If you were hoping for an in-depth review of Sims 4, it looks like you’ll have to wait till after it releases on September 2nd. According to IGN editor Dan Stapleton, EA has refused to give out any early access copies of the game for reviews. For the audience not in the know, the majority of reviews are done pre-release with review sites getting the games early to have their reviews coincide with the release of the game. This is true for movies as well. While we will wait to see the game to make any final judgements, a company refuse to administer pre-release review copies is usually a major red flag.
Typically this happens because the company worries the reviews of the game will hurt the overall sales of the product, and holding back the reviews until a couple of days after the release will allow them to make most of their money. Again this could be conjecture, but with the stream of bad news about this game (no pools, no terrain features, no open world, limited slots for building, no character story progression without player intervention, etc.) the best one can do is hope at this point we don’t see another catastrophe like Simcity.