The Sims 4 received a major update to the base game to support the upcoming release of the Dream Home Decorator game package on June 1. Even if you don’t buy a new package, installing the update will give you access to the new game feature: I like it and I don’t like it.
- What are I Like and Dislike in The Sims 4?
- Likes and dislikes: Color
- Like and dislike: Music
- Likes and dislikes: hobbies and skills
- Likes and dislikes: Decor
- How to set what your Sims like and dislike in The Sims 4
- Comparison: The Sims 4 Likes and Dislikes vs The Sims 3 Favorites
What are I Like and Dislike in The Sims 4?
Likes and dislikes determine Simík’s preferences in several different genres: Color, Music, Hobbies and skills, and (if you have Dream Home Decorator installed) Decoration.
You can use likes and dislikes to complement Simka’s aspirations and qualities in determining their personality. However, you can set likes and dislikes completely independently and you are not limited by other aspects of their personality.
Who says a muscular body build brother can’t love Queen Anne’s pink clothes and furniture? Or can that noble and well-behaved member of society stop by playing complicated pranks on his enemies? How about a colored snob who really likes to listen to kitschy Christmas music all year round? It’s up to you whether to use the new system to double your Sims’ existing characters or give them unexpected new depth.
Of course, a mixed approach is always good. You can set a total of up to 20 likes for one Sim and you don’t like it, so you have the freedom to set the tone while still throwing in a special curve.
Likes and dislikes: Color
There are 11 colors available, which your Sims may and may not like. As you can expect, they are: black, white, brown, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink.
Sim’s favorite and dislike colors affect how they will react to the renovation in Dream Home Decorator.
Like and dislike: Music
Music preset options are based on in-game radio stations. Which one you have access to will depend on what additional content you have installed. Even if you only own the basic game, you will have a choice of 13 types of music.
You may like or dislike any radio station in a package that you own that can be played on a regular stereo device. The only ones for which your Sims can’t express preferences are DJ stations with the ability to lock skills and DJ R-3X Stereo stereo stations from Journey to Batuu.
Listening to or dancing to your favorite music will give Sim a stronger Happy moodlet than the base for these activities, and their fun needs will increase much faster.
However, listening to or dancing to music you didn’t like will provide a moody Tense, and Sim’s fun need will drop instead of increase.
Likes and dislikes: hobbies and skills
Opportunities for popular and disliked hobbies and skills are drawn directly from the skills you have available in the game. This will depend exactly on the additional content you have installed. Even if you only own the basic game, you should have 17 hobbies and skills.
Note that not all skills in the game and its accessories are in this category and it is not clear what the reasons for inclusion and omission are. See the following table for more details:
|Available as Presets Hobbies and Skills||Not available as presets Hobbies and skills|
|Fitness||Pet training (cats and dogs EP)|
|Gardening||Veterinarian (cats and dogs EP)|
|Guitar||Flower Arrangement (Seasons EP)|
|Dexterity||Production (Eco Lifestyle EP)|
|Unhappiness||Juice Fizzing (Eco Lifestyle EP)|
|Mixology||Herbalism (Outdoor Retreat GP)|
|Painting||Vampire Lore (Vampires GP)|
|Photography||Parenting (GP parenting)|
|Piano||Archeology (Jungle Adventure GP)|
|Programming||Jungle Adventure GP|
|Rocket science||Knitting (Nifty Knitting SP)|
|Video games||Medium (Paranormal SP)|
|Baking (EP to work)|
|Dancing (Get Together EP)|
|DJ Mixing (Get Together EP)|
|Singing (City Living EP)|
|Acting (Get Famous EP)|
|Media production (Get Famous EP)|
|Research and debate (Discover University EP)|
|Robotics (Discover University EP)|
|Climbing (Snowy Escape EP)|
|Skiing (Snowy Escape EP)|
|Snowboarding (Snowy Escape EP)|
|Wellness (Spa Day GP)|
|Pipe Organ (Vampires GP)|
|Bowling (Bowling Night SP)|
Sims who participate in activities they enjoy will gain a stronger positive mood and also get a fun need, although the activity usually does not provide it. They are also more likely to perform this activity on their own if you have free will turned on.
On the other hand, Sims who engage in activities they don’t like will get into a tense mood and will be increasingly unhappy if you force them to continue. They also never decide to do an activity on their own that they don’t like.
Sim liked and didn’t like Hobbies & Skills the impact on how they would react to the renovation in Dream Home Decorator. In addition, Sims can, with special passion, ask for a renovation focused on this skill, such as Studio for Sims, who likes painting.
