LGR – The Sims 4 Island Living Review

[jazzy Sims-like music plays] Greetings and welcome to the
177th Sims 4 pack review on LGR! This time it’s Island Paradise,
er, Island Living! Dang it, I do that every time. If I misspeak somewhere down the line don’t
worry about it. Anyway yeah, it’s Island Living, a pack
presumably offering an island on which to live. And as someone who has himself lived on an island and in fact has dual citizenship, I’ve always been fond of these tropical destination packs. An island home away from home
just feels like home, what can I say? Personal bias aside though, the question remains
as to whether or not this Island Living game pack is worth the $20 asking price! -Uh actually no.
…Wait, what? -It’s a $40 expansion
It’s a $40 expansion not a $20 game pack? -Yeah.
Ah. -You suck.
Right. That alters expectations a bit! Seems we’ve got the seventh Sims 4 expansion
pack on our hands here, so let’s cannonball into the crystal clear blue waters of content
beginning with the island itself: Sulani. It’s actually an archipelago with vaguely
Polynesian characteristics, split up into three smaller neighborhoods. With a bay area settlement to the south, sunny
oceanside beaches to the west, and a sparsely-inhabited volcanic isle to the north. And if you’ve got seasons installed, the
weather differs from every other world in-game, with warmer summers and milder winters, along with monsoons that result in short but intense downpours. And the occasional volcanic eruption plopping
a buncha things around that may be a bit hazardous. And while you can’t freely roam between
each neighborhood without a loading screen, each one is large enough and contains such
wide swaths of open water that exploration feels more open-ended than most of the other
maps. Plus the lighting and shaders used in Sulani
lend the whole place an orange tropical glow that I absolutely approve of, giving the world
a kind of serene vibe that you just don’t get anywhere else. So it looks great and stuff, but uh. Now what? Well, what actually entails is rather open-ended. Compared to prior destination packs like Jungle
Adventure and Strangerville, Island Living is notably lacking in concrete goals for the
player. Some may argue this is a missed opportunity,
others will appreciate the requirement to make your own fun, but either way I find it’s
worth noting. As an example, you’ll see tidbits of Sulani
culture, customs, and folklore by attending barbecues, talking to locals, and communing
with island spirits. But there’s no straightforward way of learning
about the world’s history, like you could with the Selvadoradian culture skill in Jungle
Adventure, or even the otherworldly conspiracy storyline in Strangerville. Instead it’s all down to you to explore,
appropriate, and interpret for yourself the items offered by Sulani. Personally I appreciate this, but it’s a
departure from recent trends that feels arguably incomplete when you consider the fascinating
culture that could be tapped into here. That of course includes new clothing, hair,
and other Create A Sim items. And again, it’s all following a sim-ified
theme of South Pacific islander aesthetics. Mostly all in the categories of clothing tops
and bottoms, and not as much as I’d hope from new tattoos. I mean there are a few new ones, but c’mon, this could be a defining category in a pack like this. You also get some new traits and aspirations,
with Child of the Ocean, Child of the Islands, and Beach Life all providing options to tailor
your sims’ wants and desires around living on the Island Living island. Living. Island Living. There’s also a new life state, Mermaid,
continuing in the flipper-steps of Sims 3’s Island Paradise. In Island Living though, one becomes a mermaid
by ingesting Mermadic Kelp, or straight up by designing one through Create A Sim. Once you’ve mer-made your decision to become a mer-person, life continues largely as usual on land. It’s not till your sim touches a body of
water that they grow a tail. This of course allows for exceptional swimming
speed, the ability to free dive without a breathing device, the option to talk to fish
and dolphins and a raft of other water-related interactions. They can even sing siren lullabies to alter
the moods of other sims, or change the current weather with Seasons installed. But beyond that? Yeah there’s not too much to do as a mermaid,
man. Or a mer-man, for that matter. Unlike other Sims 4 life alterations like
being a vampire or a celebrity, there are no levels to being a mermaid, no skill tree
for unlocking new powers or perks, and no options to research or improve the mermaid
lifestyle. The biggest difference in your day to day
routine is that you have a hydration need in place of hygiene, which simply requires
mermaid sims come in contact with water every so often, either by drinking or submerging. That’s it. So beyond the mermadic mediocrity, what else
is there? Well how ‘bout taking on one of the new
odd jobs, part-time jobs, or career paths? Beyond the one-off odd jobs you can now accept,
becoming a lifeguard, a fisherman, or a diver are all options in Island Living, though each
of them are unfortunately pretty basic rabbit hole occupations. The lifeguard, for instance, is completely
hands-off here, a bit of a bummer compared to the same more active job in The Sims 3. Instead, here you simply send your sim outta
sight during work hours to go and perform CPR and slow motion beach running scenes off-camera
in parts unknown. Playing a fisherman is about what you’d
expect, taking the existing fishing mechanics and expanding on them with more fish and bait
types, new higher-level fishing skills, and the ability to set water traps to catch critters
while you’re away. And diving can only be described as deeply
disappointing, in regards to both the part-time job and the side activity in general. Free dives, snorkeling, and scuba diving can
only occur at designated buoys around the map, and while there are multiple pieces of
equipment to spice things up, the actual process is utterly boring to watch. Sims just plop underwater and disappear for
multiple sim-hours at a time, with little more than a bubble animation and the occasional
pop-up message keeping you company. There is nothing of note to see underwater
at all, not even if you enable first-person mode. And though sims can take underwater photos,
the resulting images are nothing but a handful of predetermined low-res pics depicting colorful
sights that you can never actually see in-game. Compared to the gorgeous underwater diving
