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Overview

An unofficial fan-made image, depicting the evolution of the Sims' expressiveness
An unofficial fan-made image, depicting the evolution of the Sims' expressiveness

The Sims 4 is an open-ended life simulation game developed by both Maxis and The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts for the PC on September 2, 2014. It was later ported to the Mac on February 17, 2015 and to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 17, 2017.

The fourth major entry in the Sims franchise, The Sims 4 features redesigned Create-a-Sim and Build Modes (both with improved customization options), as well as a new "emotion" system (altering each Sim's personality and ability based on their current emotion) and improved Sim multitasking.

Like its predecessors, the game has received numerous full-fledged expansion packs over the years (as well as two types of content packs: small "stuff packs" and large "game packs"). The game was controversial in its first few years due to the exclusion of numerous features from previous Sims games (such as the "toddler" life stage and swimming pools), most of which were added (alongside other new features) in free game patches.

New Features

New features include emotions, a new Sim creator, a new house editor, and online sharing features.

Emotions

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We've all been there, Ollie

Sims now display emotions. These can be used to greatly impact social situations. Emotions revealed so far include "Confident", "Inspired", "Hysterical", "Focused", "Bored", "Fine", "Depressed", "Sad", "Furious", "Angry", "Cranky, "Flirty" and "Passionate".

Emotions can be manipulated by means of external factors, including music, decoration, or voodoo dolls.

Sim Creator

The new Sim editor, replacing gauges and meters with direct tactile manipulation of a Sim's appearance
The new Sim editor, replacing gauges and meters with direct tactile manipulation of a Sim's appearance

The new Sim creator replaces the gauges and meters typical of video-game character creators with an editor that allows players to alter a Sim's appearance by directly manipulating their body.

House Editor

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The new, more versatile house editor introduces a slew of new mechanics. One of the new features allows whole rooms to be moved around the house from one point to another, using only a drag gesture.

System Requirements

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  • REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation.
  • OS: Windows XP (SP3) / Vista (SP2) 7 (SP1) / 8 / 8.1
  • CPU: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent (For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent)
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • HARD DRIVE: 9 GB and 1 GB+ for custom content and saved games.
  • DVD-ROM: Required for installation only
  • GRAPHICS: 128 MB of Video RAM and support for Pixel Shader 3.0. Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Intel GMA X4500 or better
  • REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation.
  • OS: 64 Bit Windows 7/ /8 / 8.1
  • CPU: Intel core i5 or faster, AMD Athlon X4
  • RAM: 4GB
  • HARD DRIVE: 9 GB and 1 GB+ for custom content and saved games.
  • DVD-ROM: Required for installation only
  • GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better

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