The Sims 4: Cottage Living left me wishing for the sweet peck of death

The Sims growth packs was game-changing. Actually. Once I assume again to enjoying the likes of Celebrity, Scorching Date or Makin’ Magic, I keep in mind pouring hours into one growth, by no means changing into bored because of the limitless prospects they offered. Every served as a standalone sport in its personal proper, relatively than merely complementing the bottom sport expertise.

Quick-forward to 2021 and issues are a bit completely different. We’ve seen three The Sims base video games launched since these early days, and numerous expansions throughout all of them – with every growth a considerably extra diluted expertise than the final. The place one growth would cram in a bunch of recent content material, NPCs and options, it now feels as if that one growth has been chopped up; divided up amongst packs, kits and expansions. These packs develop into novelties that rapidly put on off, with little longevity. As a long-time Sims fan it’s been disheartening to see.