The Sims 4 Get Together, the highly anticipated second expansion pack for The Sims 4, has finally arrived! It’s been a long 8 months since we last had an expansion pack for The Sims and as a result, Simmers are hungry for more.
The Sims 4 Get Together focuses around clubs, which are brand new to The Sims 4. Clubs allow you to spend time with friends and other Sims, get out, meet new people and accomplish goals. The expansion pack also boats a beautiful European-inspired world, Windenburg, which will soon become your favourite place to hang out in-game.
With all of this in mind, let’s dig in and take a look at what The Sims 4 Get Together offers and whether it’s worth your money.
A Whole New World
Honestly, Windenburg is the most beautiful town we’ve ever had in a Sims game. I’m serious. This European-inspired world boasts beautiful views, ancient ruins and plenty of places for your Sims to explore. It has a rich historical architectural style – reminding me a lot of Tudor homes – and is perfect for your Sims to socialise within their new clubs.
Windenburg comes with a large variety of community lots including the hedge maze at the Von Haunt Estate, swimming pools, ancient ruins, all-new cafe venues and more. This will keep your Sims entertained and gives you new places to try out and explore.
The new town also features plenty of new homes (as you would expect) populated with pre-made families. I did find that it was difficult to find a free house, as the town is highly populated. But this isn’t a problem as you can always evict Sims if you like the look of their home!
One thing in particular that I fell in love with in Windenburg was the island. Need I say more?
They weren’t lying when they blasted Beautiful Now at Gamescom in August. See just how beautiful it is by checking out our interactive tour of Windenburg!
Clubs are brand new to The Sims 4 and allow you to spend time with other Sims like never before. You can accomplish goals, get together (ha, see what I did there?) and improve your club over time with perks.
You can create a club by clicking the new icon on the user interface in the bottom right of the screen. From here you can join an existing one, if you meet the requirements to join, such as the Paragons, Avant Gardes and Spin Masters.
In the club manager you can join an existing group, if you meet the requirements, or quickly create a new club!
If you want to create your own, then you can do that too and add people as group members. You can choose the club icon, the name, description, requirements, do’s and don’t and the members. You get a lot of control over how the club members behave when they’re on outings, which is nice. You can also pick a hangout spot for your group whether that’s a generic category of lot or a specific place that you want to visit. You can even create your own hangout from scratch!
This allows you to create your club and customise it to your liking. From members to requirements, and from the hangout to club activities.
In my game, I created the Shania Twain Appreciation club. In this club, I added a variety of neighbours and required that they were at least a young adult to join. For club activities, they listen to music, watch entertainment, be friendly and play guitar.
The message dialog that appears when you start a gathering. You can gather at the chosen lot or stay where you are.
When you initiate a gathering, all of the members will appear on the lot selected and the fun begins! They can do things together, perform interactions which are part of the “Do’s” for the group and they genuinely interact together. I was impressed to see Sims behaving in a way that conformed to the Do’s and Don’ts that were set when the club was formed.
When doing things together, Sims build relationships and you can unlock perks too. These perks are beneficial to Sims within the club and are earned for being in a gathering and performing club activities. This encourages you to invest game time in playing with this feature and it does make it worthwhile, even if I’m personally not too interested in the perk system. It’s important to note that perks only affect the club during gatherings, but they’re still nice nonetheless.
In addition to the “Do this together” feature, where all Sims participate in an activity (e.g. listening to music, dancing, sitting down), you can also dance in sync at nightclubs! Easily one of my favourite things about this is witnessing my Shania Twain club performing a dance routine in sync – the animation team have done a wonderful job with this.
All of this considered, clubs play a larger part in this than I initially thought. At first glance, I just thought “Oh, you can go places like you currently can with others”. But in reality clubs are a whole new system and impact gameplay in a whole new way which focuses solely on The Sims themselves, which I love.
There are new skills that arrive in The Sims 4 Get Together. These include the DJ and Dancing skills and your Sims can work their way up the skill ranks and get better at them. As one’s dancing skill improves, they’ll be able to learn new dance moves and look like the bee’s knees. Alternatively, if DJ’ing is more of your thing, then you’ll be able to take control of the DJ booth and impress other Sims in the club with your beats!
New skills are always a welcome addition to the game as they give those who enjoy maxing out their Sims’ skills more to work towards, but these two specific skills are great fun. I particularly like the dancing, as I previously mentioned before, as I just love seeing all of my Sims get better at dancing when they’re together.
Create A Sim; Build & Buy
Create A Sim brings a wide variety of new content to the game for both men and women and there’s a nice balance of content for both. The majority of the hairstyles and clothing is nice, some of it is hit and miss but it fits in nicely and can be used no matter what the occasion.
Build and Buy Mode are very impressive too. There are all-new natural pools available in Build Mode alongside a new take on the fan favourite diving board – the new Diving Platform. Your Sims can practice their cannon balls, or a variety of others, and your other Sims can watch as they do it all.
The pack is full of new items in almost every category for you to decorate your Sims’ homes, club hangouts and community lots, which is one thing I love. Want to swank out your home with a fancy darts board? Done. Want to put a closet in your hangout for Sims to sneak off and WooHoo in? Done. Want an expensive place for coffee? Done – just place the new barista objects.
Speaking of WooHoo, it’s worth mentioning the two new places that your Sims can have some action. As mentioned, Sims can passionately WooHoo within the new closet object but they can also sneak into a bush and riskily try it outside… make sure no other Sim spots them…
The Sims 4 Get Together is a great addition to The Sims 4, however while it adds a new world, clubs, objects, skills and more, it mostly gives you new ways to play with what you already have. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though as I am having a blast with the new expansion pack and will whole heartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoys playing The Sims 4. I love what The Sims 4 has to offer in terms of gameplay and content and being able to play with my Sims in whole new ways – with new skills, a new world, objects and clubs is great!
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