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The Sims 4: Familiar Faces Return Like Never Before

SimGuruZephyr has posted a new blog post on TheSims.com and goes into detail about some familiar faces who will be returning in The Sims 4! Do you recognise any names? ;)

The Landgraabs are back, still living it up as the richest family and staking their claim in Oasis Springs. We’ve brought Malcolm back during those awful awkward teen years, complete with a dastardly snobby attitude. Though Geoffrey is trying his best to be the good natured father Malcolm needs, will Nancy’s scheming ways lead Malcolm down a darker path? Either way we’re sure this historic family will provide lots of fun and mischief in The Sims 4.

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Then we have the Caliente household with our two favorite sisters Dina, Nina, and their mother, who has been re-imagined as the attractive and vivacious Katrina. Katrina has ignored her better judgment and let the infamous womanizer Don Lothario mooch his way into her house and quite possibly her heart. Don’s eyes are on Katrina for now, but how long will it be before Nina and Dina are lured in by his charm? Will Nina decide to steal Don away from her mother? Will Dina finally earn enough money to get her own place and get away from all the craziness? All we know is that it won’t be long before sparks start flying!

Johnny Zest is an ambitious new character we like to introduce. Disowned from the Landgraab family when he dropped out of school, he now hopes to find his own fame and fortune as a standup comedian. He’s learned the hard lesson that when the Landgraabs cut you off, they cut you off all the way! Living in a trailer, blessed with the Landgraab looks but without the name or the money; will he make it to the top to show mom and pop he had what it takes all along? We’ll leave the fate of this black sheep in your capable hands.

Finally we’ve got a new batch of youths known as the Roomies. Your typical sitcom setup with ‘J’ (Jameson) the body building hunk, Gavin the gentleman muser, Mitchell the couch potato bro, and Zoe, that girl next door who is actually right where she wants to be, having fun with the friend-zoned boys.

No matter which familiar face you play with, we are convinced this cast of characters will add a quirkiness to your game that only The Sims can bring!

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The Sims 4: Official System Requirements

TheSims.com recently updated their FAQ page with the System Requirements for The Sims 4. EA have worked hard to ensure that TS3 players can continue to play The Sims 4.

What are the PC minimum system requirements for The Sims 4?

REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation.

OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, or Windows 8.1

PROCESSOR: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent (For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent) MEMORY: At least 2 GB RAM

HARD DRIVE: At least 9 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games

DVD-ROM: DVD ROM drive required for installation only

VIDEO CARD: 128 MB of Video RAM and support for Pixel Shader 3.0. Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Intel GMA X4500 or better
SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible

DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible

INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse

Click here for the full FAQ Page

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Get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection For FREE

Whether you own The Sims 2 or not, you can redeem The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for free on Origin until the 31st July!

The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection combines The Sims 2 base game, expansion packs and stuff packs into one convenient package and, until today, has only been available to those who owned The Sims 2 physically or digitally.

Follow these steps to get your free copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection:

  1. Start by downloading and installing Origin. If you already have Origin you can skip to step 3.
  2. Not an Origin member? Create a free Origin Account to get in the game.
  3. Launch Origin and log into your Origin Account.
  4. From the ‘Games’ tab in the Origin menu, select ‘Redeem Product Code’ and enter the code
    I-LOVE-THE-SIMS 

Remember that this is only available until the 31st July 2014, so redeem now!

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The Sims 4: Welcome to Oasis Springs!

SimGuruZephyr has posted a new blog onto TheSims.com talking about the second world in the base game, Oasis Springs!

Hi Simmers! I am here to tell you more about the vibrant worlds where you and your Sims will be creating your own unique stories in The Sims 4.

We start out in Willow Creek which is very green, bountiful and should feel a little familiar to longtime fans. We wanted to pair Willow Creek with something completely different and that world is Oasis Springs. Oasis Springs packs a little visual punch with rocky landscaping, evoking those fond memories for players of Lunar Lakes and Lucky Palms. You’ll find it’s not just the landscapes that are distinct, even the home styles are unique to each world.

You’ll find objects available in Oasis Springs that you can’t find in Willow Creek and vice versa. Let’s say you want to make a tasty vegetable soup; you’ll find carrots in Oasis Springs but you’ll have to venture to Willow Creek for onions. To achieve the perfect dish you’ll have to visit the different worlds to bring your ingredients together, and it’s easy to do.

