THE SIMS 4 FIRST IMPRESSIONS
German fansite SimTimes had the brilliant idea of surveying Simmers who were invited by EA to Cologne to play The Sims 4. The compiled responses, Gamescom 2014: Community Feedback for The Sims 4, make for an interesting read.
Keep in mind that those invited to Gamescom had access to a beta version of the game, for a limited period of time in a controlled setting — these are first impressions not reviews! The same questions were asked of everyone and were perfect for capturing everyone’s initial thoughts about the game.
Here are the questions and some responses translated with Google Translate:
What did you particularly like about The Sims 4?
"The many small, but special tools and the Sims themselves, which make the gameplay in The Sims 4 so fluid and the Sims so very "human". These are of course the extensive build mode tools and the beautiful animations that help, but also the profound ways by the emotions that provide long-lasting fun and never the same, monotonous gameplay." —Daniel, Simfans.de
What did you not like so much?
"I found the camera control used to. Also, I found the neighborhoods a bit too small, there are too few plots for tillage. I fear that it might be boring." —Mergi, The Sims Forums
What do you miss in the game?
"I clearly lack the freedom of the open neighborhood. I miss building as the police station, shops in general, school - which to me is a city to do so. I have noticed at some point that was very rushed to finish the game - No CHARTS pools (toddlers do not bother me) or that some objects were not brought into play (telephones for the home or dishwashers and trash compactors).” —Anni, SimTimes
Update 8-19-2014: The translation is correct - there are no house phones.
What are you looking forward to the most after the release?
"I am looking forward to complete the whole Collectibles and easy to discover the game with its many details. I’m sure that there are still some things that we find out only after some time." —Micha, SimTimes
And here are the individual links to everyone’s full responses (links translated to English):
Anni, Darline, Fernando and Micha — SimTimes
Bianca and Simlicious — Blacky’s Sims Zoo
Crinrict — Crinrict’s Sims 4 Help Blog
Daniel — Simfans.de
Dark_Lady and julsfels — SimForum
Loh and WilWo — simension.de
Marian — Sims4.eu
Mergi and Pierce — Official The Sims Forums
Waterwoman — akisima
It’s a great overview that highlights the diversity of opinion in the community; thanks to everyone involved. :)