Players Compile a Gigantic List of Missing Features in The Sims 4

Sims players compile a list of missing features in The Sims 4 that were present in other titles.

The Sims 4 is getting a lot of new features that fans seem to love and the anticipation for the game is high. The creators even have a list of press releases compiled together fill with buzz words assuring the customer how awesome the new game is.  However, a group of fans on the Sims 3 forum have made a list of the variety of features are missing or cut completely from the game. This post has made it all across the internet and now it's finally getting a little press attention from us here at GameSkinny.

User bflury is managing the user compiled list of all the features confirmed missing from the product. It is a massive effort from those in the community to find sources confirming all the missing elements from the game. 

Some of these features have been in the game since the first The Sims game such as pools, which are suspiciously missing in this newest iteration of this life simulator game. The major confirmed objects that were missing according to the community are:

MAJOR CONFIRMED MISSING: (All were in base versions of Sims 3


Parts of this list have already been known by the public for some time, but it is constantly updating which makes this far more troubling than just a few missing features. These are major changes that no one expected nor probably wanted to happen. There is less customization in the game without the terrain tools and how else are we going to drown our Sims we don’t like without a pool? A little dark I know, but let’s be honest, we’ve all allowed a Sim to die once or twice after they peed on the floor for the umpteenth time.

None the less, it seems that Maxis is cutting out a massive amount of features that have been in the game since day one without really justifying why they took those features out. The producer just said it was a small amount but they users have since proven them wrong. Bflurry put it best when he quoted the Sims 4 Producer Graham Nardone:

Graham Nardone (Sims 4 Producer) wrote: "But the conversation then changes into discussing what is or isn’t there and the minutiae of differences in each feature along some scale because the easiest way to try and understand something new is to compare and contrast it to what came before."

Every series from Mario to Grand Theft Auto typically will cut a feature or two from one installment to the other. That said, I don't believe we, as in most of the people you want to sell this game to, consider these a "minutiae" of differences...

With these features missing, among the others listed on the page, one has to wonder why the developers decided to do this. Unfortunately, it might be due to the fact that The Sims have always had a multitude of expansion packs and this might be a way for EA to sell back features they had the default in other entries in the franchise.  If we are lucky this won't happen, but with EA’s track record despite their attempts at redemption, it’s more than plausible.

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Angelina Bonilla, also known as Red Angel, is a writer with a Bachelor's degree in Humanities, as well as a passion for various other topics such as life sciences and psychology. Video games have been a big part of her life since childhood and she writes about them with the same passion that she writes about books.

Published Jun. 15th 2020
  • Avaril_
    Yeah, this is just getting embarrassing. And apparently they're not sending out review copies either. Seems like they DID learn from Simcity, but not quite the thing you'd hope.
  • Shade Spiral
    Ok, I've commented on here. Now what?
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    Now you have a whole new world of articles to look through my friend. A whole new world!
  • surferboyduke
    What? No Pools? What kind of Boogus stuff is this? Im not buying this game if it has that expansion crap pack again.
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    I wouldn't recommend it, they are just going to charge more for them anyways. This Expansion stuff with the Sims has been going way too far for quite a while now.
  • Mike_8169
    No terrain pools? What madness is this? What kind of game/life simulator has no pools for family and friends to enjoy?
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    How else am I supposed to lovingly drown my sims or treat them to a nice day out when there are no pools!
  • Dagallas
    didn't buy sims 3 , won't be buying this either. My guess is all these core features will be in future expansions. Might not happen but its VERY plausible considering EA's track record.
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    Unfortunately, I think so too Dagallas. I've enjoyed The Sims in the past but this sort of thing shows EA's influence and Maxis finally going "Well we do a bunch of expansion packs to make money, let's do more!"
  • HIghrook
    How can they not have pools, thats been around since the 90s?
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    More money of course! How else will they pay for all those new features? It's not like they've made over a million dollars...oh wait yes they have.
  • Josh_7756
    Thanks for this article. I'm been a loyal fan, purchasing *everything* for the game throughout each series for each base game for the past 14 years, and was happily looking forward to spending $1500 in order to buy everything for The Sims 4. It is with profound regret that won't be happening this time because EA has dumbed down this particular game so bad -- it looks like a FaceBook game designed for very young children.

    Besides toddlers, terrain shaping tools, an open world, another tool they removed was Create-A-Style. That gave players a huge amount of customization possibilities. Everything in the game could be recolored with just a flick of the mouse AND it was super easy to install any other texture you wanted and those could also be recolored in-game. I'm sorely disappointed in sims 4...

    Instead I've moved on to ArcheAge and whoa -- if you haven't reviewed that game yet please do so because it's AWESOME. It's no life simulation but it'll fill the gap until hopefully sims 5 is released.
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    You're welcome. I'm not as a loyal fan as you are but The Sims have been a big part of gaming and while they've always made money off of the expansion packs this the farthest I've seen them take it. It's truly disappointing to see.

    I'll give Archeage a try since you're recommending it. I'll review it when I get the chance.
  • Coo Kid 69
    This game looks balls
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    I'm afraid I might have to agree with you Coo Kid. I'm afraid I might have to agree.
  • Dev Dev
    I'm looking forward to the next installment of the Sims series, but I'm waiting to see what the final product really ends up being, and how terrible initial glitching and bugs are. I'm fairly sure that many of the missing things will be added in additional expansions, though. They know if they leave major points out, an expansion will give them TONS of money. I forsee a Generations-esque expansion pack with the pools and toddlers, for instance.
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    This is true, but I hate the idea that they are really gouging peoples pockets this time around. It just doesn't seem right.
  • This Drew
    Yeah, after the constantly updating yet consistently buggy Sims 3, reading this is not encouraging. Which is a bummer, because I loved the Sims growing up. I'm seeing the Sims 4 looking a lot like the newest Sim City in terms of loss of features and general mediocrity.
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    Yeah I agree with you there, it'll probably do the "Always Online" thing as well or it'll have a disastrous launch. This is really not boding well for The Sims Brand.
  • BuzzIrk
    Good article. I stopped playing Sims 3 because of the persistent bugs that didn't get fixed update after update. So I'm even less motivated to buy. Thanks for posting.

    Now my question is, does Sims 4 reticulate splines?
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    Thanks For Reading BuzzIrk!

    I'm sort of thinking the same thing you are.

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