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A Review of Sims 4 on Xbox One

Sul sul!

I have been eagerly awaiting the launch of The Sims 4 on console. I realize I'm the only one, but I'm okay with that. In recent years, I have become increasingly a console gamer, to the point where it feels weird to play video games on my computer. I also have trouble concentrating on a video game when I play on PC, because I have so many other distractions - constant alerts, social notifications, websites to check on, etc. When I'm on the console, I can just kick back and focus.

You may be wondering, how IS the Xbox One port, anyway? The short answer is: pretty freakin great.

First and foremost: Yes, you can use cheats. But be aware: If you use a cheat, it will permanently disable the achievement system for the game (trophies on PS4, and Gamerscore on Xbox One). Personally I am planning to 100% the game on Xbox One, so no cheats for me.

Next up: Content. Console ports of The Sims 2 and 3 were sorely lacking in content. EA/Maxis had to "dumb down" the games in order to jam them on the console. Not true in the case of The Sims 4, it's a full-featured version of the base game.

What's it like to play Sims 4 with a controller? Well, it did take me a while to get used to it. If you spend a lot of time in Build, Buy, or Create-A-Sim, you may find the controls frustrating, because it can be a little clunky. 

There are a few things I find I prefer with the controller. It's a lot easier to use the two thumbsticks to control the camera, versus a mouse. And I really like the ease of switching between Sims (right and left trigger) and speed controls (right and left bumper). 

Simmers who enjoy sharing screenshots will have to work around that issue, since neither console makes it easy. I have the Xbox app on my iPhone, so I take a screenshot, wait for it to be transferred to the app (5-10 minutes), save the screenshot to my iPhone, then share it to Instagram. It's clumsy, and I wish they would simplify this process.

Overall, The Sims 4 on console is pretty much the same as PC, except you can play it while you're kicked back on the couch, instead of sitting at a desk. Loving it!


Image courtesy Flickr/Matt Cunnelly

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