LGR – The Sims 4 Laundry Day Stuff Review

LGR – The Sims 4 Laundry Day Stuff Review

October 10, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


Here we are, the 98th stuff pack for this
friggin game. It’s Laundry Day stuff! And as bland as that sounds to me, this time
I can’t ask the rhetorical question of “who actually wanted this pack?” Because apparently, YOU wanted it. That’s right, for the first time the Sims
Team made a stuff pack that was voted on by the community. For the past year, simmers were given choices
to vote on among six aspects of an upcoming pack: Theme, art style, objects and clothing,
gameplay features, icon, and title. And yeah, there were some pretty neat things
available at first, including “Eco Living Stuff”, “Starter Home Stuff”, “Arcade Stuff”,
“Dangerous Stuff”, and “Wedding Stuff.” The people voted on Eco Living Stuff, which
was described as letting players “Adopt new home technologies to help your Sim with
domestic responsibilities and live an eco-friendly life. Potential areas of focus include laundry,
home technology, and solar energy.” And over the rest of the year, simmers voted
and voted and voted until we ended up with the most vanilla pack possible: Laundry Day
stuff. But hey, maybe you like vanilla, and in that
case it’s time to dive into your day of laundry in this thirteenth stuff pack for
The Sims 4. Yeah I’m not exaggerating that number, for
the first time we have entered into the teens in terms of number of stuff packs for a single
Sims game. Ralph is not amused. Or maybe he is, that looks like the most fun
he’s had his whole life. *Ralph silently screaming with joy as the dryer rotates* Anyway, Laundry Day! What would a laundry pack be without some
new potential laundry, and this pack provides a small assortment of clothing items for your
sims. Not a whole lot really, just about twenty
items across all ages and genders. But whatever, your sims probably have more
than enough clothing by now, so let’s jump into the new objects it comes with. There are around 50 new items to buy in-game,
mostly pertaining to washing clothes and providing a rustic home aesthetic — which makes sense
considering one of the possible names for the pack was Rustic Home Stuff. To begin with, there are only two chairs this
time around, which really left me feeling hung out to dry. But sit tight, there’s also a new love seat
and an ottoman. As well as two tables, one of which seats
six around its circumference. You also get four larger pieces of non-interactive
furniture, some non-interactive laundry wall clutter, some shelves, a sizable assortment
of rugs, some crap, some plants, some new windows and doors, two sinks, a hanging bulb
and a sitting candle bowl, and some wicker clothes hampers. In fact, quite a few of the items here are
wicker, which not only fits the rustic theme but provides a cheeky reference in calling
them WICKER WHIMS. Hehe. Guess it was HARD not to make that reference,
a chance like that only COMES around so often, glad they didn’t COCK it up. Sex. Butt hole-d on, isn’t this pack about laundry? Indeed it is, and thankfully you’re given
a few ways to wash because man, sims sure are dirtier than ever these days. There’s a washer, a dryer, and a stacked
washer/dryer combo, each of which work exactly as you’d expect. When sims get their clothes dirty, or wet,
or smelly, sims can either plop their clothes in a nearby hamper or stick ‘em straight
into the washer. Once that’s done, they go into the dryer. Amazing. There are a few other things to worry about,
like removing lint from the dryer between loads to prevent fires and upgrading them
to increase wash speed and clothing cleanliness, but it really is that simple. Sims can also enjoy the pleasure of watching
their wash wash, and I sure do envy their free time. *enviable washer noises* But if you’d rather go a bit more traditional,
sims can also do laundry in a more manual fashion with the wash tub. This takes a whole lot longer of course, but
it does provide the extra incentive of increasing their fitness skill as they work. Oh and you can also drop in laundry additives
into whatever wash method you use, and these consist of both floral and food options. Want some grilled cheese-scented laundry? Go right ahead. Yeah, 2018 is off to a weird start, both here
and in real life: food is a laundry additive, and laundry additives are food. And the additional activities continue with
the rather chunky clothesline, an energy-saving alternative to drying with a dryer. It’s also an incredibly slow one, often
taking half of an entire sim-day to dry your clothing. At least it gives any nearby cats a little
something extra to do. And if you’re like me and don’t want to
bother with all of this stuff, then keep in mind it is entirely optional, just like laundry
in The Sims 3. Your sims don’t actually need to do laundry
at all, not only because they have infinite clothing, but because the laundry needs won’t
actually pop up until you install a washer of some kind on your lot. It really is just a role-play kind of thing
for you to enable as you see fit for each individual household. There are benefits of course, like sims feeling
happier wearing warm, clean clothing, and feeling down when their clothing is wet or
stinky. But it’s the same exact kind of temporary
emotion-altering effects you get from any number of existing items in the game already,
just under a new skin with some new animations, so don’t expect anything too game-changing
here. And that’s The Sims 4 Laundry Day Stuff. It’s $10. If you like what you see, great. But in my own ideal world, I think this would’ve
worked just fine as part of an expansion, especially one like Seasons. Imagine having hot days dry your clothes on
the clothesline faster, or rain getting them all wet again so you have to rush to take
them down during a storm. Not only that, but it boggles my brain that
the community voted against themes like Arcade Stuff and Dangerous Stuff for… household
chores. Something we’ve seen before and frankly,
I didn’t think was all that engaging to begin with back in The Sims 3 Ambitions. Sure it’s realistic, I understand the appeal
of having realistic life stuff in your life simulation. But in my case it’s a “been there, done
that, didn’t enjoy it much the first time” situation. Heck, even the other options put up for vote
under the theme of “eco-friendly stuff” sounded more appealing to me, like off-the-grid
power options and canning food preserves. You know, actual new things we haven’t seen
in The Sims before, things that people like me crave. But I guess this just means I am officially
out of touch with what a majority of Sims players want. I am old. Now if you’ll excuse me I have some clouds
to yell at. And if you enjoyed this guy yelling at clouds, then perhaps you’d like to see some more LGR videos. I put up new ones every Monday and Friday on things like The Sims, old computers and games, and all sorts of other stuff. So, stick around if you’d like. And as always, thank you very much for “washing!” Hehe, yeah.