2:53 pm - 09/03/2014

Sims 4's already awful user ratings indicate fan backlash

Prior to the release of The Sims 4 there was a lot of talk about the plethora of features EA and developer Maxis had cut from the game. Ranging from pools to toddlers, the more cynical Sims fan suggested that EA was planning to save this content for a later expansion pack, but whatever the reasoning behind it, a lot of people weren’t happy.

The Sims 4 has now released in the US, and while advance copies were not sent out to reviewers therefore meaning that critiques from publications are few and far between, users have been taking to the likes of Amazon and Metacritic to offer their opinions. Unfortunately for EA and Maxis, those opinions are mostly negative.

The Sims 4 currently has a rating of just two-and-a-half stars on Amazon, with the top-rated review from Angela Streiff reading: “For what it is right now, I’d rate this game somewhere around 3 stars. The high price for minimal starting content is where I was a little disappointed and it loses a star. I’m hoping once expansion packs start coming out, it will be a better game and rated more between 4 and 5 stars. The price for what you get right now is steep.”

As is typically the case with user reviews, the ratings veer wildly from five stars to one star, though its current middling rating will likely have EA sweating buckets given that this is one of the publisher’s biggest releases of the year. The previous backlash they received following the release of SimCity severely harmed the company’s image, and if The Sims 4 also fails to resonate with its target audience then it can be assumed that EA will be looking to make some drastic changes.

Similar to the negative Amazon reviews, The Sims 4 currently has a Metacritic user rating of just 4.5 out of 10. While user Metascores are notoriously redundant, they too indicate that many are lashing out at EA and Maxis due to the various features that are missing from it that were featured in previous games in the series.

Its easy to dismiss user scores as being a poor indication of the quality of the product, but Sims fans who haven’t paid much attention to the ongoing controversy surrounding the game may look at those Amazon review scores and, without knowing that many are immediately dismissing the game due to its cut content, decide that they won’t purchase it.

As The Sims 4 reviews start to go online we’ll have a clearer indication of just how good/bad the game is. EA will certainly be hoping that the critics opinions will be in their favor.

Has anyone purchased it? Thoughts?


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anchellada 3rd-Sep-2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
mmmmmmmmmmmmmaybe ill just wait like a year till they work some stuff out?
arainymist 3rd-Sep-2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
Good. They deserve all the backlash.
devourlove 3rd-Sep-2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
mte. they went for playability and got greedy along the way and that's all it is.
sunredskyblue 3rd-Sep-2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
i ain't purchase shit but i'm playing it and i don't hate it. i actually like the neighourhood function and jumping from world to world. the load screens last like 10 secs so they don't even bother me.
mikachanyo 3rd-Sep-2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
uh you cant just say that w/o links
sunredskyblue 3rd-Sep-2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
lol i got mine from here you may have to register
fubukihakuryu 3rd-Sep-2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
how's it running with the crack?
hallois 3rd-Sep-2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
are you using the one from 3dm? i heard that one has a lot of issues with crashing
skunk 3rd-Sep-2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
yea.. i really like it. the game is a lot more streamlined and they've removed/improved a lot of the really tedious bullshit that used to bore me to tears and drive me to using mods (that frequently made the game a slow buggy mess), like female sims being screwed on career progression for what felt like endless days at a time if they ever had kids and the tedium of raising sim babies.

I LOVE that my female sims can actually work while pregnant and then have the baby go to daycare, and that i can age the baby up right away if I can't be bothered.
albert_kills 3rd-Sep-2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
This may be a dumb question, but would I be able to download the game on a Mac?
hippie_chick 3rd-Sep-2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'mma hold off and stick with 3 for awhile longer.
mirasango 3rd-Sep-2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
omg can I just say I love your icon so much. I watched The Man Who Fell To Earth and bought the DVD right after from Criterion. And that scene is so sexy with his eyebrow waggle.
hippie_chick 3rd-Sep-2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
<3! Kills me every time.
zombeats 3rd-Sep-2014 09:15 pm (UTC)
This. I'm not giving EA more money.
senorita__ 3rd-Sep-2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping (in vain I'm sure) that sims3 expansion packs prices will be lowered bc there's a few id like to get but I'm not paying $30 just for an expansion
xdecadentx 4th-Sep-2014 09:21 am (UTC)
Same, I've been watching some of the videos on youtube and I'm still not completely sold. The emotions annoy me.
2morrowww 3rd-Sep-2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
this is because there are no pools
creative_candy 3rd-Sep-2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
or toddlers plus tons of more stuff. i'm still pissed coz i know they will add all the missing stuff to the expansion packs
skunk 3rd-Sep-2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
toddlers were cute.. but idk, i always found raising them to be ridiculously tedious after my sim's first kid.

