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The Sims 4: Second World in Base Game Confirmed

There has been a lot of speculation that The Sims 4 will have more than one world, Willow Creek, in the base game.

SimGuruMarion answered a fan on Twitter today and has confirmed that there will be a desert town in the base game!

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The Sims 4: 30 Minutes of Create A Sim Video Footage

I was lucky enough to be invited to the early preview of the Create A Sim Demo for The Sims 4. To celebrate, I have recorded 30 minutes of CAS gameplay for you!

Check out the first of many upcoming videos of The Sims 4 CAS. (Apologies for the quiet talking and loud music).

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The Sims 4: Create A Sim Demo & Live Mode Footage Coming Soon

Rachel Franklin has posted a new blog on TheSims.com! Throughout the blog post she speaks about why toddlers and pools were cut, confirms a Create A Sim demo later in the Summer and 15 minutes of live mode footage coming in the next 2 weeks.

Check out the blog post below:

We’re less than 60 days out from the launch of The Sims™ 4, and I have so much I want to talk about. But let me start with a bit more about the decision we made not to include pools and toddlers in The Sims 4, as we’ve seen some of you have concerns about this.

The fact is, we owe you a clearer explanation for why pools and toddlers will not be in The Sims 4 at launch, so here goes. It begins with new technology and systems that we built for this new base game for The Sims – a new AI system, new animation system, new audio positioning tools, new locomotion logic, new routing intelligence and much more are all entirely new in this game. The vision for The Sims 4 is a new experience that brings your Sims to life in deeper and uniquely personal ways – through emotions, personality traits, behaviors and interactions. To do that, our technology base needed a major upgrade.

So the bottom line is that when we sat down and looked at everything we wanted to do for this game, all the new tech we wanted to build into it, the fact was that there would be trade-offs, and these would disappoint some of our fans. Hard pill to swallow, believe me, but delivering on the vision set out for The Sims 4 required focus. Focus on revolutionizing the Sims themselves. So, rather than include toddlers, we chose to go deeper on the features that make Sims come alive: meaningful and often amusing emotions; more believable motion and interactions; more tools in Create A Sim, and more realistic (and sometimes weird!) Sim behavior. Instead of pools, we chose to develop key new features in Build Mode: direct manipulation, building a house room-by-room and being able to exchange your custom rooms easily, to make the immediate environment even more relatable and interactive for your Sim.

But now the upshot: The Sims 4 is a completely new game, and it feels different to play. You’ll notice the new technology base the first time you play.

I’ll give you one example that continually jumps out at me as we talk about how to make The Sims 4 feel uniquely personal to you, our players. I mentioned Create A Sim – which, to me, is still one of the single most impactful features of the entire game. Not only is it hilariously entertaining, now you’re building in real personality. In The Sims 4, there are seven unique walk styles that you can choose from to help your Sims express themselves. To make those walk styles come to life, we had to create around 75 distinct animations. And it doesn’t stop there. Every emotion in The Sims 4 comes with a visible reaction or even another special walk style. No more looking at the UI to figure out how your Sims are feeling – just look at their faces, posture, movements. That’s where you’ll see about 320 new emotion-based animations, as well as over 600 reactions to objects.

There’s so much more depth in The Sims 4. For the first time, the Sims act like real people. They can interact with groups, not just one-to-one. A standing Sim can talk with a sitting Sim. They can multi-task (eating, watching TV and talking? Sounds like my typical evening!). You can even put a hat on any hairstyle or pair boots with any pants… well, maybe that’s just me that cares about that.

That’s the thing about The Sims 4, though – you do care about things like that. Because you can now.  Emotions touch every single system in our game, and every single experience you have inside it. Multi-tasking completely changes how your Sims go through their day and interact with the world around them. The new Create A Sim and Build Mode tools completely changed the way we think about creating Sims and homes.

But let us show you this instead of just talking about it: The Sims 4 Create A Sim Demo will be available later this summer for absolutely everyone to play. We are currently rolling out an early trial experience and invitations are going out very soon to a limited number of fans to help us test it. After that, you’ll all get your hands on it and see firsthand the depth, personality and emotion that are part of your new Sims.

And another thing – we were thrilled that more than 1200 people came through our E3 demo room last month to see The Sims 4 in action, but we want all of you to see it as well. We’ll be releasing over 15 minutes of in-game Live Mode footage (with complete UI) in the next two weeks. We can’t wait to hear what you think.

So from the entire development team here at The Sims Studio, thank you for your feedback and support. Our hearts are being poured into every line of code, every single piece of art, and every single Sim that is created. We’re building a brand new Sims experience with a foundation we can build on and evolve based on your feedback. We think you’re going to love playing with life all over again.

