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The Sims 4 (Series) Review

Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


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.
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DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 04/02/2000

Price: 54% off

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, PS3, PS4, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: EA (@EA)


Players: This is a single player game.


The Sims 4 usually costs £32.99 to £54.99. 

The Sims 4

The Sims 4 + Star Wars: Journey To Batuu Bundle

XBox Store Xbox One £44.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £44.99

The Sims 4 Deluxe Party Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £44.99
XBox Store Xbox One £54.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £44.99

The Sims 4 Plus Cats & Dogs Bundle

XBox Store Xbox One £44.99

The Sims 4 Plus Cats And Dogs Bundle

PlayStation Store PS4 £32.99

The Sims 4 Standard Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £44.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. The Sims offers substantial expansion packs that add themed towns, gameplay mechanics, clothes, hairstyles, and furniture. There are also smaller packs that add buildings, or a single gameplay mechanic and some furniture or clothing.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

The Sims 4 is rated PEGI 12 with mild violence and sexual innuendo. Compared to the Sims 3, players are given greater ability to manipulate the shape of their Sims by dragging body parts; this includes the ability to enlarge breasts which the player can then zoom in on. It is also possible to dress your Sim in revealing lingerie. Sexual content during gameplay is the same as before with sex taking place out of view although the bed sheets can be seen moving with the characters making sounds underneath.
Violence during the game is mostly slapstick taking place in a cloud of smoke. It is possible to slap another Sim and defend this slap by grabbing the hand and throwing it away. In both cases there is no obvious physical harm or injury. Sims can also set themselves on fire which causes their skin and clothes to go black, but again there is no physical harm they just hop around shouting.

Skill Rating

10-16 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although The Sims isn't designed for children with its complex tools and extensive reading. However, as Sabrina Culbya described in her Games for Change talk, with support even young children can enjoy playing with and building, architecture and characters. There is considerable learning possible. For younger players the cheat codes can help ease difficulties and enhance play.


You can customise the difficulty by adjusting settings in the game. There are also cheat codes you can look up and use to adjust how the game works.

Fully playable with just a mouse or pointer. Simple controls. Can be configured to scroll when the mouse hits the edge of the screen.

You can scale the interface and menus. You can choose a different camera style to change the view.

Change volume for voices, music, effects and switch between stereo and mono. "Mood sting" to highlight visual cues about your Sims mood.
Our The Sims 4 Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:

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