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The Sims 4 Mac Review

The Sims 4 has finally arrived for Mac users! If you own a copy of The Sims 4 on PC then you are automatically entitled to the Mac version of the game on Origin.

Ports are always a tricky things with games – you can either use emulation technology, such as Cider, or produce a native port (coding from the ground up) for the operating system. The Sims 3 used ‘Cider’ to act as a Windows wrapper which unfortunately led to many problems for Mac users and extremely slow performance. So the question on every Mac user’s mind is… will Sims 4 on Mac be the same?

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Thankfully, The Sims 4 for Mac is a solid port. By that I mean the performance is on-par with the Windows version of the game which I truly didn’t expect following Sims 3 on Mac. Many Mac users resorted to playing Sims 3 on Bootcamp (which allows you to run Windows) on their Macs, however I’m confident that Mac users will not even have to think about doing this with The Sims 4!

The game starts up quickly from Origin, the game is buttery smooth (most of the time) and I achieve a steady 30-50 frames per second while playing, depending on what I am doing. This is on my Late 2012, 21.5-inch iMac with a 512mb GDDR5 NVIDIA graphics card with settings on high and objects on medium.

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While I mostly have positive things to say about The Sims 4 on Mac, there are a few problems that I have encountered while playing the game, mainly graphical glitches and enormous lag spikes. Graphical issues have included the world suddenly flashing black and a radiation of black coming from a specific area covering the screen (recreated in the picture below).

In terms of lag, the game will go from buttery smooth to being extremely laggy and slow, which is sometimes resolved by restarting the game. Although it’s as if the game struggles when the camera is facing a certain way on some lots/in some neighbourhoods. I am yet to identify anything that is triggering this but it continues even if I lower the graphics settings.

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Overall Verdict

As I said at the start, The Sims 4 on Mac is a solid port which I am extremely happy to see. I have always said that waiting for a decent Mac port is always worth it and that has been the case with The Sims 4. Mac users can now rejoice and play alongside PC simmers without having to use Windows.

There are a few issues that I am still experiencing as highlighted above, that I hope EA will iron out pretty quick. However, this port means I no longer have to use Windows and EA should be pleased with their Mac version of the game!

On behalf of all Mac Simmers, thank you EA!

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The Sims 4: Unlock Game Content with the WooHoo Weekend Challenge

With Valentines approaching this weekend, The Sims team want you to celebrate… by making your Sims WooHoo as much as possible in The Sims 4.

If the community (combined, not individually, of course) can reach 4 million WooHoo’s then The Sims team will add a new gnome in the free game update coming in March. But even better is that if the community reaches 5 million WooHoo’s in The Sims 4 then they’ll also throw in some “snazzy hair styles”.

So basically… WooHoo = Free Content! Get your Sims to make loooooooove this weekend!

Check out a snippet of the original post on The Sims website below:

This weekend in The Sims 4 is officially WooHoo Weekend! If you can get your Sims to WooHoo 4 million times over the next two days*, we’ll build you a new gnome. You can see the concept drawing for it below! We’ll release this gnome – for free – in a patch in March (yes, that’s confirmation, we will have a patch in March) which will be available for all owners of The Sims 4**. And, if you manage to reach 5 million, we may throw in some snazzy hair styles as well.

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It’s not all about WooHoo though. We truly want to see love in The Sims 4 flourish. We want your Sims to kiss, find their soul mate, go on dates, have children, and more. When the event ends, we’ll put all of this data together to share with you so we can all enjoy your accomplishments. I can’t wait!

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Get to Work: Pre-Order at Amazon & Smyths

Looking to pre-order The Sims 4 Get to Work in physical form? Then there’s two more places that you can pre-order from, Amazon and Smyths.

Amazon seems to be about 50p over the digital price at the moment and, despite what the page on their site says, Smyths are offering the game at £29.99 – the same price as Origin.

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Thanks to Liam for sending the links our way!

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Get to Work: Pre-Order at GAME and ShopTo

If you’re looking to pre-order a physical copy of The Sims 4 Get to Work in the UK, then you can now pre-order from GAME and ShopTo.

Take your pick!

Pre-Order at GAME | Pre-Order at ShopTo

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Thanks to Liam for emailing me the links!

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Cities Skylines: Dev Diary 9 – Info Views

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is the next developer diary for Cities: Skylines! Today we take a look at the various info views that help you keep track of the different aspects of managing a growing metropolis.

As always, if you haven’t read the previous dev diaries, you can find them here http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/…-diary-archive!

Cities: Skylines features 19 different info views (some info views include multiple tabs such as the different levels of education, health care and death care and so on). While there are no actual categories for the info views they can be roughly divided in three categories by their nature:

  • city service related
  • citizen related
  • city and map related

City service related

City service related info views display info mainly about the functions of the different city services and their effects to the zoned buildings. These include things like electricity, garbage, education, health, fire safety and public transport. Most of these are also used when accessing the build menu for city services. This helps planning when building a new service building.

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