9 other city dwellers who could use a refresh

Some of The Sims 4’s townspeople — the collections of families who live in your neighborhoods and serve as their friends, lovers, and fruitcake-carrying welcome wagons — are still a little rough around the edges.

And the Sims team knows it too. When the base game launched in 2014, it was kind of stripped down: no pools, no toddlers, no ghosts, and a noticeable lack of other staples as well. However, in May 2022, Maxis released a free update for one of games’ most iconic families – the Goths – and announced that more updates were to follow.

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The family has received new outfits, reworked skin tones, and overall feel more true to their portrayals throughout the Sims series. And while they continue to freshen up some of the outdated-looking townspeople, we’ve found a few more households that also deserve a little makeover.


9 Jacques Villareal is unduly boring

The Villareals – dad Jacques, daughter Luna, eldest son Hugo and youngest son Max – came to see us in Windenburg, the world added in Get Together. And we’d like to bring this family online for some improvements, stat. For starters, Jacques is a level nine criminal with a ton of cash (and a woman who’s mysteriously disappeared), so you’d think he’d look a little less librarian and a little more James Bond. Popular community refreshments for the family make Jacques look more good-natured.

The kids look much better at first glance, with Luna and Max dressing up for their role in the family lore, but people also tend to give poor lonely Hugo an outfit touch-up. They keep it delightfully goofy, but it’s just a little better dressed.

8 Morgan Fyres could be so much more brattier

Introduced in Get Together and residing with her family in Windenburg, Morgan Fyres is hard to miss when seen around town. But the character of this rebellious teenager feels a bit flat. For starters, Morgan’s whole thing is a sibling rivalry with her older sister, Siobhan. Her craving for thrills and degeneracy doesn’t mesh well with Siobhan’s aspirations for popularity and order, but the sisters – oddly enough – don’t start the game with relationship issues.

Now that we also have Feelings, there’s a whole world to explore in this strained relationship. Plus, Morgan is a rebel and already has the look to prove it, but the influx of makeup, nail polish, and accessories since Get Together might give her that angsty teenage look.

seven Penny Pizzazz should be more fabulous

Penny is THE girl to know in the city of San Myshuno. She is level eight in the social media career introduced in City Living, she appears on billboards in the background and is said to be the most up-to-date on trends. Like all townspeople introduced before the Seasons expansion, Penny does not have hot and cold weather outfits. When this happens, the game automatically generates an outfit suitable for the world temperature for the Sim in question, but we all know that the randomly generated outfits in this game aren’t known to be the most consistent.

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A fashionista like Penny would never wear a randomly generated outfit and deserves something of her own. Plus, with so many new accessories, nail colors, and makeup looks added since City Living, she definitely could use a little sparkle.

6 All “glamorous” characters

We know them and we kind of hate them; Sims flock to them when they show up in public and – oh my – we were JUST about to have our first kiss. “Lux” Sims, for all its richness and fabulousness, is pretty straightforward, and you shouldn’t need any mods to fix that.

Sims known for their glitz and glamor are decidedly lacking in either. Judith Ward, Octavia Moon, husband Thorne Bailey, and even non-celebrities like Lily Feng and Izzy Fabulous could do with a little more of their promised opulence. We have too much makeup, nails, hair and accessories for them. If you’re known all over town for being dazzling, you really should look the part.

5 Nancy should be classy

One of the series’ earliest dynasties, the name Landgraab is all over the games – buildings, goods, and chance cards that hint at vast amounts of wealth. So why on earth do the family members look like them? None of the men have hairstyles that suit him: Geoffrey’s doesn’t suit him well, and Malcom’s locks are an ugly yellow shade of blonde. Refreshing outfits also seems imperative – Malcom is a snobbish bad boy, but his clothes look incredibly dated.

Nancy is the real opportunity, however. With so many additional customization options available now, the heir to the massive family fortune should be more decadent.

4 Johnny Zest is not just the best

You’ve definitely seen Johnny Zest around Oasis Springs, but unless you read his family biography, you’d have no idea he’s a Landgraab. Johnny dropped out of school to pursue a career in entertainment, but his parents weren’t very happy, disowning him from the family. They seem to have done it so widely that no one even knows each other.

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You could consider this a symptom of the intensity of the rift between them, but there’s no way anyone isn’t mad about their in-game feud. Now that we have Feelings, it would be more fitting to see Johnny angry at his family members, or they angry at him. The idea that they are complete strangers is unsatisfying for the actors in the story.

3 Bland and boring Eliza pancakes

The Pancakes family have been compared to newbies in older games: women with similar haircuts married to bearded, careless men named Bob whom they don’t seem to like. But, while the Newbies had fan heirloom status, the Pancakes didn’t get as much love. A lot of people find them just plain unremarkable, and for good reason: they’re townspeople from the base game, so they look a bit stale.

Bob seems like the most boring Sim on the planet, but Eliza seems to yearn for more. She owns paint supplies, has Mansion Baron’s aspiration, and yet nothing she says either. She’s a simple Jane, if there ever was one.

2 Literally everyone vampires

Vampires was one of the first game packs for The Sims 4, released in January 2017 – and it shows. Vampiric Sims have a regular form and a “dark form” – a secondary visual form not unlike alien Sims. But since it was 2017, the availability of things like complexion, makeup, nails, and clothes was limited, and it looks like they could be so much scarier now.

Give them relevant skin tones like the new grays and whites to reflect their life lived in darkness. Give them dramatic eye makeup. Give them nail polish. Give them props. Make them look more like vampires and less like cosplayers.

1 The Calientes could use more spices

This one has already been confirmed, which is good – it’s the most pressing. There have been numerous accusations of whitewashing well-known base game families, and Bella has been a victim of this as well. The Caliente last name definitely sounds Hispanic, but everyone in the family was notably very pale in The Sims 4. While Katrina is a new face in the series, Nina and Dina have been around since The Sims 2, and their complexions have changed has since been considerably clarified. then.

We’ll give the game the benefit of the doubt for now, but with dozens more skin tones to choose from, we’re looking forward to a Caliente refresh as well.

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