we’ve had in the past, this was easily the biggest letdown of the pack for me. Even if we couldn’t interact directly underwater,
I’d still loved to have seen some depiction of subsurface scenery, but oh well. At least the conservationist career is more
involved, in terms of player interaction and effects on Sulani Isle at large. There are two core paths to pursue: Environmental
Manager and Marine Biologist, each revolving around the idea of improving the environment
by way of cleaning up trash, eliminating invasive species, and generally butting heads with
the less eco-conscious sims around town. It’s one of those careers where in addition
to heading off to some unseen workplace, you’re also provided daily assignments to complete
while you play at your own pace. Taking this to another level is the fact that
the more you clean up the island, the more points you earn. And the more points you earn, the greater
the island’s health improves, as indicated by these ecology update pop ups. I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty rewarding
to actually see your sim’s career actions make a direct impact on the world, and it’s
something I’d really like to see bleed over into other influential careers. Like, if you’re a garbage sim politician
then the whole neighborhood turns into Biff Tannen’s Hill Valley or something. I dunno, surprise me Sims team! Finally, we get to what is perhaps my favorite
aspect of the pack: off-the-grid living, which isn’t even specifically part of Island Living. This is a lot trait that was introduced in
the most recent free patch, and basically what this does is cut the power and water
to your sim’s home lot. And it works well for the premade off-the-grid
lots, with blank beaches and old shipwrecks, all lacking outside resource connections and
providing ample survivalist roleplay opportunities. Now all you need is a bunch of washed-up shipping
boxes filled with ice skates, VHS tapes, and Wilson sports equipment. [SimRalph reacting to excess fire] And you might wonder why I like this so much
since it’s taking things away from the game instead of adding them. But yeah, that’s exactly why I enjoy it! Removing stuff like microwaves, TVs, ovens,
computers, stereos, bathtubs, sinks, and anything else that requires either power or plumbing
means that you really have to rethink your entire simming strategy. And man, at this point, anything that shakes
up the Sims 4 status quo and forces me to get creative, I greet with open arms. Though I’ve found that off-the-grid objects
are… inconsistent, at best. Like, you can’t use sinks because you have
no running water, okay, but why are these toilets still working? And there’s a gas stovetop which is fine,
but why can’t I use the wood burning oven to bake things? And then there’s the confusing laundry situation,
which honestly seems like an oversight. Yes you can use the wash tub from Laundry
Stuff, but you can only use it once. After you’ve washed a set of clothes, the
water is dirty, and since you don’t have any running water you cannot replace your
nasty water. But oh wait, there’s a sink from the same
pack that *does* have running water, kind of, so can you use that?
Nope! What about that amazing waterfall around the corner, the one you can use as a freshwater shower? Nada, you cannot refill water there either. And why aren’t there any options for collecting
rainwater, or using solar panels or anything? I mean, “off-the-grid” doesn’t have
to mean “forced luddite territory” with zero water or power of any kind right. Again, I appreciate the challenge this provides,
but I also think it could use some tweaks and more consistency with its own rules. Something the community has already started addressing with off-the-grid balancing mods, go figure. But yeah, even with the odd omissions and
oversights, I’ve had more fun than anticipated just living my sim life on a virtual island
free of most modern amenities. And there’s something about the new architecture on offer that really inspired me to build again too. Like thatched roofing, open-air walls and
windows, transparent flooring panels, and stilt foundations that allow for building
of homes out into open water somewhat. Granted, it’s not as liberating as the building
of houseboats from The Sims 3 Island Paradise, but it’s still plenty of fun to have a nice
beachside home with one side fit for lounge chairs and sunbathing towels, ready to get
you all sunburned, and the other side equipped for floats and watercraft. And among the nearly 200 build mode items,
there are the required allotment of chairs, with three ottomans and six chairy chairs. Two of those happen to be lounge chairs, something
which has only now been added to The Sims 4, with an additional one coming with the
newest patch. How thoughtful. And yeah, that’s about it for The Sims 4
Island Living expansion! Once again it costs $40, and well, that’s
about twenty more than makes sense in my opinion. It’s a beautiful-looking world, without
question, but contrary to its oceanic theme the gameplay can be bizarrely shallow. Mermaids are a quick distraction at best,
scuba diving is downright dull, and there’s no mystery to unravel or serious culture to
immerse yourself into, despite hints to that once being the case, almost as if more was
planned but eventually got scrapped. It’s labeled a full expansion and not a
game pack after all, and as the seventh expansion there are expectations in place by now that
simply aren’t fulfilled to the fullest. Sure there’s a slew of neat side activities
like canoeing, building sand castles, befriending dolphins, dancing around bonfires, and collecting
new fruits, seashells, and hidden treasures. But it doesn’t quite add up to twice the
cost of a Sims 4 game pack, many of which I’d recommend over this expansion. The most engaging new stuff all comes in the
free patch anyway. Off-the-grid lots, stilt foundations, enhanced
fishing, lounge chairs, and part time jobs, not to mention the 350 new color swatches,
pride month items, and trait randomizing. Those are all fantastic additions! And every one of them are free, no Island
Living required. So yeah, while I’d recommend the world of
Sulani itself simply due to the spot-on tropical goodness, I’d also say it’s worth waiting
for a discount of some kind before diving in. [synthwave outro music] Hi there, you’re still here! Why not check out some other videos I’ve
made, from Sims things to old computer things to me just rambling on about who knows what
every week here on LGR. Regardless though, thank you for watching!


