Experiencing life in a digitally curated world has its own set of thrills. You get to meet new people, explore the virtual realm, make decisions, and not face the consequences later. Well, you may face some repercussions for your actions, but they are not as dire as reality.
One such game that beats all odds and lets players dive deep into their own fantasies is The Sims. For the longest time running, other life simulator games have made attempts to match up to The Sims. While the games promised a captivating virtual representation of life, they narrowly missed the mark.
But great news for fans of the genre, The Sims‘ greatest contender is finally here. Life by You is an upcoming real-life simulation game that is causing massive waves in the gaming industry. The concept behind the game focuses on giving players absolute control over their digital avatars and lives. While The Sims franchise also promises that, with the recent addition of story progression in The Sims 4, how does it compare to the new kid on the block?
If you’re wondering which of the two games you should be most excited about, below is an intricate comparison. From the gameplay and graphics to the content, here’s what you need to know about Life by You vs. The Sims.
What is The Sims?
The Sims is a franchise developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts that dabbles in life simulation video games. It is one of the highest-grossing series, with close to 200 million copies of the titles sold globally. All the titles are sandbox games, meaning players have no objectives to accomplish to progress. You create digital avatars known as “Sims” and dictate their every move. It’s akin to normal daily life, where you meet people, do household chores, and advance your career.
The series is the oldest running social simulation game since we can trace its roots back to 1989's SimCity. This makes the title a part of the larger Sim Series by Will Wright. With various titles and expansions to its name, The Sims franchise has progressively improved in nearly every aspect. Additions such as Neighborhood Stories and Emotions in The Sims 4 upgrade the gameplay, making the latest title more intriguing than previous ones.
What is Life by You?
Life by You is the new social life simulation developed by Paradox Tectonic and published by Paradox Interactive. The upcoming title seemingly gives The Sims franchise a run for its money and is causing a whirlwind in the genre. While we are yet to experience the game’s full dimension, at face value, it promises an array of features that The Sims is now gradually getting accustomed to.
Life by You goes the extra mile by introducing various layers of customization. Players can customize their characters and have a hand in dictating how their homes, careers, and conversations turn out. Don’t be surprised if you come across familiar elements from The Sims in Life by You. Rod Humble, former executive director at The Sims, is leading the development of the upcoming title.
A striking difference in both games is the open-world approach. Although the developers struck the right chord with players by featuring an open world with The Sims 3, the latest installment takes a wrong turn by showcasing a segmented world. The game uses loading screens, which are a means of traversal between the zones.
In contrast, Life by You offers an immersive open world with no loading screen. You can move from one town to the next by driving, skateboarding, or cycling as you take in the picturesque landscape.
Moreover, Life by You gives you control over your conversations using the Conversation Creator. Unlike in The Sims 4, where conversations fall under four social types, Life by You allows you to tailor your relationships with your curated conversations.
To top it off, Life by You introduces depths of customization that suit various personalities. For instance, the house creation mod features a color scheme where you can opt for a vintage look or soak in the modern ambience. Players can also build their towns and easily move houses from one town to the next.
Interestingly, LiLife by You is set to be the “most moddable and open life-simulation game. While The Sims offers players a fair share of mods, Paradox goes ham on this one. During the game’s announcement on March 20, 2023, the developers made it clear that various Creator tools will be open to players. This allows them to tailor different aspects of the game as they see fit. This enormous freedom to create gives players various storytelling angles, adding fresh layers of gameplay with every decision.
The Sims 4's recent graphics overhaul unleashed a new face of the game that immensely improved the graphics. Unlike previous titles, the new installment doesn't cut off skylines when you zoom in. This means that objects that are out of sight don’t appear blurred but improve in clarity as you move closer. Moreover, players can modify the graphics by changing a thing or two in the premade quality settings.
On the other hand, Life By You presents basic graphics that may not convince you at first glance that it is a worthwhile contender to the EA life simulation game. However, the game’s in-depth gameplay will be available as a full package instead of expansions.
As plain as the nose on your face, Life by You is shaping up to be a better social life simulation game than The Sims. The fact that the developers made the game greatly moddable appeals more to aficionados of the genre.
What’s more, as a simulation game, it makes more sense to have control over more aspects of your life for a fully immersive experience. It doesn’t take a genius to see that of the two, Life by You has more to offer.