Parents' Guide to

The Sims 4

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Complex, realistic life simulator includes sexuality, death.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 69 parent reviews

age 11+

Christian perspective. GREAT GAME

1. Establishes fiscal responsibility:::::This aspect is often overlooked in the formal education of modern children. Staggering statistics regarding the lack of financial knowledge between teenagers are starting to threaten kids’ economic future because they have no understanding of how to administer or handle their economic profits or losses. This is a real-life simulation in which they learn experience, since: would you rather than make a financial mistake in the sims or in real life? This prepares them for all of that and so much more. sim’s economic means arise primarily from the job they dedicate their life to, which also incorporates a realistic aspect seeing as they must take up a certain amount of time every day to leave their house and dedicate their time to their business. Every week, a bill is delivered to a residence, and if not paid within 48 hours, the electricity and water are restricted in the building until payment is made. Players must learn to manage their money if they wish to succeed in the game, including budgeting in order to buy residences at realistic prices, furnishing their home with expensive appliances, purchasing food, and, overall, the preponderance of activities cannot be completed without some fee, replicating real-life situations. 2. Minimum violence::::: for those worried about violence in the game, that should not be a concern on your mind. These days, kids are asking for games such as "Fortnite" or "GTA", which include raw violence, death, and the RAW and SOLE purpose of these video game is to kill other players. This is only one aspect of the game, and, in addition, it is cartoonified, in other words, it is not realistic like the games mentioned above. In the Sims 4, as in life, characters eventually die or may die from factors such as drowning, electrocution, hunger, fire, rocket ship crash landing, old age, overexertion, cowplant, embarrassment, anger, and hysteria. Unlike other games which show blood, decapitations, shooting, murders, knife injuries, etc. this game is one of the tamest as it puts a light-hearted spin onto most of its ways of dying. 3. Creative aspects::: the Sims 4 enhances creativity by allowing you to design houses, create your own sims, determine their lives, create unique families, etc. For those children who aspire to pursue architecture or other creative aspects, even if just a hobby or an interest, this helps them persevere this. They can design houses and expand their creativity beyond a piece of paper and something more sophisticated. Many of the parents critiquing the game don't realize this is one of the aspects that takes up a large portion of the game. 4. The game is rated for teens :::: If your child is over 13 years old, they are in the ideal demographic for the game, and should most definitely be allowed to play it. They are allowed to use this game according to the manufactures view, who are also parents. In addition, many of the things parents are worried about being “inappropriate” are extremely subdued compared to the shows that nearly every teen is hooked onto nowadays, including Jane the Virgin, Teen Wolf, Thirteen Reasons Why, Merlí, Pretty Little Liars, South Park, Gossip Girl, Riverdale, etc. 5. Trust :::: If you trust your child that they will make the right decisions, then, no matter their age, they should be allowed to play it. When you let your children wander into the world, they have all of these options, hence the real-life simulation. They can smoke, drink, have sex, do any of these things in the world, but they aren't. If you trust they won't do that in the real world, they won't do it in this one either. This game is very innocent, everything is confined to be appropriate for all children. Therefore, it should be allowed for both teens and maybe even smaller children. Everything is an opportunity in life, and, consequently, in this game. In addition, would you rather your child make the wrong decisions in the game, or the wrong decisions in real life, which will cost them their life. Ultimately, it all comes down to you, your child, and your relationship. If they are a teenager that is mature, responsible, and someone with who you have established trust between, then they should absolutely get the game. The game is very innocent, and other parents who think otherwise are worried either because they have no trust or because their child behaves irresponsibly. Compared to what kids are doing these days and watching these days, this is nothing. A mere game.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
6 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Very educational.

Though some parents may see the game differently, being that it's rated teen is about the time kids need to learn how to manage money, pay bills, and start understanding how you have to provide for a family (should you choose to have one in the Sims world.) It also shows how cheating affects the other person. On here (which you should know to begin with,) you'll realize how important hygiene is because it will change the mood of the Sims around you, if you don't take care of it. Don't forget about making sure you're on time for your job, because that can affect your career and could you fired (just like the real world.) Before working on anything (real life or sim life,) you have to know how, instead of jumping straight to it. Just like the Sims, if you don't know what you're doing, well you get shocked. And of course fires take place (like from the stove.) That can happen in the real world too, and you should put it out before the fire department has to come, due to the fact it shows you that your house could catch on fire. The Sims can give you an idea of what to expect in the real world. You can learn about friendship, and how important it is to keep in touch with them. It's better to learn from mistakes in the Sims world (as well as what the outcome could be,) because that applies to today's world too. This is my opinion, but I believe that it's both fun and educational.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
4 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (69):
Kids say (279):

This life simulation is like its predecessor, but with better presentation, a more streamlined interface, and tweaks to social interactions, life goals, and activities. Multitasking in The Sims 4 is one of the biggest changes, if only because it means Sims can accomplish much more in less time. This makes things a bit less stressful than in previous editions, creating more free time by reducing the need to constantly micromanage. Being able to easily share and use custom content is a welcome addition, too, because it provides a quick way to experiment with different types of Sims.

Keep in mind, too, that additional features and other interesting and unusual content have been introduced in the form of post-launch expansions and add-on packs. Players interested in giving their Sims pets, for example, can purchase the Cats & Dogs expansion, which adds the ability not just to own pets but also to become a veterinarian, while those more interested in socializing can buy the Get Together expansion and create their own clubs. The Seasons expansion provides holiday-themed activities and items to buy, as well as a new gardening career. Note that some of this content is available at a discount by purchasing it bundled with the game. Bottom line, the life simulation on offer in The Sims 4 remains spookily accurate, and it feels more accessible than ever. People who want to sit at their desk playing a computer game in which their character also is sitting at a desk playing a computer game probably won't be disappointed.

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