Here's a list of added features in The Sims 4

Okay, so we all know there’s a heap of stuff missing from The Sims 4, but there’s also a whole stack of new features being thrown into the game as well. We know about the emotions and general weirdness that Maxis and EA have added, but what else is new this time around? Here, we’ve got a list.

Detail-oriented folks on The Sims official forums have spent a while running around and collating a comprehensive list of features that will be appearing in The Sims 4 that were notably missing from The Sims 3 at launch.

It’s a hefty list, but there’s some impressive bits and pieces tucked away in here. Babies have been improved (at the expense of toddlers?), including the introduction of a little sibling rivalry. Video games are now an earnable skill, mixologist is a career, and you can order different types of pizza (!!).

Also, your Sims are much more modern. They’re able to photobomb each other, take selfies, and actually talk about WooHoo – including gossiping about unsatisfactory performances!

Enjoy: The Sims 4 hits PC from September 2nd, the Create A Sim demo is available right now – what have you been making?

Create-A-Sim:

  • You can change the size and shape of any body part.
  • You can assign bromances as a kind of relationship.
  • You can use any hat with any hairstyle.
  • Boots will go over and under pants legs.
  • Leggings can go under skirts and shorts.
  • Hoodies can cover an entire Sim’s head.
  • There will be seven walk styles.
  • Aspirations have specific traits associated to them.
  • Children can have individual aspirations.
  • Sims can have five outfits.
  • Randomization has been improved.
  • There will be new search filters to find specific colors and materials.
  • You can now create children based on only one Sim.
  • You can also make siblings and parents.

Pregnancy:

  • Any outfit can be maternity wear.
  • There will be pregnancy tests and variable pregnancy lengths.
  • Maternity leave is not mandatory.
  • Pregnancy will have different shapes and sizes, based on body type.
  • Sims can give birth at home without bassinets.
  • Sims in labor can still do things like watch TV, interact, etc.
  • Children can be sad from having new siblings.
  • Children can inherit a blend of their parents’ skin tones.
  • Sims have different needs and emotions when they are pregnant.

Daily Life:

  • Sims can earn skills at video games, programming, woodworking, rocket science, and gourmet cooking.
  • Sims can pick up new careers, as comedians or tech gurus.
  • There is now a romance bar.
  • Sims can multitask.
  • Group social interactions have been modified.
  • Sims can be emotionally affected by books, paintings, and objects.
  • A Sim can itself be resurrected with a book.
  • Sims can get writers block.
  • Sims can read skill books above them, but they will be confused when they try.
  • Sims can choose to not publish the books they write, and just keep them instead.
  • Sims can self publish their books.
  • Sims good at writing can write love emails.
  • Sims can write things other than books for money. They can write screenplays, jokes, and musical compositions.
  • You can order different types of pizza.
  • You can assign roles to Sims during parties.
  • Sims can make objects from wood, including musical instrument, furniture, and statues.
  • Sims can have all the aspirations. If a Sim switches aspirations, they still retain their progress in their prior aspirations.
  • Sims can do photobombs.
  • There are three new ways to die; from hysterical laughter, from being enraged, and from feeling mortified.
  • Sims can bake birthday cakes.
  • Sims can have and be mentors.
  • There are different types of showers, that affect different emotions.
  • Sex is referred to under euphemism WooHoo. Sims can even talk to each other about WooHoo, including unsatisfying experiences, hygiene, etc.
  • Sims can purchase traits.
  • Clothing is available for any category.
  • Sims can do pushups and situps on the ground.
  • Sims can talk while sleeping.
  • Teen Sims can babysit.

Build Mode:

  • Smoke detectors and windows can be moved up and down walls.
  • You can move entire rooms.
  • You can even move the houses if you wanted.
  • You can change how high the walls are.
  • You have more roof options, such as curved roofs.
  • There can be different colored roofs on the same lot.
  • You can place columns in fences and walls.
  • You can have topiary bushes.
  • You can put TVs on flat surfaces.
  • You can add multiple windows to an entire room all at once.
  • You can use curved fences, spandrels, friezes, and roof trim on the houses you build.
  • You can add corbels to porches.
  • You can add a string course on top of your exterior walls.
  • You can have curved foundations.
  • You can have roof awnings.
  • You can connect fences to your house, by using a foundation.
  • There will be gardening boxes.

Available items in buy mode:

  • Cupcake making machine
  • Rockets
  • Chemistry lab for children
  • Giant microscope
  • Craft table for children
  • Monkeybars
  • Pirate ship for children

Quality of life features:

  • Ability to play multiple households without losing relationships
  • Improved pathing. (Sims no longer get stuck when trying to move through narrow spaces.)
  • You can delete objects that your sim is currently using
  • If you click on the book shelf, there will be categories to choose from, like: Romantic, Emotional, Skill, Children, Humor
  • In game gallery
  • Search function in Build/buy mode
  • Enter build/buy mode from live mode on community lots.
  • Ability to share individual rooms, not just homes and Sims
  • From “manage worlds” you can go in and build on any lot, regardless of whether or not there is a sim family there in residence
  • Mousing over Whims will tell you exactly what caused them to appear
  • Auto save feature, WOOT!

Other:

  • Genetic gardening
  • Enhanced bills (more realistic and bigger penalties for not paying them like having water shut off)
  • Being able to travel between towns
  • Chimneys separate from fireplaces
  • Mirrors have a true reflection
  • Days have been confirmed to last longer so that you can get more things done in a game day
  • Fires can pass through walls
  • Capturing memories from screenshots; Sims reminisce and remember how they felt and can recognize Sims in them
  • Curtains now move
  • Water dripping animation on recently watered plants
  • Gardener for public spaces
  • Unlockable lots / areas
  • The Townie Generator
  • FreeRealEstate cheat
  • Sims can write an excuse note action to get out of work (and school?)
  • 12 new rewards
  • Lights affect non-active floors
  • Beds specifically made for children and teens that carry “Uncomfortable for adults” modifier
  • Game will be more mod and CC friendly
  • Up to 20 Sims per lot
  • Cowplants have life cycles
  • Cross-breeding of frogs
  • Grim has a more in depth character now.
  • Sims can use the rocketship to explore space and bring back stuff from outer space that they can’t get on Simsearth
  • Hidden Fantasy Neighbourhoods
  • Dynamic soundtrack
  • Sims can catch frogs at ponds
  • Unlockable areas with high skill levels
  • Sims can dig mounds to find fossils
  • Sprinklers inside houses put out fires
  • Collect MySims Statues from rocks
  • New party gameplay with hosts, locations, mixologist (some parties) and rewards for parties. They will also now give you a status of your party and what to do to get that status.
  • Can use gardening skill to grow flowers.

And there’s more!

Features that were not in Sims 3 at launch that are now in Sims 4 at launch:

  • Violins
  • VooDoo dolls
  • Basketball courts
  • Pianos
  • Punching bags
  • Children sims can play musical instruments
  • careers will have extra participation
  • Those super-cool 3-D video games
  • Grandfather Clocks
  • more interactions with babies
  • Children interacting with babies
  • Ability to customize each radio station individually
  • Wedding arches
  • Mixology as a base game skill/career
  • Styled rooms (pre-decorated rooms)
  • eTablets
  • The ability to take selfies
  • Cow Plant
  • Tattoos
  • No launcher required
  • Muscle and endowment sliders
  • Large windows and doors for different wall heights
  • Science skill
  • Reading books to children
  • Sims can write poetry
  • Animated birds and ducks as decoration environment

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