Resident Entertainment Dives in to Spa Day
Resident Entertainment goes in to great detail to uncover the various aspects of the Spa Day game pack in this comprehensive review. The final verdict is that Spa Day is well worth the price (unlike some of the other Game Packs) with the number of items and features incorporated. Here’s the full review:
The Sims 4 Spa Day is the second game pack to be made this year and one of many packs to be released in recent months. Each new pack that comes out for The Sims 4 is always based around one thematic idea, for this game pack it’s a day out at the spa, which is much different to the first game pack which was based around the idea of an Outdoor Retreat. Players who choose to purchase this game pack will find that they will get quite a lot of new in game items, new clothes, new lots and also some new gameplay features, these are all added into the game after you purchase it. There’s a lot of things for players to do in The Sims 4 Spa Day, but is it worth buying?
After spending some time playing around with everything in this game pack, I found it to be quite full of content. The amount of items that you get from Spa Day is far more than the amount of items in any of the previous stuff packs. There is much more inside this game pack when compared to Luxury Party Stuff or Perfect Patio Stuff, which is great for those who love to get a lot out of their Sims packs when they buy them.
I have prepared a quick video overview of all the things that you get in The Sims 4 Spa Day for those who would like to see everything that you get and also the activities you can get up to in this game pack. It should give you a good idea of the amount of items and the content that you get out of it.
SIMS 4 SPA DAY VIDEO OVERVIEW
A lot of work seems to have gone into this pack by the Sims team and if you happen to get it, you’ll see that there is a lot you can do. There’s a lot of well done animations for a lot of the gameplay items. The foot/hand massage chair, the massage table, the yoga classes and the mediation activities are all well done. The sound effects have been well chosen and during the massages, things sound exactly as they should sound during that activity in the game. Additionally, the relaxing music which is played at many of the lots, really helps to set a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for both the sims in the game and for the players listening to the sounds.
The game isn’t necessarily all perfect though, occasionally when I was in a yoga class, I would find that my sims were not moving at all for some reason and I had to set them to do the task again. There’s also a situation I found where a sim would often stand on a yoga mat that another sim is on for a few seconds. You can see this issue in my overview video at 12:38.
In terms of the rest of the gameplay, I did think that the set prices for the massages and the yoga activities were quite high in price for a sim. While many often just put in the money cheats and play without the worry of money in the game, there are those who like to play for some time in order to earn things in the game. Having some of the massages cost over 300 simoleons means that a trip to the spa for many working sims may be more of an occasional luxury rather than a frequent visit. While not all massages are over 300 simoleons and some are just over 100, it still seemed to me to be a lot for a sim to pay.
Massage prices in Sims 4 Spa Day | The Sims 4 Spa Day Review
Added into the gameplay mix if you choose to get Spa Day is the new wellness skill. You can increase the wellness skill through activities in the game by doing some yoga, meditation, or getting a massage. If you can get this high enough you’ll unlock certain abilities such as being able to give out different types of massages or being able to do different yoga poses as you go along. I’ve always enjoyed leveling up my sims in the game, so having something new to do that isn’t gardening or going out and having a career is appealing.
Out of the new items that you get as part of the “stuff” part of this game. The aquariums seemed to be the nicest addition. You get two aquariums in this game pack. From the fish animations, to the lighting of the tank and the overall aesthetics, it makes them an impressive item to have for your sims home.
One of the aquariums that you get | The Sims 4 Spa Day Review
The new mirrors are great as well and as seen in my video (3:27) the reflections are quite nice, the mirrors you get in this game pack would also be great if you wanted to have a completely mirrored wall in your sims’ home or venue. Some of the lights, particularly the floral floor light and of course the gameplay items (massage table, massage chair, sauna, mediation area and yoga mats) are all finely done. I felt as a reviewer that the pack had too many items for me to show everyone properly and that’s a good thing for gamers because if I was buying this pack, I want there to be a lot in there to keep me very busy for long time.
Relaxing in the sauna | Sims 4 Spa Day Review
For a full overview of all of the items, rooms and gameplay activities be sure to check out SimsVIP’s guide for this game where you’ll see a full list and description of everything in The Sims 4 Spa Day game pack.
There are four pre-built lots which you get with the Spa Day game pack. These lots will be found in the gallery and you’ll need to find somewhere to place them in your neighbourhood. Once placed there, they’ll become places your sims can visit and stay for the day. All of the lots use a lot of the items that come with the pack in order to present the player with a nice place to visit with their sim during their spa day. They work well as good examples of what’s possible with the items in the game pack and the type of things you can make. Although players who like building, will likely enjoy building their own spa in one of their neighbourhoods far more than just grabbing one of these and throwing it in there, but to start off with, they are quite helpful and it’s good to have four of them from the beginning.
Taking a mud bath in one of the venues | Sims 4 Spa Day Review
There are so many clothes that you get in this game pack and when looking at the amount of clothes that we got with the previous stuff packs, Spa Day really does treat players well when it comes to what their sims can wear to the spa.
As you can see there are plenty of clothes to choose from for your sim to wear to the spa. As with the Perfect Patio Stuff pack, I do see that there is still far less attention paid to the kids when it comes to their clothing amounts when compared to the adults. But as players likely play with adult sims much more than with the kids, it makes sense there is more for that age group. But still, there is isn’t much for kids to wear to the spa at all. But otherwise, this is a fairly full set of clothes for both genders and it will sure keep many players happy.
In the game there is also a radio station which can be listened to through your sims’ radio. It’s one of the smallest features in the game, but it’s also one of the best as it helps set a relaxing tone for your sims and also you as a player to listen to. Not only can your sim get some stress relief out of what they are doing, but so can you! There are also a few recipes added with this game pack, it’s quite nice having something new to cook, but I do wonder if it really fits well into the spa theme, it seems just thrown in there.
Overall The Sims 4 Spa day is packed full of content and so much content that I can’t see how I could say it isn’t good value for money. While the Stuff packs are something I always think are questionable when it comes to if it’s worth it or not to buy and you really have to be into the theme to want one, with this game pack I don’t feel that way.
It’s great being able to go to the spa, the aquariums are super nice, the amount of clothing is more than enough, the new wellness skill will keep you busy for a while and the gameplay objects are all well done with a nice variety of animations. For the items available in the build mode, there are many and it will surely please those who are looking to build the perfect spa for their sims to visit. I’m happy to recommend The Sims 4 Spa Day game pack as something people should be able to enjoy, it’s both relaxing and fun at the same time and that’s a great thing.