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- Explore the Bustling City of San Myshuno: Explore a densely populated, urban city with a variety of neighborhoods each with its own unique personality. Paint (or deface) a mural in the Arts Quarter. Sing your heart out at the new Karaoke Bar in the Fashion District. Shoot hoops at the basketball court in the Spice Market. Invite friends over to play video games after a long day at the office in Uptown.
- Discover Lively, Cultural Festivals: Enrich and grow your Sims by taking them to different festivals all over the city where they can watch street performers, enter competitions, and meet different walks of life. Take your Sims to the Spice Festival where they can enter the Curry Challenge and become the Spice Master. Help your Sim light fireworks with a hot date at the Romance Festival. Earn Simoleons by selling your Sims’ crafts at the Flea Market.
- Live in Apartments and get Closer with Your Neighbors: With so many Sims living in such close quarters, your Sims are sure to experience some interesting interactions, and build all kinds of relationships with their new neighbors. Maybe make a new best friend or romantic interest, and debate giving them a key to your Sims’ place. Or decide how you want to handle late night parties and blasting music. Beat them or join them?
- Work Your Way Up from Starter Apartment to Penthouse: Choose an apartment that’s right for you, as each apartment has unique traits that will enhance your Sims gameplay. Experience the charm and thrill of your first apartment, but know that it might have some setbacks, like cockroaches, leaky pipes or electrical problems. But remember that dreams do come true, and you can help your Sims’ work their way up to living in a Skyscraper Penthouse, with panoramic views and a… Talking Toilet!
- Embark on New, Metropolitan Careers: Embark on new metropolitan careers and take your Sims to the city streets to put them to work! Make dramatic speeches as you fight for a cause as a Politician. Show the world how cultured you are as a Food or Art Critic. Inspire the masses and earn followers working in Social Media.
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Take your Sims to the city and explore everything it has to offer, from bustling action outside your door, to unique situations that come only with apartment living.* Fulfill your Sims’ dreams it in the vibrant city of San Myshuno. Explore diverse neighborhoods and cultural festivals where your Sims can watch street performers, enter competitions, and meet different walks of life. Find your Sims’ first apartment, but be ready for the challenges that come with living in close quarters with other Sims. Work your way up from a charming but distressed starter unit to the penthouse of your Sims’ dreams. Launch new, metropolitan careers!
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I think this is by far the most beautiful sim game yet. I included some photos of the scenary, which I was blown away by. I love the special effects in the background with the trams, helicopters, cars, pidgeons, etc. which adds to the immersion. That being said, this game does have its issues. First let's talk about what you can and can't do in this game:
You can (apologies if I left any out, there are so many new small and big features):
- Join the new careers: politician, social media and critic. These are not active jobs like in Get to Work where you get to follow your sims to work; these are semi-active jobs similar to the format of TS3 Ambitions where there are opportunities and responsibilities you might need to fulfil. E.g a politician might need to give a speech or join a protest
- Opt for the new Vegetarian and Unflirty traits
- Choose to complete the new City Native aspiration, which is all about exploring the city
- Explore the new world, San Myshuno
- Add lot traits to existing lots (this feature was patched in for free to complement this expansion pack, but this pack has additional traits not included in the free patch)
- Live in apartments and have neighbors
- Live in a penthouse*
- Build your penthouse however you like, including tearing down walls and building rooftop pools
- Build up the new singing skill via the karaoke machine
- Play basketball on the new basketball court
- Paint grafitti on walls/ floors using an invisible object (resizeable using the cheat) that defines the space in which you can grafitti. If you size it up, the grafitti will scale up which is pretty cool
- Attend festivals- there are 5: romance, humor and hijinx, geekcon, spice and flea market.
- You can sell items including craftables if you have a booth at the flea market, you can also sell paintings/ photographs on the new portable gallery object
- Buy used furniture and other collectibles at the flea market
- Eat at food trucks and pop up restaurant- sushi and ramen are some of the new foods available.
- Play with the new bubble machine (it's back!)
