LGR – The Sims 4 Get Famous Review

As the ancient ones predicted, long ago in
the forums of old another Sims expansion has arrived. This time it’s The Sims 4 Get Famous, the
sixth expansion pack and overall the twenty-sixth addon pack for The Sims 4. As the title suggests, Get Famous is all about
claiming some fame, following in the footsteps of previous packs from previous Sims titles
like Superstar, Late Night, and Showtime. So yeah, once again the underlying concept
is nothing new. But dang it, as ready as I was to write off
yet another celebrity expansion, I’ve gotta say that Get Famous still managed to amuse
the crap out of me. I’ve been playing it constantly since I
bought a copy on launch day, with no small part of that being due to the fact that I
am a YouTuber. Or “content creator” or “influencer”
or whatever gag-worthy term you wanna use. And Get Famous provides the most accurate
representation of my current daily experience that I’ve seen, since, I guess maybe the
game Youtubers Life. But before we dive into the simmified world
of viewcount analytics, trending topics, and corporate sponsorships, let’s get familiar
with Get Famous. Starting with the new world of Del Sol Valley, a loose approximation of Los Angeles, California and Hollywood Hills. Certainly fitting for the simulated star-studded
silliness, though Del Sol Valley isn’t super generous with its usable land. You get three neighborhoods containing five
houses, five community lots, and one lonely empty lot. The rest of what you see consists of Sims
4 set dressing, a visual facade that’s almost as fake as real life Hollywood. Looks nice, but a couple more spots to build
on without bulldozing would’ve been appreciated, and maybe an explorable downtown area too. Oh well, moving onto clothing and such, consisting
of dozens of tops, bottoms, outfits, accessories, hairstyles, shoes, makeup, scars, and assorted
aesthetic superficialities. A lot of this arguably falls under the costume
category, seeing as there’s plenty that’s used on the pack’s film sets. But the rest seems to be… lifestyle wear? E-celeb attire? Influencer garb, I’ma go with that. There are also new aspirations and traits
to consider: world famous celebrity, master actor, and self-absorbed. By design these work nicely with the new career
options, which are Actor, Style Influencer, and Self-Employed — the last two having been
added in a free patch to the base game. Oh and kids get their own mini-career as well
through the after school activity of Drama Club. This happens largely the same way scouting
did in The Sims 4 Seasons, where youngins gain incentive to hone new skills and get
a jump start on a future career. But regardless of what path your sims pursue,
fame and stardom is attainable at any time. This goes beyond the five celebrity star levels
seen in the past, diving deeper with a dedicated skill tree complete with perks, quirks, and
reputation. Certain actions will affect both your celebrity
level and public image, meaning you can now have sims that are known for both good and
bad deeds. Whether or not you choose to follow fame or
infamy, it works in much the same way, just with corresponding positive and negative actions
affecting progression. All of this means that The Sims 4 finally
has a decent reputation system to play with, where your actions are acknowledged and judged
by the community at large. It affects what you can do, where you can
go, and who thinks what upon seeing you. For example: there are clubs and social gatherings
that require having a set fame level or positive public image. If you’re more controversial you may be
locked out, but there are still unique opportunities available to more unscrupulous individuals,
with money to be made on the black market and like-minded celebrity vermin to hang out
with. There’s a continual river of opportunity
flowing your way once you’ve acquired enough fame, regardless of how you got it. And there’s a ton of variety to be explored
through the new perks and quirks, similar to the progression system seen in Vampires. The more levels you gain, the more of these
unlock. So with the right perks a sim is able to get
away with mean-spirited pranks and stirring up drama between celebs, then calling on their
squad of unquestioning fans to back them up, possibly even wearing the same clothes like
a douchey cult. While another set of perks can let sims give
inspirational speeches and inspire charitable donations, while making them so likeable that
nearly everyone instantly becomes their best friend or romantic interest. Even the annoying paparazzi can be dealt with
