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The Sims 4: Cottage Living

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Farm-focused expansion has welcome sustainable living theme.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Amazing appart from a few things.

The expansion pack is amazing I can't stress how much fun it is to play. They're are a few things that are a little frustrating, the fact you can only have 1 animal per pen I.E cows, the fact that upgrade parts for them can only be done by completing tasks for villagers, but the most annoyingly thing of all is how hard it is to the the Fair. I have tried multiple times with far better quality items and ingredients then the other things in competition and always get second. Hopefully EA could look at this on making a little easier maybe or the way it calculates the winner better. However I would highly recommend the pack as it is just everyone you could want for a new style of sim play.

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It's nice to play an expansion that focuses less on celebrity, socializing, and consumerism and more on a simple life where you can work the land and be a good environmental steward. The Sims 4: Cottage Living may still work in some consumerism elements -- your little cottage and shed can always be improved, and wouldn't it be nice to have a comfy bed for a better night's sleep after a hard day's work? -- but the goals here, by and large, are to care for plants and animals and then have them care for you in turn with their eggs, milk, fruit, and vegetables. And just like any good farmer, you'll have the chance to show off your hard work to your fellow country dwellers -- especially if you manage to grow some oversized produce worthy of entering in the local fair.

There's real satisfaction in all of this. Hatching eggs and watching the chicks grow into hens, researching and experimenting in the garden to create bigger and better crops, and taking good care of your livestock and having them reciprocate affection -- it makes all the hard work seem worthwhile somehow, much like these activities tend to do in the real world. When an animal leaves or a plant dies because you couldn't look after it properly, there's a sense of guilt and sadness. And if you should happen to tire of your solitary existence in your cottage, there's always plenty of traditional Sims activities to fall back on, from transforming your modest home into a rural mansion to becoming a socialite. You can even combine the country vibe with a more modern lifestyle by, say, becoming a famous gardening blogger. The Sims 4: Cottage Living is a bit more than a standard Sims expansion -- it's an invitation to try an entirely new way of living.

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