The Sims 4: Snowy Escape


The Sims 4: Snowy Escape comes with a new Lifestyles system to enhance Sim personalities. Sims activate Lifestyles through repeated behaviors.

Lifestyles are a brand-new feature that is exclusive to The Sims 4: Snowy Escape Expansion Pack and enhance a Sim’s personality, social interactions, and autonomous behaviors. Lifestyles are extra personality traits a Sim will develop over time based on their habits and behaviors. There are 16 possible Lifestyles a Sim might unlock, but only three of these can be active at one time. As a Sim changes their behaviors and habits, their Lifestyles will also change.

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A Lifestyle will give Sims access to new interactions and responses and affect the Sim’s moods if they aren’t enjoying their Lifestyle. They may also not respond the way other Sims would to the same situation; for example, an Adrenaline Seeker won’t panic in a fire. Unlike skills, a Sim can’t repeat an action over and over in the same day until they develop a Lifestyle. Instead, Lifestyles develop slowly as Sims establish a pattern of behavior over a number of days. They work similarly to the Quirks system in The Sims 4: Get Famous. Here’s how to activate Lifestyles in The Sims 4: Snowy Escape.

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How to Activate a Lifestyle in The Sims 4: Snowy Escape

The Lifestyles panel in The Sims 4: Snowy Escape

The easiest way to activate any Lifestyle in The Sims 4: Snowy Escape is to play the game normally and establish patterns of behavior for Sims. Over the course of two to five days, a Sim’s behaviors should trigger a Lifestyle to activate. The Lifestyle system works on a points basis, where players can reach a maximum of 20 points each day for performing certain actions and behaviors. When the player reaches 100 points in a specific area, they will activate that Lifestyle.

The sixteen Lifestyles correspond with very specific behaviors players can manipulate if they want their Sim to activate a certain Lifestyle. These are:

  • Adrenaline Seeker: Sims crave excitement and danger. Triggered by engaging in risky behaviors like WooHooing in public, exploring dangerous places, and sometimes fighting.
  • Close Knit: Sims only want a small inner circle of friends to facilitate deep relationships. Triggered by having and maintaining 1 to 3 friends maximum for an extended period of time.
  • Coffee Fanatic: Sims require coffee to get through the day. Triggered by drinking a lot of coffee.
  • Energetic: Sims need to constantly be moving and doing. Triggered by participating in athletics, including the new winter sports, and joining a high-energy career.
  • Frequent Traveler: Sims experience wanderlust and want to explore new places. Triggered by visiting hidden locations and going on vacation often.
  • Health Food Nut: Sims are selective about what they eat and will avoid junk food. Triggered by avoiding unhealthy foods for an extended period.
  • Hungry For Love: Sims cannot stand being single. Triggered by staying in a romance or using romantic interactions.
  • Indoorsy: Sims prefer to stay inside the home. Triggered by staying indoors for an extended period.
  • Junk Food Fiend: Sims can’t resist the lure of sweets and snacks. Triggered by eating quick meals, ice cream and other sweet treats, and generally choosing junk food over healthy options.
  • People Person: Sims become more outgoing and enjoy meeting new people. Triggered by gaining and maintaining at least 4 friends.
  • Outdoorsy: Sims prefer the great outdoors. Triggered by prioritizing outdoor activities and leaving the house frequently.
  • Sedentary: Sims prefer to relax. Triggered by entering low-energy careers or spending time watching TV.
  • Single And Lovin’ It: Sims prefer the single life. Triggered by avoiding romantic media and interactions and remaining single.
  • Techie: Sims embrace technology in all forms. Triggered by joining a tech career or purchasing and using technology frequently.
  • Technophobe: Sims do not understand or enjoy technology. Triggered by living off the grid and using as little technology as possible.
  • Workaholic: Sims crave career success. Triggered by frequently working hard while on the job, completing daily tasks, and taking no vacation time.

Players can always remove an unwanted Lifestyle using a potion purchased with Reward points from completing daily tasks and working through Aspirations and Whims. They can also call a Lifestyle coach on their phone.

Each Lifestyle will give related moods and buffs to Sims while they go about their daily lives. This will affect what Sims do when the player isn’t actively controlling them. For example, Energetic Sims might take a trip to the gym, go for a jog, or work out at home when not being controlled by the player, while Junk Food Fiend Sims might cook a meal and add bacon or sugar to it when left alone.

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The Sims 4 is available for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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Updated: December 2, 2020 — 5:00 pm

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