A new year, a new piece of Sims content. That's just the way the world works. As such, Maxis welcomes us to 2015 with the Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat game pack; the first piece of paid content for the Sims 4. And yes, this is a "game" pack, not a stuff pack, not an expansion pack, but a new flavor of pack entirely. Seems they're changing things up on us, and that's cool by me because personally I grew weary of useless stuff packs and gigantic expansions where I only used half the content. Now we got game packs, that fall somewhere in between stuff packs and expansions in regards to content and price. For twenty (20) US Dollars or your regional equivalent, you can log on to the Origin's store and download a good sized morsel of freshly baked Sims 4 game play. At this point it is only sold online, not on store shelves. Once you got it installed, just go into your game and enjoy the overbearing menu blasting you in the face with your new piece of content; start a game and whenever you feel like it you can now send your Sims on vacation. To the bug infested bear wallow known as "Granite Falls". This is a woodsy area of ambiguous locale. Reminiscent of forests and camp grounds familiar to anyone who's either seen a slasher flick in the past thirty (30) years, or has been forced by their family to be forced to visit one under dubious guise bonding and building character. Yes, this is the realm of mosquitoes, cabins, waterfalls and taking a dump in little wooden shacks. In short, it is a huge and welcome departure from the Sims 4 generic suburban worlds; but what does this means in regards to the Sims 4? Well, you got like sixty (60) new items, dozens of new clothing and hair styles, new skills, new activities and new newness to new over. To start things off you choose the lot you want to vacation at and than choose the length of your stay. Once you get there it's up to you as to what you want to do because this is an entirely new open ended world to explore. It's about on par with the previous worlds as far as size, maybe a bit bigger; but it's got a whole different atheistic and is filled with several new things to do. For one thing, you can now place tents and campfires and all that sort of outdoorsy camping stuff. Tents, not only give you a place to rest, but they're fun for kids to play in and even more fun for adults to play in… Oooo And if you forgot to bring one, there's a Ranger Station that lets you buy tents and other supplies; so you're not stuck fending for yourself and drinking your own pee… I mean unless you just feel like it, and in that case you can do that, well without the pee. As there are a slew of new collectibles for your survivalist inclined Sim to find, from insects, to fish, to plants. Herbalism is a new skill as well, so you can pull a Dovahkiin and just munch everything until you find out what it is. Then once you do, you can combine ingredients to make special elixirs. Campfires are a lot of fun as well, especially with a group of friends around; when everyone just socializing and multitasking in a way that only the Sims 4 has let you do up to this point. Roasting hot dogs, playing in the fire, telling ghost stories and singing terribly are all on the agenda and it's pretty great! *Sim singing horribly while playing guitar just as bad* Of course there are things to do in the day as well as kicking back with a cold one and an old friend or eating cheeseburgers in silence with a bunch of people you don't know. *birds sing in background* And if you don't mind a loading screen, beyond the main campground there's a nearby woods you can explore; filled with other collectibles and horror movie sets. Surely an attractive young Sim walking around here late at night wont bring out the serial killers, so don't worry about it. What you should worry about is your Sims going crazy from boredom, uncomfortably and sleep deprivation; especially if they are not the in tuned with nature type. In that case, it is probably a better idea to just rent a cabin, of which there are several sizes, shapes and styles to choose from. Granted it is not the same experience as roughing it in a polyester shack in the dirt, but if you go the money and don't have the will power, then why not? Cabins can also be incredibly cosy, so if a romantic get away is on your agenda but you rather not deal with bugs chomping at your nads than it's a great alternative. But what it comes down to is Outdoor Retreat is a really cool little pack of game. A game pack that is, and I'm really amused that they are taking this direction with expansion content. They've provided something akin to a full expansion without going overboard on price and things to do, but also the number of objects a stuff pack would have without skimping on the new game play. Now is it worth buying or not? Well seeing as twenty (20) bucks got much less in the Sims 3, I'm inclined to say this is just awesome and I like it a lot. And I know, they added things like ghosts, pools and new careers for free last year; but there is still a whole lot of stuff left that needs to be added into this game in my opinion and you can bet that not all of that will come for free. These game packs are one other way to do so, and I think it's a step in a direction that can benefit the publisher and Simers alike. Maybe this particular content doesn't appeal to you, but if this is a success then I can imagine fifty (50) more of these things coming along to feed all sorts of niche game play ideas. Sooner or later one will pop up that makes you go, "Holy crap I need this!" And when you get it at least the twenty (20) dollars you've spent won't disappoint you with stupid things like lemonade you can't drink and a candy coated love seat… Now I'm not all in favor of them nickle and diming with a ton of piecemeal content, don't get me wrong, but I do think it makes way more sense to make smaller packs that adds new items AND game play, rather then risk it all on a forty (40) dollar expansion that may or may not appeal to as many people or releasing a bunch of stuff packs nobody wants. Chances are they'll still release proper expansions for the Sims 4, but if they've gotten rid of stuff packs entirely and replaced them with game packs like this, then I say bring it on. I am a Simmer, and I want more fun content to Sim with. And Outdoor Retreat delivered. *Sim singing horribly while playing guitar just as bad* And if you enjoyed this "look at a Sims 4 thing", you might want to check out my other Sims 4 things, The Sims 3, and 2 and 1 and spin off things, they're all in my channel. And more are coming as I feel like doing them, and as more new stuff comes along. Videos every Monday and Friday here on LGR, so subscribing is a thing that exists just for that purpose. You can also follow and interact with me on Twitter and Facebook as well as support the show on Patreon , Allowing you to see videos like this before anyone else… Except for the other Patreons but that's OK. There is plenty of video to go around for everyone. And as always, thank you very much for watching!

