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JoeWow1003


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I'd just like to point out that in less than 24 hours Sim lovers of all shapes and sizes came together to form a list of 138 features that will either be entirely new in Sims 4 or will be in Sims 4 at launch that Sims 3 was lacking at launch.

This thread also amassed 484 replies and almost 8000 views. All in under 24 hours.

There are a lot of loud and boisterous people on this forum going from topic to topic to put down Sims 4 and anyone who expresses interest in the game. Why? I honestly have no idea. I don't think they even know why they are doing it anymore. They must seem to think that because they have an opinion it must mean they're right and they have to show everyone they are wrong. Well you just proved to them that there are a lot of people out there who are very much excited about The Sims 4 and all of the wonderful new game play and features it provides.

Good job everyone! Feel free to wait until the forums leave read only mode and I'll continue to update the list with features and game play everyone is looking forward to.


Come on folks! Help me build a running list of features found in Sims 4 at launch that were not found in Sims 3 at launch. Remember it can even be something as simple as a type of object.

This is a list compiled by YOU, the fans. I'm merely keeping track of everything. So please feel free to post with any features not yet listed or with any sources not yet sourced, or if you see any mistakes that need to be corrected.

Don't be shy, jump right in!

New features to the series:

Create a Sim:

Ability to change the size and shape of just about any Sim body part/area
The bro trait
Hats can be used with any hair style
Boots go over and under pants leg
Walk styles
Aspirations now have specific traits attached to them.
Children can now have Aspirations specific to them.
Sims can have five outfits now instead of three per category
Improved randomization function (randomize just skin tone, hair color, body type, etc etc)





Pregnancy and Babies:
Any outfit can be worn as maternity wear.
Pregnancy tests
Unexpected pregnancy lengths
Maternity leave is not mandatory
Pregnancy comes in different shapes and sizes depending on your Sim's body type
Bassinets no longer required to give birth at home.





Sim life:

Video gaming skill
Programming skill
Rocket science skill
Comedian job
Enhanced emotions
Romance bar
Multitasking
Enhanced group social interactions
Ability to write books that affect emotions
Ability to resurrect a sim with a book you have written
Gourmet cooking skill
Can order more than one type of pizza
Woodworking skill
Assigning roles to Sims during parties
You can make useable and decorative objects out of wood (musical instruments, furniture, plumbing, statues)
Ability to have all aspirations
Ability to keep progress in one aspiration when you change to another
Improved aspirations (more detailed than just family or knowledge)
Photo bombs
3 new ways to die; dying of hysterical laughter, dying of being enraged, dying of being mortified
Paintings and objects affect Sim's emotions
You can bake birthday cakes
Mentors
Different types of Showers that affect emotions
Sim can get writers block
Sims can now read skill books beyond their level but become confused doing so
Sim can now choose to keep a book they write without publishing it
Sims skilled in writing can write love email
Sims can write screnplays, jokes, violin music, guitar music, piano music to sell for money
Sims can now self publish their books
New career: Tech Guru
Ask about Woo Hoo/Birds and Bees talk
Enhanced WooHoo!!!! (decreased hygiene from engaging in it, "unsatisfying" woohoo, etc)
Sims can now purchase/earn more traits
All clothing will be available for any category
Can do push-ups and sit-ups on the ground





Build mode:

SMOKE DETECTOR CAN BE MOVED UP AND DOWN THE WALL!! BEST NEW FEATURE EVER!!
Ability to move entire rooms and house
Wall heights
Cheat that allows you to change sizes of objects.
Ability to move windows up and down a wall
Curved roofs/more dynamic roof options
Different color roofs on same lot
The ability to place columns in fences\walls without a cheat
Topiary bushes
TVs can be placed on flat surfaces
Windows can be added to an entire room at once
Curved fences
Spandrels
Friezes
Roof trim
Add corbels to your porches
Add a string course to the top of your exterior walls
Curved foundations
Awnings for Roof
Enhanced foundation options (more looks, different heights, and more!)
Fences can connect to your house (with a foundation)
Gardening boxes





Buy mode:

Cupcake making machine
Rockets
Chemistry lab for children
Giant microscope
Craft table for children
Monkeybars
Pirate Ship for Kids





Quality of life features:

Ability to play multiple households without losing relationships
Improved pathing. (Sims no longer get stuck when trying to move through narrow spaces.)
You can delete objects that your sim is currently using
If you click on the book shelf, there will be categories to choose from, like: Romantic, Emotional, Skill, Children, Humor
In game gallery
Search function in Build/buy mode
Enter build/buy mode from live mode on community lots.
Ability to share individual rooms, not just homes and Sims
From "manage worlds" you can go in and build on any lot, regardless of whether or not there is a sim family there in residence
Mousing over Whims will tell you exactly what caused them to appear
Auto save feature, WOOT!





