Why I Can’t Buy Sims 4 Yet (And my Week 1 Picks)

The Sims 4 released early Tuesday morning. As someone who’s played all the Sims game since its beginning in 2000, I’ve always followed each release closely. It took me years to finally get into the Sims 3, but I can admit I had a ton of fun with it. I played the base game with a single expansion that I purchased from Humble Bundle, so I still didn’t get the full Sims 3 experience that I could have had. Once I heard news about The Sims 4, my ears perked up and my sweat glads started firing through the excitement. Finally, a Sims game that had a robust Create a Sim mode which would give me the ability to create a multitude of various Sims.

Fast forward to today, and I still haven’t been able to jump on the bandwagon. The excitement that I had for the game is still there, but my unease about the game itself outweighs it. I’ll give you three dumb reasons why I can’t purchase the Sims 4 right now.

1. No Pre-Release Reviews
Some people may not see this as a big deal, but I think a lot has to be said that a massive publisher won’t let let reviews out before release date. The obvious idea may be that they don’t want the inevitable bad reviews it would get if they feel the product was lackluster. If the reviews before release are bad, people won’t buy the game… Preorders would be cancelled. Disaster. But here we are, with no reviews of the game. User reviews have been less than stellar as the aggregate user review on Metacritic has plunged to a paltry 3.7. As of the time of this writing, the critic meteoritic score sits at 70. Reviews aren’t everything, but if my past experience with EA indicates anything… I don’t have much home for this game.

2. The Bugs
Freddy Kreuger babies are real. Clipping is a serious problem. Sims pathing can be frustrating at time. Working in video games has shown me that no studio will release a game with no bugs… but the Kreuger Babies seem to happen so frequently, I don’t know how it could be missed. It will be patched later, but things like this give me a hard time trusting EA

Child of Kreuger

Child of Kreuger

with big name titles these days. From Sim City to Battlefield 4 to this? The Clipping issue was seen in demo builds that were played months ago… with no fix! I think a few more months of polishing would have done this game some good.

3. The Cost
$60 bucks for a base game with all of these issues have put me off to the title. Not to mention the content cuts (which are numerous) and the general lack of content simply because its a base game have me scared of the price tag. While 60 bucks for most people is acceptable, I can’t justify spending that amount on this base game with the issues and lack of confidence I have in EA at the moment. Once you figure in long term costs for more content, this will turn out to be one hell of an investment. I don’t think my wallet could handle getting sucked into this game at the moment, so for now… I’ll pass.

With that being said, if the game resonates well with people, and these issues are patched, I’ll pick up the game on sale. For now, I can’t justify spending 60 bucks on an unfinished game. The Create A Sim has me very excited as well as the visuals, but it can only take the product so far. October is shaping up to be a great month for the 3DS and Wii U, so I’ll spend my money there for now. Sims 4 isn’t going anywhere. I’ll check it out later.

WEEK 1 PICKS

Football Starts tonight! Here are my Week 1 picks, with the winners in CAPS.

WEEK 1 Picks. Winners in CAPS

Green Bay @ SEATTLE
NEW ORLEANS @ Atlanta
MINNESOTA @ St. Louis
Cleveland @ PITTSBURGH
Jacksonville @ PHILADELPHIA
Oakland @ NY JETS
CINCINNATI @ Baltimore
Buffalo @ CHICAGO
Washington @ HOUSTON
TENNESSEE @ Kansas City
NEW ENGLAND @ Miami
CAROLINA @ Tampa Bay
SAN FRANCISCO @ Dallas
INDIANAPOLIS @ Denver
NY GIANTS @ Detroit
SAN DIEGO @ Arizona

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