Sims 4 also improved on appliances, for example they break less or more realistically. Instead of the toilet getting backed up constantly it now happens a more believable amount of times. The house building tools are also much better, roofs are easier to install. I also, personally, find the design and style of the roofs, walls, flooring…etc. more visually appealing and better matching. You also get a large variety of colors to pick between when buying an object.
The new emotional systems in the game are interesting and I have by no means played around with them enough but they seem to effect your Sim’s life. If they are out of of control then your Sim will have a hard time progressing in their career. Emotions also cause many objects to have different options, like for a painter the playful, confident and sad paintings are only available to paint when your experiencing that emotion.
To address some criticism I have seen regarding the lack of objects, I will say that I am happy with the game’s amount of objects. Sure pools may not be present but well this time you get a piano and violin without an expansion. The objects are there but with just a few differences between which ones are offered in the base game.
I only experienced one bug when playing, the super super fast speed, which was not even present in Sims 3, sometimes does not kick-in when it should or at least when one would think. That being said Sims 4 has a super super speed for going to work and sleeping! YAY! So far it seems Sims 4 is more stable than Sims 3 is today, at least for me.
To address new comers to the series, do be careful, Sims is a great series but an expensive one if you want all the content, a lot which was cosmetic in Sims 3. Expect to pay 100-400+ more dollars over the next few years if you want all the content. That being said I love this series and gladly pay it. Considering how many hours I play this game compared to other games it is worth it.
The reason I gave the game only an 8 was because to me an 8 is a GOOD SCORE. My 9s and 10s are reserved for games that deliver entirely new experiences, ground breaking games. Sims 4 is just a much better and refined version of a game that already exists. I hope you will find this information helpful when deciding to make the purchase or not.