Other:

Genetic gardening
Enhanced bills (more realistic and bigger penalties for not paying them like having water shut off)
Being able to travel between towns
Chimneys separate from fireplaces
Mirrors have a true reflection
Days have been confirmed to last longer so that you can get more things done in a game day
Fires can pass through walls
Capturing memories from screenshots; Sims reminisce and remember how they felt and can recognize Sims in them
Curtains now move
Water dripping animation on recently watered plants
Gardener for public spaces
Unlockable lots / areas
The Townie Generator
FreeRealEstate cheat
Sims can write an excuse note action to get out of work (and school?)
12 new rewards
Lights affect non-active floors
Beds specifically made for children and teens that carry "Uncomfortable for adults" modifier
Game will be more mod and CC friendly
Up to 20 Sims per lot
Cowplants have life cycles





Features that were not in Sims 3 at launch that are now in Sims 4 at launch:

Violins
VooDoo dolls
Basketball courts
Pianos
Punching bags
Children sims can play musical instruments
careers will have extra participation
Those super-cool 3-D video games
Grandfather Clocks
more interactions with babies
Children interacting with babies
Ability to customize each radio station individually
Wedding arches
Mixology as a base game skill/career.
Styled rooms (pre-decorated rooms)
eTablets
The ability to take selfies
Cow Plant
Tattoos
No launcher required
Muscle and endowment sliders
Large windows and doors for different wall heights
Science skill
Reading books to children
Sims can write poetry
Animated birds and ducks as decoration environment




Items that were removed from the list and the reasoning:

Power outages -- Duplicated. This falls under enhanced bills.
Open Venues -- There were open venues at the launch of Sims 3.
Left handed Sims -- This is actually an animation thing and Sims do things with different hands depending on what they are doing. There are no left or right handed Sims in Sims 4...although it would have been awesome if there were.
The towns look more full thanks to backdrops etc. -- Misleading. Sims 3 didn't need backdrops because it was a true open world, Sims 4 uses backdrops to simulate a true open world.





The following people have helped with sources:

Jdavij20033
bludhound
ebuchala
Aoralys
Pamhamlet
I_am_bean
KitOnlyHuman

And of course a big thank you to everyone who has provided information for this thread! This list exists because Simmers like you are awesome!

This message was edited 63 times. Last update was at 08/11/14 05:55 AM

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AstroX1424


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I'm not sure about the left handed sims.
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MissHoney118


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So you don't count TS2 and TS1? Just wondering.

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Sims are neither left nor right handed.
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kovu0207


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Since some on here think i'm all about the negative, i'll help with your list

- The bro trait
- Walk styles


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Jdavij20033


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MissHoney118 wrote:So you don't count TS2 and TS1? Just wondering.


^This

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Toyoue


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Kelly_Blake wrote:Sims are neither left nor right handed.

In TS4, sims are randomly left or right-handed, with right-handed being more common.

Also there's basketball courts?! Love it.

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JoeWow1003


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AstroX1424 wrote:I'm not sure about the left handed sims.


Kelly_Blake wrote:Sims are neither left nor right handed.


I've read in several places that Sims can either be left or right handed. If you have something that says otherwise please feel free to share

MissHoney118 wrote:So you don't count TS2 and TS1? Just wondering.


I thought the whole complaint of The Sims 4 was cutting features from previous games so...if The Sims 3 didn't have features from Sims 1 or Sims 2 it would stand to reason that Sims 3 would be a major failure as well for cutting features, yes? Let's try to be consistent in our complaints please

kovu0207 wrote:
- The bro trait
- Walk styles


Woot! Added.

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pguida


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It's sad all you could come up with was a short list of minor features.

For a moment I thought TS4 had actually revealed more features...

It still looks like a game that lacks five features for each one it has.
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I'd rather have pools and toddlers than cupcake machines, voodoo dolls, and rocket ships..
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kovu0207


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Toyoue wrote:
In TS4, sims are randomly left or right-handed, with right-handed being more common.



JoeWow1003 wrote:

I've read in several places that Sims can either be left or right handed. If you have something that says otherwise please feel free to share




Nope it's not in the game.

https://twitter.com/SimGuruGrant/status/482748549679960064

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MissHoney118


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JoeWow1003 wrote:
MissHoney118 wrote:So you don't count TS2 and TS1? Just wondering.


I thought the whole complaint of The Sims 4 was cutting features from previous games so...if The Sims 3 didn't have features from Sims 1 or Sims 2 it would stand to reason that Sims 3 would be a major failure as well for cutting features, yes? Let's try to be consistent on our complaints please

Well, I wanted a TS4 that would be better than TS2, not TS3. I've quit TS3 and gone back to TS2 because it has richer gameplay.
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JoeWow1003 wrote:Come on folks! Help me build a running list of features found in Sims 4 at launch that were not found in Sims 3 at launch. Remember it can even be something as simple as a type of object.

Here's my list to start:

Ability to change the size and shape of just about any Sim body part/area in CAS.
Emotions
Romance bar
Violins
Hacking
Multitasking
Group social interactions
Downloading lots/Sims right from the game
Cupcake making machine
Rockets
VooDoo dolls
Basketball courts
Left handed Sims
Ability to move entire rooms
Wall heights
Pianos
Punching bags
The bro trait
Walk styles


Thank you for doing this!! There has been too much complaining on these forums lately.
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pguida


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MissHoney118 wrote:So you don't count TS2 and TS1? Just wondering.


He can't. TS4 would pale even more in comparisson and his list would have pratically no items.

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video gaming skill
programming skill
rocket science skill
ability to make objects larger
chemistry lab for children
hats fit any hair style
boots go over pants legs
astronaut career
ability to write books that affect emotions
ability to resurrect a sim with a book you have written
gourmet cooking skill
ability to visit other towns
ability to play multiple households without losing relationships
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