The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack Review

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It’s time to find out what it’s like to be a virtual parent in the latest Sims 4 game pack. Find out what we thought in our The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack review!

Release Date May 30, 2017
Genre Simulation
Platforms PC
Developer The Sims Studio
Price $19.99 US
Players 1 Player
ESRB Rating Teen

 

EA just released the latest game pack for The Sims 4 and this one is all about the family. The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack is the fifth game pack released for the game. It gives players lots of new content as well as enhancements to family gameplay. This pack seems to finally bring the core gameplay of The Sims 4 full circle after adding toddlers at the beginning of the year. So let’s check out what types of additions have been made in this pack.

Create A Sim Additions

The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack
If you ever wanted to be a green bear…

The Sims 4 Parenthood contains a lot of new content in Create A Sim. Most of the new additions are for young adults and up. The toddlers get a few new items, but it’s nothing too amazing. It’s strange that they didn’t get more love because toddlers have the least amount of content of any of the types of sims. I wonder if that’s being done so that they can release a Toddler Stuff Pack sometime down the line.

The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack
The female hairstyles that have been added in Parenthood.

The thing that I like most about the items included in this pack for Create a Sim is how much personality they have. Most of the clothing has different designs, some of it looks grungy, there are new hairstyles with coloured highlights. These items don’t seem as basic as other past additions have been. It really seems like the developers took the time to create styles we’d actually enjoy using for our sims.

The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack
Some of the different styles the adult males received in this pack.

Teens and young adults are given some clothes that those age groups would actually wear. That’s always been one of my issues with Create a Sim, there are just some clothes that don’t make any sense for a younger person to be wearing. The new content blends in well with some of the older content, so you can mix and match without it looking weird. I never felt compelled to use only the new pieces of clothing together. The acne skin detail has been added for Young Adults and Teens which was a nice realistic touch. There are even numerous new hairstyles for everyone but toddlers. 

Build and Buy Mode

Build and Buy Mode includes a substantial amount of items that have been added to the game as well. There’s a nice mix of vintage style stuff like you’d see in your grandma’s house as well as some modern appliances and things you’d find in a children’s or teenager’s room. They really nailed the family vibe in this pack. There’s something for every room, it really feels like nothing has been left out.

The whole house has received a lot of different stuff to make your house a home. The new family bulletin board really functions well in this room too allowing you to leave notes, draw, and (for adults only) set a curfew for children. There’s even a new bread box, a dish rack, and a laundry basket to add those subtle details for a beautiful home. Speaking of which, why are there no laundry machines in The Sims 4? I just thought of that!

You’ll see your random assortment of new appliances including a new fridge and dishwasher. There are even some new bathtubs and sinks to utilize including a standalone kitchen sink that blends in with the counters. There are a few new windows, doors and decorative objects, but nothing groundbreaking. Rounding out the additions is children and teen-based items like school projects, journals, brick-building tables, and other types of toys.

Gameplay

The best thing about the Parenthood Game Pack is that it integrates with the core game so easily. You don’t have to create a restaurant, create a club, or do anything out of the ordinary to utilize the new features. They’re all right there from the get-go. Since there is so much to talk about as far as gameplay is concerned, I’m going to try and break it up into categories.

Character Values

The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack
Parenthood brings the familt together in new ways.

Characters values are a huge part of Parenthood. These values determine a Sim’s capacity to handle everyday situations. All Toddlers to Teens will have a new Simology panel and certain actions they perform and their parents perform will impact the 5 categories. Those categories are Manners, Responsibility, Conflict Resolution, Empathy and Emotional Control.

Each of these values has a scale which is constantly changing. Where the scale lands has everything to do with how the Sim behaves in everyday life. Sims with more emotional control will not freak out as easily while people with bad manners will fart and burp without a second thought. Once a Sim has filled the guage up either red or green, they are able to unlock a new trait when they age up from teen to young adult. These values enhance a Sim’s personality and really add a new dimension to an already great system.

Childhood Phases & Mood Swings

The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack
Parenthood adds much more personality to both parents and kids alike.

Parenthood introduces temporary traits that are acquired when a child is going through a phase. These types of phases include clingy, mean streak, picky eater, and a few others. Parents are able to ask their children about this phase during this time to find out what might help them get out of it faster. These are mostly for children and teens, but some are only for one or the other. Teens specifically can also experience mood swings which cause them to act out in anger. It’s a dynamic system that really makes the game that much more fun to play. You never quite know what you’re going to get.

Parenting

Parenting has become more important than ever in Parenthood, as the name suggests. There are many new relationships that a child can have with a parent or sibling. These directly relate to how the child was cared for and what type of relationship they had with their parents or siblings. Different interactions open up because of these relationships such a sending a gift to a parent with whom you had a positive relationship with.

The way you parent your children will have a direct correlation on how they grow up and what type of Sim they become. If you’re always scolding them or you’re really friendly with them, that will affect their type of personality accordingly. The higher your parenting skill, the easier it is to be an effective parent with things like grounding and time-outs being available as you advance the skill. 

Miscellaneous Additions

The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack
School projects are new in Parenthood.

There are so many small additions in the Parenthood Game Pack and I’ll try to go through as many as I can right now. School in The Sims 4 has received a few notable upgrades. The first I’d like to touch on is school projects. When a child goes to school, they may come home with a school project. These not only improve school performance, but they help build skills as well. These projects can be completed on time, abandoned, completed in a group, ignored, or even messed up by an evil sibling. 

Another addition for school is lunch sacks which are pre-made lunches that children can eat at school if they get hungry. These last 10 game hours and hold one serving of food. Speaking of food, there are 3 new recipes in this pack including PB&J, Tuna Salad Sandwich, and Veggie and Humus Sandwich. I’d imagine these were tailor-made for lunches. Sims can even set the table for a meal in a casual, fancy, or party setting. 

The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack
Kids will be kids…

The private journal allows emotional Sims to put all their thoughts down in a safe spot…unless someone snoops on them. It’s a logical addition for teenagers. Teens can also volunteer at different places now if they so desire. During volunteering, Teens will have the opportunity to have a chance card pop up that can increase or decrease character value scores.

I don’t think I even touched on everything in this pack, but that’s the amazing thing. So often with The Sims 4, we’ve been underwhelmed by the different packs that have been offered. I can happily say that’s not the case here. This is the single most important pack in terms of how it improves the existing gameplay. The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack is must buy for me especially considering it’s not even a full expansion because it feels like one. I think every fan of The Sims 4 should check this one out!

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*A copy of this game pack was provided by EA to FYIG for review purposes*

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