Game title: The Sims 4
Expansion pack: Get to Work
Platform: Mac OS
I started playing The Sims a long, long time ago and have tried every series and almost all expansion and stuff packs. Not only did I play, but I also tried to mod my sims in The Sims 2. In The Sims 3, I created new buildings and neighbourhood lots and enjoyed that activity more than the gameplay itself. I started playing The Sims 4 only less than a month ago and despite its improved graphics and faster performance, I grew tired of it easily. Why? Because I couldn't do much. That is why I decided to get the Get to Work expansion pack despite its price tag at this time.
|I had my own Heisenberg in The Sims 3|
When I started to play The Sims 4, the first thing I noticed were the neighbourhoods. They were separated by sections, unlike the 'open world' neighbourhoods in The Sims 3. You could no longer explore the whole neighbourhood by driving, biking or jogging. There will be a loading screen even if you are just visiting your next-door neighbour. There are no cars or any type of vehicles anymore.
On the plus side, the sims' emotions are now more developed. Not only can they feel happy or sad, but they can also feel angry, focused, inspired, confident, energised, playful and flirty. They can act according to the level of their emotions and could gain achievements depending on their mood. Some objects in the game releases an 'aura' that enables these emotions.
Since I only started to play the Get to Work expansion pack, the only feature I tried is running my own retail business. You may remember the Open For Business expansion pack in The Sims 2, and running a business in Get to Work is similar to that. However, you cannot run a business in your own lot. You have to buy an empty lot in your neighbourhood or an empty store in Magnolia Promenade. My sim bought an empty lot next to her house and opened a shop that sells objects she created from the woodworking table, and stones, fossils and other objects she dug up from the earth. At first it was difficult to balance the finances but when she fired her only staff and did all the selling, restocking and cleaning herself, she earned a little profit. So far, I've had no problem with this feature. I will try the other features like the bakery, photography studio and other professions next time.
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