The Sims 4 has no shortage of packs, with a total of 37 released before this month. That number includes 10 Expansion Packs, 9 Game Packs, and 18 Stuff Packs, so it’s curious to see a fourth tier of packs called Kits being introduced at half the price of Stuff Packs.

The first three Kits – Throwback Fit, Country Kitchen, and Bust the Dust – all launched on the same day on March 2, and almost immediately the reasons behind the simultaneous release were clear.

Kits are pitched as mini-collections of curated content that should be ‘mixed and matched’ to customise the game experience. Players aren’t encouraged to buy everything on offer, only what appeals to them, and the variety of themes shown by these first three supports that messaging.

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It’s easy to see where this concept has come from. The game has evolved since its launch in 2014 to the point where it’s now actively trying to celebrate the diversity in both Simmers and playstyles.

And last November, producer Graham Nardone hinted at what was to come when he said: “There’s such a diverse range of topics and features that we could cover. The possibility space of what we can do within The Sims 4 is just humongous.”

By developing these bite-sized packs, the idea is that the team can afford to explore more niches and themes that might otherwise be neglected. In many ways, Kits are filling a void left behind when Stuff Packs became more ambitious and substantial packages.

We felt early Stuff Packs were overpriced for what they provided – but the lower price of Kits has the potential to make them more palatable.

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The end result is an interesting one. If you’re looking at the number of individual items in each Kit, it falls short of what was included in the early Stuff Packs, even when considering the halved price. Throwback Fit and Country Kitchen have 23 and 15 items respectively (not including all the individual colour swatches).

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But there are two positives: the laser-focused approach means each Kit is thematically more consistent, and the items are of a higher quality than what we used to get.

Take Country Kitchen. It comes with a lovely vintage range of kitchen furniture including a sink, counters, fridge, and stove. The clutter items, including a number of jars and a casserole dish, also look wonderful. There are no shoehorned Create-a-Sim items here – this is a pack that’s no doubt targeted at Simmers who love to build.

Would we have bought this Kit if we hadn’t been provided with a review code? Probably not, but that’s because we’re not builders.

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The same applies to Throwback Fit. While most of the items in this clothing-exclusive Kit look nice, the ’90s-inspired fashion just isn’t for us. Your mileage may vary.

The one Kit we would have purchased is Bust the Dust. It only adds five items to the game, all vacuum cleaners, but compensates for this by being the only Kit thus far to add new gameplay. With this Kit, Sims can now vacuum; over time, a house gets more filthy, and it’s up to Sims to hoover and clean regularly to ensure that dust levels remain low.

Neglect their household duties, and (friendly) dust bunnies and (mean) filth fiends start to populate the house.

Two new aspirations come with the Kit, one revolving around keeping the home pristine and one for living in a filthy house, while a number of existing traits are compatible here. ‘Neat’ Sims, for example, are more likely to vacuum than ‘Lazy’ Sims.

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We really enjoyed this Kit because it fits with how we specifically play the game. We lean more towards realism gameplay, no matter how mundane the tasks are.

Case in point: our personal favourite Stuff Pack to date is Laundry Day Stuff. We can’t get enough of making the Sims use the washing machine, so it’s no surprise that Bust the Dust appeals directly to us. But it’s equally valid if the idea of cleaning in the game sounds dull to you, in the same way the concept of Throwback Kit may have greater impact with your playstyle than ours.

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And that’s ultimately how Kits should be approached. Simmers should only consider buying the ones that align with their own interests and playstyle, nothing more.

There will be a lot of questions surrounding the value of these new packs, but only the player can decide for themself whether the contents of each individual Kit is worth the asking price. Our advice is to research what’s included in a Kit before purchasing.

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It’s a smart play to acknowledge that all players are different from each other, and the idea of Kits has potential. While it’s too early to say how successful the concept of Kits is (we will get a better picture when more of them are rolled out this year), there is perhaps more pressure for the contents to meet a consistently high standard. A few additional items in each Kit would also help to sweeten the deal.

The Sims 4 is available on PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.


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