What We’d Love To See In The Sims 4

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On January 8, 2019, EA made a special announcement for The Sims 4. They hyped it up fairly well with people getting excited and expecting something like a new expansion or game pack. However, when we watched the 38-minute live stream after the fact, the announcement was less than anti-climactic.

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We love the Sims franchise, ever since an old co-worker of mine lent me her Sims 2 game and expansion packs (she brought them to work for me in a garbage bag because she had so many!). Sims 4 sucks out hours of our days whenever we find ourselves addicted to it, so it was interesting to hear that there would be a major announcement. What was odd to me is that the Sims 4 just had a recent expansion pack with Get Famous back in November, so I wasn’t quite sure what the big news could be.

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Honestly, despite that, I was wondering if there were going to announce The Sims 5 coming or something. Instead, the added an Amazon Echo to The Sims games. Your Sims can have it play music or play trivia. In addition, our Amazon Echos in real life can learn a new skill for The Sims. Alexa will “play The Sims” and you can play trivia about The Sims or play music from any and all of The Sims game from one to four.

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Essentially, EA and Maxis struck a deal with Amazon in order to have the Echo family appear in their games. The announcement for this big news was only about 40 minutes long, with the hosts seemingly trying to stretch it out by playing around with the new Alexa skill both in and out of the Sims 4 game. It’s interesting news, but nothing that we found too exciting.

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Maybe someday we’ll give our Alexa the skill, but it wasn’t interesting to us at all. Which, made us think about some things we would love to see in The Sims games. Honestly, I would love more career choices. You can hire a maid, gardener, and a nanny. I’d love to try out those as actual careers. Plus, a vet. I was streaming The Sims the other day and apparently being a vet isn’t an actual career choice, it’s a retail job. That would have been great to come along with the pets pack.

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Ah, yeah, they stuck vet as one of the “owning your own business” careers, so it lets you buy a vet clinic to run how you want. You would rather it be a rabbit hole or active career, like scientist? Something I miss about Sims 3 that I wish they kept for Sims 4 was to give them more traits for more of a personality. Unless you spend time going through all the aspirations that allow the sims to earn another trait (or you cheat like I do), the sims only start with 3 traits from an underwhelming supply from the create-a-sim.

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Yeah, I’d love it to be a true career and go to work with them and such. I agree, having more traits would be nice. At least give me four traits to start off with – there are four categories, I’d love to give my Sims at least one trait from each. I also wish they would bring the Sims’ temperature back. I remember in The Sims 2, I believe, for the Seasons pack, my Sims would show me if they were too hot or cold. It’s easy to tell in The Sims 4 when they’re too hot or cold and the thermostat is a cool item, but I do miss the gauge.

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There’s quite a few things that we’d like more in Sims 4, some throwback some from previous installments of the franchise and just other ideas for the future of the series. Having an Alexa Echo in the Sims is interesting and all, but definitely not something that deserved all that hype. We were just like, “…Eh.” I find that happening more often than not with the Sims franchise, I feel like. The announcements aren’t as exciting, yet we still get suckered in whenever we happen to turn the games on.

Did you hear about the latest Sims 4 announcements? What are your thoughts and what’d you like to see in the game? Let us know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Flashback Friday: Sims 2

Double Jump Kris Mii It’s another Friday! Yay!

We’ve been going back and forth between playing our Switch Games and living out perfect lives on the Sims 4. This month I thought we’d go back to when Rachel and I had first gotten hooked onto the Sims series with Sims 2. 

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The Sims 2, first published in 2004, is the second installment of the Sims franchise published by EA Games and developed by Maxis. Like the original Sims, the Sims 2 is a real life simulator where the player controls the characters and aids them in living their lives day to day.

The game itself was released on a plethora of platforms, most notably the PC but also the Xbox, the Playstation 2, and Nintendo’s GameCube, Gameboy Advance, and DS. It was a commercial success, smashing records with its release, and sold over 13 million copies over all platforms by March 2012.

The Sims 2 allows the characters — the Sims — to age through life cycles, such as child, teen, and adult, with a 3D game engine. Players customize the Sims’ looks and personalities before throwing them into a world where they can get jobs, develop relationships, and grow old or die unfortunate premature deaths. The game allows the players to play the role of a god, choosing and manipulating every aspect of the Sims’ lives, or just letting the Sims choose their own fate however their personality dictates they would act.

Besides the base game, the Sims 2 had expansion packs to greatly expand the gameplay. For example, Pets included dogs and cats, Nightlife boasted clubs and a dating system, and Seasons brought weather to the Sims’ world. Expansions tended to bring new life forms for the Sims, such as PlantSims, Vampires, and Witches. Stuff Packs were also developed and sold separately, bringing new items to decorate the Sims’ world with.

Since then, the franchise has evolved to The Sims 3 and most recently The Sims 4, each bringing new content to the franchise. Despite initial glitches and problems with the games’ releases, the Sims franchise continues to be a success.

Have you ever played the Sims 2? What did you think of it?

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I’m A Detective! [The Sims 4]

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I haven’t played The Sims 4 in a long time and I got back into it last weekend. Thanks to work I haven’t been playing as much as I’d like, but I still got pretty far in my “career.”

Usually, when I play The Sims I create myself and sometimes Kris. I tend to use a lot of cheats and build a ginormous house for us with the most expensive gadgets you can buy in the game. Then we live our virtual lives.

