The Sims 4

Been itching to get back into the sims and decided to go with The Sims 4. Been playing for a bit and think 2 and 3 might be overall better games. The sims 4 has better smaller pieces like better vampires but 3 has a better world which is a bigger deal than I thought it would be. With 4 you are playing in a smaller box.

One of the interesting thing is I forgot how much the sims attracts new players and women. Lots of mods to change sims to have different body types and skin tones. So there is higher than average number of female POC doing youtube videos with sims that represent them. And the age range is all over the place. I would have thought the community might be mostly family friendly, it was for the original sims, now it is kind of adult.

Kind of funny now that I think about it. I have dropped many dudes for being overly vulgar on youtube. Maybe games just attract vulgar people in general to a higher degree than other things like cooking channels. It was funny seeing such a wide difference in people mostly unable to go two sentences without cussing or saying something sexual.

Back to the game itself. I'm happy to see the modding scene has open up. One of the reasons I stopped playing in the early days of three was because EA locked down the modding scene by not releasing modding tools. Even now there are more mods for 2 than 3 and 4 combined. However, you can do a lot more now than when I left. There are a endless number or clothes not just recolors of EA stuff. One young lady said she had close to 30 gigs in mods. hmmmm but now that I think about there are probable 30 gigs worth stuff from EA but that would cost hundreds of dollars. Kind of crazy the number of times I heard someone say they bought all the DLC. The whales for this game is probably huge. I think I recall this being one of the most profitable series of all time.

Anyway having fun but might drop it and go back to three.

If anything I need a good pose mod for portraits. I found many pose mods but none really good for portraits.

Hope you didn't pay too much for it, as The Sims 4 has went free on Origins for a limited time!

Bit broken right now if you go through the store page (only says send as gift), but if you add it to your wishlist then go to that it will let you add it to your library.

yep bad timing for me.

Never bad timing.

Sims 4 is amazing.

Hah! Apparently I own it, somehow, already. Who knew!?

A photography patch just came out and Moschino Stuff Pack will be released next week. One of the things it will add is a photographer career which is probably why the photo patch came out.

Funny thing of note. During the time the game was free seven million copies of the base game was sold. Which means EA is scum for not having something setup telling people it could be had for free.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Funny thing of note. During the time the game was free seven million copies of the base game was sold. Which means EA is scum for not having something setup telling people it could be had for free.

Source for that? And are you sure that figure isn't just showing how many copies of the base game were "sold" for $0.00? Seven million sounds like an awfully large number of people to be fooled by that.

Another thing that doesn't make sense is the free offer was for PC-digital only. So if you wanted to nab a copy from Origin you wouldn't have been able to buy it anyway during the 7 days it was free.

Realms of Magic comes out next month. Harry Potter comes to the sims.

Aaaaaaand now I know what my youngest is gonna ask me for.

I've owned Sims 4 since it released, but didn't care for it as much as Sims 3. But watching my youngest play it makes me think its better now then when it first released.

Yeah, but how much do you have to spend to get it into that better state...? Seriously. It's been forever since I played the Sims (2, I think?). What's essential?

I started up a new Sims 3 game just a few days ago in Midnight Hollow, though the sim I created went directly to University so I haven't actually played her for more than 5 minutes *in* Midnight Hollow yet.

One really nice thing about Sims 4 is that it can be played on console and is not different from the vanilla PC version, so I have Sims 4 and some of the packs on the Xbox One.

There is no rule that states that we can only pick *one* sims version to play. We can choose to play all four!

(Yes, Sims 1 and 2 are permanently on my computer too!)

Robear wrote:

Yeah, but how much do you have to spend to get it into that better state...? Seriously. It's been forever since I played the Sims (2, I think?). What's essential?

