With The Sims, Will Wright gave us the power to play with simulated people in their own virtual world. The Sims 2 allowed us to see The Sims in 3D for the first time and we were introduced to genetics. In The Sims 3, The Sims Studio delivered an open world and almost unlimited object customisation. With The Sims 4, the latest iteration of the franchise, we are able to experience emotions, powerful CAS and Build tools and vibrant neighbourhoods.
You know from our review of The Sims 4 that we think it’s the best Sims game to date, and we definitely want to see the return of emotions, smooth gameplay and the beautiful stylised graphics… but there’s always room for improvement too. So what could the next major instalment in The Sims franchise bring us? This article will explore 5 things that would make The Sims 5 the greatest Sims game to date.
1. Unlimited Customisation
We all loved creating a cow-print paradise in The Sims 3, right? How cool would it be to be able to customise every single thing – from the colours of flowers to the pattern on the curtains. We’d love to see this feature return (if it isn’t as laggy as it was in TS3).
2. Open(ish) World
Openish. You read that right. Open world in The Sims 3 was a nice idea however a lot of time was wasted when you had to travel from A to B. The Sims 4’s way of handling neighbourhoods is much better in the respect that it’s a blend of Sims 2 and 3. You can walk anywhere in the street, but you have to load to enter another lot.
We’d love to see it where it’s like The Sims 4 neighbourhoods, but you don’t have to load individual lots in that area.
3. Optional Online Gameplay
Yes, optional – not compulsory. The Sims Online/EA-Land was a fantastic experience and although it was closed in 2008, we’d love to see some form of online world or neighbourhood mode return to the game where you can play with your friends. Again, only if you want to.
4. Create A World
While we’re currently unable to edit worlds in The Sims 4, and we were unable to at launch with The Sims 3, editing worlds in The Sims 2 was a blast. We’d love to see the power of Create A World, and a system similar to The Sims 2, where you can edit your Sims’ existing worlds or even create your own from scratch.
5. Jerry Martin’s Kick-ass Soundtrack
Need I say more?