Eco-living is all the rage these days and that is what is at the heart of The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle. This is the latest expansion for The Sims 4 and it is a pretty substantial one and one of the best they have done so far in all honesty. I get that the whole “eco-lifestyle” thing may not appear to be all that exciting, but trust me this is actually really cool.
How to Download The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle
You can download the expansion for your PS4, Xbox One, or Windows. Click on the Download button and make your choice. Check out also our review of the previous, eighth expansion, which was Discover University.
The Game Review
The setting of the expansion is called Evergreen Harbor and there are three areas that make this place up. What they have done here better than any of the other expansions is to make sure each neighborhood feels truly unique. Each of the neighborhoods has its own “eco meter” and it is up to you to improve it.
The three neighborhoods are Port Promise, Conifer Station, and Grim’s Quarry. Each kind of neighborhood serves as a “difficulty setting” when it comes to how eco-friendly the area is when you start the game. Port Promise is more industrial and takes more work to get it greener. Grim’s quarry is already on the track to being very green and Conifer Station is about in the middle.
There is a real sense of progression for better and worse with The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle. By this, I mean what you do and what the other Sims do can have a dramatic effect on the different areas. The air can get polluted and people can be less healthy if you fail to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle.
On the flip side of this, however, by taking advantage of many of the new things the game throws your way. You can actually make some major changes that will see each of the areas improve in many different ways. How do you do this? Well, that is part of the fun of this latest expansion.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle is something you hear more than a few times as you play this game. One of the most fun aspects for me was the upcycling. You can go dumpster diving or get some other old junk and repurpose it so it can be used again or you can sell it. You can even start planting your own food as well. These are just two of the more fun ways that you can leave a green footprint on each neighborhood.
Of course, as is the case with anything to do with The Sims there is a big social aspect to this expansion. It does no good if just one Sim is starting an eco-friendly lifestyle that is why you need to reach out to other Sims! Starting action plans and campaigns to get more Sims recycling, cleaning and so on is not just fun, but a great way to see some major changes to the neighborhood.
As far as content goes this expansion is pretty packed. You have a ton of new building items to make some pretty unique homes and other stuff. You also have plenty of new clothing, hairstyles and facial options to make new Sims as well. So those who just love to tinker and make stuff have lots of new content to play with here.
I think that The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle is a great way to breathe some new life into The Sims 4. No matter if you are trying to make a community garden to stop pollution, there is always something to be working towards. If you have enjoyed the other expansions that have come before this, I am certain you will enjoy this.
- Plenty of new content for creation fans
- The whole “eco-friendly” thing is a great message
- It is a lot of fun to have community events to get the Sims doing what you want
- The upcycling part is a ton of fun
- Stacked with content
- It might not be as “exciting” as some other expansions
- Sometimes The Sims can be super stubborn and resistant to change!