Sims 4 is the only part that's essential. I mean, some of the expansions look like they'd add neat things, but not to the point where I feel my game is incomplete without them. It was a different story at launch as it didn't even have swimming pools or toddlers, but they've since been patched in and don't require any DLC to get.
Going from Sims 2 to Sims 4 should feel very natural, more so than going from Sims 3 to 4. Sims 3's standout feature was its open world that let you move seamlessly between places, but that did cause some performance issues. Sims 4 went back to being way more focused on your home lot, with loading screens required any time you want to move between lots. There are far fewer places you'd want to go, but also fewer reasons you'd want to (instead of needing to go to a bookstore or grocery store to buy books or seeds you simply order them through either your phone, computer, or even an item's interaction menu. It felt like a big step backwards, but it does mean Sims 4 does what it does do better than it was done in Sims 3.

Still having a lot of fun with the vampire neighborhood I'm creating. I had Caleb Vatore invite Kabir whatever his last name that I can't remember townie into the household and then had Kabir move into one of the other houses in the neighborhood. He's an elder by age and a lower level vampire, so he doesn't have much in the way of vampire skills, and it turns out he was also unemployed, so I put him into the secret agent track since he has an aspiration to collect things.

There is a townie lady vampire who I want him to marry at some point. She's another elder and they would be perfect together! Unfortunately, he doesn't yet know her so I don't have any way for him to contact her to build a relationship unless they randomly come across each other, so it may be a while.

In the meantime, I'm building his skills and finances since he has only about 200 simoleans left.

I have to decide soon when to age up Lilith Vatore's baby to toddler. I may also have her seduce Kabir so that she can have another baby with a different father than Vlad and I believe elder men are still fertile so it should be possible. Would do all of this before Kabir starts a relationship with the lady he doesn't yet know!

In a more far away future, I think the Vatore's will buy a place in San Myshuno (city neighborhood) and turn it into a vampire club (though they'll still live in their home in Forgotten Hollow), and Kabir and his wife-to-be will buy the remaining building next door to them and turn it into a museum. My original plan was for the Vatore's to have the museum, but considering the aspiration of Kabir, I think the museum is more fitting for him.

OMG Lilith Vatore just had TRIPLETS!

Definitely NOT expected. Going to have to rearrange the house again trying to fit them all in along with the toddler. Thank goodness she and her brother practically never have to sleep due to good vampire energy management.

So I hired a live-in butler to come into the house and help deal with all of these babies. Had to create a little suite for him in the basement, but he seems happy enough despite being right next door to a couple of coffins for any visiting vampires who might stay over.

Neat stories ! I always play Sims4 in the summer when I am at the camping site. My In-Laws are permanent resident there, but no internet.

I love reading stories ! Continue, or video ?!

Manach wrote:

Neat stories ! I always play Sims4 in the summer when I am at the camping site. My In-Laws are permanent resident there, but no internet.

I love reading stories ! Continue, or video ?! :)

I'd love to post some videos at some point, but not a lot of extra time right now!

At least the sims in the game seem to have a pretty good internet connection, at least whenever the computer isn't broken.

So last night I set up my alphabet legacy family in...hmm what is that neighborhood's name that is like Pleasantview. It's the suburban white picket fence type with a wealthy area and then another area with very small cheap houses, and the Goth family lives there.

Anyway, moved a couple I made from CAS into one of the smaller houses and named them Adam and Eve Spiritus since they will be the origin of my ghost legacy!

I think what I'm going to do is in my vampire neighborhood, I already have plans for turning the last remaining lot into a museum, and then I'll put in an underground catacombs beneath, and put all the urns of dead sims down there with the exception of any household lots where I want to have a ghost.

After getting the Spiritus house set up, got them both settled into jobs and started them on skils, I moved back over to Forgotten Hollow to Kabir's house and invited over the lady vampire he wants to marry (or at least that I want him to marry) and eventually got their friendship up enough so that she agreed to move in. Nothing very romantic going on between the two and they got angry when I tried to make them flirt, so it will be a while before they get married I think. My plan is for them to have the wedding at the nearest Romance Festival date to when they get engaged.

Other vampires kept knocking on the door hoping to socialize too. They're all a rather interesting bunch!