The Sims 4 is a game that has defied a long list of boundaries ever since its launch. But the devs have yet to venture into the faith and spirituality realm. Let’s discuss why this is so and what Sims 4 fans think of the current approach.
Can Sims be religious?
The Sims 4 doesn’t feature any specific religion or spirituality-related activities. Incorporating faith into the game is a tricky task. While many players would like to see more faith-based content in The Sims 4, that’s a very delicate line for EA to tread. Not to mention that getting it right is very hard.
The current religion-related game options are pretty general and vague. For example, you can build a shrine area in the house. You can also built churches, and use them as wedding venues or graveyards and crypts. Additionally, you can also implement a strict dress code, but there’s nothing specific to a given cult, religion or spirituality trend.
Of course, you can still celebrate Halloween and Christmas, and enjoy the visit of Father Winter during Winterfest if you have Seasons installed. But these holidays revolve around communities and tradition in the game, they’re not religious. Holidays and traditions are universal in the game.
As a quick reminder, The Sims Medieval supported the Cult of the Watcher. Sims could perform all kinds of actions to worship, honor, and please the Watcher. Of course, the Watcher was actually the player.
Is there religion in The Sims 4?
There is no religion in The Sims 4. Of course, Sims can celebrate winter holidays (Winterfest and New Year), but these events are actually related to tradition and being part of a community rather than religion.
Fans say faith and spirituality really need to be addressed
Many players suggested The Sims 4 should feature at least some religion or spirituality-related options simply because spirituality is fundamental to the human experience.
From a gameplay perspective, such would only enhance the experience, even if generic customizable templates of faith are used over real religions, and even if the player is given the option to shut off the functionality.
Other Sims 4 players disagree. The reason for that is that they’d feel restricted by the presence of religion-related items and activities.
Check out the “Get to Church” Mod
If you’re curious to try out various religion-related activities in The Sims, install the Get to Church mod. You can use this mod to add church service to your game. There are other interesting options available such as:
- Offer to Pray For
- Talk About Church
- Sing Praises to God
- Give Testimony, and so on.
There is no religion in The Sims 4. The game doesn’t feature any specific religion or spirituality-related activities and options. Adding religion or spirituality to Sims 4 is a very delicate line for EA to tread.
Some players think that would be a good idea while other disagree.
What’s your stance on this matter? Yay or nay? Let me know in the comments below.