The Sims 4 will "explore the gamut of human emotions"

Tom Sykes

The Sims 4 was just shown off at EA's Gamescom presentation by Maxis' Rachel Franklin, and emotions appear to be the order of the day. "From angry to flirty, from sad to happy, you can now explore the gamut of human emotions all within The Sims 4," Franklin said, showing a scene in which two sims competed for the affections of another. There was flirting, jealousy, anger - the only vital expression missing was 'Delight At Seeing An Amusing Cat GIF', but that can always be added in a patch. The Sims 4 is out in 2014 - stick around for a gameplay trailer.

Perhaps the best bit from the presentation was the new character creation system, which has you constructing your sims by molding and shaping them, as if they were made of clay. For instance, rather than adjusting the 'nose' slider, to create a giant hooter you just grab on the nose and pull it, Pinocchio-style. You can see that below in the following gameplay trailer, along with the aforementioned scene of emotional manipulation.

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