Last week, I proclaimed to the world that I’ll be staying with the Sony family since I’ve decided to get a shiny new PS4 on Christmas. But what will I play while waiting for the holidays to come around? Thankfully, EA and Maxis decided to release the latest installment of one of my favorite games, The Sims 4. I would have to say the game heavily influenced my growing up years since I played the first Sims for ages when it came out. So I’m pretty eager to get my hands on this game!
Now I know I’m going to be playing The Sims 4 for weeks on end no matter the quality so I’ve decided I may as well right about my thoughts of the game each week! There’s definitely going to be a lot to talk/write about anyway so I may as well make an entire series about it for now. Besides, it’s not line there’s anything big happening with my life lately… is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Doesn’t matter since I just got a copy of The Sims 4 at my local Datablitz! I got the “Limited Edition.” Which is weird since they had dozens of copies of this version so I’m not really sure how “limited” this is. Oh, who cares? It’s The Sims! I don’t really care that much about the extras! Just as long as it has the same gameplay, I know I’m going to sink many hours into it!
The first thing, of course, it to create a new Sim! I’ve never really been happy with the final look of my Sims in the past because, I don’t know, I tend to focus on the negative things. Even though I know my Sims are incredibly beautiful, I usually only see the flaws. I don’t know what that says about me being a mother in the future… Anyway, I’ve been watching a lot of videos of the Create-A-Sim tool and, well, I came into this game very hopeful I won’t make the same mistakes I did before. That trailer featuring how they could make mainstays Bella and Mortimer Goth was insane!
I dove right into the Create-A-Sim and, like in previous installments of the series, I spent the entire day just fidgeting with all of the controls. Like I’ve said, I’ve always been disappointed one way or another with my created Sims since I never got to really tweak the little minute details. I’ve always thought the eyes were too close together, the forehead was too big, etc. Even though I had the tools then, they were kinda hard to use. So I’m glad The Sims 4 has the ability to just use the mouse to make these adjustments on the fly!
After probably 4 hours or more (yes, I take this long during the start of each Sims game when creating my character), I finally got my new Sim out. And I have to say, I’m actually pleased with my Robin Adventures avatar this time around! I finally managed to create a face I actually like! Sure, it may not be for everybody but she’s got the face I always wanted… for now.
Now I gotta edit her body. And I’m really glad I’m able to make those little changes in her body structure like I could with the face! Usually, I make my avatar have a really large bust because… wish fulfillment, I guess. But it always looked weird to me since the body would be too slender and it always looked like my Sim got a boob job on her 18th birthday.
With the new Create-A-Sim, I’m finally able to create a slim body with the right bust size which is more like mine. Well, full disclosure, they are more fuller and pronounced for my Sims but that just to show of her femininity. I was actually going to make her skinnier but, when I set her muscle tone to zero, she looked gaunt and… scary. So I added just enough meat on her so she didn’t look like an anorexic out-of-work model. Once again, I’m pretty happy with the results!
I was disappointed with the clothing choices. Oh, the number of clothing items was fine and they did give my a good variety to work with, but I didn’t really like the default colors. What happened to the ability to add my own designs? I mean, this was one of the best features in the Sims 3! I was pretty proud of all of the unique outfits I made for my little Robin! Taking that option out was weak!
Anyway, I did find a couple of outfits I liked and adorned my Sim with them. And, for the first time, I had my Robin in The Sims actually wear glasses! I’ve never done that before since I always thought they made her look older, which I didn’t like! This time around, it didn’t make her look older. Glasses made her look smart and distinguished! I love it!
I was so engrossed with the superficial features of my new Robin that I almost forgot to give her traits! Thankfully, the game reminded me about it before I jumped into the game! Like with the clothing options, I was disappointed with the limited number of aspirations and life goals this time around. The ones they left in weren’t my life goals. Then again, I don’t really have any life goals right now! All I’m concerned with is graduating college! I guess I can change them in the future anyway… or just start up a new game!
Now it’s time to go out and explore this brave new world of Sims 4! And that happens next week!
Have you been able to create your “perfect” Sim using the Sims 4 Create-A-Sim tool? Let me know how your Sims came out in the comments section below!