22 Things We Still Want In The Sims 4
The Sims 4 turned six in September 2020. Much like the franchise’s 20th anniversary earlier in the year, the sixth anniversary was somewhat understated.
This edition of the cult classic simulation game has been with us longer than any of its predecessors.
Many improvements have been made to the game since its release, but there are a few things missing from the base game and some of its expansions.
Different players want different things and there are definitely some things we missed on this list – so please don’t consider that the definitive wish for The Sims 4.
However, we’ve tried to make this wishlist broad enough to capture a bit of everything from all different playstyles. Nothing so extreme as imagining what The Sims 4 worlds would look like if impacted by a pandemic, just a few basics to make the game a bit more…. Completed.
Best thumbnails for gallery uploads
Depending on the terrain you’re building on in The Sims 4 or the angle you’ve set for your build, the auto thumbnails the gallery chooses for Sims 4 builds can sometimes ruin an entire build. It’s something his team said they were working on, so there’s hope.
The apartments that came with the Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle expansion attempted to allow editing of parts from the outside, but this was ultimately not possible. Creating or modifying our own apartments in The Sims 4 would be a game changer… not that kind of game changer.
Best way to upload to gallery with rooms/pools
Pools technically count as rooms in The Sims 4, so if you build a deck with a pool included and upload it to the gallery, your pool will disappear. Not great.
Suitable sectional sofas
Sure, you can create them using the moveobjects cheat and fine-tuning the placement using ALT, but can we just have couches that snap together to create proper L-shapes?
create a world
We know, we know. The ability to create a world is probably unlikely to ever come to The Sims 4, but it would be amazing to build a world from scratch and design it exactly how we want it. Imagine if we could create the hidden world of Sylvan Glade as a magical wonderland for Sims to live in?
With so many new debug objects added to the game in the September patch, creating a world in The Sims 4 would actually be pretty easy.
Better skin tones
The team said that improving skin tones in The Sims 4 will be addressed in the coming months. But we’re adding it to the list anyway.
Free the baby
Not high on our wishlist, but the creepy baby being an item in The Sims 4 is something many gamers have been asking for for years.
Seriously, why oh why are there so many walls that don’t have matching doors? It’s one of the biggest bugbears in the building.
In the same category as skin tones. We have beards, can anything be done about body hair in The Sims 4?
This is another thing the team said they were “constantly thinking about”. Burglars were a mainstay of the original Sims game, but six years later they still haven’t appeared in The Sims 4.
This genre goes hand in hand with the Burglar NPC. While an active police career exists with The Sims 4: Get to Work expansion, it’s not quite the same as a cop showing up to catch a crook.
We have retail bundles and we can create a fish market using only the base game and debug items. Can grocery stores become a thing?
Yeah, yeah, who still has those days when everyone has cell phones? Does it matter? The house phone is a cult classic from The Sims. Bring it back.
Cars and garages
Again, not high on our wish list, but many Sims players have been asking for these for years. While there is some hope that cars will be coming to The Sims 4 soon, they would really add to the gameplay that comes with the Eco Living expansion pack.
Newspaper and newspaper delivery man
A newspaper delivered by the children in the morning before school would be amazing. Print is not dead, long live paper.
The Sims 4 team has taken on the challenges of spiral staircases and we get it. In 2019, we added configurable stairs to the game, which made stairs a little more fun. But oh, for a spiral case to take us to our ivory tower.
Ability to create rentals in all worlds
There are mods that allow this, but if you want your Sims to vacation in Sulani, they should be able to. On the bright side, at least Sims can now escape to vacation worlds after the September patch.
Fewer bulky items
We talked about some of the most annoying things about The Sims 4 in a previous article. Why is everything so massive? Is it too much to ask for a full-size telescope or smaller coffee tables?
Yes, we can technically create ponds using the base game and debug objects, without the need for custom content. But we just want ponds that Sims won’t try to swim in because they’re actually swimming pools.
We can order a pizza, but why can’t we make it in a pizza oven, maybe with stuffed ingredients that could have some interesting side effects if the mushrooms aren’t meant to be eaten.
Basic diving board
Again with the giant objects thing. Can we just have a simple diving board for The Sims 4 base game please?
All bug fixes. So much. No, not the larvae. The larvae are fine. The game plays bugs.
Bonus wish: Living in holiday worlds
That sort of thing falls under rental in all worlds, too, but while frolicking in Granite Falls, we longed to be able to live there. Sure, Zerbu’s mod lets you change everyone from vacation to residential, but we just want to change a lot. Also, it’s a mod. We want to include the things here in the package.
Antoinette is a recovering journalist. She is the winner of several SAB Sports Journalist of the Year awards and finds it strange to write about herself in the third person. Unless she’s playing herself in The Sims.