Review: Sims 4 Star Wars Journey to Batuu First Impressions

DJ Rex Droid Oga's Cantina Star Wars Sims 4 Journey to Batuu

Sims 4 has just released their latest expansion, based on the Star Wars franchise and it perfectly recreates the planet of Batuu from Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, the theme park land from Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

This update wasn't exactly well-received when it was announced, but now that we have had a chance to play it how was it?

Full disclosure we are judging it more as theme park fans than avid Sims players. As such we are mainly judging the Batuu section as opposed to new decorative and interactive content in the main game.

Millennium Falcon Sims 4 Star Wars Journey to Batuu

As we already said, by far the selling point of this update is the exact recreation of Batuu, and it is amazing. You can spend so much time exploring the three sections that make up the land, with even small details recreated throughout the land.

Iconic locations are easily explorable, like the Millennium Falcon that marks the entrance of the Smuggler's Run attraction in the theme park version of Batuu, the First Order Tie Fighter, and the entrance of Rise of the Resistance.

But that is where a lot of the problems with this update begin. While by no means should it be expected for Sims 4 to recreate these rides, there are a lot of empty places throughout the land that cannot be explored.

But that isn't true in every location, with a perfect recreation of Oga's Cantina complete with DJ Rex performing on a continuous loop in Simlish.

Hondo Ohnaka Oga's Cantina Sims 4 Star Wars Journey to Batuu

By far the best part of the update is the presence of Star Wars characters in the game. Everyone you meet throughout Batuu perfectly fits into the Star Wars universe, with characters like Hondo and Vi Moradi being woven into the storyline and making the planet feel a part of the Star Wars universe.

It also helps to have aliens and Stormtroopers around every corner.

Vi Moradi Sims 4 Star Wars Journey to Batuu

So how is this update overall?

Its good. Not great, but it is an enjoyable experience especially if you love Star Wars, the Disney Parks, and ideally the Sims.

Should you buy the Sims just to play this new update. No, of course not, it is too small.

If you already have the Sims should you get this? Honestly, that depends. If you love Star Wars, especially the theme park land, this is great a way to experience it virtually, especially in a world where most of us are not going to be able to experience Batuu in person for a long time due to the ongoing pandemic. You can watch a performance of DJ Rex, align yourself with the Resistance or First Order, and live a version of your own Star Wars adventure, albeit not on the same level as in person.