So one thing you should know about me is that I am an avid Sims player. I've played The Sims 1, The Sims 2, and The Sims 3. So going by that logic, I should now be a player of The Sims 4.
You'd be wrong.
I have loved every single The Sims game since the first one. I loved telling stories, playing the game and creating and playing with life. When I played The Sims 2 I was so excited when The Sims 3 was announced. I couldn't wait to play with a whole new generation of sims! The best part was no more loading screens! I couldn't believe it. No more loading screens, a completely open world....my sims could go anywhere I wanted them to, and I didn't have to wait five minutes for loading screens (or ten minutes if I wanted to travel between neighbourhoods).
I loved Create-a-Style too. In The Sims 2 I often found it hard to find things that matched. The colours could be slightly wrong, and all it would take is a slight change to make them match. It was so infuriating not having Create-a-Style. The Sims 3 is the best Sims game I have every played.
I should have been excited about The Sims 4. If I'm honest, I was so excited when they announced it. Sure, it was a little odd when they released the pre-order before we knew anything about the game, but so what? Every other sims game had been awesome. Each new sims series was a step up from its predecessor. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.
Unfortunately, I soon began to realise that The Sims 4 was not as good as its predecessors. The first promo of the game didn't show much.
The rest of the promo stuff that came from Maxis and EA was about these cool new emotions that the sims now had.
Wait a minute....did they say emotions?????
Yes, emotions. Things that make you happy, sad, playful, angry, etc.
Look! All these cool new emotions! Except they're not really new, are they? They were inThe Sims 3 but in a slightly different way.
You see those little pictures? They're moodlets. You see how they're different colours? Depending on how many or how strong the moodlets are, the sims could be either happy or sad or tense, etc.
In the picture above, the sim is tense. You can see this by her frown and orange mood bar. In the picture on the right, the sim is happy. She's smiling and her mood bar is green. So what if her emotions don't affect the way sims walk or interact with other sims? They still had emotions. The new and improved emotion system in The Sims 4 is only the next step up. It's not a huge deal.