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The Sims 4: Prima Official game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides) Paperback – September 9, 2014
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However, it has character, is well written, decently presented, and I prefer to have it -- but don't pay more than 20 USD for it, preferably not over 10. 35 MSRP is just. . .not worth it.
To get into a little more detail:
It's not that it has any wrong information or anything, it's that this game has (essentially) no information to have outside the menus themselves. Item lists? Everything you need to know is in buy mode. Building? Ditto. Career paths? Yeap. Aspirations? You guessed it.
This guide has an entire chapter listing every item in the game, even with a table covering all emotions and so forth. . . which is useless, most items have few if any, and they tell you in the buy mode. As for typos and possible wrong information in those tables? I didn't notice anything wrong while reading through it, but those tables are in-of-themselves useless (excluding the collectibles...kind-of...) given that all the information is much more readily accessed in the game itself. I rather admire the work put in to making it good, it just, isn't useful.
The thing to focus on here is that this 'guide' has little to none of that -- by far the most interesting bit of it is the (large chunk) time spent talking about the author's own Sims' first few days. It's a hand-holding little tour-guide taking someone with no knowledge of the sims at all into the world of them, and the vague possibilities can be shown by example.Read more ›
The book covers how to learn and improve skill levels, how to improve your career performance, how to meet people and move your Sims into a home. There are sections for each of the base game worlds, touching on all of the households and the prices of the lots. This book definitely came in handy when I was trying to improve on my Culinary career. I recommend this to everyone who has recently gotten into The Sims 4, it's definitely worth the price. I just wish more hints were included and possibly cheats, because most of what's in here will be immediately obvious upon the person playing The Sims 4 for the very first time. It just doesn't do much for the die hard fan, there are pages of the buy/build mode catalogs with their prices and information, I don't know it just seemed so pointless to me.
I also love the drawings of variations of houses in the front. The hardback (Collector's Edition) is nicer, with better paper.
Prima Guides are always worth the money, in my opinion. The tips are great and the writing is fun. Enjoy!
However the main reason I also wanted to review is that things have been changed. If you are just now getting The Sims 4 Prima Guide and have not yet installed your game there was a December 16th patch that altered the aspirations objectives. I can confirm that the soul-mate and chief of mischief aspirations were completely changed and will not be what the book says. Several aspirations has been confirmed to been changed by SimGuru's but rather that's all of them or most of them is yet to be seen. So just as a warning if you do update your game to the new two careers patch the aspirations objectives in the book will no longer be accurate. Other then that I say see everything that The Sims 4 has to offer with this well written guide.
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Great resource! This is a very comprehensive guide to gameplay with The Sims 4. I find its a bonus to have it hard bound.Published 3 months ago by Michelle
Sims 4 is different from Sims 3 Its more like Sims 2. If you get past the differences and just look at the game. Read morePublished 9 months ago by B Jacobs