The Sims 4 High School Years Preview: Too Cool for School
If you told me today that I had to go back to high school, I might have a little depression, but school in The Sims 4 Years of High School expansion actually seems like a pretty good way to spend four years. in the game of life. Game director George Pigula and lead designer Jessica Croft said during a press preview that the team has put a lot of time and effort into creating as authentic an experience as possible for teens and high schoolers, drawing inspiration from classic CW and Disney films. alongside grittier, more serious ones like Euphoria in the process. If what we saw during the preview is anything to say, it looks like they’ve even outdone themselves. From the highs of getting good grades to the lows of a messy breakup, high school in The Sims 4 is one place you probably won’t want to leave once graduation is over – assuming you’re not expelled. first.
The High School Years is shaping up to be one of The Sims 4’s most expansive expansions, with several robust new systems and ways to help develop your Sim. The high school experience of actually being studious (or not) is an important part of expansion, as you’d expect. You go to class, study for exams, hang out in the cafeteria at lunchtime, and try to find clubs that match your Sims’ interests to maybe make new friends and pursue your aspirations.
High School Years introduces a new set of teenage and school-related aspirations, such as Drama Llama (self-explanatory) and Fast and Free (no rules, no worries). Like childhood aspirations, your Sim needs to achieve them while still a teenager, and they can help influence their growth later in life, like in college if you have the college pack.
Also new is an overhauled fear system. Maxis will add it to the base game in a free update, while High School Years will also have a set of high school-specific fears. Your Sims can develop these blocks based on their experiences, fears such as fear of failure or, if your Sim sees fire at an early stage in their life, a fear of fire. They can overcome them with effort, and it is worth the effort. Left alone, fears could end up holding your Sim back in their dream job or relationship.
There’s an art club, football and cheerleading teams, chess, computer lab and more to help your Sim achieve their goals and learn new skills, while the more mischievous can pass their time fighting, starting rivalries, pulling pranks, sneaking out of the house at night and ending up in detention.
If you dismantle the school and leave an outdoor classroom for detention – since the whole school is customizable, as long as the class isn’t in session – that might not be so bad, though .
Along with the emphasis on customization, Croft and Pigula said a guiding principle when developing the high school years was to create a more nuanced relationship system. The new suite of sexual orientation options grew out of this, but it also means your actions have greater consequences in general. Pranking your friends can be a fun way to spend the afternoon, but they’ll start to lose faith in you and may eventually move on if you keep going.
On the brighter side of the relationship spectrum is the new crush option, which lets your Sim dream of the perfect relationship and maybe even pursue it, if they play their cards right.
There are more ways to mend broken relationships and create new ones than just hanging out at school. Virtually anywhere on the map of Copperdale is a potential hangout, even if you’ve just sat down on a couch by the river. The main attraction is Plumbite Pier, however, the perfect place to spend a Saturday night or Wednesday afternoon if you’re skipping class, with a range of activities from rides and a photo booth to a haunted house. Each activity on the pier also has unique new Woohoo and death animations, because who doesn’t want to Woohoo in a photo booth before dying on the Ferris wheel.
At the end of all the secret crushes, messy breakups, and unforgettable weekend parties, there’s prom and graduation. The ball is completely customizable, from the outfit you choose, to who you dance with, or if you attend. Graduation is the big event, and it might not even happen if you don’t apply yourself and do your homework. It has the effect you expect on your college prospects, but it’s not the end if you fail school or get expelled. Your Sim can get an online degree instead, or if they have a skill level five or higher, they can potentially get college offers anyway.
The High School Years expansion is absolutely packed with big changes and small tweaks that seem to make it the most interesting and complex expansion yet – and even that’s not all that’s on offer. There’s an entirely separate set of self-expression activities and changes that allow you to tailor almost any aspect of your Sim’s teenage years.
If you’re looking for more ways to customize your Sims experience, there are plenty of Sims 4 mods to change almost every aspect of the game. You can also bend its rules to your will with an awesome variety of cheats, including easy ways to get money and defy death.