Video games in the GeekCon festival.
Computers in the GeekCon festival.
A food stall in the GeekCon festival.
A generic food stall.
Sims singing karaoke.
The Sims 4: City Living
|The Sims 4: City Living|
|Take your Sims to the city and explore everything it has to offer, from bustling action outside your door, to unique situations that come only with apartment living.|
|Developer(s)||Maxis, The Sims Studio|
|Release date(s)||November 1, 2016 (North America)|
|Platform(s)||Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S|
|Media||DVD or Digital (PC), Digital-only (Mac, PS4, XB1)|
|Themes||Apartments, City, Nightlife|
The Sims 4: City Living was officially announced on September 12, 2016. It was released in North America on November 1, 2016 and in Europe on November 3, 2016. The console version was released on November 17, 2017.
Official description[edit | edit source]
Take Your Sims to the City
Do your Sims long to leave the suburbs behind? Fulfill their dreams in the diverse city of San Myshuno, where they can discover exciting neighborhoods, move into a new apartment, check out fun festivals and more. In The Sims™ 4 City Living your Sims can experience the joys and challenges of sharing close quarters with other Sims. Work your way up from a starter unit to a penthouse as your Sims launch new Metropolitan careers!
- KEY FEATURES
Explore the bustling city of San Myshuno. This densely populated city has enough unique neighborhoods to give your Sims plenty to explore. Get creative in the Arts Quarter or sing your heart out at the Karaoke Bar in the Fashion District. Head over to the Spice Market to shoot some hoops, or invite a few friends over to play video games after a long day at the office in Uptown.
Discover lively cultural festivals. Festivals are great opportunities to enrich your Sims. Let them watch street performers, enter competitions and meet a wide variety of folks from every walk of life. Check out the Curry Challenge at the Spice Festival or light fireworks with a hot date at the Romance Festival.
Live in apartments and get closer with your neighbors. Lots of new neighbors mean all kinds of opportunities for relationships, both good and bad. Your Sims might make a new best friend or fall in love, then debate giving them a key to their place. And what about those noisy neighbors and their late night dance parties? You'll need to decide how to handle them - if you can't beat them, maybe you should join them.
Work your way up from starter apartment to penthouse. Choosing the right apartment for your Sims can be a challenge. You'll need to balance the charm of your first starter unit with possible setbacks, like cockroaches, leaky pipes or electrical problems. Help your Sims work their way up to living in a Skyscraper Penthouse, with panoramic views and even a Talking Toilet!
Embark on new, metropolitan careers. There are all kinds of new opportunities in the city so make sure your Sims take advantage of them. As a Politician, your Sims can make dramatic speeches while fighting for a good cause. Maybe they'd prefer a more refined career as a Food or Art Critic. Or they could inspire the masses working in Social Media.
New features[edit | edit source]
World and neighborhoods[edit | edit source]
The Sims 4: City Living features a new city world named San Myshuno. It is heavily based on a variety of modern cities from around the world like Tokyo, San Francisco, and New York City, and also features elements of Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Moroccan culture throughout the city. San Myshuno is divided into four neighborhoods—Spice Market, Arts Quarter, Fashion District, and Uptown. San Myshuno has a total of 18 lots with 21 apartment units.
Apartments[edit | edit source]
A total of 21 apartment units are available in San Myshuno. Multiple apartments can exist in the same building, along with multiple families and households. Apartment interiors can be heavily modified, but exteriors are not editable.
Apartments offer new gameplay compared to normal residential lots, such as landlords, paying rent, various types of pests and close quarter neighbors. Sims in an apartment complex can knock on the door to yell about noise, they can enter another apartment within the complex albeit through a loading screen, and then see the other apartment and chat with their neighbor. Sims can give trusted Sims the key to their apartment, allowing those Sims to walk into the household apartment anytime they like.
Apartments in San Myshuno also have pre-selected lot traits in them, that can be modified by the player. However, some apartments have special locked traits that can't be removed. This is because some shells have objects (or pests) in them that require these specific traits.
Apartment buildings cannot be added to San Myshuno, and apartments are only available in San Myshuno and Evergreen Harbour.
Penthouses[edit | edit source]
A total three penthouses are found in San Myshuno. They are placed on top of decorative buildings that do not have any limitations beyond their lot size, so they can be demolished and rebuilt, much like other buildings on a normal lot. Sims in penthouses can't have neighbors as only one household can live in them, making penthouses very private. However, other Sims are able to visit penthouses by using the elevator.
Living on a penthouse lot is not very different from living on a normal lot, but in order to make the penthouse work, the player needs to add an elevator, a recycle bin, and a mailbox. A community lot penthouse also needs an elevator so that Sims can travel up and down the building. Other Sims will visit these lots the same way as they visit normal community lots in other worlds.
Penthouses are not available in other worlds and are only found in San Myshuno.
Festivals[edit | edit source]
In City Living Sims can now attend different festivals. There are five festivals: Geekcon, Humor and Hijinks Festival, Romance Festival, Spice Festival and Flea Market that take place around the different districts of San Myshuno over the course of a two-week cycle.
