Create your own space complete with neon lighting, bowling-themed decor, and even a bar for your Sims to enjoy refreshments between frames. Customize its look with retro-modern furniture that looks awesome in the alley or at home. Challenge your Sims to a game of bowling on the all-new bowling lane object.
Start off using bumpers and improve your skills to unlock impressive trick shots. Dim the lights and turn up the music for an out of this world moonlight bowling experience. Outfit your Sims in retro bowling shirts and shoes or give them a rockin' new look with rockabilly-inspired clothing and hairstyles.
Everything feels like a step forward, even though there are some aspects (like random tutorials or some situations in which we felt completely out of control) that we would like to see more polished. Still, a great choice for The Sims fans.
The way they interact with each other, the way they can eat, watch TV and chat about underpants or spaceships at the same time is a marvellous technical achievement that puts the rest of the game, with its missing pools and open worlds, into context. I wish we could have it all in the same package – perhaps The Sims 5 will – but for now, I’m happily and frankly unexpectedly willing to trade those bells and whistles for characters that feel, well, real.
Series veterans are also going to realise that despite the various improvements, The Sims 4 is not in any way as robust as The Sims 3. The core game is magnificent and well designed for the most part, but there are a ton of missing extras, which will presumably be filled out with various DLC packs.
Although The Sims 4 brings a few new features, namely the emotion system, it can only make the early fans unhappy and disappointed. Electronic Arts erased many elements and features that were essential and representative of the saga. And we already know that EA will sell them in a few months, included inside expansive expansion packs.
The Sims 4 manages to be both the worst and the best installment in the series so far. It’s lacking content and has a fair amount of glitches and bugs. But the new feeling mechanics works really well, and opens up a new dimension that The Sims never have been close to before. In the end, the positive parts are the ones that are most noticeable.
Even in virtual worlds, variety is the spice of life. The Sims 4, for all its polish and cleverness, simply isn't very spicy.
The Sims 4 is still a charming life simulation, with a better interface and some new possibilities, but so many elements are missing compared from The Sims 3 (hello DLCs!) that all the fans will be disappointed.
February 21, 2019
The Sims 4 reveals its new game pack: StrangerVille. Watch video
November 8, 2018
The Sims 4 is getting a first-person camera. Read more
October 10, 2018
The Sims 4’s new expansion pack lets your Sims get famous. Watch video
January 12, 2018
The Sims 4 will launch its new pack, Laundry Day, on the 16th of January. Watch video