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Sims 3 Store: Brunch At The Old Mill Review

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A new set called Brunch at the Old Mill released at The Sims 3 Store on the 3rd of July. Brunch at The Old Mill set is now available for 1450 SimPoints till 7/8/14 (The original price of the set is 1700 SimPoints.) Keep in mind that this is a set, not a venue. The set contains 28 items including 3 premium content-

  • Old Miller Tea Time Set
  • Grandma’s Canning Station
  • Old Mill Water Wheel

I’m diving this review into some parts:

 

  1. The Old Mill
  2. Old Miller Tea Time Set
  3. Grandma’s Canning Station
  4. Old Mill Water Wheel
  5. New rustic L-shaped stairs
  6. Buy/build mode objects
  7. Overall thinking

 

THE OLD MILL

 

Like I said, It’s a set and there’s no venue. You have to download a separate one which SimGuruKitty uploaded on the exchange. Well, she uploaded two lots actually. They can be placed in 53 and 57 Waterfall Way in Sunset Valley. You can download the lots for FREE:

 

The Old Mill lot-  http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=8314506

Stoney Falls Near the Old Mill-  http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=8314505

 

While the Old Mill is the main lot, Stoney Falls near the Old Mill is a normal lot but It’s a pretty beautiful lot and perfect for fishing! The Old Mill lot is a 36×47 lot, It’s quite small but the whole lot is completely filled with beautiful flowers, a water wheel and a little waterfall too. Inside the lot is a place for Sims to drink tea and have fun with friends. There’s a nice pond outside too. I recommend placing the lot either in Sunset Valley or Aurora Skies! Here are some pictures of the lot:

 

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OLD MILLER TEA TIME SET

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For the first time ever, your Sims can drink tea in The Sims 3! (yes, TEA!!) Sims can finally experience the daily life of a British. This premium content is not sold individually so you need to buy it along with the set. I hope It is sold individually in the future. Actually, this isn’t a tea set but has a table attached to it. If you want to use this object, the table will be there which is quite sad. I hope there’s a mod to place the tea set on different tables. Up to four sims can have tea and you can ONLY place four chairs. There are two interactions: 1) Make a Cup of Tea 2) Serve Tea. 

While your Sim is making a cup of tea, he/she only makes for himself and other Sims can join by clicking the table. While your Sim serves tea, your Sim will make cups of tea depending on how many chairs there are. I love the little animations the Sims do while making a cup of tea and they have a nice little chat with other Sims while they drink tea.  There are no moodlets. Here is how Sims serve tea:

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Please don’t mind the horse in the pictures :P Keep in mind that while drinking tea, it could increase your Sims energy and hunger but it would also decrease their bladder so keep an eye out If your Sim drinks too much tea! My one almost had a bladder failure.

 

GRANDMA’S CANNING STATION

 

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he second premium content is the canning machine which would enable your Sims to make jam and preserves using the harvestables your Sim has in his/her’s inventory. To make the jam or preserves, your Sim need three harvestables of same type in their inventory and put it in the canning machine. Here is the canning machine:

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The process is quite simple. Here’s my Sim making chocolate spread using the cocoa harvestables:

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Not only you can make chocolate spread but also jam with other harvestables too! But I used cocoa just for an example. You can also use the jam and spread on scones and toast! If you open the preserves, you can reuse the harvestable but if you open the jam, you can spread it on scones or toast as I have mentioned. Once you sim makes the jam, you can find it in their inventory and you will get these interactions:

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Scones and toast:

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After eating this a moodlet will be available: (Yeah, jammin’!)

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If your Sim uses strawberry as a harvestable, your Sim will get a special type of moodlet:

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I wish Sims could have tea and scones/toast together while having tea.

 

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Old Mill Water Wheel is the third premium content. Although there’s nothing much you could do with it, It’s a beautiful object that moves and makes peaceful sounds. You can also use this content for a farm you built or use them in community or residential lots too.The only interaction available here is “Fish” They come in different colours too:

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 Keep in mind that this water wheel doesn’t catch any ordinary fish but a special type of fish which is quite terrifying and shocked me! Yeah, sharks!! It will catch random objects too.

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I heard that there are sharks in oceans and seas, but in a water wheel (like what?) but that is interesting!

There are no special animations your Sims could react to. Your Sim can only just fish. I wish there were some animations added to it like touching the water and other animations etc but it’s a pretty good content I must say.

The Canning Station Premium Content also comes with two new harvestables- Corn and cucumber

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NEW RUSTIC L-SHAPED STAIRS

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Included with the set is a rustic type L-shaped stairs that is quite different from the ones in the Prism Art Studio Venue. These L-shaped stairs actually has a Victorian touch and I prefer this much more than the ones included in the Prism Art Studio Venue. As always, there are right and left pieces as show above. I’m glad that these stairs aren’t glitch like the ones from the Now And Then Manor where the colours wouldn’t mix. However, I’m happy to see that there are no glitches in this one.

