EA’s iconic simulation game The Sims 4 recently released the latest expansion pack across all platforms. Released on November 13, 2020, The Sims 4 Snowy Escape is set in a winter wonderland, complete with all the amenities commonly seen in a mountain resort. Let’s take a quick overview of some of the features included in the expansion.
Snowy Escape features a new location called Mt. Komorebi. This mountain town is packed full of activities and items that you can use to build your hideaway. One of the highlights of Mt. Komorebi is the addition of Japanese inspired items like shoji doors, tile roofs, and tatami mats. Also, players have the option to rent or build their own vacation house in this chilly location. Moreover, Mt. Komorebi also comes with new amenities like the Onsen Bathhouse, which can heal your Sims’ emotional and physical problems. Furthermore, the expansion also features ski slopes for that adrenaline rush, hot springs, hiking trails, and much more.
Lifestyles are another new feature introduced in the expansion pack. There are 16 lifestyles included in the expansion. Not to be confused with traits you choose to integrate to your Sim upon creation, Lifestyles are highly dependent on your playstyle. In addition, this feature provides strong buffs or nerfs impacted by your Sims’ daily activities. With that said, check out a brief overview of five of the Lifestyles featured in the expansion.
As the name suggests, a Close-Knit lifestyle pertains to deep connections with a small circle of friends. One of the benefits of this Lifestyle is that you can “Ask to be a Confidant” and keep friends longer. However, the downside to this Lifestyle is that your Sim will feel tense when not with friends or if the number of friends exceeds the maximum, which is three.
Adventurous, daredevil, and in constant pursuit of adrenaline rush is what the Adrenaline Seeker Lifestyle is about. This Lifestyle increases the performance of your Sim in dangerous careers. An Adrenaline Seeker also avoids boring conversations and becomes tense when not doing exciting activities for a long time.
An Energetic Lifestyle, for the most part, resembles that of the Adrenaline Seeker. The only difference is that an Energetic Sim prefers athletic activities rather than dangerous ones. Moreover, this Lifestyle will increase the work performance of your Sim in high-energy careers and decrease in low-energy ones. Like the Adrenaline Seeker, the Sim will become tense when being idle for too long.
The Outdoorsy Lifestyle pertains to a Sim who loves doing outdoor activities rather than indoors. One effect of this Lifestyle is that the Sim gets a boost in performance in outdoor careers and becomes tense if kept inside the house for too long.
A techie is a Sim who’s deeply immersed with technology. This Lifestyle is achievable when the Sim interacts with electronics and technology regularly. Some of the benefits of this Lifestyle include increased rocket science and technology skills with advanced expertise in electronic repairs.
Sentiments are also a new feature introduced in the expansion pack. Unlike Lifestyles, which are obtained through various activities, Sentiments result from the experiences and interactions between two Sims. Moreover, they can be Positive or Negative. Positive Sentiments affect your Sim’s mood in a friendly way, while negative is the opposite. Check out some examples of Positive and Negative Sentiments below.
- Adoring – When a Sim wants the best for another Sim
- Impressed – When a Sim has the full respect of the abilities or expertise of another Sim
- Awed – When a Sim saves another Sim from imminent demise.
- Opposite Attracted – When two Sims with different traits like each other.
- Deeply Connected – When a Sim forms a powerful bond with another Sim.
- Betrayed – When a Sim cheats with another Sim.
- Bitter – When a Sim resents another Sim for their break up
- Furious – When a Sim cannot stand the sight, let alone the company of another Sim
- Guilty – When a Sim feels empathy towards the status of another Sim
- Saddened – When a Sim feels disappointment towards its relationship with another Sim
A Fresh Take on the Sims 4
Overall, The Sims 4 Snowy Escape expansion pack provides a fresh take on the latest Sims installment. The Japanese-inspired locations and items bring more authenticity to the game. The best part is the addition of the Lifestyle and Sentiments feature, which makes the interaction of each Sim even more immersive. To that end, if you have not yet experienced The Sims 4 and is still playing The Sims Freeplay, then now is the time to jump into the main series.