in a positive way with the right perks, it’s powerful stuff! However, quirks are more complex, affecting
sims of all reputations. These are triggered by actions and events,
ranging from becoming addicted to drinking “juice,” to developing a phobia of physical
contact from strangers, to exploding in anger or sadness at any given moment. You might even develop stalkers, have your
phone number leak to the public, or start getting obsessive fan mail with increasingly
questionable contents. And of course, if you want to opt out of the
celebrity life entirely that’s an option too, either directly through the fame panel
or in the options menu with this checkbox that alters how fame actively accrues in the
first place. Speaking of active, the new Acting job takes
the form of an active career à la the Get To Work pack, where you’re given the option
to follow a sim to their place of employment and directly take action. You begin as an uncredited extra, taking any
gig you can get through your chosen acting agency, and climbing the ladder of progress
to becoming a star. The first step is auditioning, which outside
of preparing for in your own home by making sure you have the right skills, takes place
off-screen and relies on a bit of luck. When you finally land a part, a shoot will
be scheduled and it’s off to the set! And man, as a fan of games like The Movies,
shows like Extras, and filmmaking in general, I found each of these sequences superbly engaging. Which surprised me considering they’re not
too different, mechanically-speaking, from the existing active careers and timed events
already in The Sims 4. But yeah, the whole vibe of the acting career
just amuses me, from rehearsing with costars, to going through hair, makeup, and costume
fitting, to enjoying the free on-set catering, to the actual performing of scenes themselves. There are a slew of interesting scenes to
perform, although each one functions about the same. You can perform either a “safe” or a “risky”
version of a scene, with risky performances providing both greater chances for advancement
alongside greater chances of looking like a moron. I really enjoy this career and the constant
struggles it presents, with it being one of the more well-rounded in terms of required
skills for success and multiple chances for failure. Next up is the Style Influencer, a free addition
to the game which takes the form of a traditional work from home career and has your sims pursuing
the life of a Trend Setter or Stylist. You start off discussing style tips and interviewing
sims about fashion, writing reviews for online rags, and using a sketch pad to compose new
ideas while augmenting your painting, writing, and photography skills. Eventually the routine becomes more hands-on,
with the ability to come up with fashion trends that other sims will follow, and provide makeovers
to sims around town much like you could back in The Sims 3 Ambitions. And finally, there’s the self-employment
option, made up of any number of money-making activities already in the game. But with Get Famous, you can now fully commit
to a career in the dubious realm of content creation and becoming an “Internet Personality.” This is distinctly different to the social
media career introduced in City Living, although it builds on several features it introduced
like social media status updates, posting to Simstagram, and building an online following. Self-employment is far more self-guided though,
much as it is in real life, with few actual rules and a whole lot of risky decision-making. The new Media Production skill affects your
capabilities with each of the main pieces of equipment: music production stations, video
production stations, and drones. Music production ties into the new hip-hop
music that’s been added and involves a bit of creative mixing, with multiple audio tracks
that can be enabled and disabled, and the final result can be uploading to online streaming services or submitted to labels for possible record deals. Video production takes place at an editing
station desk with a computer, camera, microphone, and lights, each of which can be upgraded. Using this setup you can make fashion and
beauty tutorials, toy and tech product reviews, and of course straight up vlogs, which can
be recorded in distinguished styles based on your sim’s mood. Drones are the other method of producing video
content, where you select a sim or a location and your hovering friend will autonomously
wander around filming as long as it has the battery life. You can’t actually watch the end results
yourself unfortunately, but whenever it’s done recording the drone will land and you
