My roommate 'Mama Melissa' downloaded the Sims 4 Create-A-Sim (CAS) Demo when it was made public on August 12, 2014. Knowing a LOT of disabled folks LOVE The Sims franchise (myself included), I decided to play around with it.
The first time, I created myself, with the help of Mama Melissa. I didn't save 'me' to the library/gallery, but then I thought, Wait... I know a lot of disabled people love playing The Sims. They might want to know how well they are going to be able to use the 'New and Improved' CAS tool.'
So, a few days later, I went back, this time creating Mama Melissa.
NOTE: the only age group you can create is the Young Adult bracket in the Demo version.
^^'Mama Melissa' full body in Create-A-Sim^^
The whole premise of The Sims 4 CAS tool is it's suppose to be easier and more intuitive to make sims. You are supposed to be able to mold and model every single body part just by clicking and dragging with ease...
Honestly, you can't.
Mama Melissa has TINY ankles, but thick, muscular calves. What you see is the thinnest I could make the ankles without making thin calves. She also has thicker thighs, but increasing the thighs makes the hips and rump bigger.
If you try to adjust the stomach to look like she has a 'pot belly,' you either give her a 'beer gut,' what could pass for a pregnant belly or it widens the hips.
^^Facial screenshot of 'Mama Melissa' in Create-A-Sim^^
I spent the MOST time on Mama Melissa's face. This is what annoyed me the MOST with the CAS tool.
Mama Melissa does NOT have a crappy computer by far. She owns a Dell Inspiron 560 with Stock hardware specs and running Windows 7 Home. She also uses a Logitech V220 wireless mouse. For whatever reason, the dragging is not as 'snappy' as shown in other Sims 4 CAS Demo videos. I don't want to say it catches or hangs, but it's slower and takes a LOT more effort on her system than other systems. Sometimes, slight adjustments are not even recognized by the game.
It is also virtually impossible to adjust the tilt of the nose. Both Mama Melissa and I have what could be called 'upturned' balls on the end of our noses, mine is more upturned than hers. Both times I played in the program, I was unable to turn the tip upwards.
I do realize that there is only 5% of the CAS objects included in the demo and that the full game will have more features/options (or so I would hope), but you should be able to have the full gamut of at least the options with the Demo. There is NO way to create double chins; if you make a fat Sim, it will have a moderately slim neck and no double chin. You cannot do 'streaks' of color in the hair, and it seems you cannot have facial/body modifications beyond ear piercings with the Demo. Hairstyles are limited and, for lack of a better term, blocky. There is no color wheel/picker, only preset color choices.
As far as how well disabled folks will be able to use the CAS demo, it's honestly a tough call. I have fairly good dexterity in my hands/arms, and I found it difficult to accurately drag the various body parts. Mama Melissa is able-bodied, and she found it slightly difficult. Her exact words: 'I find it easier to pick a preset and make slight adjustments.'
If you would like to see more videos on the CAS demo (or just The Sims 4 in general) you can have a look at IGN's playlist on The Sims 4: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLraFbwCoisJB3KA1Lr4HtsY0_5CP-alyJ
If you want to try The Sims 4 CAS Demo for yourself, You can do so here: The Sims 4 Create-A-Sim Demo (You WILL need to have an Origin ID and the Origin Software Client on your system... This is a WINDOWS ONLY demo, so Mac users are out of luck)
Mama Melissa HAS pre-ordered The Sims 4 Premium Edition from Walmart, so when she has installed the game and the game is set up, I will do a review of the actual game.
I really like the CAS demo. It is more modern and simpler, but it doesn't equate to being easier. I'm looking excitedly forward to the actual gameplay of The Sims 4.
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes