5 Features Needed in The Sims 4

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When The Sims hit the scene back in 2000, it felt like simulations couldn’t get anymore–well, real. The ability to create your own character, build their environment, and weave a story around them made players feel like game designers and gods all in one. Each successive title added bigger worlds, new items, and more control. Our Sims have lifetime goals; they can own businesses, raise families, or travel the world. And yet, we want more. The Sims 4 is imminent, it’s just a matter of when. So while we’re waiting, here are a few features we would like to see in the next installment.

MULTITASKING

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Your Sim is busy making goopy carbonara when all-of-a-sudden the phone rings. You tell him/her to answer it. Now you are forced to watch as your Sim slowly stops cooking to answer the phone. Wouldn’t it be great if they could do both? I mean, what’s the point of them having a cell phone if they have to drop everything to answer it? Or maybe your Sim is a lonely, aspiring painter. You could kill two birds with one stone by having your Sim converse with their spouse as they paint their portrait. Tasks already take up a significant amount of the short time you have each day. Imagine how much more your Sims could accomplish in a day, or a lifetime, with the ability to multitask.

MULTIPLE HOUSEHOLDS

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The Sims 2 allowed us to play with multiple households within the same town. The Sims 3 has a similar feature that allows you to switch your active household. However, doing so will make all of the promises for that household disappear. You also lose control over your previous household and they are free to live–or move– as they see fit. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with this unless you’re the type of person who likes to play god. If stealing husbands, foiling friendships or forcing love triangles is your thing then you need to have full control of each household within your town. The Sims 2 gave you the freedom to do this. The Sims 4 should bring it back as an option for those fueled by power.

PLAY ON THE GO

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We’ve seen The Sims  franchise on a number of different platforms over the years. From PC to console to mobile, these games are everywhere. So what’s to stop them from being connected? Imagine being able to interact with your household from any device. Perhaps you’re playing at home and have to leave to run errands or go to class. You could connect from your mobile device and have your Sim write that best-selling novel. There could be mini games that your Sim completes to gain new skills or perhaps scanning certain items at a grocery store would help them learn a new recipe. The possibilities are endless

A REAL SHOPPING CHANNEL

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All of those countless hours spent in front of the boob tube and what does your Sim have to show for it? If they were watching the home shopping channel, then absolutely nothing. They saw the Astral Playground Telescope on TV, forgot about it, and by the time they remembered the price went up. If only there were some way to satisfy your Sims’ shopping needs. Well, with this feature you certainly could. Your Sim would be able to order items by simply picking up the phone. After paying the obligatory shipping and handling, their package would arrive in 3 to 5 business days. Sims would be able to buy limited edition items at a reduced price or order useless items at outrageous prices.

ONLINE PLAY

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The Sims Social came close, but it wasn’t enough. It’s likely that the social game was a test run for future online components in The Sims 4. It’s even more likely that it was just another way to for EA to make money off of micro transactions. Whatever the reason, there is a clear demand for MMO elements in The Sims 4. However, this has been the hardest shell to crack for EA. The Sims Online and My Sims both shut down their servers years ago with The Sims Social following close behind this June.

Nevertheless, this hasn’t swayed players demand for a fully interactive, online version of their simulated worlds. Starting a band with your friends, taking a guided tour with family or simply cooking with a loved one could be achieved with the click of a mouse. You could help an acquaintance rebuild their home after a fire or create an evil scientists guild. Traveling would allow you to meet unique users from around the world. It’s a big idea. One that may prove too big for The Sims 4, but we can still dream.

We only listed five features that we would like to see in the next Sims title. However, with such a dynamic game, it is only natural that players have their own unique set of expectations. What features would you like to see in The Sims 4?

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20 Comments on "5 Features Needed in The Sims 4"

  1. Kay May 7, 2013 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I would love to see more options for outings like an amusement park!

  2. Luis May 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Seasons built into base game. Also some kind of sceanery social options with mini scenes to play out such as Dinner parties with fighting celebrating or business etc, Camping With Campfires tents marshmellow etc, Beaching it with swimming in the water scenes and underwater swimming etc, Basically The Sims 4 should have, seasons, adventures, supernatural, nightlife, & generations all in base game!!!

