The Sims series really needs no introduction as its carved itself a firm berth in the pantheon of gaming history, but for those who’ve missed the boat, here goes. The Sims 4, the fourth entry in the franchise, is a life simulation where the player takes on the role of a titular sim, controlling virtually all aspects of its existence from bodily functions, nutrition, employment, and socializing, down to building said sim’s abode, deciding who it gets romantically embroiled with, and pretty much anything else you can think to do.
It’s not necessarily the most true-to-life simulation of what it’s like to be human, but its the ability to decide whether to lead a sim to greatness or torture them by placing them in increasingly twisted and perverse situations that make the game so fun. In many ways, The Sims 4 is a playground for us to live out our most twisted fantasies or live life through rose-tinted glasses.
Publisher EA regularly updates the game with themed packs brimming with the new activities, building assets, clothing, jobs, and so on to keep the game fresh. There are eight to date and feature zany additions such as a Harry Potter-inspired magical wizarding realm. There’s even one where you can take your sim to actual work. You know, because a real-life job isn’t tedious enough.