 

 BUILD/BUY MODE OBJECTS


There are total 28 objects included in Buy/Build mode. All the objects are pretty and give me the classical feeling. I love the lighting with jars of firefly! The fireplace is my favorite too; i love the round shape of it and how it is decorated with bamboos. There are three types of chimneys which are for decor only or you can use them as columns. Love the idea that they are recolourable. There’s also two types of fences- Stone Faced Rock Fence and Rock Steady Fence. The Stone Faced Rock Fence has three types of recolours and love the one which is recoloured black and has red linings. The well and the butter churner is a decor. I wish the butter churner was a premium content, would go fantastic with farming objects! The Shire Gate is like the Stone Faced Rock Fence and has the same three types of recolours
. It would go well with the fence. The Way The Moss Grows Stone Steps is a new kind of stairs where the steps are covered with moss! I’ve been waiting to see that for a long time. I konw I would be using these in my outdoor builds and I would love to see what other simmers of the community does with it! The Hay Now Cart is a decor and would go well with farms. The best thing I like about the set is the IVY! There are so many of them and would go well with almost every buildings you create! You can also drag it up and down! Below are the images of all the Buy/Build mode objects:

OVERALL THINKING


I’m quite pleased with the price of the set being 1450/1700 SimPoints. Considering that the original price of the set is 1,700 I would have much preferred 1500 SimPoints. However, other than that the price seems quite okay to me as the premium content included this time are better than the previous set in my opinion. I love the theme of the set and the fact that they didn’t include a venue and uploaded a free lot to the Exchange is quite impressive. Otherwise people would’ve to pay for the whole venue. The Old Mill is a wonderful lot, SimGuruKitty did an amazing job building the lot. The theme of the lot goes well with the set and is very pleasant. I would’ve loved if they added something funny to the tea set, like a Sim is drinking the tea but accidentally drops it on the floor. Some new moodlets would have been fine too. Apart from these, the tea premium content is one of my favourite PC from this set! Preserves and jams were perfect addition to this set. However, the scones and toast are covered in the same colour. For example
, If you spread chocolate spread on a scone, it would have the same color as the one covered in strawberry jam which is well… weird. The water wheel is a funny and nice little premium content. it’s funny that you can find sharks in it! But I love how beautiful it looks by watching it. The Build/Buy mode objects are mostly decor but the objects are really nice. I’m glad that there are corns for decor. I use them almost in every lot I create! This is one of the best Store sets I’ve tried out but wish there was something more. Thanks for reading our review!

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The Sims 3: Brunch at the Old Mill Giveaway

:!: Thank you for participating! The randomly selected winner is bantersauruslex.

Would you like to be in a chance to win the latest store set, the Brunch at the Old Mill? Well get your tea and scones with clotted cream and jam ready, as you could win it in this competition!

For a chance to win the store set all you have to do is leave a comment telling us whether you like tea with or without milk before 7pm BST on the 7th July 2014*.

Good luck :)

*Terms and Conditions

:!: Please ensure you use a valid email address and only comment once. Multiple entries will not be counted. BeyondSims reserves the right to cancel the competition at anytime and substitute the prize in the rare event that we are unable to provide it. We will make all efforts to contact the winner but if, after a reasonable time period, we are unable to make contact another winner shall be randomly selected.

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The Sims 4: Collector’s Edition Prima Guide

Do you collect The Sims Prima game guides when a new Sims game comes out? Well, if you’re a fan of these or are looking for something extra special to compliment your Sims 4 game on release, then look no further as a Collectors Edition Prima guide has been listed on Amazon UK.

This book will be released at the same time as The Sims 4 and contains additional extras compared to the regular Prima game guide:

  • Hardcover with premium treatment and materials.
  • Additional pages include Q&A, “Behind-The-Scenes’ and “Making of” content with the game developers.

This is perfect if you’re a dedicated Sims fan and will go nicely with The Sims 4 Collectors Edition ;)

Click here to view on Amazon

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Accomplish Your Goals- Bring your stories to life. We’ll teach you how to achieve all of your Sims’ aspirations through interactions, socialization, careers, skills, and events.
 
Control All New Sims- Learn how the new emotional states are influenced by other Sims, events, memories, and even the clothes and objects you choose. Emotions and improved intelligence empowers your Sims to experience richer stories and more possibilities.
 
Bring Your Creations To Life- The new Build Mode is incredibly fun, powerful, and intuitive. We’ll show you examples, tips, and tricks that will help you create the most amazing structures ever, from mansions and nightclubs to museums and parks.
 
Earn Amazing Rewards- Discover how to unlock new outfits, objects, and traits. With our in-depth guide, you’ll be able to uncover all the collectibles and learn how to unlock all the achievements.

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Sims 3 Store: Brunch at the Old Mill

A brand new set has been released on The Sims 3 store called the ‘Brunch at the Old Mill’. This new set includes 28 new items, 3 of which are premium content. This set also sees the return of the L-Shaped stairs which were removed from an earlier store set due to errors.

Click here to grab the new set and if you want the venue shown in the images, then click here to grab it from the exchange.

Harken back to a rustic era of cozy charm with the Brunch at the Old Mill set. Finish working the fields by your mill house just in time for a second breakfast of tea and scones.