It’s been a long commitment for EA, but after much controversy and a short delay, The Sims 4: My Wedding Story’s big day is almost here. My Wedding Stories is the latest addition to The Sims 4’s ever-growing collection of game packs, offering players the chance to celebrate their love and culture with lavish wedding ceremonies, lively receptions and several other new additions. Earlier this month, GameSpot had the opportunity to attend The Sims 4 My Wedding Stories preview event and spend some time with the upcoming game pack. Overall, the pack adds a lot of love and a greater sense of inclusion to the eight-year-old game, but a lack of quality-of-life changes and the pursuit of greater immersion could be holding players back from their happy ending.
According to The Sims team, the game pack was designed to help players accomplish four primary things: find marital bliss, prepare for a party, bring their vision to life, and create moments that last a lifetime last long. To achieve these goals, the team first created the ultimate romantic getaway: Tartosa. Inspired by the charming towns of the Mediterranean coast, Tartosa is a new location full of stunning vistas, hot wedding destinations, nine lots for your Sims to move into, and a few small shops. The Sims team says that Tartosa is the most complicated city they’ve ever built, and there’s even in-game lore about its creation.
However, Tartosa is only a small part of the elevated wedding experience that My Wedding Stories offers. Unfortunately, while the pack doesn’t add any new ways for Sims to pop the question, it does improve subsequent events. Instead of your Sim’s engagement period being a short break before the big day, there are now a number of events your Sims can throw to celebrate their upcoming union. These events include an engagement dinner, a wedding rehearsal, a “Bach” party (a gender-neutral version of bachelor/bachelorette parties), and a family reunion.
While each activity is exciting on its own, the family reunion is particularly interesting and part of The Sims team’s attempt to celebrate diverse cultures around the world in “an authentic and respectful way.” The event is intended to serve as a rallying point, allowing players to pay tribute to specific wedding rituals unique to their own heritage, such as: B. Chinese tea ceremonies or one of the many elaborate Indian ceremonies. As you can imagine, all of these events—as well as both the actual wedding and the reception itself—require some planning. Thankfully, My Wedding Stories also adds a few options to these areas, making each connection feel unique.
For starters, you can now assign your friends and loved ones roles at your wedding, such as: B. Honor Simulation, Ring Bearer, Flower Friend and Officer. These Sims can then attend your wedding and give you the option to send them down the aisle at the start of the ceremony. There are also new actions Sims can perform that allow them to gush about their upcoming wedding, share their concerns, slow dance with others, perform group dances, and more. You can also buy cakes to serve to your guests — complete with a one-of-a-kind topper — and flowers for your blushing bride to hold as she walks down the aisle. However, it should be noted that despite being portrayed in the trailer, there are no unique events or methods of buying flowers, cakes, or shopping for wedding attire. All of this stays tied to simple booths that you just walk to in Tartosa, or that just take you into Create-a-Sim mode, which is a bit disappointing.
However, an important way to add a little choice and excitement to your wedding celebration is to plan what activities will be taking place at each event. You can do this when planning the event for the first time, choosing which traditions are most important to you from a fairly long list of options. Available activities include dancing, making toasts, sharing a meal, giving speeches, cutting the cake, walking down the aisle, sharing a first kiss, drinking tea, exchanging vows, tossing rice, performing a first dance, drinking drinks, blowing bubbles and more. Whatever activities you choose will ultimately show up as a sort of to-do list on your big day, although The Sims team stressed that weddings are not goal-oriented events and therefore there will be no penalties for completing all of those tasks not be fulfilled. According to the team, they want every day to feel special, not perfect.
Choosing a venue and its decoration remains the same as it was before the game pack, although My Wedding Stories adds a significant amount of new items, new venues (including ones made specifically for Chinese, Indian, and Hispanic weddings), and the possibility of everywhere to marry. Other additions to the game are a lot of new formal attire, the ability to assign Sims as “Fiancées” in CAS, and new moodlets specific to events that may occur in My Wedding Stories. For those who were hoping the pack would add a little more “spice” to your engagement or wedding ceremony, however, be warned that there aren’t any new Woohoo locations, cheeky Bach party activities, divorce changes, or even an option interrupting the ceremony with an infamous “I disagree!” included.
However, after your Sim’s dramatic big day, another sweet and special event is unlocked: a Vow Renewal Ceremony. This allows Sims who have been married for a while to reaffirm their love for each other and celebrate one more time with loved ones, allowing the package to last beyond your Sim’s brief engagement period.
Considering that My Wedding Stories is more of a game pack than an expansion, the breadth of options and the robust amount of features it adds to the game is quite impressive, making it one of the more valuable packs launched to date. However, you might be a little frustrated that the pack doesn’t address certain wedding and event-related issues that have been around for a while – such as: B. NPCs refusing to participate in the events as you would like. Now, while you can somehow direct people to the next activity – asking them to take a seat or hit the dance floor – it’s still difficult to get them to actually do it. This even extends to getting your wedding party down the aisle in the right order or making sure the food is served.
Additionally, there’s a real problem with the choices you make not feeling particularly meaningful or immersive. While there is plenty to choose from, cake tasting, hearing your friends toasts and speeches, saying “yes to the dress” and all of the small parts discussed above that really make the wedding experience are simple button clicks rather than experiences. Considering how much the pack adds and achieves – especially in terms of visuals – My Wedding Stories is a nice pack to celebrate a good time in your Sim’s life, even if it’s a bit imperfect.
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