Likes and dislikes: Decor
This genre is only available if you have Dream Home Decorator installed. Decor preference options are drawn directly from the styles available in the content you have installed.
Sim’s favorite and dislike decor styles affect how they respond to renovations in Dream Home Decorator.
We don’t know anything else about this genre yet, but we will definitely let you know more when we have the opportunity to try Dream Home Decorator for ourselves!
How to set what your Sims like and dislike in The Sims 4
Once the new update is installed, you can set in Create-A-Sim which you like and dislike Sim.
A new Like and Dislike tab will appear in the same area of the screen where you select a Sim’s personality. It’s at the bottom and right of the Aspirations tab and should look like ? inside the hexagon, if your Sim doesn’t have any likes or dislikes yet.
Once you set at least one Like or Dislike, the icon changes and you can hover over it to see a list of all Sim’s likes and dislikes.
You can set likes and dislikes for children who are older and older.
He likes and dislikes that it won’t automatically fill in for unplayed characters unless you choose Sim as your client in Dream Home Decorator. This means that the pre-prepared Sims and Sims in the save that you started before the update will have no likes and dislikes until you set them up yourself.
During the game, he now likes and dislikes Simology panel just below the properties. (By the way, the new update promotes properties back to the top of the panel after consecutive new simology features have moved to the middle of the list. I’m glad I saw the properties back to the top where they belong.)
There is also a practical novelty Enter Create-a-Sim button on the panel. By clicking this button, you can switch to a limited version of CAS at any time in the game, such as the one you get when your Sim changes appearance using a mirror or chest of drawers. Here you can’t change the basic information or genetics of the Sim, but you can change their appearance and their likes and dislikes.
If Simik practices hobby / skill activities for which he is indifferent for several hours in the game, it can eventually affect their Likes and Dislikes.
If they have positive emotions while participating, you will get the opportunity to add their likes after a while. If they are in negative emotions, you can instead get a chance to add their dislikes.
Comparison: The Sims 4 Likes and Dislikes vs The Sims 3 Favorites
Players who have been using the franchise for some time may recognize Like and Dislike as similar to the system of favorites in The Sims 3. However, there are a few key differences, so we’ve made side-by-side comparisons:
|The Sims 3||The Sims 4|
|Genre preferences||Three genres of favorites: color, music and food.
No less popular.
|Three genres I like and dislike in the basic game: Color, Music and Hobbies and Skills.
The fourth genre (Décor) has been added if you have Dream Home Decorator installed.
|Maximum number of presets||One favorite per genre.||Up to 20 in total like and dislike across all genres.|
|Preset selection||Favorites selected in Create-A-Sim and must be selected before saving and exiting.
Sims born in the game received randomly assigned favorites.
|In Create-A-Sim you can choose Likes and Dislikes, but you can play without choosing.
If you do not fill all 20 slots, Sims can optionally gain more likes and dislikes in the Hobbies & Skills genre through play until they reach the limit.
|Preferences options:||20 potential favorite colors (including color variations in blue, green, purple, pink, and white).
Favorite music and food drawn from the game options. Availability depends on which packages are installed.
|11 potential colors they like and dislike.
Popular and disliked music, hobbies and skills and decorations drawn from the game options. Availability depends on which packages are installed.
|Change preferences||Favorites cannot be changed after exiting Create-A-Sim.
No way to influence Favorite Sims born in the game.
With the World Adventures EP installed, you can purchase a Lifetime Reward for changing a child or an older Sim for 5,000 lifetime luck points. This reward allows you to re-select Sim Favorites and is the only way to change Favorites without cheating.
|The “Enter Create-A-Sim” button on the Simology tab allows you to add or remove Likes and Dislikes at any time.
You can use the sim to influence your favorite and unpleasant hobbies and skills by encouraging them to perform appropriate game activities. If you have a Like and Dislike slot for free, after Sims practice a skill for a while, you get the option to set a preset or not.
|Impact on gameplay||Sims get in a stronger positive mood when eating their favorite food or listening to their favorite music.
Sims can independently discuss their favorites while chatting or having deep conversations.
With EP Into the Future installed, Sims will get stronger positive moods in Sonic Shower if their favorite color is set.
|Sims get stronger Happy moods when they participate in Favorite Hobbies and Skills or listen / dance to Favorite Music, and get stressed when they participate in Dislike Activities.
Sims can get excited about conversations and declare hatred for displeasure.
When Dream Home Decorator GP is installed, the colors he likes and dislikes affect how positively or negatively the client responds to the renovation.