September 5th, 2017

The Sims 4 user impressions are not particularly positive

Artist’s impression of the community’s early reaction to The Sims 4, with the community represented by the guy in the middle.

We can’t bring you a review of The Sims 4 yet, but there have been some interesting comments from players who picked it up at the US launch.

Update: Tim now has the game and has written some Early Impressions.

The Sims 4 launched last night in the US and eager Sims fans fired it up overnight. Critics have yet to get their hands on the game here in Europe and US critics will have just started playing like everyone else, so for the moment, these initial impressions are about the best we can go by.

We usually don’t check gamer scores on Metacritic because they tend to be all over the place, but as EA has refused to comment on when exactly press in Europe can start reviewing the game, we had to take a peek to see what initial impressions are like. Remember: these “reviews” will only be based on a few hours playing so you shouldn’t take them as full-fledged “final scores”, but we can at least get an idea of what people like and don’t like as far as features are concerned. Right now, it’s sitting on a 6.0 in Metacritic with reviews pretty split between 10/10 and 0/10, so…

I’ve played it a couple of hours yesterday. My first impressions are actually really good. – The_X_Filess [10/10]

What the hell? I bought this being really excited about getting the next generation of Sims games, but it really just seems like a fancied up version of the Sims 2 with LESS features – Doctective. [0/10]

Sims 4 is not a really bad game, but not a good one either – Adrian Chan [5/10]

I played with the Create A Sim demo and felt I had a good understanding of it, but once I started in the actual game the create a sim setup has no natural path. – JarrahG [1/10]

I can not believe how did they possibly manage to destroy an amazing franchise with this God awful game. Nothing, absolute NOTHING is good about this game. – BloodChronism [o/10]

I was exciting about this game. I like the way the Sims look and I love the multitasking, but the game itself is very lacking and boring.  trixiebayn [0/10]

Played for 5 hours so far and to be honest, I don’t see much improvement over Sims 3. Yes loading times are shorter, yes there are moods now, and sim creation is slider-less, graphics little bit better, but overall it is the same game. It should be called Sims 3.5. – Hedon [3/10]

Been playing for the better half of the night and this game is alright. Not many improvements to be honest, and the sliders are cool though. The left out plenty of stuff from previous entries which i’m sure will be paid dlc down the road. Do not buy this game now, wait for a flash sale in the coming weeks. [2] – corey3612

This is just a sample of what’s popped up so far, but – again – do remember that these impressions will be after only a few hours play, so it’s a bit risky to take them as final opinions based on extensive play. It’s interesting to see a bit of conflict in there, too; ignoring the 10/10 review for a moment, there are those claiming it’s a lot like The Sims 3 and those claiming it’s The Sims 2 with less features.

Meanwhile, over in the official forums, the community appears to be split on the game’s quality. This thread is probably the most constructive and sensible one to read.

With press not being able to play the game prior to launch we do have our suspicions that the game could be lacking but we’ll reserve judgment for now. Tim is our Sims expert – he’s played them all, so it will be interesting to find out what he thinks later this week when it launches here in the UK. For now, though, keep your money firmly in your wallet.

Update Let us know what you think of the game in our vote.

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    • Nasarius

      I’ve been watching Quill18 streaming and some other videos, and it looks like a Sims game. Not something I’d pay €60 for, but quite similar to the vanilla Sims 3.

      It seems like they’ve cut some depth in favor of polishing the basic stuff.

      • Nordlys

        I agree with this.

    • Arthur Godwin

      EA should start working on the Sims5 now because the sims 4 is CRAP!!!

    • Mumbles

      I bought this game yesterday. I was kind of torn between buying another sims3 game and The Sims 4. I had a weird feeling about TS4. I should have bought an expansion to the sims3. Within the first 3 hours of playing there were multiple glitches. You cant go to town view. There aren’t a lot of houses available. Building is pretty cool. The graphics of the Sims aren’t very good. I put my quality setting to ultra. I just wish I could zoom out to see the whole town, and have cars. Instead there is a loading screen. And the town is very very small, there isn’t anything unique about it. The game is not proportionate. All of the Sims are tall with small heads. Not a good buy. I could have spent $19.99 instead of $59.99.

    • Pissma

      For fucks, Sake America already has the game before the UK, i ain’t buying this shit now, i’ll w8 till it gets reduced or buy it at a cheap price.

    • Giza

      The emotions of the Sims hinder gameplay a lot. It becomes more difficult to create relationships, the Sims become ashamed all the time. It really sucks. It’s like they don’t know what they want, because the sequence of the actions isn’t consistent. What I hate most in the game are those interactions that cannot perform because the Sims aren’t abble to be positioned according to permit the interaction. Many times it occurs without reason. Then you prepare a lot of actions sequenced and they can’t perform. The actions in the list disappears and you have to click again (AND REMEMBER) all the actions choosen before. Another point is that these actions are much shorter than before (the sims3), making the game faster, but instead of increasing control over the caracter, it is lost and becomes more difficult to achieve the goals. The game requires you guess what needs to be done to circumvent the emotions of the Sims and do what you really want them to do. It sucks.

    • Arthur Godwin

      I would not mind a bit if EA pulled out the Sims 4 and went back and made things better for a next year re-released you know like make the graphics better, give us everything the Sims 3 base game had and added more interactivity, like when you are at work or your in a class. I expected alot from the Sims 4 but it is quite disappointing and personally it can’t even live up to what the Sims 3 gave us. I think it is possible to re-release the entire game or create a patch or free expansion.

      • Marc

        Dont give EA a heart attack