This time, I decided to not use any cheats. I created just myself, bought a premade house and I’m working to move on up in the world. I plan on adding additions to the house and expanding it rather than making one large mansion and using the money cheat so I can buy it right away.

I always give my Sim the creativity trait and have her be a writer for a career because that’s what I am in real life. However, I do write mystery novels and when I was a kid I wanted to be a detective when I grew up (I think I actually wanted to be a secret agent or spy).

With the Get To Work expansion pack, three new careers were added on, one of them being a detective. Since I always claimed to be a writer, I never played any of those other career choices. I decided, this time, I was going to be a detective.

And it is so much fun!

I go to work with my Sim every day where she goes on patrol to engage with the community and cite people for littering or fighting. You can also solve crimes, of course.

You investigate a crime scene, taking evidence, dusting for fingerprints, talking to witnesses, and taking photos. Then you go back to the police station, process the evidence in the lab and deduce clues using the crime map. When you get enough clues, you can go out and arrest someone.

The interrogation part is my favorite. Once you arrest someone you go back to the station where you can play good cop or bad cop and ask questions about the crime. The suspect’s mood changes throughout the conversation. They can seem friendly, calm, nervous, frustrated, anything. The meter fills up as you ask the right questions and when it’s filled up you’ll know if they’re guilty or innocent.

Then you can fingerprint them, pat them down, take a mugshot, and lock them up. It’s a lot of fun!

It’s not as in-depth as I make it sound to be, but it’s still fun and allows you to work towards something in the game rather than focusing on upgrading your skills and trying to make friends.

The first suspect I arrested was innocent and the chief yelled at my sim. She didn’t seem fazed by it though. She laughed and then her mood changed to “happy.”

What bothered my sim was when she had to pat someone down. She got “uncomfortable” because she was “up close and personal” to a criminal. Still, she got over it in time.

It gave me a new appreciation for The Sims 4 and I can’t wait to give the other careers a try!

Have you played the Get To Work expansion pack? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: Sim Expansions

Double Jump Kris MiiAnyone else around here write? Rachel and I are avid writers as well as avid gamers. This month is Camp NaNoWriMo, which is the challenge to write 50k words (be they for a novel or a script or whatever) in a month. I’ve been doing well with mine but, well, I did something silly recently — I started playing the Sims again. Anyone who plays this franchise knows how addicting it can be! So, today I will be talking about my favorite expansion packs for the games, most of which are generic and have had some reincarnation for each of the Sims versions.

4. Seasons

Although sometimes the rain and snowstorms made the games run a bit slow, the season expansion packs were always a great addition to the games. The weather was a wonderful addition and, with Sims 3, the new social interactions and seasonal sports was awesome.

3. Nightlife/Late Night/Get Together

These expansion packs were lots of fun basically for the added content they gave the game. The new outfits were great, and they usually involved musical instruments as well. The band interactions were one of my favorite parts of Late Night for the Sims 3! More social interactions are always a plus in my book.

2. Ambitions

This Sims 3 expansion pack is near the top of the list mainly for the extended list of jobs that your sim could do. I wasn’t too thrilled with the “professions” aspect of the game, where you follow your sim around for their job rather than them disappearing into a rabbit-hole location, but the self-employed option was fantastic. I could have my sim-self be a successful writer instead of needing a desk job!

1. Pets

Anyone who knows me understands my four loves in life: writing, video games, chocolate, and animals. The Pets expansion pack for the Sims games were always my favorite if only because I could have adorable puppies and kittens to wreck havoc in my sims’ homes. Horses in the Sims 3 Pets expansion pack was an amazing bonus! Sims 4, I’m expecting great things from your Pets expansion pack!

Do you play the Sims? What’s your favorite part of the games?

Just Like A Sim

Rachel Mii Double JumpHello, everyone!

If you’ve played any of The Sims games then I’m sure you’ve realized that we’re all a little bit like Sims in our own way.

 

Two days ago Kris and I became aunts. It was a wonderful experience and we’re delighted at the newest member of the family.

When the baby was born, however, Kris and I ran around like headless chickens.

We’ve never been aunts before, as our sister has never been pregnant. We didn’t know what to do, we didn’t know what to think.

In the Sims, when someone has a baby, the other Sims in the house usually gather around and panic while watching the birth.

Kris and I might as well have done that same thing except we were in the waiting room and not watching our sister deliver the baby.

But we did panic. There was lots of panicking.

The last two days have been a whirlwind of emotions. We’re all exhausted, mentally and physically.

So last night I didn’t want to do anything but watch TV and that’s just what I did while, ironically enough, Kris played The Sims on her computer.

I wanted some coffee. I got up from the couch, left our office, walked across the hall, and entered our bedroom.

No, we do not have a coffee maker in our bedroom.

I stood in doorway looking around my dark bedroom wondering what I was doing and why I was in my bedroom.

It took me a couple minutes to realize what exactly I was supposed to be doing. If I wanted coffee I needed to go down the stairs and into the kitchen. Not my bedroom.

You know when you cancel an action on your Sims and then they just stand in one spot and kind of stare off into space? Yeah, that’s how I felt.

The past two days happened unexpectedly since our nephew decided to arrive early. So I’m hoping to get back into some sort of routine next week.

Then maybe I’ll feel less like a Sim.

What are some of your Sims moments?