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When ‘Island Living’ was announced at EA Play in June, the Sims community went a bit crazy. The 7th Expansion Pack was teased as a tropical themed pack, and the trailer showed ocean swimming, Dolphins, and Mermaids. With a new world, the Island of Sulani, and a brand new “species” included – there is a lot to unpack in Island Living.
Create A Sim
With an impressive number of new clothing and accessories in the new pack, you won’t be disappointed. Whether you want to create a sunkissed Sulani native or an excited tourist, there is something to suit your style. New hairs and headwear also feature, although the choices are very limited. There is a clear distinction between native prints and styles, and what you would expect to see holidaymakers wearing on the beach – and that’s quite nice to see. With nods to Polynesian and Samoan cultures, the Sims team have really invested in not making these seem a novelty.
There is much more choice for Teen to Elder Sims, but there are still some great styles for Children and Toddlers in the pack. New swimwear seems to be the biggest addition, which is great, but I would have liked to have seen more choice for everyday wear for Toddlers specifically. There is also a major lack of new hairstyles for children and toddlers, even though some of the styles for Adults would have been adorable on tiny Sims.
Aspirations & Traits
It wouldn’t be an expansion pack without a new aspiration for your Sims to dig their teeth into. “Beach Life” is a Location aspiration, and states simply “This Sim wants to take it slow and enjoy beach life”. No spoilers here, so you can explore the new aspiration on your own. The two new traits are a little more specific and both fall under the Lifestyle category. “Child of the Island” is all about a spiritual connection to the Island of Sulani itself. Summoning Elementals, exploring the Island, and learning more about Sulani culture are all part and parcel of this new trait. “Child of the Ocean” means Sims will have an overwhelming desire to spend time in the Ocean. That might come in handy with the new Mermaids teased in the trailer.
I’m really impressed with Island Living – the pack feels well rounded and not in the slightest bit rushed. I can imagine that this is a pack that builders and game players will love in equal measure – but you can check out tomorrow’s article about Build/Buy mode for more information!
This article is made possible by the EA Gamechanger Program. Thank you to EA for providing me with an early access code for The Sims 4: Island Living. Island Living is released June 21st and will retail for £34.99 RRP.