Posts Tagged ‘The Sims 4’

It’s A Sim: EA Closes Sims/SimCity Developer Maxis

By Alec Meer on March 4th, 2015.

In memoriam

Oh man, this is a sad day. Former staff today reported – later confirmed by EA – that the heart of Maxis, the studio behind The Sims & Sim City, is to be ripped out. While satellite studios in Redwood Shores, Salt Lake City, Helsinki and Melbourne remain, the Emeryville headquarters was Maxis as we knew it. It’s had a chequered recent history, particularly with regard to the most recent SimCity, but without a doubt this was a legendary developer.

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Sims 4 Mac Out Now, Free For Sims 4 PC Owners

By Alec Meer on February 18th, 2015.

that's not a Mac, but hey, close enough

It seems ludicrous that a simulation of the middle-class lifestyle and the attendant pursuit of ever-more wealth and consumer goods isn’t already available to owners of Macintosh computers, but there you go. In any case, The Sims 4 [official site] – but won’t someone think of the pools? – is now out for OSX, and the good news is that if you already own it on PC you get the Mac version free.
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Get To Work! First The Sims 4 Expansion Announced

By Alice O'Connor on February 5th, 2015.

Wuh-oh! Looks like someone filled you with guts! My machine can fix that.

The Sims 4 [official site] was always going to feel a bit empty at launch in comparison to earlier games as they had oodles of expansions by then, and it didn’t help that a few long-standing features were absent. Since then they’ve added back in things like pools and ghosts, released a ‘Game Pack’ mini-expansion, and now EA have announced the first proper expansion, Get to Work. It adds stuff to do with employment, obvs.

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Plans And Elevations: The Sims 4 Concept Art

By Philippa Warr on February 4th, 2015.

Don't you love it when...

EA have plopped a bunch of Build Mode concept art from The Sims 4 [official site] on their blog as part of an interview with designer Aaron Houts.

The interview itself has hints of excitement – there’s a misbehaving wall tool and automated door placement which sounds like it left you with a door-infested house with portals lurking in odd places. Alas, EA does not fancy sharing these monstrous houses and the interview itself is rather flat. BUT we have studies and swatches to look at which make me happy in a peaceful, diagrammatic way I remember from when I used to look at architectural floor plans as a child.

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The Sims 4 Going On An Outdoor Retreat

By Philippa Warr on December 23rd, 2014.

No, I am wearing sensible hiking boots. You must have me confused with someone else. Please stop.

The Sims 4 team have announced an outdoorsy-themed game pack called Outdoor Retreat. From the image, it looks like a camping holiday where young men sing soulful songs about red shoes. Maybe he’s doing an acoustic guitar version of David Bowie’s Let’s Dance.

I’ve now drawn a picture of a campfire and am listening to acoustic versions of Let’s Dance to recreate the presumed experience. They’re all horrible. I’m never going camping again. Instead, to drive that experience from my brain, let’s investigate what a game pack is.

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Surviving With The Sims

By Adam Smith on November 23rd, 2014.

Note – this was originally published a month ago as part of the RPS Supporter program, hence the reference to our now-finished Survival Week.

It’s Survival Week here at RPS, so I decided that I’d write about my earliest experiences with The Sims, a survival game like no other. Left to their own devices, Sims are just about smart enough to struggle through life but they’re not quite intelligent enough to live. They need to be coaxed into improving their lot, and influenced by the click and the cursor. Without either clicks or cursors, I first encountered The Sims when I was struggling to build my own place in the world. Let’s take a trip down the memory cul-de-sac.

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Heavy Petting: The Sims 4 Adds Pools

By Alice O'Connor on November 6th, 2014.

Who lives in a house like this?

Swimming pools are an iconic murdermachine in The Sims, but one can also use them for swimming. I know, I’d almost forgotten too. Pools were absent from The Sims 4 at launch, but EA this week added them as part of their plan to patch in things one would expect in a Sims game. Enough grumbling, they’re here now and lawks, what pools they are! I had never before considered the possibility of a house bulging with swimming pools like beautiful glass pustules.

