At the heart of the Sims 4 universe, just like ours, time never stands still. As days turn to weeks, your Sim transitions through various life stages. Each stage, from infancy to old age, has its unique challenges and joys. Yet, for those who wish their Sims to stay in a particular phase, the game offers solutions.
Methods to Stop Aging
Using Game Settings
The game settings offer a direct and easy approach to control the aging of your Sims. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
- Accessing the Game Settings: Initiate this process by clicking on the three dots located in the upper right-hand corner of your game screen.
- Age Control Options: Here, you will encounter multiple choices that grant control over the aging process:
- Active Household Aging: This option allows you to freeze time for the household you’re currently playing.
- Non-active Household Aging: If you prefer other Sims in the world to age but not yours, this is your go-to option.
- Global Aging Control: An overarching control, this ensures that every Sim, be it in your household or elsewhere, remains ageless.
- Storyline Continuation: The beauty of this method? Your game’s storyline progression remains entirely uninterrupted.
Ensuring a Sim Remains in a Specific Life Stage
For players who have a favorite life stage, say the adventurous phase of a “young adult”, you can set your Sim to remain in that phase indefinitely. Follow these steps:
- Initiate Game Options: This can be done in two ways. You can click on the three dots in the top right of the screen or simply press the escape button on your keyboard.
- Dive into “Game Options”: Once inside, you’ll need to proceed to the next step.
- Access “Gameplay” Settings: This is where the magic happens.
- Age Regulation: Within these settings, find the “Auto Age Played Sims” option. Toggle this to “No”.
- Save Your Preferences: It’s essential to make these changes permanent. Ensure you click “Apply Changes” before exiting.
By following the above steps, your Sim will not age up, allowing them to remain in their current life stage, free from the challenges of old age.
Using In-game Items to Revert or Prolong Age
The Sims 4 also offers intriguing in-game items to manipulate age. Let’s delve into these options:
Potion of Youth
This mystical potion promises a return to younger days:
- Acquisition: Gather enough satisfaction points and head to the reward store. Once there, purchase the Potion of Youth.
- Usage: After buying, locate the potion in your Sim’s inventory. Let your Sim drink it, and watch them rejuvenate, rewinding to the early phase of their current life stage.
Essence of Life from a Cow Plant
A slightly more unorthodox method involves the intriguing Cow Plant:
- Growing a Cow Plant: Ensure you have a Cow Plant on your property.
- The Essence Gathering: This step is a tad macabre. Your Cow Plant must first consume another Sim. After this event, the Cow Plant becomes milkable.
- Reaping the Benefits: Milking the Cow Plant post-consumption provides the Essence of Life. Once your Sim drinks this essence, their life gets an extension.
A word of caution: This method’s nature might be unsettling to some, so proceed with discretion.