8 Tips to Transform Your ‘Sims 4’ Gameplay

You can visit EA’s website and learn how to do the basic cheats for PC/Mac and for console versions of the game. For players who want to dive into the deep end, complete collections of specific cheats for this game are easy to find with a quick internet search.

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Frozen

“I think the SimRay is probably one of the best things about The Sims 4,” Birch said. New to this version of the game, the SimRay is, as the name implies, a ray gun and tool created as part of the Get to Work expansion pack and can be invented by Sims on the scientist career path.

Sure, you can use the SimRay to put out fires, but if you’re craving a more chaotic gameplay style, then why not freeze your neighbors and stop them from calling the fire department? In addition, if you are living the kleptomaniac lifestyle, I’ve found that frozen neighbors are quite easy to plunder. The SimRay includes multiple mind-control features as the tool is upgraded.

Get Cheesy With It

“The grilled cheese aspiration is hilarious, but it’s a hidden aspiration,” Birch said. “If you eat a certain amount of grilled cheese, you can get that aspiration.” Originally introduced in The Sims 2 and brought over into The Sims 4, the grilled cheese aspiration can be unlocked after consecutively eating three plates of grilled cheese. My current Sim (named Cherry Spritzer) likely had a queasy stomach after so much dairy, but her innermost desire for those gooey, delectable sandwiches was released.

An aspiration is a driving desire that your Sim possesses and can be satisfied by reaching specific goals. For example, if you unlock the grilled cheese aspiration, your Sim will start off wanting to eat 10 grilled cheese sandwiches and chat with their friends about the topic, but eventually, the stakes are raised so high that your Sim will want to speak about grilled cheese with the Grim Reaper.

Create Your Own Lore With a Custom Graveyard

“When Sims 4 first came out there were no family trees, lore, or previous story lines, so you had to make it up yourself,” Birch said. “I use the cheats a lot to age people, kill the parents, age their parents, kill them, and so on. Then you’ve got a graveyard in the backyard. You’ve got a bit of history.” The custom graveyard was one of my favorite tips to test out, and I might have gone a little overboard when creating the Spritzer’s family plot!

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Conceived as existing within an alternate universe, The Sims 4 does not follow the previously created timeline. This updated approach from EA towards the fourth installment of the franchise demonstrates its desire to keep valuable IP perceived as fresh and relevant to a new generation of gamers. Comparing the gameplay of The Sims 4 with previous versions, Birch said, “It’s built for, I think, a younger generation who wants to play as a Kardashian who’s an influencer or whatever, but I want to play as a crazy burglar that goes around robbin’ people’s stuff.”

Looking at all the recent Sims collaborations (like Star Wars, Gucci, and MAC Cosmetics), I’m not sure which feels the most like boardroom executives just spinning a large, SEO-optimized wheel of Things the Youth Like. I’m predicting a TikTok X The Sims moment in 2021. Maybe you will be able to download a premade build of some Los Angeles influencer household? How terrifying.

Don’t Worry About Terraforming Before You Build

Sims 4 is different in that you can change the height of the terrain and foundation after you’ve built it,” Birch said. Whether you want to put your house at the bottom of a pit, at the top of a hill, or somewhere in between, you can terraform as you go without the need to plan ahead. Most of my approach to Sims gameplay feels amorphous, and I appreciate being able to adjust the terrain as my heart desires.

Try Decorating Each Room As You Build

YouTube gamers, like lilsimsie, have created numerous quick-build videos for The Sims 4. Most often the goal of these videos is to see how well they can complete certain building challenges in under 10 minutes. Birch said, “A lot of people want to watch speed builds.” She respects this method but often takes a different approach. “I’ll start decorating a room even though I’ve not built the rest of the house!” With quick-build videos, gamers will often build the entire house and then go back to decorate the rooms.

Conserve Your Energy and Skip the Eco Lifestyle Expansion Pack

Birch agreed with WIRED writer Louryn Strampe’s assessment that The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle is a skippable expansion pack, “The only reason I bought it is because I just wanted to make loads of trash and nasty environments, but they push you more towards being a good Sim.” She found this to be a common issue with The Sims 4 expansion packs, “It’s always about being good, and it gets a bit boring I think.” In her review of The Sims 4 expansion packs, Strampe recommended Seasons as the best one to get, since it adds weather and holiday celebrations to your gameplay experience.


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