  • shahrokh modares

    When you explore the cave, the painting shows a broken ship with a monster.
    There is a broken ship in front of the cave
    Underground ship
    There is an ancient box that is locked
    And the key is the ocean floor
    In my opinion, this box should be opened to solve the mystery of the cave

  • Darth Marley

    Wonder what country LGR has citizenship with🤔

  • 4Wilko

    Cool Crab!

  • Spirantus

    I kind of mis the sims 3 a lot, except the part where all the sims get stuck, because one small thing was in the way or one person keeps standing on top of the stairs and my other sims could not get up. But with the sims 4, I hate the loading screens and that there are no real open world aspect (and cars, i mis cars)

  • Law Rence

    11:49 I see what you did there…

  • Al Clayton

    Anyone else heard about the new indie life sim that's been confirmed called Paralives? It looks to be very promising… Maybe the sims could finally have some good competition!

  • Amy Sparkle-Time

    does the game come as a code or as a disk? I just need to know

  • Evie Louis

    I know nobody will see this but should I get island living or get famous. what do you recommend I get?

  • Charliegirl

    love it! gonna buy today!!! awesome expension!

  • Charliegirl

    Question 2019 simmers! who wants underwater homes for mermaids but also see sims swimming underwater deep down in pools?!!! i do! fischies etc?!!

  • Strain42

    As someone who grew up in Hawaii there's definitely a charm to island life that I'll always enjoy, and this does seem like it has an absolutely lovely aesthetic, but maybe not for that price. Thanks for the review, LGR! Always look forward to your Sims coverage.