I thought I would miss them, but I really don't now that they actually let your female sims keep working on their career when they have kids and not be stalled with 5 million days of forced maternity leave.
nalaa1906 3rd-Sep-2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
And dishwashers!
brad4815 3rd-Sep-2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
Honestly I could do without the toddlers and pools, but they bastardized so many other features that I would feel so stupid to pay $60 for a dumbed down game.
donnanoble 3rd-Sep-2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
I actually don't miss pools but I do miss cars :(
walker_sarah 3rd-Sep-2014 08:17 pm (UTC)
downloading rn since the 3dm crack is out. I might reinstall sims 3 with eps if I don't like this
subversiv 3rd-Sep-2014 08:17 pm (UTC)
So happy I never intended to buy this in the first place. Instead, I will gladly spend my money on Dragon Age: Inquisition because all I've heard and seen so far is glorious.
lostinshalott 3rd-Sep-2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
Yasssss same
orlemente 3rd-Sep-2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
magnetic_rose92 3rd-Sep-2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yes! Flawless taste.
saltireflower 3rd-Sep-2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind me asking, is that a video game character in your icon?
shadowpiranha 3rd-Sep-2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
sayuai 3rd-Sep-2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
lol I'm upgrading my desktop just for this game tbh.
splatney 3rd-Sep-2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
I think the quotes they chose to present the characters with are awful. I don't have high hopes for that game tbh.
wickedchild_md 3rd-Sep-2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
Only game I care about right now is DAI.

Oh and they revealed the final romance option and who the 2nd race-gated LI (they are not one in the same).
donnanoble 3rd-Sep-2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
I personally am enjoying it but I know I will get bored with it in a couple weeks because there's not as much content as sims 3 plus all eps. I don't think it's more boring than sims 3 base game was. I really like the new build system. I never wanted to build before because I wasn't good at it but this system is simple enough and allows you to correct errors more easily. Gameplay is fun too. The only glitches I've seen are that sometimes the sims switch positions a lot between interactions which is super annoying. The multitasking is awesome though.
I also dislike the small neighborhoods. There aren't enough empty lots and community lots.
donnanoble 3rd-Sep-2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
Forgot to add that it runs much more smoothly on my computer than sims 3 ever did. And the load times are super short. I don't think I've come across a load screen longer than 10-15 seconds, and that includes loading the game and loading save files.
creative_candy 3rd-Sep-2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
sorry for not feeling sorry for your sorry ass EA

moliphino 3rd-Sep-2014 11:54 pm (UTC)
Dude, where is the video for that gif?! Are there Hollow Crown bloopers?!
creative_candy 4th-Sep-2014 07:39 am (UTC)
this is from the actual ep i believe
gee 3rd-Sep-2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
I only tried the CAS demo yesterday and it felt so empty. Not like an upgrade from 3 or hell even 2. When those were new I got a feeling of excitement at the changes just when making sims (which is my fav part tbh.)

If it sucks I hope people will actually not buy it/give it bad reviews. But sims fans are super sheep who will keep buying EPs hoping things get better.

Edited at 2014-09-03 08:22 pm (UTC)
donnanoble 3rd-Sep-2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
There are a lot more clothes in the actual game, but not more hair or makeup.
gee 3rd-Sep-2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
The make up was the one thing I sort of liked. The colors were lacking in lipstick but for once base game eye shadow wasn't horrible.
idontwannago55 3rd-Sep-2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
It's so good, though!!!

My Sim had to go to the bathroom, but she was in the park, so I sent her to the bathroom there. Then se got the Uncomfortable emotion because she had used a public bathroom.

And omg, she loves to troll forums.

Edited at 2014-09-03 08:21 pm (UTC)
phurbur 3rd-Sep-2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
lmao, that's really cute.
gorlplz 4th-Sep-2014 12:29 am (UTC)
nene718 4th-Sep-2014 03:04 am (UTC)
fubukihakuryu 3rd-Sep-2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thank God for Origin's return policy. The Sims 4 is utter, absolute shit.

The only good points is that the loading times are much faster - but it's only faster because the lots are so small. The Sims 3 loading times made sense since you could zoom out and check out other places. etc. The UI is pretty clean.

But yeah - in addition to the stuff we already knew (no pools, etc) - the furniture, items, and building stuff is SO unproportional to The Sims themselves. The Sims behavior is so fucking dumb with the emotes "take an angry poop" and my Sim was reading a book and I had to break and go "calm myself down in the mirror", the graphics suck, there's no work places, the lighting sucks, etc.

I knew this game was gonna be bad, but I love The Sims :(
nalaa1906 3rd-Sep-2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
LOL maybe the book was very intense
nutmegdealer 3rd-Sep-2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
take an angry poop? this is what they spent time developing?
vervain 3rd-Sep-2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
lol at the book and the angry poop

it sounds like that poop will become sim all on its own with a few hacks.

Edited at 2014-09-03 08:32 pm (UTC)
angelofdeath275 4th-Sep-2014 01:03 am (UTC)
take an angry poop lmaooo
serenachan 5th-Sep-2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
maybe she was reading fifty shades of grey
syntheses 3rd-Sep-2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
its weird to think about how sims 2 was the peak of the franchise
liewitnessnews 3rd-Sep-2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
splatney 3rd-Sep-2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
I think TS3 ultimately was the best game, but TS2 did some things very right that we never saw again.
prettywitch 3rd-Sep-2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
i agree. i like sims 3 the best but i found myself missing things from sims 2. but not in a way that made me want to go back and play it
microminiscrew 4th-Sep-2014 07:35 am (UTC)
You nailed it. I can never understand when people say 2 had more to offer than 3, that's just not true and they made leaps, but some things about 2 were plain better executed
swissbeauty23 4th-Sep-2014 06:54 am (UTC)
brad4815 3rd-Sep-2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
I was surprised to see that Walmart was sold out of the regular and deluxe edition today tbh.
nimberlane 3rd-Sep-2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
Good. EA has been doing this fuckshit for awhile now and they need to face the consequences.
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