can name the video. Honestly half the fun. Once you’ve gotten some video clips loaded
onto your computer, you can either upload them raw or begin the editing and post-production
phase. Ahh now this is some surreal gameplay for
me: editing footage, combining video clips, applying transitions, adding effects. Then uploading the video but not budging from
the chair because now it’s time to hype it up on social media, respond to commenters,
and check the analytics to see how it’s performing. Mmm. Nothing quite like watching my virtual self perform the exact actions of my actual self in real time. Like turning down a friend’s offer to hang
out so I can stay at home checking the comments section and studying trending video topics
in the dark. Am I talking about the game or real life,
beats me I’m a mess, send help! Really I savor these moment of terrifying
self-reflection, so props to Get Famous for making me question what I’m doing with my life. I truly was impressed with how specific it
got in terms of playing the part of an “influencer,” like pulling all-nighters, dealing with fickle
fanbases, making sponsored content, and navigating the murky waters between staying true to your
values and completely selling out. It’s a scary, exhilarating, lonely, lucrative,
unstable, fantastic career to have, and being able to experience it in a game like The Sims
is wildly cathartic for me. About the only thing it doesn’t include
are the endless press emails from Nikki Perez, and the extensive research and scripting stages
of content creation that I personally spend a lot of time on. But I suppose Get Famous caters more towards
the unscripted vlogger/lifestyle-type channels. Exemplified by the fact that you can even
put your kids to work filming videos, so if you’re a father of five then you can easily
exploit the system by making your kids angry or sad, filming their reactions, then editing
the results to rake in those slimy views and indulging in your piles of cash. On the topic of monetary indulgence there’s
a host of new buy mode objects, like the vault for storing your sim’s valuables and providing
some Scrooge McDuck-like escapism. It’s also a new woohoo location because
of course, along with the floating sci-fi sleep pods. Doesn’t look comfortable but who am I to
judge. There’s also a golden toilet for taking
golden dumps, as well as an assorted selection of chairs for talking golden sits. Another big thing added in the most recent
patch is a first-person camera mode, accessed by pressing Shift+Tab. This drops you into the shoes of the currently
selected sim, with camera movement split between the mouse and your sim’s head. And it’s not just a passive viewpoint, you
can actually play through a majority of the game like this if you want, with interactions
accessible in first-person so long as you have the interface turned on. Heh, speaking of turned on, first-person woohoo
is downright hilarious to me. [woohoo music plays,
sims mumble in awkward pleasure] Yeah so, first-person mode is admittedly not the most ideal way to play, with copious clipping,
visual glitches, and a wobbly POV that acts more like a drunken mistake simulator than
anything else. But it’s so unnecessary that it’s great,
and makes the game feel unusually intimate. Oh and before I forget, The Sims 4 also finally
has terrain editing tools, along with deeper basements, and multiple foundation and half-wall
heights. Yeah I know, stuff that could’ve been in
the game from the start but better late than never I suppose. And that is The Sims 4 Get Famous pack. As usual the asking price is $40, and as usual
I’m pretty much recommending it with the caveat that it offers what you’re looking
for. It is by no means a necessary pack, but it’s
a darned enjoyable one that caught me off guard with how challenging it can be to succeed
within. Having never been sold on the whole “celebrity
life” packs of the past, I didn’t have much hope here. But what sold me was the fame system working
as more of a spectrum of overall social standing and reputation, combined with all the self-indulgent
fun I had being a virtual content creator. If anything, I totally recommend it to my
fellow YouTubers and other online weirdos. Get Famous is not only prime let’s play
fodder, but it makes for a solid bit of self-parody where the jokes practically write themselves. So yeah, Get Famous. It exists and I like it. And if you enjoyed this review then do check out my others. I’ve talked about plenty of Sims stuff,
and cover a variety of things each week on LGR. And as always thank you very much for watching!