- New collectible: snowglobes
- Buy t-shirts and produce at shirt/ food stands
- Die from eating improperly prepared pufferfish nigiri
- Play console games on the new console object
- Interact with the romance guru at the Romance Festival (basically you just ask him about stuff, he's not a matchmaker)
- Have fun with the new talking toilet
- Play with the new keyboard object
- Experience power outages, rat/roach infestations in your apartment
- Call your landlord if things break in your apartment
- Yell at your neighbors if they make too much noise
- Give an apartment key to your friends so they can show up freely
- Visit the new Art Gallery lot type, which is different from a museum in that you can paint and do stuff on the lot. Seems the same to me :/
- Incorporate the new recipes at your restaurant if you have Dine Out
- Add the new activities (e.g. singing, basketball) as official club activities if you have Get Together
- Build community lots in place of a penthouse on a penthouse lot (so you could have a top floor restaurant or night club or spa if you wanted)
- Build apartments from scratch
- Do anything with elevators (no elevator woohoo), they are not real objects and they don't really work outside of apartments/ penthouses
- Have apartments outside of San Myshuno. If you choose to plop a pre-made from the gallery in a different world, it will just be a house
- Get an apartment key
Sooo...it seems like the list of things you can do in this game is huge, and the can't list is very short. However, the things you can't do are pretty huge. You also have to go through a loading screen if you want to visit neighbors. I was most disappointed by the fact that you can't build apartments outside of the world. The apartments seem to be a combination of the TS2 and TS3 apartments- they are better than TS3, worse than TS2. Although they added a whole new world, there are not that many lots. There are a handful of apartments and some buildings have more than one apartment unit, which is pretty neat.
You can also find multi story apartments. Still, it would have been huge if they allowed apartments outside of the city. With 5 worlds, people are still crammed for space because the worlds are tiny. There are only 2 top floor lots- currently 1 is a penthouse and 1 is a lounge. There's hardly any room for other community lots. I was also pretty bummed that there were only 2 new traits and 1 new aspirations. This is something that has been severely lacking more than 2 years after the game was released. Consider that it has been 1 year since the last expansion pack....remember in TS3 when they would throw a ton of new traits and aspirations at us? Why would they add new careers and new activities like singing and not add new aspirations/ traits relating to that? The new careers are also very boring... besides the politician career, the social media and critic one mostly involves the computer. It's just so boring to watch sims use their phone and computer, I wish they would try something new.
Also...why no blogging skill? This seems like the perfect place for it. You go and try new food, or visit a new location, or meet someone new and you can blog about it to try and gain followers. Instead, blogging seems to be strictly tied to the social media career as a task. I loved the blogging activity/ skill in TS3 where you could blog about whatever. It would be neat to be able to blog about aliens, conspiracies, food, fitness...whatever you want to try and make money on the side.
Despite the long list of new features, I stick to my rating of 3 stars because while the development team seems to finally understand how much content should be in an EP (think Get Together or Get to Work), this is a band aid to a huge gaping wound. 2 years in, still no toddlers. Still limited lots. Still lacking in traits and careers. There is no depth here for me, there's still no consequences for cheating, there are no consequences for grafitting on the streets, they haven't added any new craftables. Here's an example- the idea of festivals sound fun, especially the GeekCon Festival. Sims dress up in cosplay, and they play video games and particpate in hackthons. Those are all things we could already have done without the EP. I don't know, maybe I'm jaded because I'm expecting way more in-depth content and toddlers by now. This just seems to me like more Young Adult/ party-oriented stuff that we keep telling them we don't want. Sims 3 Pets was released just over 2 years after Sims 3 was released...where's my Pets? Seasons? FAMILY PLAY??? I feel mean for saying this because I know they really put a lot of effort in this game, but it's just not going to have any kind of longevity for me. It's all shiny and new, but it's not what I want. If you love the Sims 4 as is however, I think you are going to LOVE this game. Totally worth it for big Sims 4 fans!
Update (11/2/2016): You can't have roommates. They specifically said you can in the announce trailer, and you kind of can if you make them in Create a Sim and set their relationship to roommates (so, nothing new here). I was very disappointed.. I really wanted to have NPC roommates that help pay the rent or that you can sublet to, like in TS2/ TS3.
The city is also beautiful at night, and I love hearing and seeing the El go by. You will need to develop strategies for noisy neighbors, which can range from talking to them, leaving notes, or just plain curb-stomping them. It's not nearly as troublesome as it first appears. It is also painfully true to life.
I’ve been playing the Sims for over a decade now and I can just cry for what it has become because EA has ruined the entire franchise. And what kills me the most is that Sims 4 has plenty of potential to be a decent game, but its sullied by EA’s greed, laziness, and incompetence; they’ve ruined the spirit of the game. Why? Because there’s just such a lack of content overall. You play Sims 2 and Sims 3 and there’s TONS of things to do, for this game though? Instead of adding more and transcending the predecessors, they’ve stripped the game so bare that seasoned simmers are crying for features that they’ve missed and more.
