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The Sims 4 (Series) Review

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Posted: 15 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo 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)

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 04/02/2000

Price: 85% off

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

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Accessibilty: 7 features

Developer: @EA

CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

The Sims 4 usually costs £34.99 to £54.99. 

The Sims 4

The Sims 4 + Star Wars: Journey To Batuu Bundle

Xbox One £44.99
PS4 £44.99

The Sims 4 Deluxe Party Edition

Xbox One £44.99
Xbox One £54.99
PS4 £44.99

The Sims 4 Plus Cats & Dogs Bundle

Xbox One £44.99

The Sims 4 Plus Cats And Dogs Bundle

PS4 £44.99

The Sims 4 Standard Edition

Xbox One £44.99
 
This game is free to play. 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

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

 

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.

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.

 
Our The Sims 4 Accessibilty Review details 7 accessibility features:

Difficulty

Cognitive Pressure: Low Pressure
Cognitive Pressure: Adjust Speed
Cognitive Pressure: Save Anytime
Assistance: Assistance When Stuck
Assistance: Practice Area
Assistance: Tutorials

Reading

Reading Level: Moderate Reading

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