LGR – The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Review
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47 thoughts on “LGR – The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Review

  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Be sure to read honest and real reviews of Outdoor Visit on my blog before you buy. Go to gohonestreviews. com/outdoor-visit-review/ Thanks, Oran.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Awesome review. Definitely subscribing. Please keep it up mate, you're the best one there is for this stuff.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    I think I'll pick this one up for Xbox One and play some this weekend. Its this or Jungle Adventure, but Im leaning more towards Outdoor Retreat. It chronological order. First Game Pack release for PC, so why not?

    I dont know what's wrong with me I love The Sims, I've been a fan since the first game, I own Sims 4 On Xbox One and I keep buying expansion and never play it. I buy them just to have them. I might be trying to build up a monster stock pile amount of game. Its like I feel like I dont have enough to fully enjoy the game yet. I have..

    Awesome Animal Hats
    Backyard Stuff
    City Living
    Cool Kitchen Stuff
    Dine Out
    Get To Work
    Life of the Party
    Perfect Patio Stuff
    Romantic Garden Stuff
    Spooky Stuff
    Up All Night
    Vampires
    Vintage Glamour Stuff

    I'm thinking of getting this (Outdoor Retreat) and either Movie Hangout Stuff OR Bowling Night Stuff. I really should play the game. Im really rocking in the content at this point.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    still waiting for university life…

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    In this video, LGR had his sanity. Now, looking at the last stuff pack review, you can clearly see he has lost all of his sanity from EA's bullshit.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Is this pack better than spa day

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Wait Sims 4 is 5 years old ?? Omg D:

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    So I've watched almost all sinful reviews in the past week. It is now 2019 and all of these games and their packs cost exactly the same price today. I am so not interested.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    3 years later and we still don’t have fully decorated / playable towns 🙂

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    I’m going to buy a sims dlc, but have no idea which one! Please help need suggestions 😂

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Well so much for ditching the stuff packs huh

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Such a beautiful song that guitarist sang lol. I'm really enjoying The Sims 4 Seasons on PS4. and i Think this will be my next expansion once i get the money to spend on it. But I don't like how these expansions, and packs are so much money for jsut a few items that we'll actually use.. They really need to cut these non-expansions down to like $10 and under. More people will buy them. Would be nice if you could actually have your Sims LIVE in a camp site rather than just only vacation. ALso Thank you for making this video Very much appreciate giving us detail about the pack before we buy!

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Still waiting on slasher flick serial killer DLC

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Bonding and building character? Hmm…sounds like Calvin and Hobbes to me!

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    My Sims lean a bit granola and this is my favorite game pack so far. I don't have tons of these but it's Cyber Monday and I'm looking at a few of these reviews including the ones I have apparently. Wee!

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Little did he know there would be too many stuff packs and not enough game packs

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    I cant find the park ranger

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    every time a see a video from before 2016 it’s just instantly like oh. 2015. i miss it, can i go back please?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    I'm going through all LGRs Sims 4 reviews again (I've done it so many times with the sims 3 and I love them all) and you can just sense his enthusiasm going more and more downhill after this video up to seasons. It accurately mirrors my emotions to the sims after scam after scam.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    I want them to make a expansion pack called “Vacations” now that they have Sims 4 Seasons. Put beaches in their and winter wonderland & stuff.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Love seat was the worst couch in sims 3

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    back when his reviews weren't S A L T Y af

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Can toddlers use the tents?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    4:32 I'd argue that Sims 4 goes way overboard on price for DLC.
    Like the base price for all the DLC's should be half of what they actually are imo.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Loading screen is still better than lagggg

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    I really wanna see an expansion like the sims 3 University life. Hoping for no more useless stuff packs😭

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    I love going back and watching his older Sims 4 reviews to see all of the optimism….. (before it all vanishes.)

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Man, this was so misleading to all the 2015 simmers that thought all the rest of the sims 4 packs were gonna be this great…

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    3yrs later and 0:29 is something to be regretful about

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    That girl had a bush on her head!

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    This + Seasons… Is Heaven!

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Looking back at this for fun. Ahh the first DLC to Sims 4… started off great, you sounded so optimistic, so glass half-full… 😆

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    hey!!!…anyone know…
    when Sims 4 out door retreat coming to console?

    I only play on console😭😭😭

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    I wonder if they could do a game pack for sims castaway… I know this is sort of survivalish- but I want actual washed up on a beach and making friends with monkeys who give you things, back… probably won't ever happen but it's a nice idea! Would be even cooler if this wasn't a "vacation" thing I guess you could put trees on lots down in a foresty pattern and make campgrounds for your sims to actually live at for a survival experience maybe lol

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    “I would be okay if they got rid of stuff packs entirely”
    Oh honey, you got a big storm comin

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Lol when you are happy tbere is cheerful music

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    There's a sim with a bush on her head

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Any idea if this will be coming to the consoles?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    I am a summer for life but EA just made me not want to buy the sims 4 after all the crap they pulled on sims 3. I felt that they are very greedy & it made me lose my interest on purchasing the sims 4. I spent over $800.00 on sims 3 which is all the games, sp, & and all the store worlds. I am gonna stick to my sims 1-3 for now. Thanks LGR 👍🏻

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    WE NEED A PACK WITH DIRTY, BROKEN, WORN-DOWN, HOBO ETC STUFF! NOT USELESS STUFF PACKS.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    “If they got rid of stuff packs entirely, bring it on” oh it’s very unfortunate how wrong you were there

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    If only he know the amount of stuff packs to come…

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    granite falls?
    gravity falls??

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    This needs to be on ps4 makes sense to go in chronological order for the console dlc's really.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    it's hilarious watching this back and hearing how impressed you were with the game pack. now look where we are with the sims lmao

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