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User Rating: 5 | The Sims 4 (Limited Edition) PC

This will probably be the best review you've ever read for Sims 4. You be the judge if $60 regular copy, $70 digital is worth the purchase. Basically, EA/Maxis launched yet another Sims title that lacks content but this time, stripped the game from it's previous T1, T2, T3 features and gave you a tablet style game. Basically, EA/Maxis wants you to shell out $70 for it's empty title and lack of features and then hammer you with expansion after expansion. In the end, you would have spent $300 for TS4 and 4 expansions in the next year. You are given an empty game and content is slowly being added through expansions. If you ask me, this game is not worth the money and lacks replay value for a game that should be #1 in replay value. Read the rest and you be the judge. BTW, Amazing graphics and SIMS are smart. Still not enough to WOOHOO you for TS4.

MAJOR MISSING FEATURES THAT WERE IN TS3:

  • No create a style (CAST) - NOT possible in future expansions (x)
  • No modifications to world/public spaces – The park in the demo is a mix of a community lot and public space (x1) (x2)
  • No “normal” careers - Law enforcement, Medical, Business, etc. were removed (x)
  • No open world – You must incur a loading screen between each active lot; each neighborhood has 1-5 lots total (x1) (x2)
  • No pools (x)
  • No terrain tools other than paint; everything is perfectly flat (x)
  • No story progression – Sims in the neighborhood age, but do not have children, get jobs, move, get married…etc. without player intervention (x)
  • No toddlers (x)
  • No way to create/place new lots – And you only have 2 empty ones at the start of the game!
  • No Mac version of the game at release

MAJOR CRIPPLED/LIMITED FEATURES THAT WERE IN TS3:

  • All buildings on a lot must have the same foundation. No mixing for sheds, garages, etc. (x)
  • Babies are mere objects – All interactions are through basinet. There are no baby objects. Babies can only be lifted directly above basinet. (x)
  • Backgrounds are illusions – The buildings in the background are not playable in the game. (x)
  • Completely FLAT lots – The entire build-able world is completely flat (x)
  • Fewer floors/levels, limited to three (x1) (x2)
  • SIGNIFICANTLY smaller “worlds” of <25 lots compared to 125+ lots in TS3 (x)
  • Smaller lots – Lots are limited to 50×50 instead of 64×64. (x)
  • Loading screens for individual lots (x)
  • The map is a one-dimensional picture (x)
  • Teens are same height as adults and they, along with elders, all look nearly identical. (x)

OTHER MISSING GAMEPLAY ELEMENTS FROM TS1-TS3:

MISSING OBJECTS FROM TS1, TS2 OR TS3 BASE GAMES:

MISC CRIPPLED GAME FEATURES:

  • 32-bit executable – TS4 is not 64-bit, and cannot access more than 4GB of RAM. If you have more than 4GB then you are crippled.
  • Fewer traits in CAS (more traits must be unlocked/earned in-game)
  • Incompatible Simpoint currency - Sims 3 Store Simpoints do not work with TS4

LIKELY TRUE YET STILL UNCONFIRMED:

  • No cashiers
  • No Create a World
  • No exterminator
  • No swings
  • Premium Membership is REQUIRED to get certain sets on release day or at all
  • No inheritance
  • No interests
  • No magazines
  • No pinball machines
  • No way to water flower beds/bushes
  • No family trees