Gameplay[ edit ] The Sims 4 is a life simulation game, similar to its predecessors. Players create a Sim character and control their life to explore different personalities which change the way the game plays out. Sims can multitask such as talk while doing a task. Sims' moodlets also change the gameplay. For example, a Sim can do a task while being either angry or totally excited.
One of the most prevalent is the Legacy Challenge, in which players create a single Sim and try to make its family line last for ten generations. Through mouse click, drag and pull players may directly manipulate the facial features of a Sim.
Players can also directly manipulate any body part including the abdomen, chest, legs, arms and feet. In previous Sims games only the fitness and fatness can be manipulated on a Sims body.
However, fitness and fatness levels may still be adjusted in The Sims 4 with sliders as in previous games. The base games comes with over 40 hairstyles for both men and women. There are up to 18 hair colour options per hairstyle. Selections of premade designs of Sims are available to choose from, ranging from different body shapes to ethnicities. Seven life stages are available including baby, toddler, child, teenager, young adult, adult and elder. The baby life stage is accessible only through the birth of a Sim and not available in Create A Sim.
Toddlers were initially absent from the original game release, but were added in the January patch. Compared to previous Sims games where everyday, formal, sleepwear, athletic, party and swimwear wardrobes were restricted to having their own clothing options, all clothing options are now available across all forms of wardrobe and players are allowed up to 5 outfits per category.
There is also a filter panel where clothing options can be sorted by color, material, outfit category, fashion choice, style, content and packs. In a Summer update, gender options were expanded in the game, allowing any gender expression.
Now all the haircuts and outfits can be worn by any Sim of any gender, and pregnancy can become a possibility regardless of the gender. Some locked buy mode items may be unlocked through the progression of career levels. Entire buildings and rooms can now be moved across the lot. There is now a search option to search for build and buy mode options. When building a house for your sim you can buy already made rooms which can help but costs a lot of money depending on the style of the room.
Wall heights can also now be adjusted. There is also a pool tool feature with a custom version and triangular, square and octagonal pool tools. This impacts the world around the player's Sims. Players may publish their creations into the Gallery for other players to download into their game instantly. Willow Creek and Oasis Springs. Both worlds contain five neighborhoods and a total of 21 lots.
With the release of Outdoor Retreat, the world Granite Falls was available for visiting on outdoor vacations. Newcrest became available with a free update, having three neighborhoods with five empty lots in each, for a total of 15 lots.
The Sims 4 is a single-player game,  and does not require a constant Internet connection to play. Players will however need an Origin account and Internet access during the initial installation process for game activation.
Previews of the building and character creation systems debuted earlier in Additional game footage and the release date were revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 9, Unveiled features focused on the improved Create-a-Sim with an all-new click-and-drag feature omitting the use of sliders and the addition of emotion-based gameplay. Maxis stated the game would run better on lower-end PCs than The Sims 3, which was plagued with performance issues on low-end and high-end PCs.
Players will now be able to choose between three different wall heights and adjust the location of a window on a wall, as well as be able to move an entire room from one position to another. Until mid, there were no plans for a console release. Vaughn told International Business Times that the team was "working on a Mac version right now.
These omitted features include swimming pools, swimming wear, and the "toddler" life stage; this announcement also noted the lack of an open-world found in The Sims 3, stating neighborhood gameplay would be separated by loading screens.
While careers and schools would still be featured, they would be represented differently from The Sims 3, more akin to the way they were featured in The Sims 2. A couple of days from one of our FX guys and it's finished If we were to have added one of those to the game, there would have been two choices for us Maxis and The Sims producer Rachel Rubin Franklin later elaborated in an official blog post, acknowledging the concerns of fans, and explained the issue on the developer's focus on The Sims 4's new core game engine technologies, and that the sacrifices the team had to make were a "hard pill to swallow": It begins with new technology and systems that we built for this new base game for The Sims Hard pill to swallow, believe me, but delivering on the vision set out for The Sims 4 required focus.
Franklin stated new features such as Sim emotions, advanced Sim animation, interaction and behaviours, as well as the new Create-a-Sim and build mode tools as a large part of the reason that detracted focus from features such as swimming pools and the toddler life stage.