The Sims 4 is a single-player life simulation video game that focuses on creating and controlling a neighborhood of virtual people called Sims. This fourth installment in The Sims franchise offers comprehensive customization features, building tools, emotions, and traits. The upgrades aim to create Smarter Sims that have unique appearances, personalities, and behaviors, allowing you to be more creative when crafting a Sim. You can also create your own home from scratch through the game’s Build Mode. The Sims 4 for Mac OS X can be installed on computers with the Origin program and your Electronic Arts (EA) account.
The Sims 4 stands out from The Sims series that focuses on personality instead of capability. This allows you to create deep, rich, or comedic storylines. Dubbed as Smarter Sims, you can customize each playable character’s physical appearance, outfits, characteristics, skills, careers, and walk styles. Each of your Sims will experience a range of emotions that are driven by your actions and/or influenced by other Sims, events, or objects.
Emotions such as flirty, embarrassed, and tense offers new auctions and possible interactions. In this game, you can literally influence your Sim’s body and mind. Owning a Sim is similar to living your real life; you must work, live in a house, maintain your health, and be sociable. Build Mode is a separate set of customization features as it focuses more on creating a home and designing the inside.
Both the inside and outside of the home should meet the physical and mental needs of your Sim. For example, you made your Sim materialistic. This means you will need to purchase new items or redecorate the home when the Sim gets sad. You can sell your old items if you do not have space anymore.
The minimum requirements to run The Sims 4 on your Apple computer are:
Operating System: Metal API required and Mac OS X El Capitan / Mac OS X 10.11
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz Processor or better
RAM: At least 4 GB RAM
Hard Drive: At least 15 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
Video Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or better. Video RAM of 256MB or better
To enhance your gaming experience, EA recommends you install The Sims 4 on a computer with:
Operating System: Mac OS X El Capitan / Mac OS X 10.11 or later
Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better
Memory:8 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 18 GB of Hard Drive space
Play on your terms
The Sims 4 offers a comprehensive list of options to mimic your own life or design a life you would like to live. While you can’t interact with real players, the non-playable characters create a dynamic environment for you to explore. The program itself can be installed on most commercial desktop computers and laptops but note that it will take up a significant amount of hard disk space to accommodate all its features.