100 thoughts on “LGR – The Sims 4 Get Famous Review

  1. As if the sims didn't feel real enough, now they're doing what YouTubers do. Now everyone can play as their favorite YouTuber and tell everyone in their game world to sub to pewdiepie 😂

    In all honesty, why did it take the sims 4 to get so good? I had taken a break and switched to an RPG while it took it's time to figure shit out. The sims act like a girl just out of a bad breakup and not quite knowing who she herself is anymore for the past 6 years or so smh

  2. Dunno why this game gets so much hate from fans. I love it. And this expansion pack is actually pretty awesome. Love the stuff and the view from the celebrity homes. Feels just like when you look from a mountain over LA. I'm excited for future stuff.

  3. My favourite part of Sims has always been building houses. So, really, I don't think I need to go any further than The Sims 2. It's got all I need.

  4. Is this gameplay the same as PS4 too? Like as far as the things that’s available to do????
    Ik mods and controls are different between pc & PS4..

  5. Your reviews are so honest just like The Sim Supply. Other simmers just say all the packs are great when theyre really not. Btw, on my sims I made a snooty vampire girl become famous and it makes for an interesting road to the red carpet 😂

  6. Casting Couch! 😀 😀 😀 😀 Btw., LGR, great review. I'm big, The Movies fan, and i think that ''Get Famous'' will be just right for me.

  7. Just want you to know, your videos are great English learning materials XD.
    So many vocabs and use of terms hahahaaha.

  8. I know this has been said a lot but I think the majority of these packs should've been in the game, I understand they have to make money but spending almost $60 on a DLC? That's like buying a whole game, it would be understandable if it was for a bundle but this is a bit much just for ONE expansion

  9. tbh after a while of RANDOM sims coming in your home because your famous gets aggy but after a while it's a little boring

  10. the acting career was meh and Del Sol Valley is waaayyyy too small but other than that it's a good pack

  11. y’all none of sims 4 packs are worth money, and surely NOT $40 but if you wanna waste your money on sh*t, go ahead. i’ve spent more than $100 on sims 4 and you don’t know how much i regret of wasting my money on bs. EA doesn’t disappoint on making bullsh*t everyday.

  12. Hey hope all is well with you. Waiting for you to do the review on the sims 4 island living before I get with. Keep us posted thanks

  13. Wait so if you choose to do the acting career in this pack and you don't have the get to work pack does that mean you can't go with them to their acting job??

  14. Wait… did you really have a casting couch scene there 😂😂😂👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  15. Gotta be honest, Sims 4 failed on a shit ton of things, but Get Famous was actually pretty fun

  16. This is my least favorite expansion but I still enjoy aspects of it. Don’t love the build and buy. I wish they made laundry day’s theme a pack. Those items were everything.

  17. Being someone who lives in Los Angeles, even though I didn't use a lot of the stuff from The Sims 3 Showtime, I really loved StarLight Shores as it gave me a simified version of my home, LA, to play in. The lack of lots in Del Sol Valley is very disappointing. I mean the complete bottom right of the town screen is just blank where lots could have been put. Or even add like 4 lots among the beach section of the screen. But nope. I think Get Famous is a solid pack but the lack of lots in the town is just disappointing from someone who was looking forward to having a sim version of the city I live in.

  18. Agh why did I have to get the Obsessed with Mirror trait when my Sim started being famous for singing and painting all the time. Anyways still the thing is very great. I wanted headphones WITHOUT caps tho.

  19. The sims 3 made me feel the world was alive. They took it to the next level and gave me what i always wished for The sims be from the beginning.
    The sims 4 throw it all away, feels so sterile and booring.

  20. "Am I talking about the game or real life? Beats me. I'm a mess. Send help."

    The most relatable line in a sims review ever.

  21. I thought I was the only one when build some public lot and start making "boss Corner" with desk in front of sofa and like: "Wait a minute… lol, which table side I should place a camera from new pack."

  22. SACRIFICIAL's Road To Fame gives the same content (sans CAS stuff and worlds) for free. So much better than a $10 stuff pack!

  23. 6:34 I know that movie, it's called The Casting Call! Duke was really good in it. The other actors sucked though.

  24. My biggest disappointment is that there isn't angry mothers that send you threats because they don't know how to monitor their children.

  25. Hello everyone, and hello LGR,
    I'm asking something : how did he filmed scenes without the Sims frames ? (sometimes LGR have the full screen without the moods etc of the Sims)
    If someone can help me with that, it will be perfect !

  26. great views from The Pinnacles neighborhood… painfully empty world… shame how little depth there is once you get past the new scenery

  27. I wish they made a new get to school expansion, but I think its too late now. they could have included a teacher profession and allowed you as a child to complete tasks at school for instance become the school bully or become popular or become the teachers pet, this would have been a really cool feature

  28. I loved the older expansion where you got to edit your stage with lights, props, effects all that shit. That was by far my favorite.

  29. New sims w/e release. Go to watch LGR… wait a whole year. Finally able to afford it, goes to watch it again on LGR to see if I still want it… and I still do.

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