EA Games has just announced the first full-on expansion to their ever-popular life sim, The Sims 4. This Sims 4 expansion is entitled Get to Work! and focuses on your Sims in their careers.
In the base game, when your Sims go to work, time speeds up and you get to watch the clock tick along until they come home, interrupted only occasionally by decision-making prompts to help them advance in their careers. Now, you actually get to follow them to work, and the expansion includes new jobs for them to pursue as well.
Here’s what the expansion entails, from the official blog post:
"1. Be a Doctor: Your Sim can now spend their work day saving lives, treating patients, performing emergency surgery, and for the first time ever, delivering babies!2. Combat Crime: Investigate crime scenes, interrogate Sims, and arrest criminals while you work your way from Cadet all the way up to the Chief of Police.3. Experiment and Invent: Scientists spend their days building crazy inventions and collecting unique specimens for diabolical creations like the Sim Ray. Your Sim will have to decide whether they’ll use their inventions to help or torment their fellow Sims.4. Create Unique Retail Businesses: Create any number and type of retail business you want, including bakeries, clothing boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, and much more. You can customize every facet of your business with Build Mode; select what items to sell, manage your employees, and even upsell customers!5. New Career Venues: All new career venues and neighborhoods like the Hospital, Police Station, and Science Lab are fully stocked with brand new objects to help your Sims achieve success! Or head down to the Retail District to check in on the many retail businesses you’ve created and find your Sims true calling.6. Learn New Skills: Check out a whole new set of skills that will allow your Sims to create even more unique objects. Sims can now capture the picture-perfect photo or bake and decorate a delicious treat with the new Photography and Baking skills. Whatever your Sims make can be proudly displayed at home or sold to earn a few extra Simoleons.7. Discover Aliens: Aliens have landed and walk amongst us! Find out which Sims are truly out of this world and discover the mysterious Alien dimension!"
So we get the doctor, detective, and scientist professions, plus customizable business ownership, some new locations and skills, and…aliens, because why not? This all sounds great but remember, this is a full expansion pack, and it’s going to get pricey. $40…2/3 the cost that the initial game was, so if you purchase this you’ll have spent $100 total. For all the features they are adding, this might be worth it, although arguably many of these features (particularly profession-following) ought to have been in the original game in the first place.
The Sims 4 Get To Work will be coming out in April for PC and Mac. Remember, it’s an expansion, so you must already own a copy of The Sims 4 in order for it to function. If you haven’t picked it up yet, you can check out my review of the base game.
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