have always been noted for their realism, but this new addition to gameplay just takes it to a whole other level.
2. Sims Will Be Able To Multitask
One of my nitpicks with the game has always been the fact that the Sims can only do one thing at a time. Why can't Sims do laundry whilst talking on the phone? I like the fact that the Sims 2 and 3 allowed Sims to eat dinner/watch TV while talking to other Sims in the house, but I also wanted my Sims to be able to do things like watch TV while browsing their smart phone. Lucky for me, and everyone else who's wanted this sort of gameplay, The Sims 4 will introduce multitasking.
There hasn't been a lot of information on this topic, but one example we've been given is that Sims will finally have the ability to walk and talk at the same time. This is pretty cool, as I can just imagine two Sims walking home from a date and having a chat. I'm sure there will be plenty more multitasking abilities, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how it all pans out in the game.
3. The Sims 4 Will Be a Single-Player Game, and Won't Require an Internet Connection to Play
There's been tons of speculation over whether the Sims 4 will introduce a multi-player mode of gameplay. Fans have actually been clamoring for it for years, myself included. The idea of being able to play the Sims with my fiancé or my friends sounds extremely fun, but unfortunately for us, the Sims 4 is retaining its format and is only available as a single-player game.
Furthermore, the game won't require an Internet connection to play, though you can still share things online, similar to the online options available in The Sims 3. On the upside, there's no need to worry about the server issues that SimCity had when released last year.
4. The Game Will Be Playable On Lower-End Computers/Laptops
One of the major complaints about the Sims 3 is that you basically had to have a top-of-the-line gaming computer in order to play the game smoothly. Those without a computer with the best specs often saw laggy gameplay and even had game crashes. Fans have been complaining about crashes and lags consistently since The Sims 3 was released, so it's a big relief to know that The Sims 4 has been designed to run on lower-end and older PCs.
The official game requirements and specs haven't been released yet, but it's comforting to at least know that the game is going to be designed for the basic PC.
Expansion Pack Ideas
Players can design their own amuesment parks for their Sims, and can add roller coasters and other theme park rides for their Sims to play on.
Open For Business
We already had this expansion in The Sims 2, but I'd love to see it return for The Sims 4. It was so much fun being able to have your Sim run his or her own business.
Again, this is an expansion pack from The Sims 3, but I hope they bring it back, AND I hope they add in new careers. How much fun would it be to have the ability for your Sim to be a professional dancer? Or even a stand-up comedian?
The Sims 3 brought us World Adventures, but I miss having the option for your Sims to just go on a vacation without having to complete tasks. Bon Voyage was a pretty perfect vacation expansion pack, and I'd like to see the return of it. And it would be awesome to see the addition of cruises!
Into The Country
Another Simmer had this idea, but how fun would it be to have an expansion that combined the Sims with a Farmville-type game? Sims could grow their own produce (which they already can through the gardening skill), but on a larger scale, and create their own farms, then sell their own products.
5. Create-A-Sim and Build Mode Are Getting an Update
The Sims 3 introduced several new innovative options to create Sims and design their homes. The Sims 4 is expanding on this further by adding a new tool in Create-A-Sim, which gives players more options to design their ideal Sim.
The new Create-A-Sim will use 18 touch points on each Sim, which players can pull, drag and push to sculpt the Sim into the shape and look of their liking. Sims can even have unique walking styles! The touch points will also allow Sims for more realistic body types; now you can make a Sim with broad shoulders and wide hips, or a Sim with a tiny waist. It's all up to you!
Additionally, the game's Build Mode has also been updated with a program called SmartSim. The new program gives players pre-designed rooms, which they can then drag and drop to create a home (sort of like the "blueprint mode" which was introduced in the Island Paradise EP/game update). Building homes from scratch has gotten progressively more complicated as each new sequel has been released, so it's exciting to know that the game developers are adding in a simplified way to build homes.
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