Let’s be straight: The Sims 4 at launch was a bit of a mess. There were fancy new ‘emotions’ that affected your Sims’ interactions and offered new ways to kill them (e.g death by laughter) but there were also no swimming pools, no family trees and no toddlers. Pools and family trees have since been added via free updates (sadly, toddlers have yet to toddle into the game) but admittedly, The Sims 4 still doesn’t feel like a massive overhaul from The Sims 3. If you’re on Mac and have yet to experience this for yourself then you’re in luck as the game many are calling ‘reheated leftovers’ is now available on Mac computers.
As mentioned on the site before, The Sims 4 has struggled to strike a chord with Sims fans because of EA and Maxis’ decision to scrap a bunch of core features from the game. Fans were rightfully upset that all of their favourite features had been tossed in the garbage, especially as The Sims 4 costs a pretty penny when it’s not being offered at a discount. The game didn’t add pools until November, the toddler age group has been lost forever and they didn’t add family trees until earlier this week. And even then they decided to call it ‘Genealogy’. The only thing that could redeem the game is more content so thankfully the first Sims 4 expansion pack, called ‘Get to Work’, has now been officially announced.
When The Sims 4 launched back in September, it didn’t exactly get the best reviews. The game was almost unanimously slated for failing to bring any revolutionary improvements to the table – why did we need to pay top dollar for The Sims 4 when it didn’t offer much difference to The Sims 3?
People were also rightly miffed that the game launched without swimming pools (there were later added via an update in November) and the fact that the toddler age group had been removed altogether. Apart from the character creation mode where you can pinch and pull your Sims’ bodies like plasticine or the giant toilet cheat, The Sims 4 didn’t really have a lot going for it. On top of this, fans will be further disappointed to learn that EA have decided to delay The Sims 4 expansion pack until ‘fiscal 2016′.
The Dragon Age games are a rarity in gaming. Not only is Dragon Age one of few game franchises to feature player controlled romances, but it’s also one of few games to feature prominent LGBT characters or romances and present them in a good light too. The latest entry in the series, Dragon Age: Inquisition, was the third Dragon Age title to feature LGBT characters and it was backed up by previous comments from Lead Writer David Gaider who defended the series’ queer romances from those who think that BioWare (the developer of the Dragon Age games) have an agenda. That approach to LGBT representation has paid off too as leading LGBT group GLAAD have given Dragon Age: Inquisition a Special Recognition award.
When it was under THQ’s trusted wing, the UFC series was quite good. It was a passable fighter that exchanged WWE’s arcade-y stylings for realistic, gritty (and bloody) fighting. When THQ went under like a lead balloon in a vat of custard, EA scooped up the rights and made EA Sports UFC. Chalk it down to the astonishing visuals (actual beads of sweat!), the RPG element of levelling up your fighter or that the gameplay is solid like titanium but it was a bit of brilliance. What EA boasted about more than anything though is that their game features a playable Bruce Lee. With people taking a solid interest in that, we have exclusive info that EA are looking to enlist even more well-known fighters for the next EA Sports UFC title. Read on to find out more.
For as much as we dither on about frame-rates and fast-paced gameplay and how the hell so and so company are going to tack microtransactions into so and so game, video games and the people behind them are massive cultural pillars. It’s why so many people will lambaste one another on the Internet over brand loyalty of consoles and the ‘liberal’ agendas of certain, more accepting titles. So as one of the primary peddlers of games and one of the first to get called out for having an underlying motive, it’s pretty huge then that EA have now joined the White House’s ‘It’s On Us’ campaign, to use their influence to call for the end of sexual assault.
Alien abductions! Casual, bladder-related murder! Houses that are also accidental death traps! It’s all there in The Sims 4, EA and Maxis’ new God-hand life simulation. Granted, most of us use the game as our own personal sim torture chamber but apparently that’s not what it’s for. Other handy features in The Sims 4 include the interior design gameplay that we’ve enjoyed since the series’ inception, only this time around the game also comes with the ability to make everything ridiculously sized. Technically it’s a cheat but it’s an EA-approved cheat so head after the break to find out more.
There’s a handful of things that we loved about The Sims franchise. It lets us have same-sex relationships and marriages, we can take on any career path we want from rockstar to sticky fingered criminal, we can destroy livelihoods and meet alien life-forms all in the ultimate life simulation game. But, the very best thing that we can do is kill off our sims. Like the Grim Reaper with a vampiric thirst for blood, sim murder has always been one of the very best things to do whether we removed stairs from pools (should have brought your floatees, sucker!), packed a house full of electrical appliances or just made our sims pee themselves to death in a room with no windows or doors. The Sims 4 won’t make that any less fun (although watery deaths are off the cards for now as EA have removed the feature) and as this new trailer shows, there are going to be more hilarious and incredibly sadistic ways to to kill of our characters come next month.
It had oodles of potential and promise that it was going to be a gajillion and 2 percent better than whatever round joints in square sockets features Dragon Age 2 coughed up and left us with like a soggy hairball. Alas, for all of the nice things that it was going to offer us, the Dragon Age: Inquisition release date has been pushed back from its initial October timing. Anyway, reasoning, the new release date and sadfaces all round can be found after the break.
If there’s one place that gamers like taking the fight about female characters in games, it’s the sports genre. We had a minor win in 2012 with NHL 13 which I waxed lyrical on in the year 2012, boasting the fact that it included two puck-slapping, ice-carving, gold medal winning female Olympians in the game at a time where EA Sports’ other popular franchise, FIFA, offered ‘female characters will get in the game eventually, just not right now/any time soon’ as a pretty weak response. NHL 14 was an arguable step backward in some cases so now, the more we find out about NHL 15, the more we’re hoping one bit of information is going to tell us that ladies will get more support, but judging by this brand new graphics boasting NHL 15 trailer we might be waiting a while. Watch the video after the break.