Playing The Sims 4: First Impressions
The first gaming computer I ever had was built specifically for The Sims 3. This was back in 2008, and I was so excited to try out the game on my new computer! (I have replaced EVERYTHING in my gaming rig since then). Unfortunately, I did not actually enjoy The Sims 3 as much as The Sims 2. I did not like the open world and preferred loading into different lots, and I also thought it was very messy and not as mod-friendly as The Sims 2.
One really, really horrible thing that happened: I didn’t realize that my print-screen button was not capturing screenshots until it was too late. The keybind for taking pictures in The Sims games is “C” which I completely forgot. I missed a lot of pictures where my self-Sim and her husband are younger, caring for the babies, and basically situations that I can’t reproduce once they are dead and the game is saved. Next post I do will have better pictures, but I’m a bit sad that I made this mistake.
I am very excited to have pre-ordered The Sims 4, which I have played just a little bit of since coming back from vacation and getting my computer back from the shop! So far, I spent maybe 45 minutes creating a self-Sim, moved her into a new house (Daisy Hovel) in Willow Creek, and got her married to the first male Sim that I noticed walking by her house, who happened to be shockingly compatible with my Sim (both having “geeky” and some other traits in common).
I have not explored the whole town yet, because I’ve been busy working on my self-Sim’s writing career (I think she’s currently an Advice Columnist), her husband’s computer programming career (I kid you not the NPC was already on this career track), and popping out a cute, blonde baby boy. I’m actually surprised that the child turned out blonde because it’s a recessive gene, but how much can I expect out of a video game? I can change his hair to a darker color later.
Additionally, I added another bedroom and bathroom to the house. The lot provided at Daisy Hovel was pretty large, and I didn’t want to move out of it because I had already upgraded all of the bathroom appliances with my Sims’ repair skills. If my Sims have more than two kids, then I’ll expand a bit more, but that can get hectic!
As far as the community lots I have visited: I’ve only gone to the nightclub and the gym (which I suppose might sound like me in real life). Both of the lots are pretty nice as far as aesthetics and moving around, which is a relief because I hate when the Sims scream at you when they can’t walk around. They were also already populated when I arrived at the lots, which I also like. I didn’t like in previous games, where you would go to a lot, and then the whole town would swarm to you.
I really like that the UI is very simple and easy to figure out. I did change my camera controls to The Sims 3 setting, because I like to use my mouse wheel and some other things. I like that the game in general seems much simpler: no recipe ingredients to memorize, gardening is uncomplicated, and the interaction pie menus are also dynamic and change during conversations. I also like that my Sims’ friends are still aging despite not playing them, which is a feature I really liked in The Sims 3.
One complaint which is entirely my fault: I got my self-Sim fat. I wasn’t watching her while she ate, and slowly she kept gaining weight because she was eating too much! Having a good cooking skill doesn’t really help because the food is more filing. I’ve been having her take “Brisk Showers” so she gets the Energized buff, so I can send her jogging and to do whatever other exercises. It also didn’t help that I gave her an hourglass body type.
I look forward to playing more of The Sims 4, which I’ll get to do this weekend! However, my guild will be disappointed if I don’t at least meet my minimum conquest points, so I will have to make sure I play a lot of SWTOR this weekend as well.