Overview of the open world map of Life By You
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Life By You’s Best Features Offer More Realism Than Sims 4

Life By You takes a more realistic approach as a life simulator.

Life By You is a big competitor for Sims 4, featuring many similar mechanics and themes. However, unlike Sims and its hundreds of expansion packs, it aims to combine everything into one very realistic and moddable experience. Here are some of its most realistic features that beat out Sims any day.

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7 Life By You Features That Are More Realistic Than Sims 4

Even though Life By You looks and acts very much like The Sims, it’s more focused on realism. While Sims 4 is a more teen-rated experience with fun, goofy characters who speak gibberish, Life By You caters to older age groups with realistic conversations and more crucial responsibilities. These are some of the top features that really drive home the realism, especially compared to Sims 4.

Realistic Conversations

Conversation camera of realistic dialogue choices in Life By You
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One of the biggest features that make Life By You stand out from Sims 4 is the dialogue. Sims has always just made their characters speak in a made-up gibberish language. They also carry out these conversations automatically most times, and even if you choose a dialogue option, it isn’t very specific. Life By You is completely different because it will allow you to enter a conversation camera.

In this conversation mode, you not only see the exact dialogue a character is saying, but you can select replies for the current active sim. Based on what these options are, they could affect their relationships, giving them more chemistry and more romance or damaging them instead.

Working

Character going to work in an office in Life By You
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A huge factor in real life is getting a job and working it daily to earn a living. While Sims 4 has a few jobs to which you can accompany your sims, most of them are done automatically without you attending. Life By You is a refreshing change, allowing you to bring your character to work, complete job tasks, and see each and every step of your character’s career. This way, you’ll have more control over your progression, how much money you make, and what relationships they are forming at work.

Open World

Character skateboarding on the street in open world map in Life By You
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Another one of the best realistic features of Life By You is the open world. You can walk outside, hop on a skateboard, and drive down the road around the map without restrictions. If you want your character to go to the store, they can go directly from their house. There is no stopping or loading, just free open-world exploration. This is very much different from the restricted lot spaces and managed world menus that Sims 4 has.

Control in Third-Person

Third-person zoomed-in view of character control in Life By You
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Sims 4 is all about that zoomed-out overview that makes you feel a bit like a mad scientist watching their lab rats. While you can make your sims perform specific tasks and actions, most of the time, they do what they want, when they want. Life By You allows you to actually step into the shoes of your character or any character in the world. You take complete control over your character in a third-person view, choosing each of their steps, direction, and actions exactly how you like.

Shopping

Character in shop buying clothes in Life By You
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Shopping is another essential task we do in everyday life, which is why it’s a must in a game that aims to simulate life. Whether it’s shopping for a fresh fit or ingredients to cook with, Life By You allows you to go out and do that in unique, personalized stores. While Sims adds a touch of this in their Get to Work expansion, it just doesn’t feel like an important or necessary task in the game, unlike Life By You‘s.

Vehicles

Car driving down the road in Life By You
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Vehicles are something we’ve all been rooting for in the Sims 4 for a long time. Older versions of The Sims had them, but we didn’t get them in the latest game. They are a necessity in Life By You that make the experience that much more realistic, allowing you to travel around that open world map to various locations in real-time rather than waiting for a loading screen. Plus, each character can use a different type of vehicle, from various car models to other vehicles like motorcycles and bikes.

Cooking With Ingredients

Cooking menu with required ingredients for the recipe and option to buy online in Life By You
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Cooking is always one of my favorite activities to do in Sims 4 and any simulation game. However, in Sims 4, cooking is a very mediocre task. While you have an option for a bunch of different recipes, they all feel the same, as the character automatically cooks it just by spending a bit of money.

Life By You takes a more realistic approach by making each recipe require specific ingredients. You’ll need to purchase those ingredient items by visiting the store, planting them yourself, or buying them online to prepare the dish in your kitchen or at a grill. This also allows you to combine various ingredients together to make your own recipes.

These are just a few features in Life By You that make for a more realistic experience than Sims 4. There are bound to be plenty of others available as well. Both games have unique advantages and disadvantages, but Life By You will be a must-try if you enjoy a more adult-sided simulation.

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