First launched in 2000, The Sims is one of the best-selling video game series of all time and currently has four franchises. The latest being The Sims 4, which has almost 36 million players and delivered its sixth consecutive year of franchise growth.
So, we have outlined what there is to know about the game and how you can help your kids play safely and responsibly.
Created by Electronic Arts and developed by Maxis, The Sims 4 series was released in 2014. Since then, there have been 11 expansion packs (an add-on you can purchase to provide you with new things to do in the game) released since then, with the latest being Cottage Living.
The Sims 4 is a single-player interactive life-simulation game that gives you the power to create and control your own Sims character. You can create families, build homes, and complete various day-to-day activities such as sleep, eating, working, etc.
There is no defined goal as you are able to make your own decision on what the Sims do.
The game can be played on a PC, Steam, PS4 and Xbox One.
It has been given a PEGI rating of 12+.
PEGI defines this rating as ‘ Video games that show violence of a slightly more graphic nature towards fantasy characters or non-realistic violence towards human-like characters would fall in this age category. Sexual innuendo or sexual posturing can be present, while any bad language in this category must be mild.’
The Sims 4 is the best-selling and longest-running base game of the franchise, drawing in millions of players worldwide. Here are some reasons why it is so popular:
Content is generally suitable for ages 12 and up, however, there are certain things to watch out for:
You can do this by setting an alarm or using the controls on the console or platform that they are using to help them better manage how much time they spend gaming. See our gaming how-to guides to get started.
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