Willow Creek and Oasis Springs have five neighborhoods each. New homes or even venues can be built on each lot within these neighborhoods, allowing you to personalize the world to fit the stories you want to tell. There are also public spaces within these neighborhoods where Sims can explore, socialize, play, and even host a lovely cookout. Each world will have two neighborhoods already set up with venues, so as soon as you get into the game, you can take your Sims out for a night they won’t soon forget.

We’ve made the neighborhoods much livelier, populated with more Sims, all with their own unique personalities. You never know what is going to happen. You can be fishing in the neighborhood creek, when suddenly the lovely Bella Goth jogs by with Don Lothario conveniently not far behind. You might also find Malcom Landgraab passed out on a park bench after a night of terrorizing the locals, while the local children enjoy a good laugh in the nearby park! These curious little stories tell themselves and really help to make your Neighborhoods come alive.

The Great Outdoors

Parks and outdoor spaces are also really important to how you tell your stories in The Sims 4. The park in Oasis Springs has scenic valleys with lots to explore, including an absolutely gorgeous desert landscape perfect for a BBQ amongst the picnic benches and grills. In fact, the park is so big, we had to add another bathroom so your Sims didn’t suffer from Bladder Failure and ruin a good grilling time!

The desert isn’t all about food, frolicking and sand. Amongst the rocky edges you may even find an old water pump, long forgotten, but brimming with unexpected life. With so many unique things to do and explore it’s a good thing you now have the ability to seamlessly jump back and forth between worlds.

Travel With Ease

If you remember, in The Sims 3 you couldn’t take your Sim from one world to the other or have relationships with Sims living in different worlds. Now if you’re living in Willow Creek but your Sim wants to visit the mischievous Malcom in Oasis Springs you can do that just as easily as seeing your neighbor down the street. Say you like more of a dry heat and want to move to Oasis Springs? No problem! Your Sim’s relationships, skills and jobs will go along with them. It’s a completely fluid experience.

So there you have it; new worlds and wide open spaces.  With so many new possibilities you now have the power to create your own unique stories. We hope you will have as much fun exploring Oasis Springs as we had making it!

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Want to see Sims 4 at Gamescom? Win an EA FastPass!

EA has posted information about an ‘EA FastPass’ which gives you direct access to a presentation at Gamescom… which you could use to see The Sims 4!

This direct access means you are guaranteed access without having to wait in line – extremely handy for Gamescom goers.

EA is giving away Fast Passes to selected games at gamescom 2014. These passes guarantee you direct access to the presentations – without all that time spent in the waiting lines. Play here to win your Fast Pass for FIFA 15, The Sims 4 and Battlefield Hardline.

Just select one of the titles, click on the appropriate banner and with a little luck a Fast Pass will be reserved for you. To make sure you actually get it, you need to select a day and time period and enter your details within five minutes. Each user has five attempts to get a Fast Pass per game. Good luck, and see you soon at our EA booth in Hall 6 at gamescom 2014.

So if you are visiting Gamescom this year and want to see The Sims 4 (or another EA game) then try visiting the EA website and win an EA FastPass!

Click here to visit the EA FastPass page

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Lets Play The Sims 2 – Episode #3

After almost 1 whole year without an episode, I’m excited to be able to say that Episode 3 of my Lets Play The Sims 2 series is now on YouTube!

With the arrival of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection and A Level exams finished, I have been able to revive the series as I can install Sims 2 once again (my computer doesn’t have a DVD drive).

Let me know what you think and be sure to subscribe for more content.

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How to get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection

EA Help have posted an article on their website detailing how you can get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection – even if you have the physical copies of The Sims 2.

At this time, all Origin customers who had previously registered their copy of The Sims 2 should now have the newly remastered The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection in their Origin My Games library.

We know that there are a lot of fans of The Sims who may not have had their copy of the game registered on Origin, and we want to reward The Sims fans for their incredible loyalty and commitment to the franchise.

As a result, we are developing an easy way for any eligible customer who owns a physical disc copy of The Sims 2 to upgrade easily to the new Ultimate Collection edition. We will update this article on or before Wednesday July 23 at 10am PT, with detailed instructions on what you need to do to get your own copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.

As it currently stands, you need to contact EA Support through Live Chat or over the telephone until they have developed a way to easily upgrade. But EA will happily activate your physical copy on Origin so you can gain access to the Ultimate Collection.