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S.EXE: VA-11 HALL-A

By Cara Ellison on October 10th, 2014.

Some of my favourite people in the world have been bartenders. I mean, I didn’t speak to many of them for more than ten minutes, and I know how it works – I used to tend bar too – you flirt for tips and for kicks. But a bartender has an uncanny way of being able to flip a switch in you. Not just with their sticky fluids, but also with their damn fine smiles, the ability to pay you attention for just those five minutes you want to order a drink after work. Sometimes you can make up stories about them, that the smile was really because you are the most handsome thing in the world, and they are going to Tom-Cruise-in-Cocktail you after their shift.

But ah, being the bartender. It’s a different sort of thing all together. It’s a real performance.

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Paddling Ghoul: The Sims 4 Patching In Ghosts And Pools

By Alice O'Connor on October 2nd, 2014.

The haunting squeal of an ethereal whoopee cushion.

Ghosts were missing from The Sims 4 at launch, but we all know that just because we haven’t seen a ghost, that doesn’t mean one’s not there. Going invisible is sorta their ‘thing’. Not seeing a ghost is almost proof that you have one. The Sims 4 definitely does now. Maxis made ghosts materialise with a ritual content patch yesterday, the first of three big free monthly content updates planned.

November’s patch will bring back swimming pools — dear murderous swimming pools! — while December’s update is set to add new career paths and rewards.

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Wot I Think: The Sims 4

By Richard Cobbett on September 10th, 2014.

The joke isn't that The Sims can play The Sims. It's that their copy has way, WAY more features...

Hurible badda flabber? Wibble durble booby. Fasherk! Yes, you don’t need to speak Simlish to know The Sims 4 is now out and ready to let you spend your precious life ensuring little computer people have far sexier and more successful ones. Only now you can’t drown them in your pool. Does the rest have what it takes to compensate for that shocking omission? Here’s Wot I Think…

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Self-Replicating Babies: Sims 4 Patch Note Fun Begins

By Alice O'Connor on September 2nd, 2014.

Youths! Always the root of the problem.

“Stopped vampires from pinning their crimes on babies and children.” You don’t need to play Dwarf Fortress to enjoy a changelog note like that. Simulations encouraging emergent gameplay lead to emergent bugs, weird and wonderful confluences of complexities. The Sims 4 might not have dwarves, vampires, goblins, kidnapping, or horseshoe crab people, but its zany take on everyday life evidently can still bring some fun bugs to read about.

The game launches this week (today in North America, Thursday in Europe–grumble grumble) and a launch-day patch means wacky fun changelogs are already arriving. Fixed by this first update are issues with hibernating babies and a Reaper who’s just not that into you.

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Build-A-Youth: The Sims 4’s Character Creator Demo

By Alice O'Connor on August 19th, 2014.

That's what young people look like nowadays, isn't it?

No matter what’s removed or added or changed or bro-ised with The Sims 4, we can be fairly certain it’ll allow one thing: making goofy-looking folks. But lawks a lummy, Maxis have only gone and released that part for free! The ‘Create A Sim’ character creator has been yanked out of the full game to make a demo (or we can treat it as simply a cool toy for everyone to play with). Nab it from Origin. This came out last week, but we overlooked it in all the fuss and bother of Gamescom. Luckily, pulling silly faces is timeless.

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Peeved Push Ups And Premium Memberships: The Sims 4

By Alice O'Connor on July 21st, 2014.

Bro out!

The word “bro” is tossed around a lot nowadays, but I can’t say I’ve ever met one of these curious beings. I’m choosing to treat a new The Sims 4 trailer as a documentary, 20 minutes teaching me about two bros who work out, bro out, party down, and die of laughter after their Kim Jong-un-lookalike housemate wees himself during a cupcake fire. What a strange bird, the bro.

The trailer also offers a glimpse of something as inevitable as a bro bump: Premium memberships.

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