The Sims 4 has another expansion to add some life to the game with City Living. With this one, long-time fans of the series might find some familiarity in the apartments. However, there’s plenty of new stuff and changes to the original formula to keep fans entertained. What exactly is new this time around? Let’s go over what you’ll uncover when you start up The Sims 4: City Living.
Apartments in The Sims 4: City Living
Your sims don’t just need to live in houses anymore, they can opt for the cramped (or penthouse suite) lifestyle of an apartment. Like in The Sims 2, apartments will require rent on a weekly basis and have a landlord attached to them. You won’t be able to make a lot of modifications to the exterior and walls, but the inside is your home, sweet home. This time around, though, apartments come with traits, providing some unique life to each one. These traits actively affect your sims (either in a positive or negative way) and ensure that you will at least have different experiences in every part of the city you live in. Or, you know, act as catalysts in wanting to move out to a better place.
The apartments add a whole new level of gameplay, especially the ones that fill your sim with all the negative luck in the world. Every sim should have to start up in the TLC apartments. It builds character. For more on the apartments’ traits, click here!
Additionally, you’ll find that the neighbors you end up with might be drop by randomly like a sitcom character, or cause so much of a ruckus it affects your sim’s mood. There are truly a ton of ways that your apartment of choice can change up your gameplay.
San Myshuno and Festivals
Of course, with the new expansion comes the city of San Myshuno. It’s hustling and bustling and filled to the brim with life in its four boroughs. You’ll find parks, karaoke bars, lounges, food stands, and the biggest one: festivals. Festivals happen at certain times in your sims’ lives and bring with them a variety of different experiences and activities that your sim can take part in. They vary in theme, and each one offers a specialty, as well as location in San Myshuno. They’re a wonderful break in your sim’s routine whenever they roll around. The festivals are as follows:
- Flea Market
- Humor and Hijinks
For more on the festivals, click here!
New Activities, Skills, and Traits
With a new expansion comes new traits, aspirations, and activities, of course. Your sim can now have the lifetime aspiration of “City Native” which will have them accomplishing city-specific tasks, like giving someone an apartment key, or trying out three different food stands. There are also new traits to shape your sims in lifelike ways, like the “Unflirty” or “Vegetarian” ones.
New to The Sims 4 is the singing trait, as well. You can hone this randomly through your house, at karaoke machines, or at a mic. It’s a great skill for people who want to follow the Entertainer career, or just want to own at karaoke nights.
And finally, there are new activities your sim can partake in (besides the aforementioned festivals) like playing basketball or specific video games. Eating different foods will let them learn their recipes, and you can hone your chopsticks skill (though it’s not counted in the skills menu), too. Oh, and you have a chance to die if you try the Puffer Fish Nigiri and it isn’t cooked correctly.
The Sims 4: City Living introduces three new careers that your sims can partake in. No, they aren’t the professions like in Get to Work where you can actually follow your sim (though you do now have the option to work from home), but any changes to the kinds of careers your sims can pursue are welcome, right? Your sim can either be in the Politics career, Critic career, or Social Media career. These each have two different tracks to follow:
- Charity Organizer
- Food Critic
- Art Critic
- Social Media
- Internet Personality
- Public Relations
New Objects, Hair, and Clothes
It wouldn’t be a Sims expansion without adding new objects, hair, and clothing. You’ll find that all of these are trendy and modern to fit the city lifestyle that the game wants to mold for players. There may be a bit of a disappointing lack of hairstyles, and the clothes may be too ridiculous for some, but thankfully there are a ton of new objects to put around your apartments. Most of which you’ll actually want to use.
That’s about all that’s new in The Sims 4: City Living. Are you planning on getting it? Let us know in the comments below!