    So, today I spent £32.99 on this pack, I've been waiting 12 hours for the fucking thing to download

  • seonni

    "It's a beautiful-looking world, but the gameplay can be bizarrely shallow" every sims 4 expansion pack up until now in a nutshell.

  • L K

    I would have loved to create my own resort/bed and breakfast/etc.

  • Samantharadninja

    I was so bored with the sims 4 that I thought maybe I was getting older but I redownloaded the sims 3 and Ive been playing that nonstop

  • Marin Morg

    It so sad how many people are disappointed by this product, but EA successfully got you to buy it. Despite it even having unflattering reviews….
    That's how they stay in business, they don't need u to play their product… Just buy it XD

  • Parker Hewitt

    U N I V E R S I T Y L I F E

  • Ghost Dog

    Sims 4 is not getting any better…….. I still rather play Sims 3 over this shit I play Sims 1 and 2 over this.

  • Rah Mel

    Ralph is going to lose a body part guys because Moschino Stuff Pack is coming…

  • N. Wolf

    How you get the free patch?

  • Sven S.

    Im not disappointed by island paradise.
    I’m disappointed by The Sims 4 in general.

  • Tevinter resident

    I'm waiting for Sims 5 which will hopefully be more in depth with wishes that are not the same every single day and I hope we will get fears from Sims 2 as well.

  • Ester W

    My question is, can I have a sim that is a vampire and a mermaid/merman?

  • TheDirewolf 1234

    The base game is almost unplayable due to lack of content and the price points for new content is ridiculous.

    Here’s my idea of prices in the most likely way:

    EXPANSION PACK : $15-20
    GAME PACK : $10
    STUFF PACKS : $2.50-5

  • Doctor Who fan

    I don’t get why the sims community is always accepting of the content that they make. This pack is good but is so underdeveloped and so half baked

  • GreatLemon

    is that Doug Walker?

  • James Tomato

    Duke Nukem? More like Duke Fishron Ha!

  • Angry Tomato


  • Alva Haag

    But is it worth to buy it? Finns one for about $20

  • nimyria

    I'm still hopeful that Sims 4 series will rise up with a University Expansion Pack.

  • Liam 8816

    Are there hurricanes

  • Brattony

    I find playing a game with limited or outdated technology is more fun than one full of it. Unless it robots.

  • Kimberly

    Haven't bought this yet, waiting for a price drop. The builds and environment are lovely to look at but overall gameplay seems quite mundane as sims 4 has been getting for me now. Resorts/hotels would have been a great focal point for this pack, with waterparks too. They even could have introduced owning several properties instead and being landlord as a job, with conservation work you do having an influence on your rental ratings (tropical sims airbnb)

  • Josefine Andersen

    I am kinda disappointed in it. glad I got it at a 40% discount

  • BebeLivesHere

    To the people saying that neighbourhoods cant be done in one thing, that diving cant, I presrnt to you thr MMORPG of the decade: Neverwinter. It can run on a toaster, it runs well, and it can do all sorts with little to no lag with its wide worlds and all sorts. If the sims 4 has issues running, I can almost guarantee its shitty coding / game design.

  • tanzia machmer

    Thank you for saving me $51 CAD.xo

  • Not Me

    It cost 60 for ps4

  • Mariusz

    wow EA again go full asshole…
    40$ for a DLC were you cannot go and screw dolphins and fish when you are a mermaid… pff

  • The26

    Can't wait for you to review The Sims 4 Moschino stuff pack.

  • pinguaina

    pls do moschino stuff

  • arielaw4

    Welcome to the new and… unimproved expansion pack. Giving everything you wanted from the same Sims 3 expansion pack, only less.

  • mraaronhd

    Clint, what other citizenship do you hold?

  • Hero of Kush

    This game has been out for 5 years

  • azhash

    Didnt they do that exact same dlc like 4 times already?

  • Yan Shyla

    Let us just admire, after all the years of sims 4, you can now swim in non pool places…

  • ArchieDaHunter

    Stop being disappointed for the works of others. Who knows? Maybe this is just a small creation that is part of a bigger idea?

  • Random Cat On The Internet

    i guess i can just install Wicked Woo on this expansion pack,

  • Luke J

    worst youtuber ever, only knows to complain


    I have a question: Do mermaid sims shower or they cannot shower at all as soon as they become mermaids/mermen? I mean it is ok to put a merSim into a bathtub but how about showers, can they still use them?