Yeah I miss toddlers, yes I miss Create A Style, and yes overall I just miss actually having CONTENT. My main issue with this EP just like all of the previous ones they have released is that it’s not worth the $40 price tag that they tack onto it. At least not for the amount of content they give you. You remember Dine Out? Yeah that Game Pack was more of an EP than the previous ones but it certainly didn’t cost me $40. I didn’t purchase the game this time, but my boyfriend was kind to get it for me because he knows how much of a Sim fanatic I am.
It’s unfortunate that this is what the series has come to. I still play Sims 2 and 3 you know but the days are getting number. As computers advance Sims 2 is becoming more and more obsolete, and Sims 3? Yeah that came is barely playable due to EA’s screw up of throwing a myriad of EPs at us and having made the game’s core engine unable to handle it. And what will we have to turn to – Sims 4? What a joke.
I’ll move on to describing this EP now, the good and the bad.
Now to be honest I feel like out of all of the EPs they have released for Sims 4 this is the best one and that isn’t saying much. Get to Work was an extreme disappointment and disgrace, and Get Together was another disappointment and a close second to this recent EP. I’ll admit I was excited for this EP. Yay another city EP. Remember Late Night from Sims 3? That was EAs project too and I thought they did quite well with it, it actually had content. But City Life pales in comparison to Late Night and even Night Life from Sims 2.
City Life does have a few interesting new additions to this bare bones game:
- The apartments are okay. Nothing exciting though. Apartment Life from Sims 2 out-classes this game’s apartment system. Although there is the presence of a Landlord, they don’t do much like a normal landlord would. Apparently to get them to help you with anything you have to “get into their good graces.”
- You can have noisy neighbors make noise frequently and your Sims can go over, pound on their door, and complain to them (yay). You’ll have no choice as it gives your sim(s) an irritating moodlet that can make them angry or tense and they can’t sleep.
- Apartments have traits! Traits such as “haunted,” “gremlins,” “gnomes,” “historical,” “serviced,” “penny pixies,” “TLC,” “party place,” etc. Haunted apartments will occasionally have random ghosts visit. Gremlins just mean objects in the apartment break occasionally overnight and gnomes are the opposite where broken objects get magically repaired overnight (as if gnomes sneak in and kindly fix em for you). Some apartments are marked with noisy neighbors but from my experience you can have your neighbors making noise EVERY night or day without that apartment trait.
- Rent is collected every week and varies from 100 to over a 1000 every week. Spice District and Art Districts have cheaper rates compared to Fashion District and Uptown. Also, you put down a down payment when first purchasing the apartment and must have household funds equivalent to the amount the furniture value adds up to. That is more realistic to apartment renting in that sense.
- There are penthouses! A grand total of…Two. And One house =\Yay. There’s a big one in Fashion district and a smaller one in the Art Quarter. The house is in Spice Market and it’s a decent house. The penthouses are nice. They’re essentially like having your own home on top of an apartment building.
The city of San Myshuno is beautiful! I guess. There’s plenty of pretty pictures I’ll feature in my review of some of the sights. There are a total of four different districts in San Myshuno: Spice Market, Arts Quarter, Fashion District, and Uptown. All districts are nice, and they are supposed to have their own little theme. Uptown is the most bourgeois of them all.
- There are festivals.
The festivals are like events that occur randomly once a day or any other day during the week and each district has one. Spice – Flea market. Fashion – Geek con. Then there is the romance festival and the humor and hijinks which occurs either in Uptown or Arts quarter. Either way overall the festivals are meh. There’s a few things that are kind of interesting, such as competitions featured in the humor and hijinks festival and the geek con. There are fireworks as well. People who win the competitions get a cash reward and objects as prizes as well. Each festival has their own ideal mood. The romance festival is lovely and has a wedding arch. And in addition, each festival has its own unique T-shirt.
- Food stalls!
There are around 27-30 new recipes your sim can learn just from visiting all of the different food stalls that are parked in each district that feature a wide range of dishes from different countries. As a person who loves playing culinary Sims, this new addition of recipes is an absolute delight.
- Murals and basketball courts…
There’s a few places scattered about where you can paint blobs in random places and other sims can join. Joy. Its nothing really special. And then there are basketball courts. One notably outside of Spice Market
- New Careers!
There are three new careers accordingly: Critic (Food and Art branch respectively), Politician, and Social Media (Internet Personality and Public Relations branch). I haven’t explored all of the careers yet, however I am enjoying the Food Critic branch of the Critic career. It has been fairly easy to gain promotions. And there are new features associated with these careers where an hour before work begins a popup appears from your Sim’s phone giving you the option of going physically to work, not going, or working from home! The working from home is a new feature, however you cannot do it outside of the work’s time window like you could do in Sims 3 for Workaholic trait sims. You get nice $$$ as well, at least for the Critic career.
