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The Sims 4: Get To Work – New Expansion

Sam Shirk
Staff Writer
sxs1090@lhup.edu
megagames.com

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Look out Simmers, there’s a new expansion pack out for the newest installment to Maxis’ famous Sims series! Hope you have some time to kill because The Sims 4: Get To Work will keep you entertained for hours!

Released on Tuesday, the newest installment allows Simmers to control their Sims at the workplace. Get to Work is a mixture between the Sims 3: Ambitions and the Sims 2: Open For Business. This expansion embodies a pack that has been long awaited in the Sim community.

There are now three new active careers in Get to Work, doctor, scientist and detective. With the introduction of these new careers, there is also the introduction of venues for each career where players will follow their Sims to.

Focusing on the doctor career, a player will follow their future miracle worker to the hospital where they will be introduced to gameplay similar to the events in the Sims 4 base game. Instead of having a main goal to achieve, players will have different tasks they must complete to move the bar. There are three levels bronze, silver and gold. Achieving gold helps the player out majorly as it leads to quick promotions, which unlocks different positions and responsibilities. As a doctor, a Sim can treat patients, perform emergencies and even deliver babies.

The other active careers run in much the same way as the doctor career, only they have different tasks. A detective investigates crime scenes and interrogates suspects, while a scientist must do research and make amazing discoveries.

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One of the newest gems, and a shout out to Open for Business, is the new ability to own different types of retail businesses. Simmers can now own various shops, such as a photography gallery, an art gallery, bookstores, bakeries and even a clothing boutique.

All of these businesses are made possible by the introduction of a new neighborhood known as Magnolia Promenade. Magnolia Promenade is small, (a tiny disappointment in an expansion as vast with Sim possibilities as this one), with a total of four lots for businesses. It’s beautiful to look at during the short run to and from your Sim’s shop.

Despite the small world, the important part remains, you really do rule your Sim’s workplace. I have a Sim named Liam and he has a fashion boutique affectionately named “Liam’s Fabulous Fashions,” and I was awestruck by the amount of things I could do while he was at work.

As the owner of your business, you completely control employees, uniforms, prices, sales and more. Your Sim can even schmooze customers and secure sales! A small blue bar tells you how close a Sim is to being sucked into a sale and at the top, where the customer’s name is, it will say whether they are receptive or not to your sales pitch. You get the full retail experience and it’s wonderful.

In addition to creating practically any retail business, Get to Work also introduces two new skills to the game. The photography skill and the baking skill. While the photography skill is short and you get to capture anything you want, take pictures with friends and store memories, perfect for those story driven players. As for baking, the skill is a full Sim skill with 10 levels and all kinds of recipes. The baking skill allows players to decorate cakes or cookies and works alongside the pre-existing cupcake factory for much of its recipes. The addition of these skills and businesses allows many new realms of gameplay for simmers, an addition that will allow for more diversity in the stories created.

Thumbs up for EA on this one, this pack is well worth the 40 dollars. Time for all my Simmers out there to “Get to Work!”

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