The Sims (Series) Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 5 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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.
  • The Sims (2000)
  • The Sims Online (2002)
  • The Sims 2 (2004)
  • The Sims Life Stories (2007)
  • The Sims Pet Stories (2007)
  • The Sims Castaway Stories (2008)
  • The Sims Carnival (2008)
  • MySims (2008) on DS
  • The Sims 3 (2009)
  • The Sims Medieval (2011)
  • The Sims Social (2011)
  • The Sims FreePlay (2012)
  • The Sims 4 (2014)
  • The Sims Mobile (2018)

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 04/02/2000

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS.

Genres: Narrative and Simulation.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

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.

This game is free with Origin Access. This game is free with EA Access. Multiplayer on DS or 3DS is available with one copy of the game, via Download Play feature.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

The Sims 4 is rated PEGI 12 with mild violence and sexual innuendo. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: 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.

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

AccessibilityAccessibility

This game supports accessibility in the following ways:
  • 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.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Cognitive Pressure

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren’t time-limited or with a high emphasis on performance. Or there is a low pressure play-mode available.

Adjust Speed: Adjust the overall speed of the game, or rewind play for a second attempt, to ease reaction times.

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Assistance

Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

System 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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