In apartment buildings there is a bulletin board, where Sims can read about the festival to see when the next festival is going to take place and what activities, competitions, and schedules this festival has to offer. Festivals can also be read about on dynamic signs located in different parts of San Myshuno.
When a festival is about to begin, an identifying jingle will play and a notification will appear letting to know that the festival is about to begin. This notification also can be used to teleport Sims to these festivals, if they are located in another neighborhood. Festival objects and activities will appear in the neighborhood where the festival is located in, and disappear when the festival has ended.
Careers[edit | edit source]
City Living introduces three new careers: Critic, Politician, and Social Media. Each career track has two career branches. These careers include interactive career assignments, where Sims in these careers have job tasks that take them to various locations around their world.
If a Sim works in one these three careers, an hour before the Sim is going to work, an alarm notification will appear on the phone. There the player can choose to either "Go to Work", "Work from Home" or "Take the Day Off".
If the player chooses to work from home, the game will generate two randomized tasks for the Sim to complete, in order to gain boost to their job performance that is added to the payment received when the day is over. If these tasks are not done by the Sim they were assigned to, the boss will be disappointed and job performance will be lost.
New additions[edit | edit source]
- Basketball court
- Bubble bar
- Bubble bottles
- Busking area
- Food stalls
- Game consoles
- Karaoke machine
- Street gallery
- Street vendor table
- Talking toilet
- Wall and ground murals
New Lot Assignments
- These Sims get Tense around Flirty Sims and seldom get Flirty themselves. It's difficult for them to be Romantic in public.
- These Sims will actively avoid eating foods that contain meat products and can become sick if they eat such foods.
New Lot Traits
- Chef's Kitchen
- Quake Zone
- Good Schools
- Mean Vibe
- Home Studio
- Sunny Aspect
- Penny Pixies
- Party Place
- Romantic Aura
- Great Soil
- Child's Play
- On Ley Line
New Radio Stations
- Talk Radio
- Civic Public Access
- World Culture Network
- City Native (Location) - This Sim is all about the city life.
- Tourist - Introduce Self to Someone New in 3 Different City Neighborhoods · Give an Apartment Key to a Friend · Order 3 Times from Food Stalls
- Inhabitant - Achieve level 4 singing skill · Light Fireworks at the Humor and Hijinks Festival · Use a Bubble Blower
- City Expert - Donate to a Protester · Kiss Someone at the Romance Festival · Complete a Mural at the Arts Center
- City Native - Live in an Apartment worth 100,000 Simoleons · Master the Singing Skill · Win a Contest at GeekCon
- Reward trait: In the Know – Sims who are In the Know can get a massive discount on market stall purchases if they Haggle with vendors.
New Type of Death
- Death by Pufferfish
Other New Features
- Sims can visit rabbit-hole venues
- Street performing
- Landlord and Vendor NPCs
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- This pack was priced at $39.99 USD and £29.99 GBP at launch, the same as the original pricing of an expansion pack for The Sims 3. Expansion pack prices for The Sims 4 are intended to be similar to prices for The Sims 3 expansion packs in most locations.
- This is the last pack in the franchise to contain a disc with its physical release in some countries such as Australia, most likely due to newly made laptops being released without disc drives as a result of the increasing rise of people purchasing or viewing games, movies, TV series and other entertainment media via streaming or online downloads.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Music[edit | edit source]
Alternative[edit | edit source]
- All Tvvins - Thank You
- Car Seat Headrest - Not What I Needed
- Lucius - Something About You
- Mating Ritual - Just Fire
- The Soaks - Chur Nayavuya
- The Strumbellas - We Don't Know
- Tim Wheeler - Way I'm Feeling
Pop[edit | edit source]
- Frida Sundemo - Dreamers
- Imad Royal - Bad 4 U
- Lizzo - Worship
- Roy English - Wasted Youth
- Tegan and Sara - Stop Desire
Spop[edit | edit source]
- Kenichi Suzumura - SHIPS
- Sayaka Sasaki - WASTELANDERS
- Shuhei Kita - Kinzakura no Chigiri
- ZAQ - Philosophy of Dear World
World[edit | edit source]
- Alies Sluiter - Happy Traveller
- Jody Jenkins - Grand Souks
- Paul Mottram - Freygish Dance
- Angel Lam - Life Sketches
- Igor Dvorkin - Kalinka
- O'Brien Browne - Dilruba
- HughesKkoshi - Spirits Dance
- Dvorkin Pittock - Ionika
- Neil Williams - In The Wild
References[edit | edit source]
|"The Sims" Chronology|
The Sims 4: Backyard Stuff
July 19, 2016
|The Sims series PC games||Followed by|
The Sims 4: Vintage Glamour Stuff
December 6, 2016
The Sims 4: Get Together
December 8, 2015
|The Sims 4 expansion packs||Followed by|
The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs
November 10, 2017
|The Sims series expansion packs|