    • Karla Clark May 9, 2013 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Yes! The more that is offered in the base game the better! Great ideas!

  3. Rhianna May 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Is there really a demand for online play? It’s nice to have the option for people who want it, but I already felt like it was being forced on me with the Sims 3. The Sims was designed to be a personal experience, to allow the player to create their own world and the characters in it and to personalise it the way they see fit. And that in itself has come such a long way; adding a major online component on top just seems too much! I’d like to see EA go back to the core/ethos of the game.

    • Karla Clark May 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      I understand your sentiments, while I would love to see online play in The Sims franchise, I am worried that it would be poorly executed. EA doesn’t seem to understand how to properly utilize online modes within their games. I also think that if there is an online component then it should be an option that can be turned off.

  4. MS May 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Seasons and pets already in base game.

    Online element would be essential to convince me to buy The Sims 4. I loved The Sims Online so much and still yearn for a similar experience … tried so many other MMOs but nothing came in close.

  5. Naomi May 8, 2013 at 10:52 am - Reply

    I like all the ideals except for the online game play! The Sims games are about building the world I want, not share it with someone else!

  6. Misfit_Sims May 8, 2013 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of seasons and pets in the base game. I also like th idea of multi tasking and having multiple households and a real shopping Chanel. I also like the idea of, if your sim is dating someone them being able to propose!

  7. Gale May 9, 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Of all the things, a “real shopping channel” is a needed feature? Okay, here are some real suggestions:
    Reduce the loading screen time as much as possible, perhaps even at the sacrifice of other features. Loading screens are the biggest thing that put me off playing TS3.
    Get rid of rabbitholes completely. Make it possible to follow your Sims to work and school.
    Overhaul the personality system again. Sim personalities have always been too simplistic and inflexible. If Maxis is afraid of scaring off casual players, create a simplistic interface for the personality system with a button to “Show Advanced Options”.
    Make it possible to turn off or hide the “wish” system.
    Keep improving modding support. Mods are the heart and soul of the Sims community. I will be very disappointed if TS4 has horrible modding support in favour of pushing microtransactions.
    Introduce a political system in which laws and taxes change. A more dynamic Sims world is a more interesting Sims world.

    • Karla Clark May 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      I think overall The Sims series needs more interactivity and depth as you noted. There is a shopping channel that you can’t make purchases from. School and work are mysterious black holes with little interactivity. Maybe the game could actually ask the players questions, sort of like a pop quiz, that would affect the students grades. The personalities are a bit generic. It would be cool for Sims to have to go to the hospital when they are ill or injured. Life could be a bit more dangerous and there could be more career options.

      Also, your suggestions about laws and taxes are great. In a way, it feels like a merge between Sim City and The Sims. Of course, we would leave out the always online DRM component.

      • Malgosia June 17, 2013 at 8:50 am - Reply

        I have to totally agree with you. Being able to go to school or work with your sims would be amazing. One thing I would hate would be the online play. I played The Sims Social for a while but got so sick of it especially the way it was in real time. Cant wait to see what Sims 4 is going to be like! :D

    • armon May 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      Your ideas are excellent. I actually have to agree with each one.

  8. Allen May 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    I don’t think they will do the last one because they said that The Sims 4 would have offline game play. :/

  9. greeneggsplusam May 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    online play?? That is probably the #1 thing that I’ve seen Sims fans be the most universally AGAINST

  10. CBrown May 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    My greatest interest with the Sims is machinima. So I’d like to see a full-bore moviemaking tool (Sims 3 has filmmaking capabilities, but they’re a little “under the hood”). I’d also like the ability to create custom animation and use it in the game.

  11. JPW May 29, 2013 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Online Play? lol.

    Wasn’t SimCity 5 enough to show you that this is a horrible idea?

  12. Someone July 17, 2013 at 5:30 am - Reply

    More customization in personalities. The 5 personality traits in TS3 makes pretty much NO difference in how they behave… I did an experiment with that, made 8 very different sims who lived together and gave them full free will. They all acted the same… Pretty much just reading books and talking to each other

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