Sims 4 is a complicated game, but once you learn it, it's definitely addicting.
I will walk you through exactly what to do when you start playing Sims 4 (including screenshots).
When I first started I had no idea what I was doing. It was kind of stressful, and I didn't know if I wanted to play it anymore. The more you get the hang of it and find out fun stuff to do.
creating your character
When you first get into create-a-sim there are a lot of options and it can be a little overwhelming. Once, you get the hang of it, it can be pretty fun.
Personally, I don't have any custom content because I run it on a laptop and it makes it slower. The game content is just fine thought without it.
In the image above, there are options on the left and bottom.
First, we will focus on the bottom. I personally use the dice at the bottom to start out, it randomizes all the characteristics. Unless I really want to spend the time and choose every facial detail, I usually use this option. Once, you find one that looks close to what you would like click on the character for more detailed design.
Next, you can click on the face and body to start working your magic!
I start out with the hair. It's a good base for who the sim is going to be. The random sim chooser picked this face which I liked. I thought maybe she would be kind of edgy and glamorous.
You can choose the hair color, style, accessories, and makeup for every look.
These icons at the top of the characteristic selection is how you choose how you want them to look for every occasion.
Everyday, work/formal, sporty, night time, party, and at the pool.
Choosing a particular face can be time consuming so don't feel obligated to make it perfect. You can also choose makeup for every occasion as well to help change the look instead of choosing the perfect face.
Next click out of the face or click on the next and it will bring you to the body options. I usually start with the physical aspect. I prefer to make my sims skinner. It leaves more wiggle room for when/if they gain weight in the future due to pregnancy, lake of exercise, and diet.
Choosing tattoos is also a fun aspect. I personally choose a few, you can also change their color!
Now it's time for the fun part. Choosing all their outfits!
I start with a styled look and then pick and choose tops, bottoms, and accessories based on that.
Choosing a name is important if you want to make them a legacy character (a challenge where you start with one character and build generations around that).
Just like with the face, and clothes, I use the randomizer and go from there. For this name in particular I used the randomizer and found and ended up liking.
Click the question marks and you can choose who your sim actually is. First you start with the main aspiration.
The next smaller traits are their everyday traits besides the bigger overall goal.
For my character I didn't choose many that revolved around personality traits such as being romantic or being hot-headed. I prefer not to do that most of the time.
You can choose, their gender, walk, and voice. The 2 people on the right that are deselected are only an option with members of the family and choosing their relation.
Something I love about sims is that you're not limited to the binary. Almost everyone of my families has someone is non-binary. You can also choose your own sexuality, not by choosing a solid trait like these but through who you interact and have a romantic relationship with.
I am done! By clicking the check mark at bottom right you are brought to this screen. By clicking on the cloud icon on the bottom left you can upload your character or family to the "Gallery". That is a place where people all over the world share things they have created on Sims.
If you are done click the check mark!
Now it's time to choose a place to live. When you are first starting out you won't have a lot of money and can only buy a super small house with base appliances.
Always, click the furnished option unless the only option is unfurnished. An unfurnished house takes a long time to decorate.
These buttons will always be at the bottom of your screen. They control the world. You can pause, play, fast forward, or super fast forward. The camera looking button on the right allows you to take screenshots and record video.
Some people prefer to pause the game and choose the characters actions then play. Or let ir continuously play and just go with the flow and choose actions as you go. I personally do a mix of both depending on what's going on.
The phone allows you to do a bunch of different things. The house icon options in this screenshot will allow you character to get a job. The buy retail store or vet clinic is available to me because I have the Get to Work and Cats and Dogs packs.
The car icon is the other most important part of the phone. It allows one of the ways you can move your household, and also how you can travel to other locations.
Since my character is in high school these are the options for her job. When your character is older they will have better job options that pay more and fit better with their aspirations. Also, if you have the Get to Work or Cats and Dogs pack you can run your own facilities and travel with them to work.
Located on the bottom right you can click on their aspiration you can see the things they need to do in order to fulfill their aspiration.
Simology is another important aspect of this bar. You can see what age they are, other traits, their geneology, and stats.
I hope this was helpful! Let me know what else you would like to see!
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