World Selection Interface
The world selection has a new interface and, despite my apprehension, is an okay addition. While it adds a bit of flair, it also adds an additional screen. The transition time is short, however, and it does look fancy.
Another fan request has been fulfilled with the free addition of basements to The Sims 4’s base game. On top of that, the ability to add a fourth floor to lots and pick up the entire lot in Build Mode were also included.
The Basement Tool is located in Build Mode under the walls and empty rooms category. Basements can go two levels deep, bringing the maximum number of levels on a lot to six. One interesting feature is the ability to delete the ceiling, allowing players to essentially create big holes in the ground. You can even make underground pools.
A welcome addition is the option to move an entire lot. Objects that are out of bounds are highlighted in yellow and will be deleted if placed in that position. No more placing lots from the Gallery, only to find them facing the wrong way and unable to rotate without manual adjustments.
The second half of our WooHoo Weekend rewards finally came today in the form of two new hairstyles. Fans were disappointed to only receive the gnome during the last patch, but it was worth the wait. These really exceeded my expectations.
New Features & Collectibles
A Notebook feature was added to the cell phone, accessed through a small, easily recognized button at the top of the cell phone menu. It documents what bait was used to catch a fish while fishing, and splicing recipes when gardening.
A big surprise is the inclusion of the photo reference painting feature. After choosing Paint from Reference (unlocked at level 3) and a size at an easel, a camera interface will appear. This will pause the game, allowing you to adjust the zoom and position of your photo reference.
The Bunny Egg Hunt event kicks off through the month of April, adding a new Decorated Egg collectible type. You may find them in garbage cans, dig spots, or while searching for frogs. Find all ten and unlock the Bun Bun object in the Buy Catalog! The Mr. Floppy the Gnome and Guardian of the Gnomelaxy objects join the catalog as well.
Non-played Sims will now be assigned careers! Along with that comes the ability to build relationships with your coworkers or classmates while at work or school. Sims can learn each other’s career through the new Ask about Career social interaction. Information regarding their job title, work schedule, and where they work can then be viewed from the relationship panel. Sims at the top of their career will be able to earn additional rewards and promotions, giving players a reason to maintain their Sims’ work performance.