The Sims 4 Star Wars Game Pack
It's Not What I Expected So Far
A Sim wields a lightsaber in Star Wars: Journey to Batuu a Sims 4 Pack.
I'm a fan of Star Wars. I'm a fan of The Sims. I'm not a fan of them combined, at least not in the way they evidently have been forced together in the upcoming Sims 4 Journey to Batuu Game Pack. As more information has come out, my hesitation to be excited has gradually evolved into "this can't possibly please me".
This amazing world is from the gameplay trailer. Mine do not look like this. At all.
The idea's not bad at its core. Crossovers have happened before, and Journey to Batuu as depicted in the new Gameplay Trailer does seem to be a lively Star Wars world. But I know that the Sims are perfectly placed in that trailer. They aren't standing to eat in front of a television or shuffling constantly while I'm trying to record a scene at a table. They're all set up to be doing a variety things to make for a lively scene and when I get in the game, I am afraid the aliens will be acting like Sims for the most part except for a couple new animations.
Kylo Ren - a Sith - using the force. But don't get too excited, your midichlorian count's too low for this stuff.
Ok, but maybe the pack can redeem itself by introducing a new force-based skill or even a new Jedi/Sith Occult to let you wield a lightsaber and maybe you can learn some cool force powers from working with either the light or dark sides? I mean, both Rey and Kylo Ren are present in this pack. That was my only hope.
If you can walk to the fridge without getting winded, you can probably wield a lightsaber idk.
It instead chooses to let you experience it as a normie in the Star Wars universe. Oh, I know. Most characters in Star Wars are totally normal people and that is what makes their heroics extraordinary. But it's hardly letting me live out my Star Wars fantasy by tying lightsaber ability to the fitness skill and calling it a day. My handiness will probably drive starship repairs. These are base game skills and in the case of fitness, extremely uninteresting and not impactful at all. Who knew that all you to do is complete a "Couch to 5k". Now you can wield a weapon that only a force-sensitive can use correctly in combat... without accidentally becoming an amputee, of course.
Completing missions to earn standing with factions isn't bad, it'd be a lack of actual cool rewards that keep me from coming back to it.
The Journey to Batuu Pack's focus on missions to increase standing with the three factions gives me little hope that there will actually be interesting rewards or outcomes from siding with one over the other. The Sim in the gameplay trailer returns home to deck out her Willow Creek home in Star Wars inspired architecture and dances with her droid. If there were something a bit more interesting to show, now would be the time.. given over half the community is not just disinterested in this pack, but rather upset by its very existence.
Alien bartender doing tricks in Star Wars: Journey to Batuu
That frustration seems to come from a sense that they are not being listened to. People feel the game is in a bad place even as pack count climbs into the 30s. In the past we'd exhausted most of the 'wants' for things by the 10th Expansion pack, but here we have over $700 in content but yet are still missing basic things like cars, or being able to sit with your baby on the couch, or letting your children share a room with a bunk bed. Meanwhile, modders create functional-enough versions of these things.
My Sim's handiness can surely see me through this intergalactic adventure.
There is another factor as well. The Sims maintains a pretty tight release schedule, and every few months we are excited for the next big thing. When a pack like this comes out that many people are uninterested in, while so many good ideas are still floating out there, it makes people feel disappointed. The wait since Eco Lifestyle (a rather boring pack) and Knitting leads to an empty space where a cool Game Pack could've been.
I don't have the force, but I have the ability to make a silly face!
I've not even touched on the fact that this feels like it exists merely to market Disney's Galaxy's Edge attraction, or for EA to take advantage of the Star Wars IP in as many ways as possible while they still have the deal with Disney. If they were going to do this, letting us actually live out a Star Wars fantasy that we are playing a Jedi would have been the way to go. But because it's a corporate deal it was probably impossible to do the Star Wars pack that might have excited players like me. There are so many ways to go with something like this, but marketing Galaxy's Edge for Disney while simultaneously asking a $20 price tag was never going to go over well with the community. If you don't care about Star Wars, you'll have to wait.
Am I on Batuu looking for Kyber Crystals to make a lightsaber, combing the beach, or checking pockets for loose change before I do laundry?
2020 has not felt like a great year for The Sims as a whole. Eco lifestyle was buggy on release. The vote for Knitting as a stuff pack didn't seem to be what most of the community wanted thematically, perhaps due to the way the vote worked out. Now we're getting a Star Wars pack. We really need some kind of victory because I feel that players are getting more upset these days than excited, and that's a shame. You do not have to look very far to see more and more players who are angry about gameplay depth and a buggy experience.
Many Sims Players have no idea who these people even are, but when you play this pack you'll learn all about these iconic Disney™ Star Wars™ characters.
I'm not yet playing this pack, and I won't get to experience it until the same time you do. I'm simply following the news and not excited about what I hear, because it seems like a letdown so far. If the pack manages to change my mind, I'm open to having it changed and will give it every opportunity to do so when I buy it to take it for a test drive. So far, slapping a coat of Star Wars paint on existing Sims ideas just doesn't seem like a very fun proposition for me.
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