The Sims 5 is a highly anticipated instalment to the ever popular Sims series. Although I, as well as many other sim players enjoy the current game but feel that there are some adjustments needed. This article is my own personal list of features that can make the next sims game better than the rest.
Food & Lifestyle
Within the Sims, food and lifestyle of the characters is a focus point, considering there have been downloadable packs to enhance these areas. Packs such as Workout Packs & Dine Out for example. However, it all feels as if the developers can simply do more with the food that a sim intakes as well as their activities.
By all means I fully support that the following suggestion should be optional and can be deactivated if so wishes. What I’m suggesting is that the meals can influence such aspects like weight, cholesterol and can even reduce life expectancy if the sim leads an unhealthy life. Not only this, I believe that these features can even affect relationships, sexual attraction and even overall happiness of the sim.
The World & Vehicles
Although I believe that I understand why a loading screen appears when travelling rather than the sims approach of having an open world. This approach could reduce overall load times and easier to program but I may be wrong, this is only a speculation.
However, having a world where a player can openly explore without any intrusion. Not only this, cars/vehicles would be a huge feature to bring back onto The Sims. With the emotions feature for the game, the quality and conditions of a sims car can affect the sims overall happiness. Going back to the open world aspect, the worlds ought to be filed with hidden Easter eggs & secrets for players to look out for. Also, having a world editior/creator would appeal to many players.
The Sims 5; Emotions & Fears
This particular feature harkens back to the sims 2, much like world editor. Of course characters wishes and goal aspirations can effect their emotions and skill set. If a sim is working on their skills in order to achieve their dream, for example, guitar skill for the rock star dream. This activity is enjoyable to the sim and their needs are affected during the activity, fun goes up and hunger levels decreases more slowly than usual. Once this activity is completed the sims emotions is too affected.
Not only the inclusion of dreams & wishes ought to be brought back, but fears should be too. Similar to the dreams feature, this can affect the characters emotions and relationships. For example, a sim may fear vampires, if they see one, they become scared and may even become near impossible to control or even get scared to death. This particular feature as well as goals & wishes should be optional.
Relationships Need To Be More Complex
Relationships is itself as alive as the sims within the game. Friends, families and even enemies relationships are forever fluctuating. Arguments & negative relationships ar formed on such things like fears, political choices, likes and dislikes. Just imagine the relationships that can be formed from these highly detailed features, one sim may dislike their enemies friends just by association.
Furthermore, one sim may find another sim sexually attractive but likes their sports team enemy. These possibilities can create relationship building more natural and complicated, which perfectly ties in to real life even more so.
Fundamentals Must Be Included
With Sims 4 at its initial release there was a few things missing that upset the fan base. Such fundamental items and features like Toddlers, Hot Tubs and Swimming Pools were not to be seen.
For The Sims 5 these crucial items and features that have been around for generations. To miss out on vital features would be an insult to the franchises fanbase.
Most Outlandish Wish; Carry Over DLC Packs
Of course, with The Sims games certain expansion packs are to be expected. For example, Seasons and University have popped up since The Sims 2. To save money (for the consumer), wouldn’t it be nice to not have to pay again for the same experience?
Although this would be a nice way to expand The Sims 5 straight away, it’s not going to happen. Simply because EA makes the most profit from DLC packs (in regards to The Sims). Just like every generation, I as well as many other simmers, will be willing to pay for similar packs to the ones we’ve got in the Sims 4.
Bigger & Better DLC Packs
However amazing the Strangerville and Realms of Magic packs were initially, they grow old fast. Of course, that’s just my opinion. In regards to future packs, why not have more out of the box type of DLC packs that players haven’t seen before?
Why not have an expansion pack where gamers can create their own neighborhood. Or what about expanding the game to be more inclusive with Wheelchairs? Although a personal favourite pack concept of mine is to have a shopping mall. The possibilities are endless if gamers can take a few minutes to conjure up their ideal packs.
Expand The Sims IP
This particular wish is one that’ll be set aside for another article. The article regarding this wish is a more detailed look into the spin offs that are exclusive to consoles. Many great memories have been made from such games like The Sims Bustin’ Out and The Sims 2 Castaway.
But I honestly believe that stand alone spin offs from this franchise would work wonders in today’s market for games.
These wishes are my personal selection of what I’d like to see come into fruition. Although these may seem out there and impossible at times, it’s always fun to speculate.
However, The Sims 5 seems to be far away but until then the Sims community shall continue to guess and wish until the news finally breaks.
One last wish, I seriously wish that it doesn’t rely on remaining online, like SimCity (2013).
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