  • Prof.Dr. Baum

    If you ask me if its good isnt the question wizh Sims 4 DLCs.
    They are allways good.
    But they are never worth the money.
    The question is: How close does it get to being worth it in EA standarts.

  • ConfettiPetti

    I'm so conflicted on this pack, on one hand it's the town that I keep coming back to and I love the beach and off the grid aspects but at the same time I remember loving island paradise so much more.

  • Louise Goethals

    This EP has been my biggest disappointment in TS4. Honestly, I barely even feel like I want to play anymore after this. Island Paradise was my favourite pack and I was aching for it in TS4 since launch. The biggest thing I was excited for, was beautiful fantasy dive lots and a cute Tiki-themed world. This pack crushed my hopes and dreams for TS4. Even if they later introduce a GP that focuses purely on scuba diving and I get my wish, it will feel like a total rip-off because why the hell wasn't it part of Island Living? Just can't win.

  • Lexie Marie

    I wish there was hotels like in the sims 3 🙁 that’s what made the sims 3 island paradise fun

  • Mia Kay

    I got this one and started playing and after building my home there was nothing else to do… I thought I was missing something. Turns out that's it. … thank God I did not pay for it.

  • Rogelio Vela "Roger"

    time for the modding community to add all those missing items based on what LGR is saying 😀

  • Nicole Arane

    Once again, LGR is involved in another financial decision in my life.

  • Jay Time

    ugh again with the pride month blasphemy, pushing Christians away is not cool

  • Cookie Crumble

    Did you really name the blonde sim "Duke Nukem"? 😂

  • limelight4life coe

    The pack was 30 dollars for me cuz it was 20% off so if it was not 20% off then 8t would be 40 dollars but I got it today I LOVE IT!!!!

  • Jared Allen

    What’s the best expansion pack?😂

  • Fluffy Alicuh

    I'm really looking forward to when Paralives comes out. Finally EA will have some competition and maybe will get their shit together.

  • JimbobMcPeen

    They’re milking The Sims 4 too much. It’s been five years since the game came out, it’s time for The Sims 5 to come out. Honestly right now I’m still a firm believer that 3 is a vastly better game than 4. They need to get 5 out so it’ll actually be an improvement

  • LOOΠΔ/Kay

    in comparison to island paradise this pack is so empty, island paradise gave us house boats, deep diving you could actually see where you could actually explore underwater and HOTELS THAT YOU COULD RUN YOURSELF

  • Jelane Johnson

    Great review! I totally agree with your assessment!

  • Lauren Malone

    Damn, the scuba diving in this is such a letdown. I loved scuba diving in the sims 3, it was so much fun seeing another whole world that you could explore. This pack seems like just a sad reminder of what it could have been.
    However, the off grid living and island makes me want to create so many Lost families and have them actually live like they do on the island. Definitely going to wait until it goes down in price though.

  • ifollowrivers

    I keep thinking about how we spend $40 for each expansion and then there are game and stuff packs and it’s just absurd how much money this game has been and it still doesn’t feel complete. The sims seriously needs some competition…

  • Irina Raluca


  • Telia Rattliff-Cross

    I think its funny that people bought this. If we'd stop paying for half packs then the team would understand that we've seen them do better.

  • HarryPotter 360

    Cleorrr!!!! Naaaarrrr!!!!!

  • Lorton lestar

    People actually act surprised that they’re disappointed. The whole sims4 franchise is one big disappointment. No matter how many expansions it will not improve.

  • Guy Incognito

    Oh how I missed Cool Crab!

  • James Dot

    Going to my fav sim youtuber to comments on their news posts to complain about the Off Grid stupididy

  • Robert-Jan van Driel

    we have to stop comparing sims 3 and sims 4. SIms 4 is maybe a bit lesser but it's because sims 3 was a way too heavy game, you needed a special computer and hard drive and a lot of terabyte on your computer. The sims 4 is less heavy and open to more players. I just play on my school mac

  • fatma

    i can’t buy it idk why🤷🏻‍♀️💔💔

  • Nana Mew

    This is the same as the sims 3

  • railbaron1

    If Sims 4 did Alaska as a pack, they'd have to balance Offgriding because Offgriding is more a part of Alaska then the Pacific Island.