- Karaoke and karaoke bars!
Karaoke is back! And singing is back too! For the first time in awhile, singing is a skill and not just a career or something you do that isn’t wrapped up in a creativity skill or object. The songs on the karaoke machine are nice, and you can sing solo or duet. In the beginning when your singing skill is low your sim will literally suck at singing and will often get an embarrassed moodlet from it (at least they are honest). People listening will get an uncomfortable moodlet. The karaoke bars are okay…they only feature the karaoke machine and a bar, and some chair and tables. Bars serve food now as well, which is quite nice. Reminded me of Late Night. There’s not much else to it.
- Bubbles! Bubble blowers!
They’re back again, though not as exciting as they were back in Night Life. They give you a dazed moodlet, as if to simulate your Sims becoming high.
Overall this EP is a disappointment, just like the game in general, because despite all the new features it just isn’t a lot to leave you feeling satisfied. I’ve been playing the SP for about three days now and already I feel like I’ve experienced pretty much the entire EP. Eh.
- Even though the city has four districts, it is virtually probably the smallest most pathetic city I have ever seen in terms of locations to go to and whatnot.
Downtown and Bridgeport literally dwarfs San Myshuno. But why am I not surprised? Do you really want to know how the maps are? Each district is mostly full of apartments, and one building (either a karaoke bar or gym), and an outside area for food stalls and when festivals spring up. The outdoor areas cannot be accessed on the map or through travel, but only through the respective lots themselves – the karaoke bars/gym or the apartment lots. There’s a lone park off to the side that is okay, another location where you can get married and…jog around I guess. *I’ve included a screenshot of the real San Myshuno map in the screenshots I uploaded as well.
- There’s no “travel system” per say like how you had in Late Night with subways or just regular cars. You either click on elevators to travel or use your phone.
- A bug (I think?) Apparently there are single events that occur where there would be “private concerts” or a “circus,” and just like how in Get Together and Dine Out you’ll have people in your contact list call you and suddenly invite you to events; the system is the same in respect to these random events concerning these supposed concerts. However, whenever I hit “ok” instead of the game loading me to the event and its location, the window just disappears. I believe I have only successfully been taken to one of these events once and it was just one of the outdoor district locations where a random sim was playing guitar at one of the setup objects.
- There is no roommate system like there is in Sims 2 and Sims 3, but you can classify a sim as a roommate in CAS (however that is an old feature that had already been included in the game).
- You want to visit your noisy neighbors? You have to go through a loading screen.
- Elevators exist but they are non-functional really, you can’t use them in build mode, and can only be used to travel to other locations or to leave the building.
-Not only can you not build your own apartments or penthouses, there is NO space to build any anyway even if you wanted to. Another issue that I take with EA in regards to Sims 4. All of their new towns barely have space to build new residences or add any, and they usually have NO space to add new community lots (Windenburg anyone?). It’s very disappointing indeed. Instead you’ll just have to bulldoze the already minimal amount of lots that exist in the city. Never mind you being able to build residence houses.
- Like I said, it’s gorgeous, you can look at the screenies, but it’s really just adding insult to injury because most of what I’ve shown you in the distance you cannot even access on your own as you know. It’s all just for decoration. I remember looking across a street once that I couldn’t access and seeing in the distance fake busy looking silhouettes of Sims walking around and crossing intersections and whatnot. It’s silly.
Does it have that fun city vibe like Downtown and Bridgeport have? Barely. Sims 4 is more of a happy candy-land /vibrant type game with those types of neighborhoods, and this city falls in that category. All of the gorgeous glittering backdrops in the distance surely give it a city-feel I suppose, but its all fake, you can’t actually go visit that yourself. All you get is the tiny disappointing city of Myshuno, with four districts that only have ONE location to visit each, and a bunch of apartments. Where are all of the bars? Night-clubs? At this point Windenburg is more of a city with a night-life than San Myshuno is.
Do I like the EP? Eh, like I said its better than the other two, but overall all three are a disappointment so there is no success either way. They had a chance to do so much with a city-themed EP and they blew it. Notice that they don’t even add new freaks (life-states) to the game anymore? And when they do they suck. They didn’t get tired of vampires, they’re just lazy. This EP doesn't satisfy your wants, it just leaves much to be desired.
This EP overall is just another way EA is being lazy and indifferent to us fans that desperately want to keep this wonderful life simulator franchise alive, but EA is killing it with their idiocy and greed. Thanks a lot EA. For nothing.