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The Sims™ 4
The Sims™ 4 review
The Sims 4 is a popular life simulator, released by EA Maxis in 2014. It is the fourth and so far the last game in the series. Create your sim and make a perfect life for him. Or, conversely, give him a real nightmare. It is up to you. Download The Sims 4 on your PS4 and see how far your fantasy can go.
The developers aim to lower The Sims 4 system requirements so that it could be played even on weak devices. Therefore, although the game is made in a three-dimensional cartoon style, it was based on textures with simple detailing. However, in this part, the developers used bump mapping and ambient occlusion technology to improve the graphics. Sim animations now reflect the emotional state of characters, their reaction to certain events.
The gameplay elements of The Sims 4 repeat the previous games in the series, and the PS4 version ported from the PC is not much different. You start by creating your character or even a whole family; you can choose a ready-made template or make a sim from scratch. You can edit almost any part of the body: from the eyebrows and breast size to the shape of the teeth and gait. And of course, you have a huge set of very different clothes, accessories, and jewelry. When you're done with the look, move on to choosing the life goal and character traits of the sim.
Settle the finished character in one of three areas, between which you can then move around. Compared to previous games, the number of buildings and plots is less. But the build mode has become better; new interface elements have been added that facilitate the process of construction. You can also choose ready-made rooms or create your own furnishings.
Each sim has six basic needs (for example, food and sleep), several desires that depend on his mood, or 15 moods that affect his actions. You have to make friendships or romantic relationships with your neighbors, build a family, find a dream job, and try to get a promotion.
As we already mentioned in this The Sims 4 Review, the developers ported the interface from the PC version to the PS4, so the text and controls are too small in it. In some situations, you have to choose actions using a small virtual cursor, which is inconvenient for playing with a gamepad. Responsiveness is also not the strongest side of controls; the cursor either moves too slowly or to the opposite corner in a second jump.
Replay Value 5/5
The Sims 4 as a life simulator offers almost endless development possibilities. You can engage in the development of up to 8 characters at once, each having a family and children. Given a broad branch of professions, emotional states, and relationships with NPCs, you can replay the game repeatedly.
The Bottom Line
The Sims 4 has its advantages and disadvantages. Unfortunately, the developers left the idea of an open world and style and city editors. And many of the elements that users liked in previous games had to be returned using add-ons. Despite this, the fourth part had its own successful decisions: fine-tuning of the appearance and a system of emotions for deeper interaction with the world. If you generally like the genre of simulations, download The Sims 4 to your console and meet one of its most prominent representatives.
The Sims 4 is a classic and probably the best representative of the genre of life simulators.
- Improved build mode
- AI got smarter
- Emotion system
- The interface is not well optimized for the console
- There is no multiplayer