The Sims 4
Once more with feeling: this is a fine if familiar base game with great creative tools.
The Sims 4 is both fresh and yet also predictable, pleasant, comfortable and rarely overstimulating. It's wobbly, and you can still see some of its joins, or hear the creaks as new parts settle into place. It's not likely to win over any new players, but it will satisfy a lot of its old ones. For many of its fans, it will feel like moving into a new home. They'll settle.
Sims are always entertaining, but they're not living life to its fullest in The Sims 4.
While The Sims 4 is a good first effort that will entertain goal-chasers and fan creators, it lacks much of the variety and humor that defines The Sims.
Almost a great sequel, but the improvements to the sims are overshadowed by the shopping list of peculiarly random missing features.
The Sims 4 is still fun with plenty of cool tweaks, but it feels somewhat empty without much innovation
The Sims 4 is beautiful and charming, but its constricted structure makes it disappointingly limited.
Even in virtual worlds, variety is the spice of life. The Sims 4, for all its polish and cleverness, simply isn't very spicy.
The Sims 4 is a beautiful new act in EA's popular franchise. Even with its controversial changes and missing features, I've never had this much fun playing with my Sims.
The new generation of Sims begins with what feels like a bare-bones starter kit. It packs top-of-the-line Sims creation and house building tools, but styling options and activities are distinctly lacking. Add the contents of its first expansion, and Sims 4 will probably feel like the game it should be right now.