  • RageQueen

    Ok I'm bored. Give us the Uni pack and then send the devs to classes so they know how to optimize open world for sims 5.

  • Sam Prosser

    52 dollars in Canada

  • Chico’s channel montini

    Let’s be honest the Sims four was a little bit of a letdown the maps are way smaller There were so many missed opportunities in the Sims four they really need to step up their game it’s quite sad I honestly I’m starting to think that the Sims three was better they definitely made the diving experience less fun like what is going on with the Sims four who is coming up with these ideas why is it so restricted this time around anybody else feeling this way

  • DCLXVI_89 gaming

    Best Sims reviews ever. Honest as fuck and appreciated. I feel the love for the game in the videos too.

  • *Insert Epic Name Here*

    Damn they were really lazy making the mermaids 🙄🙄

  • Wevena

    I appreciate you using sim Ralph for this review 😅

  • Cesar Rodriguez

    Okay wait for it to be 20 bucks or 10

  • Matt Karsch

    Origin or EA is having discounts across the board, but nice to see some of the older expacs, stuff , game packs come down in price the game been out for well over 3 years.

    like most expansions on other titles either get put into the base up until latest expansion etc at a set price.

    Either EA is money hungry or squeezing the players for more dime in their wallet.

  • Emelie Magnusson

    I kinda wish i watched this before i bought it

  • Emelie Magnusson

    I thought there was gonna be hotels

  • ·Rachel·

    I wasted 40€ in this disappointing expansion before watching this vid…. I'm stupid.

  • Markianna Tharpe

    I’ve stop buying these games honestly I can’t support the money grab. Stick to the classics

  • Markianna Tharpe

    Can u play school tycoon ?

  • John Krakovsky

    Well, I have Sims 4 on Xbox, most of the Stuff Packs, most of the Game Packs and Seasons, City Living, and Get To Work Expansion Packs on Xbox.

    I had the base game for PC which I finally played for an hr knowing the Xbox console verion well, just to see what the difference was and I liked the PC version. It's much faster with the mouse and keyboard, so I went ahead and order a pick your own Expansion Pack/Game Pack/Stuff Pack bundle. I chose this Expansio because it's new and
    looks interesting, Vampires Game because it's the best, and Bowling Night Stuff just because. I know the other 2 because I have them, but I don't know what to make of this pack. I'm probably wrong, but it just seems like a new island world. Like it only adds a new setting to the game. I'll need to and probably will play more when I upgrade my GPU soon, but yeah.

    I also installed The Sims 3 and its Ambitions Expansion pack which I have physical copies of both and never played much of, and that game looks like crap compared to The Sims 4, no doubt, but the game seems much deeper The town's are bigger, everything seems bigger and deeper, except visually.

  • Marijn swartjes

    THEY must update Sims 2 and 3 !! all the Crashes…. sorry but Sims 4 sucks! and al the money…. it cost.. DANM!!
    Sims 2 and 3 are the best! Well…… maybe that is the reason they dont update Sims 2 and 3 !!!! soo you buy this bullshit !!( and I miss the old news paper,) Well … ILOVE your video's!! that is the best thing about sims 4 that you still make these funny video's ;)Thanx LGR

  • natdomo

    pls help me this or Vampire game pack? thanks

  • xxriotgirl6669xx

    I love the sims very excited for this but miss the sims 3. Their island one was amazing I had a house boat and could go underwater I had cars I don’t get why they won’t do this in the sims 4. Can you have electricity on the island if you choose? Also did anyone see the all white mermaid in create a sim it looked like David spade as a merman 😆

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  • Carlisea Hurst

    it's not letting me purchase island living someone help me

  • Rarah Vaderahen

    40 dollars? Yeah sure, lemme turn on uTorrent one second… thanks EA

  • Livy Lou

    I feel like sims 4 has great ideas for their game packs/expansions but there is always more opportunity left in them. There could be so much more they could put in these.

  • Livy Lou

    This should’ve been a game pack if it was gonna be so lackluster.

  • Nikki Taylor

    Ummmm hello…..it’s been like 12 hours lol where is ur review for realm of magic?!!

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