The Sims 4: Let the feelings begin!

    The Sims 4 – Feeling Better About It

    Maxis announced The Sims 4 will be released in the fall of 2014. It will be the latest in The Sims series, and the leading feature of this new game is the introduction of feelings (or sentiments). This replaces the binary happy or sad meter that has been in place for all the previous games in the series.

    Talking about our feelings

    The Sims 4 ScreenshotIn The Sims 4, your Sim’s emotional state (sad, happy, anxious, etc.) will unlock new context-sensitive actions and change their abilities. Each state will also have advantages and disadvantages, so gameplay is not longer all about getting sims to their happy place.

    A depressed sim won’t talk as much, but it will allow the sim to write and paint and pursue creative endeavors better than he or she otherwise would have. You wouldn’t want her to be depressed all the time, but if she’s writing, being depressed will make her write at her best.

    Angry sims won’t be able to reason with others at well, and other sims will try to avoid him. But, this makes the sim more determined, so if an angry sim works out on the exercise bike, he’ll be able to work out harder. Again, another trade off you’ll want to make some of the time. Or all of the time, if you’re looking for an overachiever sim.

    Making Sims Angry

    The Sims 4 Screenshot

    So how do you get sims into these emotional states? It can happen either by the sims own actions (such as breaking the toilet, for example), by the actions you make the sims take, or even by the environment. A sim passing a sad painting will see his or her become more sad.

    The Sims 4 will be released late in 2014, and Maxis has stated that upgrading your hardware will not be required. They are working on making The Sims 4 run better than The Sims 3, due to a brand new engine. Additionally, The Sims 4 bucks the trend games requiring a persistent online connection to play.