Published on August 30th, 2014 | by Muse Shake3
The Sims 4 Expectations
With only a few days left until the release of the newest installation of life eating Sims games, I thought it would be a nice time to take a look at what we’re expecting to see in this new game. EA have of course been boasting that this Sims game is going to have vast improvements on previous iterations, and while I’m sure this is true there seem to be a few things that they’re missing out. According to Ts4news.com in a fan compiled list 89 things are in fact missing that were in previous games, and some of them are more worrying than others.
I don’t think anyone really expects everything in previous Sims games to make it in to The Sims 4, after all if that’s how they want to play it they’d be better off just sticking with one game and constantly releasing expansions. I mean more so than they do now. Often improving on a new formula is knowing when a feature isn’t worth the time or has overstayed it’s welcome, which was what I foolishly expected to see when I read this list. Little things, that no one would care about, like I personally won’t be saddened by the loss of tragic clown and social bunny, however looking at the list there’s a lot here that I will miss. A lack of normal careers for instants, seems like a weird move for them to pull, especially since I doubt they’re holding them back for expansions – I somehow doubt an expansion pack entitled ‘The Sims 4 – Government Jobs’ probably would sell so well. Even weirder are cuts that seem to be about performance, such as having loading bars to leave the house and a 2 dimensional map. These however pale in comparison to the biggest exemption I see in the list.
That’s right, no pools. Pools are an iconic theme of The Sims, they make your Sim’s house more fun to visit, pool parties, and provide both entertainment and physical activities while offering the potential to raise your social bar at the same time. Most importantly, and I’m sure you all know this, they are the scene for the perfect crime. One of your Sims has started to cross the line from entertaining to annoying, or you just like to watch them squirm, the old take the ladder out of the pool trick was always there for you in a Sims game. I honestly don’t even know what I’m going to do in a Sims game with no pool, it feels like a sentence I should never have had to write. Now of course it may well be featured later in a ‘How to kill your Sims’ expansion pack, but I don’t really want to pay extra just to get something that rightly should be a part of the game. It’s as though they’ve made Mario, but you don’t get to collect coins anymore, I mean really what is the point?
Will you still be getting The Sims 4 on launch? I’ve had a lot of fun with the Create A Sim Demo, so if I’m honest I’m still undecided about the whole thing. The reasoning given for the massive cuts in what we expect out of the game is that they’ve spent more time making the Sims animate and feel like people. I’m not sure if this justifies no pool but we’ll see. Which of the left out things surprises you the most? Let us know in the comments!