I think that over the years, the Sims has definitely gone through many stages of development and I do credit the creators for trying new things and experimenting, however I’ve seen a lot of rage by some players about what the game may be lacking and I have been desperate to give my opinion on what the Sims 4 should have to offer. Below is an unsorted list of things I have thought about being present in the Sims 4.
Considering the advancement in gaming over the years I really believe that with a little push, the Sims 4 could be THEE biggest, most involved and consuming game yet. With abilities to now expand the old 'neighbourhoods' into countries and entire worlds, I can’t see why the Sims 4 wouldn’t want pull out all the stops. Vast areas and methods of transportation to take your Sims to see family on other sides of the world, or if not that - (we all know the value of computer memory and hard drive disk space) - at least flights, busses and trains to other parts of one huge land.
Cities that your family save up money to visit. No rabbit holes. Presidents that actually make an impact on the entire country (a role that your Sim would have to spend a lot of time clawing their way to). A position that can only be appointed to one Sim at a time to make use of demotions, job transfers etc. Retirement and then children following in their parents footsteps. Bodyguards, lunatics, prison (where Sims return looking muscular and drenched in tattoos).
Celebrities who work their butts off to get to where they are (Sim years of practise and perfection). VIP parties (And I’m not talking about nightlife and late night expansion packs) stuff like this should be included or if absolutely not possible at least out with the release of the base game as an optional addition. I’m tired of expansion packs, I know it’s how they get their money however there are many games that thrive without the need of any expansion packs at all.
Drama that happens on its own, situations where your Sim can grab a drink, sit down and watch a brawl escalate before their eyes between celebrities at parties or even just regular family members at family occasions, who have a lethal vendetta against their competition.
Mobs, crowds, award ceremonies that add challenge to the game and reward jobs well done for players. Concerts that teens get excited about and skip school for, crowd surfing etc. Huge mansions where admiring Sims camp outside the gates just to get a picture of you grabbing the paper in your PJ’s the next morning and sell it to newspapers. Song writing, album sales, book writers and libraries crowded with queues of screaming fans at book signings and book stores selling out your Sims book in a day (finally offering some gratification for the endless hours spent sitting at the computer writing novels). I guess I’m trying to say that on the fame side of things, jobs should be involved tasks and objectives.
We should say goodbye to magically springing into adulthood through an enchanting burst of confetti on birthdays. Sims should grow effortlesly and the only verification you would need is the age bar that tells you the age of your sim, a little like the age bar in the sims 3. Birthdays should occur with the change of seasons but not to jump your sim from teen to grown adult. And I’m sure it would be much more exciting to hear you characters baby saying little phrase out of the blue and gradually learning to talk through listening.
Bad neighbourhoods where strangers are looked at…well…strangely and you’re likely to have your wallet stolen or your car broken into if you’re not careful. Car parks, street cred, reputation in certain places (much like Urbz).
More fights, as well as more love. Sinful guy Sims should turn grey from overbearing letters about child support being shoved through their letterbox. Random arguments from incompatible yet married neighbours next door. Sims being kicked out of the house (maybe if their friends with your Sim they’ll come around with a sleeping bag and ask to stay the night). Teens loitering around and causing trouble in a less mechanical way than in the Sims 3.
Options for STRICT PARENT and PUSH OVER in create a Sim to trigger worried or scary phone calls from frantic parents telling kids to come home. Real sleepovers where the girls will get in their in their pyjamas and order takeout, watch movies, eat popcorn, dance and tell secrets until early hours in the morning. Whereas the boys will lounge about, play video games, fall asleep on their friends tables, couches, bean bag chairs, on the floor tangled up in blankets, drooling, and eventually awake mid-day to finish off their game.
Geeks who just don’t fit in until they take their prescribed glasses off and braces out and from then on trip and endlessly fall to the ground until they get home from school or eventually get contacts that their parents forbid. Popular kids, lazy kids, losers, and more. Rebellious teens that get in relationships and then get caught and grounded by parents who hear information off of nosey neighbours and relatives (who happen to be driving past the area at the time).
Cultures and families that do things a certain way and gradually pick up habits through generations. Grandparents who can teach their grandchild everything they know about a skill they’ve perfected through the years and give that child an amazing advancement in life, maybe resulting in them becoming show offs or snobs.
The whole look of the game should be different and I think it may be farfetched but maybe even the name should change. It should definitely be more realistic and the Sims should move differently. Not just repetitive actions. They should randomly stroll and whistle, scratch their heads, sing along to songs whilst passing a nearby radio, sneeze and bring a tissue out of their pockets (whilst walking!), or get tissue from the bathroom, take out a pack of chewing gum etc. Singing in the shower, maybe even sing whilst shaving for the men. It shouldn’t come across as just another stage of “the Sims” but a name that shows change. We would all know it was the Sims 4 but it should really be recognised as “also known as the Sims 4”. Just a fresh new design on this already amazing and addictive game could make all the difference I think.
How could I forget! WEATHER included and not just an expansion pack that we all have to wait 2 years for. Storms, kids clinging to their parents for comfort against the sound of the raging thunder. Floods and powerful winds that blow the hats and scarfs off your Sims. Rain that drenches your sim before they can flee home. Sims who then wring their socks out and dig into a bowl of soup whilst sitting crossed legged in front of the fireplace wrapped up warm. Kids who get into bad company and then into trouble. Shoplifters, purse snatchers and furthermore an opportunity for your sim to get involved and chase down the criminals and (looking further into it) potentially getting offered a job with the police force. Same goes for performing CPR on a drowning sim and being contacted by doctors and nurses.
Reputations. Hobo’s and homeless sims who are forced to sleep in abandoned sheds until they somehow find the money to buy a small house. Households with more than just 8, and the option to have an absolutely huge family (grandparents, parents, 6 sisters, 8 brothers, newborn nieces and nephews, brother in laws the lot!). Shopping centers, game shops, music shops, beauty stores (where again preteens may buy makeup and hide it from their parents). Opportunities to own your own business and sell stuff out of your own shop (hopefully with features from open for business) or pitch your brilliant new invention that you’ve tried to create unsuccessfully for the past few months and get rich and sell millions.
Woohoo on the beach, in a pond, in your back yard and then feel accomplished. Divorces that come with the option of sending your sim kids to live with mom or dad for the weekend. Maybe even jealousy as the divorcee hooks up with someone else and brings them along to drop the kids off. Kids who play freely around the neighborhood, shooting hoops, riding scooters, skipping, painting flames on their dads cars you name it. Also an ice-cream van would be cool. Maybe holidays like Christmas (without actually calling it Christmas) where the whole town is decorative and you could walk into a shop and hear the latest “sim xmas” anthem playing.
Theres a lot more but i think i've typed way to much already. It would definitely take a long time, but I think that the Sims 4 or maybe even just the Sims in future has the potential to be the biggest most excitement filled game in the history of the Sims. It’s all the little things that players really cherish in a game and I think that with this, the Sims could become the ultimate god playing game with truly endless possibilities.