The Sims 4 (Series) Accessibility Report
The Sims 4 offers 7 accessibility features in the Difficulty and Reading areas to aid enjoyment of the game for different players. This report is created with input from accessibility experts and the player community to help people find games that have the accessibility features they require. Once you have found potential games on the database, there are excellent specialist accessibility sites that offer in-depth reviews to guide your purchasing decisions.The Sims puts you in charge of a world of characters living normal lives. By providing a home, a job, leisure, friendships and even love interest, you work to make them happy. It’s an open-ended game as well, although the altruism is focused on virtual characters.
- Difficulty: Real time based with pause anytime. Save anytime.
- Reading: There is considerable reading in the game and the menus. You can scale the text with the user interface.
- Controls: Fully playable with just a mouse or pointer. Simple controls. Can be configured to scroll when mouse hits the edge of the screen.
- Image calibration: You can scale the interface and menus. You can choose a different camera style to change view.
- Audio calibration: Change volume for voices, music, effects and sqitch between stereo and mono. "Mood sting" to highlight visual cues about your Sims mood.
The Sims 4 has 6 accessibility features for Difficulty which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.
Low Pressure: Game tasks aren't time-limited or there's a low-pressure mode. This avoids the pressure of being put on the clock for overarching missions, or failing tasks because you didn't reach a destination in time.
Adjust Speed: Adjust the overall speed of the game, or rewind play for a second attempt, to ease reaction times. By slowing the game, you have more time to interpret what is happening and then execute your actions. It also reduces the pressure on getting things right quickly or the first time you attempt them.
Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress. This avoids being forced back to the start of a level, or checkpoint when you fail a particular challenge.
Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance. This can offer hints or tutorials popping up during play. It can suggest which difficulty settings to adjust or offer to skip past problematic levels.
Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures. This can be a specific practice option, or the ability to play levels with the easiest opponents to improve understanding and skill.
Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips. Information is provided in a timely manner, with appropriate levels of detail. Ideally, this includes ongoing tips that relate to contexts in the game where the player is failing.
The Sims 4 has 1 accessibility feature for Reading which deals with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.
Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a high school student would appreciate.
Similar Games With More Accessibility Features for Reading
If you want to play The Sims 4, but it doesn't offer the Reading accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Reading accessibility:
The Sims 4 has no accessibility features for Controls which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs. The following games are similar to The Sims 4, but offer accessibility features for Controls:
The Sims 4 has no accessibility features for Visual which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game. The following games are similar to The Sims 4, but offer accessibility features for Visual:
The Sims 4 has no accessibility features for Audio which deal with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see. The following games are similar to The Sims 4, but offer accessibility features for Audio:
System Accessibility Settings
In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:
Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this.
The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu.
PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping).
Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games.
iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games.
Read more about system accessibility settings.
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