The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle Expansion Pack Review – Neighbourhoods, Recycling, Careers, Build/Buy, CAS & more
The brand new expansion pack for EA’s life-sim focuses on eco-friendly living, here’s what we made of it.
The Sims 5 may be in the pipeline, but EA is releasing yet another Sims 4 expansion pack called Eco Lifestyle, arriving Friday, 5 June.
Eco Lifestyle is all about being green, taking action and making a change in your neighbourhood – keep reading for a full breakdown and review of the expansion pack.
Within the world of Evergreen Harbour are three neighbourhoods.
Port Promise is one of the most un-eco friendly neighbourhoods to settle down in. For players wanting a bit of a challenge, this may be your match.
Although an improvement from the Port, Grims Quarry still has a lot of work to do! Anyone wanting a step ahead in cleaning up the town should give the Quarry a go.
A sort of middle ground of previously mentioned neighbourhoods, Conifer Station is the downtown part of Evergreen and was given its name when the trains stopped running. Players looking for a balanced experience may want to start here.
Recycling is a focal point of this expansion.
A Sim can take old furniture they don’t want anymore and instead of selling it, they can turn it into something new with the Fabricator.
As you recycle more and more you get a sort of “recycling currency” which you can use to create furniture and décor.
Explore a brand-new career as a Civil Designer by fixing up your neighbourhood with the help of Eco Inventions.
If a Civil Designer doesn’t interest you, try out becoming a Freelance Crafter by selling your recycled/fabricated unique products and furniture.
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As well as the above new skills allow you to make candles and fizzy juice which you can sell online or at a community market.
Create A Sim
There are 100+ new CAS items, all ages are being offered something new with adults and teens getting the most.
More piercings! Leading on from the introduction of piercings in The Sims 4: University, we are now offered septum rings, ear stretchers and more.
Paper bags? Each generation has a new hat and it’s… a bag.
We’re not sure what this is meant for or if it has some significance, but they come with different expressions drawn on them.
Traits & Aspirations
As you’d expect, there’s a load of new traits and aspirations, giving your Sims a purpose in their lives.
One of the huge changes to the catalogue is that every item has an eco-footprint which it tells you how negatively or positively something will impact the environment.
The new expansion brings some exciting build/buy features. We now have ladders – that means no more awkwardly placed staircases or sacrificing space in a tiny home.
Wind turbines, rain collectors and solar panels are all great ways to power a home, especially if you’re off the grid.
In general, this pack comes with a huge amount of new stuff from pretty much every category in the catalogue.
Now we’ve had a chance to play the new expansion pack, here’s what we make of it.
- You can impact on a neighbourhood and see it change before your eyes
- There are three “levels” of difficulty
- New career options
- Eco-footprint isn’t world locked, will carry through to all other worlds
- Loads of new content and items
- Can be quite overwhelming to get to grips with at first
- Careers like Astronaut aren’t very compatible with the world as rocket’s eco-footprint is pretty negative