All The Feelings In The Sims 4

The Sims 4 is going to be an emotional experience for many people. Not just real people, either—remember, this is a game about playing god for a bunch of digital sprites who are beholden to your every whim. The latest trailer breaks down the many different feelings you'll be able to force your sims to start feeling come September:

Here's the emotional chart of The Sims 4, judging by the content you just witnessed:

  • Happy
  • Angry
  • Playful
  • Sad
  • Bored
  • Focused
  • Energized
  • Dazed
  • Flirtatious
  • Uncomfortable
  • Inspired
  • Tense
  • Confident
  • Embarassed

Seems like a solid list and all. But where the hell is the ennui button? Or schadenfreude? Or that listless feeling you get when you realize that you are but an infinitesimal speck in a universe so vast that it exceeds the limits of your comprehension?


Sigh. I guess I'll have to wait for the Existentialism DLC pack...

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As someone who's played all the main Sims game up until this point (not all the expansions though), I have a hard time getting excited about the new game. Mostly because there really doesn't seem to be anything new other than the revamped (thank god) customization options.

The new 'Emotions' just seems like a marketing tagline and they really haven't shown how it works beyond vary basic actions that were already available in past games.