It may come as a surprise to you, but according to GD’s most popular games section on the front page, The Sims 4 is actually getting more interest at the moment than The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Maxis’ people-training life sim is outstripping our twice winner of Best in Show award at E3. This tells us one of two things: Either there’s an ardent group of GD’ers who can’t get enough of trapping sims in tiny boxes before razing them to the ground or, there’s a whole bunch of you that love the little blighters going about their daily business as you do your best Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen impression as you make sure the skirting boards don’t clash with the curtains…
Despite EA and Maxis’ determination to flood the market with enough expansion packs to bankrupt most island nations, there’s something a little bit exciting about a new sims proper. The Sims 4 is out this September and it looks to be the biggest leap yet for the ageing franchise, adding a raft of new features to allow customisation like never before.
The ever-popular Create-A-Sim has been given a drastic makeover, allowing you to manipulate every aspect of your creations don’t like a bizarre mouse-wielding Dr. Frankenstein. Every aspect of their bodies can be pushed and pulled to shape them, while preset templates will give you a solid basis to work from. The level of detail on offer here is set to be massively improved from The Sims 3, tweaking everything from the size of fingers right down to their eyes. Fiddly bars are now gone, allowing you to push and pull at bodies to shape them any way you want in an intuitive fashion.
Moving on from appearance and players can also inject a personality into their sims, choosing hobbies, aspirations, emotions, lifestyle, social choices and more to create totally unique personalities that will have a lifelong effect on your digital offspring. Rather than emotions being dictated by bars and thought bubbles, your sims will now have fully realised emotions that will allow you see at a glance how they are feeling.
Brick By Brick
People have been building houses in the The Sims for 14 years now, and there’s people out there that are no doubt hugely adept with the tools available. I'd probably even trust a few of them to build me a shed in real life.
To freshen things up Maxis have really taken the house-building a step further and this is the aspect where The Sims 4 truly shines. The customisation on offer here is staggering, giving greater control over floor plans, allowing players to adjust foundations, wall heights, roof shapes, one-click windows, and minute architectural details. This means you can push and pull architecture to create truly unique shapes. Maxis claim that the house building tools in The Sims 4 make it easier, quicker, and more in-depth than ever before. You can check out the powerful tools for yourself in the video below...
Burning Down The House
Of course The Sims 4 and its inevitable plethora of expansions aren’t all about the four walls your sims call home, with a whole world available to you beyond your castle. The Sims 4 will allow you to choose a ‘world’ to begin with, which includes 5 neighbourhood areas, as well as a large community park. Only Willow Creek has been revealed so far, a leafy suburban paradise inspired by New Orleans.
Within these neighbourhoods there will be a number of secrets and collectibles to encourage exploration that EA are keeping pretty hush-hush about for now. We do know that the players sims will be able to do things like take cuttings from fruit trees to plant their own at home.
The Sims 4 comes with built-in tools for user generated content creation and sharing, allowing players to click the in-game Gallery button and choose from a selection of official Maxis and player-generated content to download immediately. Maxis will be curating it of course, so there probably won’t be any phallic-shaped topiary to download, but it will open the door to a world of potentially inspirational custom sims, buildings and other content.
The Sims 4 PC Performance
EA Games claim that The Sims 4 will run on low-end PCs very well, thanks to scalable graphics that should open the game up to many users. We'd suspect it's going to be a fair bit more demanding than The Sims 3 but, provided you haven't got a glut of game-slowing expansion packs installed, The Sims 4 system requirements should be very reasonable.