“The Sims 4: Get Together” Game Review: Create Your Own Cult!
The Sims 4 got a new expansion pack titled Get Together, and as the name implies it is all about your Sims getting together and having fun, or wreaking havoc in the neighborhood, depending on how you play.
Get Together is the second official expansion pack in The Sims 4 series. And while it doesn’t deliver awesomeness such as male pregnancy introduced in Get To Work, it does provide fans with new content aimed at making your Sims more social. The new expansion pack enhances the core gameplay, and your Sims come across as more complex characters than before.
I’m going to talk about the new content first and then get into the social aspect of the game. The most welcome addition is the new world named Windenburg. The design of the new area is probably the best I have seen in the whole franchise. The architecture of all the buildings is European-inspired with a slight modern touch. The different lots also have more things to keep your Sims busy. You’ll find yourself spending lots of time in the new cafes and pubs. There’s also a private island. So, depending on what kind of scenery you want to play in, you have a lot of options — which also includes the countryside and even ancient ruins.
Dancing and being a DJ have been turned to skills. While dancing has always been part of the franchise, it is kind of cool seeing your Sims bust out new moves as you level up the dancing skill. Your Sims can also join impressively choreographed dance-offs with other Sims. If you happen to enjoy being a DJ, then leveling up that skill and getting the crowd pumped is for you. Both of these things aren’t necessarily ‘new’, but it is good to see them further developed.
Like with every Sims expansion, there are new furniture and clothing options for you to choose from. There’s also a Walk-in Closet. This new item allows you to dress up even the NPC Sims if you aren’t okay with their style. You can ‘Woo hoo’ in the closet as well or select a bush to be intimate in depending on your mood.
Coming to the social aspect of the game, your Sims can now join clubs. Depending on how you use the new game features, the word ‘cult’ might be a better definition. You’ll understand more as you read along.
While there are existing clubs for your Sims to join, you can also form your own club and customize it to your heart’s content. You can create a club where members are nice to everybody, or like reading books, or like to fight with other Sims, or like to play music, etc. Depending on the activities the club members perform, in accordance to the rules of the club, you can level up and unlock content to show off in front of other Sims. This mostly includes the ability to recruit more members and customization items for the club’s hangout. There’s also no need to make individual Sims perform a task by clicking on them one by one. If you want the members to get into a hot tub together all you need to do is select the appropriate option that appears and they will follow your command.
If you don’t feel like creating your own club, you can infiltrate another club and overthrow the current leader to take his or her place. The leader of any club controls the members, so you can order them to be rude to others, clean around the house, help repair things, make out with each other, etc. It is as if Get Together has given players the ability to play God with the rest of the unfortunate NPC Sims. You can even make them dance around naked in front of a fire!
If you aren’t a fan of The Sims 4, then I don’t think you should go for this expansion pack. It doesn’t give players an open-world experience and you still have to wait through loading screens. However, if you are a Sims 4 fan but haven’t been playing it lately, then Get Together is a good way to jump back in. The new social interactions and improvements to the core gameplay will have you playing for hours. Go into the world and make it better with your club members, or create rivalries with other clubs, or be feared by the neighborhood because of the powerful cult you have created. The power is in your hands!
Have you played The Sims 4: Get Together? What did you think of the new content? Let us know!
Developer: EA Maxix
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Genre: Life simulation
Release dates: December 8, 2015
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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