The Sims 4 Reviews

The Sims 4 is ranked in the 40th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
9 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2020

The Sims 4 is something I can just put on and drift around in, hopping between households and locations as the mood takes me. It may not be anything new, but The Sims 4 in 2020 is definitely alive and kicking.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2014

The term "You get out what you put in" is best defined by playing the Sims 4. It's an enjoyable game that fans will without a doubt love, but minor idiosyncrasies spoil what fun, can be gained from the experience.

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8.8 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2014

The Sims 4 is undoubtedly a major step forward for the series that improves on many aspects that plagued past titles. However, with the improvements also comes an unusual disappearance of features from past games which result in less control and customization. Even with the missing content, The Sims 4 delivers a gameplay experience that is highly-entertaining and addictive for both series veterans and newcomers.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2014

Despite what's been left out, The Sims 4 feels like it's heading in the right direction.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2014

The Sims 4 isn't the greatest, but it's not terrible either. As a long-time fan of the franchise, I'm disappointed by how much they stripped down the game. However, the new additions ranging from emotion states to relationship complexities sets up an interesting foundation for future expansion packs. The Sims 4 might just be warming up for another long ride.

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8 / 10
Sep 11, 2014

The feature list is bare, but the Sims themselves are incredible.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2014

Maybe one day a game like The Sims will be something of a great responsibility

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8 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2017

The Sims 4 is a game that rewards players the more time they spend with it. The heavier emphasis on the emotional state of each Sim adds a lot of variety to even regular household chores. While the controls predictably leave a lot to be desired, they get the job done as best as could be expected in a game with so many options at the player's disposal. Fans of the series who either don't already have the latest entry on their computers, or who prefer the console experience, can likely grapple with the controls and have fun. Thankfully, most of the features of the PC version are intact, and this is a full-featured port you can happily play for hours from the comfort of your couch.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2014

Sacrifices have been made in getting The Sims 4 to be as clean and crisp as it is, with features usually expected notably absent, but the gains are striking enough to help swallow their loss – for now. Everything ultimately hinges on what comes next, and hopefully Maxis will show us they've got some great new ideas, as well as some old ones revived.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2014

The Sims 4 is a fun experience that certainly takes great steps in improving the core mechanics of the series. The Create-A-Sim and Build Mode systems are much more accessible yet offer a lot of depth for those that desire it. Sims are smart, can multitask, and interact in lots of nifty ways. However, there are still plenty of missing core items while the existing set of options are limited, to say the least, no doubt to ensure that the upcoming expansions bring lots of highly desirable things.

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Sep 8, 2014

A new emotions system and improved graphics finally bring The Sims into the current decade.

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79 / 100
Sep 9, 2014

Once more with feeling: this is a fine if familiar base game with great creative tools.

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7.9 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2014

Ignore the starter pack effect, jump into the expanded social circles of The Sims 4, share your worlds and you'll discover for the most part that this game is a true sequel through and through.

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7.9 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2018

I would’ve wanted the Memories feature though where certain special events will leave a history trail on Sims storyline. But with clunky controls, frequent loading screens, and limited presence, this game feels more like a downgrade to The Sims 3 rather than an upgrade.

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78 / 100
Nov 18, 2017

The Sims 4 certainly will give you lots of enjoyment, despite the annoying aspects.

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76 / 100
Sep 20, 2014

The Sims 4 brings enticing new gameplay elements to the long running franchise, but removal of a few fan favorites and a general lack of content means it's not as easily recommended as its predecessors.

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IGN
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7.5 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2014

Sims are always entertaining, but they're not living life to its fullest in The Sims 4.

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7.5 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2017

The Sims 4 comes on home consoles with all the goods and all the bads of the PC version

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75 / 100
Sep 4, 2014

The Sims 4 is a beefy update for the series. The core game feels more smooth, more powerful, and more dynamic than its predecessors, if occasionally buggy.

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75 / 100
Sep 29, 2014

The Sims 4 is a fantastic game at its core, but with its tiny neighborhoods and many features simply missing, it holds itself back from Sims greatness.

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