Sims 4: Free Updates we Desperately Need

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Since the game’s launch, the developers of The Sims 4 have taken great lengths to provide free updates that add desperately-needed features to the base game. Examples include pools, ghosts, and the dishwasher. With updates like this, numerous gallery updates, and the occasional new hairstyle or clothing option, I’d say the developers have been doing a great job.

There is still a lot left to do, though. Here are three ideas for free updates that I believe we desperately need:

Auto Saving

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Sims 4 has an auto saving feature that doesn’t save during gameplay. In other words, Sims 4 does not have an auto saving feature.

I can’t name how many times I’ve played a Sims game for hours on end, so into my progress with the game that I forget to save. When the game crashes, I get frustrated and lose interest. In some cases, I lose so much progress that I put the game down for days, or even weeks. I can’t be the only one who experiences this!

Sims 4 needs an actual, honest-to-goodness auto saving system, and faster saving to boot.

Until then, I’m going to have to learn to save every few ingame days or so.

Toddlers

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Yes, I know. I can imagine your eyes rolling at seeing yet another Sims 4-related opinion piece talking about this game’s lack of teeny tiny useless baby-child hybrids with close to no gameplay attached to them.

I feel the same way, to an extent. But stay with me here:

A good sequel builds on the gameplay of its predecessor. Sims 4 does not do that, and has been spending the last year or so catching up. This is why we’ve been getting free updates since launch that include omitted content from Sims 3.

Pools and ghosts should have been included in the Sims 4’s base game. There’s no good argument against that. But more importantly, we should have had toddlers.

We had to have family trees patched in post-launch. Family trees! Even I used that regularly in Sims 3, and I’m not a family-focused player!

There are a lot of fans who enjoy the game as a life and family simulator. People who put the most out of the games and create legacies of long-running families. I’ve had a family-focused friend show me her two-floor underground mausoleum, and I could see the history behind her household. I stood back in reverence while my friend cheerfully explained the lives and stories behind each and every tombstone.

Fans like these create personal connections and become immersed in their playthroughs. One large part of that is being able to experience every life stage of their sims. A toddler has a different emotional impact on a person than a baby or a child does.

Ultimately, The Sims is a series of life simulation games. And excluding a stage of life that existed in the three games before it removes a large chunk of gameplay for everyone.

These are players who shout to the heavens about how great The Sims can be. If EA decides to include toddlers in an expansion pack, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people quit.

Prevent Stealing Work

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Whenever I need inspiration, or want to improve upon or add to the game world, I can hop on the Gallery and look at creations greater than anything I could make. I definitely respect the talented creators in the Sims community.

So it riles me up when a person who puts countless hours into creating something uploads it into the Gallery, only to have some idiot take it and upload it for themselves, then take credit for the creator’s work.

I don’t think it’s right for talented creators to fear their work being taken advantage of. We need to implement systems of moderation (like player moderators) that can allow creators to feel safer about sharing their work.

 

I really hope these problems can be addressed in the future. So far, the team behind the Sims have been patching in features and enhancements that have helped turn Sims 4 from a disappointment among fans into a strong contender. I look forward to seeing how the game does in the new year.

…Oh, right! Happy New Year, everyone!

Feel free to comment below if you have any ideas on what free patches we should get this year.

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