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Take your Sims camping and explore the all-new destination of Granite Falls in The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat!
Venture into the deep woods to discover new surprises, including dangerous and wondrous herbs, new species of fish, creepy insects and…bears? Hang out by the campfire before trying to find the hermit rumored to live in the deepest parts of the forest.
- Wander into an All-New Destination – Your Sims can now make an escape from their everyday lives into the pine-filled air of Granite Falls. Let’s just hope that your Sims aren’t squeamish about insects.
- Set Up The Perfect Camp – No camping trip is complete without the proper supplies. Be sure to purchase your Sims a tent and outfit them in new hiking gear.
- Enjoy Unique Outdoor Activities – Lay back for a night of stargazing and let your Sims’ imagination run wild! Join a game of horseshoes to unwind and see what adventure awaits within the bramble patch.
- Gather around the Campfire – Treat your Sims to some roasted marshmallows and tell fireside stories of adventure, wonder and fright for the whole gang.
- Create Exotic Potions as an Herbalist – Build your Sim’s herbalism skill to create a variety of useful potions, from insect repellent to a concoction that can help soothe a tense Sim. This new skill will be useful to help Sims identify which wild plants are edible or poisonous.
*Requires The Sims 4 game to play (sold separately) and internet connection for installation.
PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
PROCESSOR: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent (For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent)
MEMORY: At least 2 GB RAM
HARD DRIVE: At least 9 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
VIDEO CARD: 128 MB of Video RAM and support for Pixel Shader 3.0. Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Intel GMA X4500 or better
SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible
INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse
OS: 64 Bit Windows 7, 8, or 8.1
PROCESSOR: Intel core i5 or faster, AMD Athlon X4
MEMORY: 4 GB RAM
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better
MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
OS: Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Lion)
PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz Processor or better
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 320M, 9600M, 9400M,ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or better. Video RAM of 256MB or better.
MEMORY: 4GB RAM
HARD DRIVE: 10 GB of Hard Drive space
OS: Mac OS X 10.9 or later
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 or better
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better
MEMORY: 8GB RAM
HARD DRIVE: 10 GB of Hard Drive space
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Content: This is where the game pack shines, in my opinion.
Firstly and most importantly, we have a new world. Granite Falls is a beautiful addition to the game. As those of us with the base game know, Willow Creek and Oasis Springs are pretty limited. They're small and there aren't many lots. So, it's very nice to have a new destination. Granite Falls is just that though, a destination. Your Sims cannot live there permanently. They can, however, vacation there for up to a week (and more if you extend your stay). It's a gorgeous, heavily-forested world with scenic views of waterfalls, trees, and cabins. When you vacation in Granite Falls, you get a choice of several cabins and tents for your stay. Naturally, cabins are pricier than roughing it in on the campgrounds. All-in-all, I really thought the world was a much needed addition. There is also a hidden grove where you can find a mysterious hermit character. I wasn't that impressed with that little section, to be honest.
You get lots of new CAS content, which is something that I really enjoy. The best part of the Sims 4 in my opinion is the new, improved CAS. I was getting tired of the same standard outfits (which are great, but became overused quickly) in the base game. Outdoor Retreat came with some pretty new hairstyles for the ladies and some cute outfits for both male and female Sims. I counted about 60 new CAS items in total. I was very happy with getting some new clothes/hair for my Sims.
Buy Mode has some new additions as well, 60 in all, and they're mainly camping/outdoors-related. There are tents, horseshoe pits and fire pits for outside, but there are also plenty of indoors objects like couches, chairs, tables, decorations, etc. Personally, I like all the buy mode stuff. I like the rustic/cabin look and these objects work great in Granite Falls or back home in Willow Creek/Oasis Springs.
Gameplay: This is where I think the pack is a bit lacking. It makes me wish for a full expansion pack.
We get a new skill with Outdoor Retreat, herbalism. This skill is pretty much centered around collecting and Outdoor Retreat is full of new collectibles (fish, bugs, herbs). As you build up this skill, you gain the ability to make various salves and healing potions. It works much like the alchemy skill for those who played the Sims 3: Supernatural.
There is also a new aspiration, "Outdoor Enthusiast". This is something that I liked. I feel that the base game did not offer nearly enough in the way of aspirations. This aspiration pretty much is what it sounds like. Your Sim will focus on outdoor activities like fishing and collecting and working on their herbalism skill.
The pack, disappointingly, only came with one new trait, "Squeamish". A Sim with this trait will become repulsed by anything dirty or "outdoorsy". It's alright, I guess. I wasn't that impressed.
Sims who love to cook will have fun with the new foods like franks and beans, gumbo, baked potatoes, camper's stew, etc. You are also now able to roast fish and marshmallows on the fire pit, which is pretty cool. Speaking of the fire pit, this is pretty much the main attraction (along with collecting and the herbalism skill). The fire pit is a social object that brings together Sims. They can tell various kinds of stories, roast food, and sing with their friends. It's definitely a neat little addition to a game that is centered around social interactions between Sims. Sims can now cloudgaze or stargaze, alone or with other Sims.
That about wraps it up. As I said, I have mixed feelings regarding this pack. On one hand, it wasn't very expensive (only $20, compared to $40 expansions in TS3). On the other hand, it's seriously deficient when compared with an expansion pack. It's somewhere between a stuff pack and an expansion pack and I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. My main reason for wanting and enjoying (what I did happen to enjoy) this game pack was the fact that the base game was so lacking. I was desperate for new content, so I was willing to fork over $20 for it without hesitation. I hadn't played my Sims 4 game since October, so I was glad that it got me back into it. The base game was so expensive, it felt like I had just burnt that money. It's unfortunate that they provided so little in the base game. If that weren't the case, I'd be inclined to be more positive about the game pack. I think I was generous with my 4 star rating, in all honesty. I just didn't want to slam it too hard because it really is kind of fun. More than anything, I'm just burnt out on EA's money-grubbing tactics. If you're unsure on whether to spend the money, check out a walkthrough on YouTube. Worst case scenario, you only lose $20 and you end up with some neat new content for your game. My biggest worry is that EA is going to milk the franchise to death and release a few dozen of these game packs instead of releasing larger expansions, which are a better deal in my opinion.
In conclusion, the stuff in the pack is nice; the gameplay is just ok.