Controversial release, lack of execution for a disappointing release
Since its announcement, the latest game pack for The Sims 4, “My Wedding Stories,” has been marred by controversy.
The main ad for the popular life sim game featured a same-sex Sims couple, leading The Sims team to initially ban the game pack in Russia, where the LGBTQ+ community faces criminalization .
While it was admirable for the Sims team to uphold their values and stand against homophobia, the decision to exclude Russian players from the squad was met with controversy. LGBTQ+ gamers in Russia have been particularly affected.
It’s hard enough to be treated like a criminal by your own government Due to who you love. Being blocked from playing a game you love for the same reason only made that pain worse, and gamers felt like Electronic Arts, the publisher of The Sims 4, didn’t have them at all. taken into account in their decision.
Sims 4 SimplyHao Russian Player on Twitter written in a declaration that they felt the Sims team prioritized a fictional story designed for marketing purposes over real, vulnerable people living under oppressive regimes.
“From our perspective, the whole move is about looking good in the eyes of Western simmers,” they wrote. “Who cares about Russia, it’s true, it’s a small and poor market.”
Fortunately, the Sims team heard the outcry and reversed their decision by releasing “My Wedding Stories” worldwide last Wednesday.
But the problems didn’t end there.
As soon as it was released, players who purchased the pack took social networks to express their frustration with the completely broken and unstable game pack.
“My Wedding Stories” is supposed to create a more complete wedding experience for players. It allows the player to organize pre-wedding events like bachelor parties and rehearsal dinners, create wedding parties with honorary Sims and officiants, and overall organize more enjoyable and consistent marriages than the base game allows.
The Sims 4 base game weddings lack a lot of depth, so this new level of gameplay would be fantastic – if it worked.
Wedding event planning is fine – the new planning menu allows for much more customization which was great. It’s when the event starts that the problems start.
The new game pack planning menu includes a feature that allows players to assign a dress code to their wedding guests. However, once my wedding event started, none of my Sims’ guests showed up in their assigned dress code.
Simulated guests were also extremely rude throughout the wedding, walking around and chatting instead of sitting down to watch the ceremony (this was a recurring issue in Sims 4 weddings and was something this game pack was explicitly supposed to fix).
The Sims I assigned to my wedding party were so busy chatting that they didn’t do the actions I assigned to them, and I was only able to gain enough control for my engaged Sims to perform their wishes. No walking down the aisle, no officiating, no ring bearer or flower buddy. Nothing.
The other wedding features didn’t work either. No matter what I did, my couple of Sims refused to cut their wedding cake, perform their first dance, or even give a marital kiss together.
The only action I could get guests to perform was for throwing away rice, which is so tiny and useless in the grand scheme of a wedding.
The only thing I can say is that the new outfits available to Sims are certainly stunning. The new world introduced, Tartosa, is inspired by the Mediterranean coast and is also very pretty.
The Sims team has also made a good effort to include non-Western wedding traditions, such as a hanbok that female Sims must wear and a tea ceremony as wedding activity options.
However, I can confidently say that the peloton as a whole was a serious disappointment.
The release was already marred by the team’s lack of consideration for LGBTQ+ players in countries that don’t allow LGBTQ+ content. I desperately wanted to see a redemption arc for this pack, but it just wasn’t in the cards.
“My Marriage Stories” is badly broken. Simply put, it shouldn’t have been published in this state.
When all of a game’s core features aren’t working, it becomes apparent that quality assurance is an extremely low priority for the Sims 4 team.
Some might say that this disappointing pack is representative of an overall decline in the quality of the gaming industry. It often seems that as the graphics improve, developers sacrifice gameplay and hope that the game will be enough to make it a success.
That definitely seemed to be the case for “My Wedding Stories.”
Nice clothes, a nice new world, and a sign of social justice virtue don’t make a good game. prioritizing gameplay and quality assurance to create add-ons that are not just fun to play, but actually functional.