I hope the new Sims 4 wedding packs fix marriages, but they’re still as broken as ever

I’ll admit I was skeptical when EA announced The Sims 4: My Wedding Story game pack. After all, weddings have always been notoriously messy. Trying to guide all the guests to their seats without anyone dying, catching fire, or being struck by lightning is a total ball pain. The whole ordeal usually ends with your Sims exchanging vows while your guests are busy scratching in the middle of the road or eating the pizza they’ve been keeping in their pockets for a rainy day.

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I let go of some hesitation when I saw the gorgeous new world of Italian style, a collection of striking wedding dresses, and the depth of marriage that My Wedding Story had to offer. It’s not great for EA to monetize a feature that’s been in disrepair for years, but at least it’ll fix them and make them more immersive, right? no! The Sims 4 has packed up all the marital baggage and threw it in this bag.

The biggest problem is that, by its very nature, this package doesn’t work at all. While I’ve been tinkering with early access releases and repeatedly warned that the software isn’t final, I’m still having the exact same problem with this week’s official build. The real wedding — perhaps the most important part of the game pack around marriage — is an absolute nightmare. When planning your ceremony, you can choose your Sims’ wedding attire, set a theme for your guests, and even choose a color scheme, but when I entered the wedding venue, absolutely no one followed my dress code. Everyone wears everyday wear, even my own brides don’t wear the gowns I’ve handpicked for them. Thankfully, I was able to manually change my own sims, but the others looked like they were casually dangling from the wedding on the way back from the supermarket.

The Bride Smile in The Sims 4: Wedding Story

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My Wedding Story presents a few ways to try and help you gather guests around the gaff. There is a fairly extensive menu with commands like “time to sit”, “time to throw rice” and “time to eat cake”. Unfortunately, almost none of them seem to work. Instead of wedding guests, I felt like I was trying to manage a bunch of misbehaving little kids. It proved difficult to get everyone seated – partly because my 20 guests only had 8 seats, but also because most of them preferred to stand in the aisle and chat. Attempting to send two of my honor sims down the aisle was fruitless, one of them didn’t even come close to any ceremonial events.

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