The Sims are moving to the city of San Myshuno for The Sims 4 City Living Expansion Pack. Is this journey downtown worth the price?
I don’t think I’m alone when I say that the base game of The Sims 4 felt about bare and lacked the connection to the neighbourhood around you. The Sims 4 City Living expansion finally beings that cohesiveness to the game and makes everything feel alive.
San Myshuno is separated into four districts, each with a distinct personality and different apartment pricing. The Fashion District is where you can find the karaoke bar. The Spice Market has some basketball courts for the athlete in you. The Arts Quarter has a cool art gallery for your creative sims. Uptown is the up-scale district for wealthy sims. In addition to these districts you can find different parks and things throughout the neighbourhood to socialize and make new friends.
Apartments in City Living add a cool new element in the form of lot traits. Lot traits are basically characteristics that each apartment building take on. Certain apartments will have the “lively neighbours” where the neighbours will be a bit more boisterous than most. Other apartments may be haunted with ghosts. They aren’t all bad as things like “Chef’s Kitchen” make it easier to raise your cooking skill. There are positive and negative traits and choosing different can really provide some unique situations that aren’t present in regular lots.
It’s a pretty simple task to get your social need up in the base Sims 4 game considering the fact that you’re connected via mobile phones much like reality. The social aspect is really the heart of what City Living is all about. If you want a new friend, the bar is just a stone’s throw away. If you don’t like the bar scene, there are multiple festivals that might be of interest. The cool thing about this expansion is that you don’t even have to seek people out to talk to them. Acquaintances will call you up on the phone and invite you out to a festival or to a party. They’ll even knock at your door on occasion to see what you’re up to. It’s nice to not have to always be the one to make the effort.
Speaking of the festivals, these are a new addition to the game and they give your sim something to do for an afternoon or evening. My tech-loving Sim loved going to GeekCon and entering some gaming tournaments. While I was there, I saw another sim that I had put on the Entertainer career path singing for tips. Other things like the Spice Festival feature things like a Curry Eating Challenge which, suffice to say, isn’t for every sim. There’s even a flea market to buy exclusive items you can’t get anywhere else or you can set up your own stand to sell your objects. Festivals are a great diversion that fit into the social aspect of this expansion so well and I really enjoyed exploring what they had to offer.
There are 3 new careers in City Living which are Politician, Social Media, and Critic. You progress through these jobs like you would any other job. The one added incentive is that you can now work from home. The problem with doing that is that you have to make sure you actually complete you’re workload while you’re doing other things at home. It’s easy to get side-tracked with friends coming over and worrying about your other needs that sometimes, you can forget you’re even supposed to be working.
With all of this social interaction going on, Karaoke has been added as a fun new activity you can do with friends. With that comes the singing skill. You can sing pretty much anywhere. You can sing in the shower, walking around, with instruments, or during Karaoke. It’s hilarious to hear sims that have a low singing skill try to belt out different songs. The quality goes up accordingly with the skill and it’s really fascinating to hear the progression.
The Sims 4 City Living Expansion Pack is a good way to add more social elements to the base Sims 4 game. It feels more like a community and less like you’re cut off from the rest of the world. There’s a ton of stuff to see and do in this expansion and apartment life presents a whole new set of challenges than just owning a house. If you’re looking for a new spin on The Sims 4, I’d recommend this expansion. If you’re not all that concerned about social activities, it’s probably not the right pack to buy. I enjoyed it and will definitely be going back to play it frequently.
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*A copy of this game was provided to FYIG by EA for review purposes*