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The Sims 4

2 days ago

Feature: Wicker wicker wild wild west

Imagine it is worth going outside with this beautiful wicker furniture set for The Sims 4

Currently I am working on building a home for Sin in The Sims 4, much like I built a home for Alice 0. This means I've been looking for a lot of plant and outdoor bits and pieces, because Alice O is well into plants, and for Sin's home I am taking a little inspiration from her natural Minecraft hermitage. Unfortunately, the UK has been…

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5 days ago

Feature: (The YouTuber is our YouTuber)

This YouTuber built What Remains Of Edith Finch in The Sims 4

Alice L. was the person who really encouraged me to dive headlong into the pool of long build projects that is my fandom of The Sims 4. She is both one third of the Council Of Alices and one third of the RPS VidBud team on YouTube, and she's just started a new Sims 4-themed video series. In Can We Build It?, Alice L. attempts…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Bunker? I hardly know her!

These working bunkbeds for The Sims 4 are amazing, including an agonising pun

As I continue to build stuff in The Sims 4, I am going to start highlighting some of the amazing work being done by custom content creators. This week, one of my absolute favourite creators, Ravasheen, released a new bedroom set - the That's What She Bed bunk bed series (one of the reasons Ravasheen is a favourite of mine is that all of their…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: If I ad a ammer

A new Sims 4 Tiny Living build: look at this lovely cottage wot I done

My love for building stuff in The Sims 4 continues. I saw today that, in the space of about a month, my custom content folder has hit a gigabyte in size. Whoops. But this is all in service to a greater goal, which is building nice houses. After I showed everyone my tiny desert concrete block, Alice0 said she would like a house with more…

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Feature: Simply brilliant concepts

10 extremely good ideas for The Sims 5

Happy Birthday the 'The Sims' series! You’re 20 years old today, which means you’re finally old enough to throw an old boot full of soup right at a cop’s head, and be totally immune to prosecution (seriously, it’s true! If you didn’t know about that lil trick, you should try it). You’re also old enough, apparently, to have released an unfeasible number of spinoffs, ports,…

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The next The Sims game could have online elements, EA say

Don't panic. Or don't get too excited, depending on your opinions on the long-dead The Sims Online from 2002. During a recent earnings call, EA's CEO Andrew Wilson alludes to experimenting with social and competitive elements in a future Sims game but the word "MMO" was definitely not mentioned. Instead he says that "this notion of social interactions and competition [...] will start to become…

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Feature: Au revoir, mes amis

Video games to play on Brexit Day

I did not expect that I would ever Google something like "will Big Ben bong?" in service to an article for RPS, and yet here we are - and it turns out it will not. The big B day has arrived, not with a bong but a whimper. It's a sore subject for a lot of us (stuff disappearing off of Netflix; my partner is…

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4 weeks ago

Feature: We built this city on conveniently delineated tiles

The 20 best management games on PC

Management games have been enjoying a bit of a renaissance in recent years, meaning there are now even better, more efficient ways to direct trains, corral visitors, lay down conveyor belts and profit, profit, profit than ever before. To that end, we've put on our builder hats and constructed a list of the best management games you can play on PC in 2020. Whether you…

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1 month ago

Feature: One Off The List

The 8 most peaceful gardens in games

Put the 9mm down, for crying out loud. Not every game is about shooting your enemies in the shin bones. Honestly. Give me that, here, take this trowel. Now, follow me, through this tranquil landscape of blooming daffodils and perfectly arranged stone paths covered in happy moss. Yes, that’s it, you want a turn around the garden. A bit of soil on your fingers. And…

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Feature: Give me bunk beds or give me death.

Let me introduce you to the best item in The Sims 4 Tiny Living pack

You may have noticed, because of all the Simsposting lately, that I am well into The Sims 4 now. Brace yourself, because it is not going away soon. Anyway, like someone who has only just got into something but is into it hard, I am talking the talk even if I don't yet walk the walk. I am throwing around terms like 'Maxis match' and…

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Feature: It's a bold strategy. Let's see if it pays off for me.

To practise for our The Sims 4 Tiny Living building competition, I built a giant kitchen

Tension is ramping up in the RPS office, as we approach the release of The Sims 4's new Tiny Living Stuff Pack, and thus the editorial Tiny Build-Off between me and Graham. My tactic so far has been to practise a lot at home, so I am familiar with the build controls. Graham's has been to undermine me at the office, and try to prejudice…

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Feature: Whoever built Rome didn't have cheat codes

The Sims 4 Tiny Living got me to play The Sims again

When I was a kid I was really, really into The Sims. The first one came out around the same time that my big brother went to university, which meant I got to move into his room - the big room, which had the computer in it. I stayed up way past my bedtime making versions of the adult my 11-year-old self wished to be…

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2 months ago

Feature: If you build it, they will come

Forget Tiny Living, in The Sims 4 builders have achieved greatness with Grand Designs

Earlier this week, EA revealed the new Tiny Living Stuff Pack for The Sims 4. It allows players to build cosy little homes, limited to just 100 floor tiles in size, and adds new little home items like a bookshelf that has an inbuilt TV. Plus: cosy knits! All very lovely. But the creativity of The Sims' community has never been confined by size -…

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The Sims 4 Tiny Living pack will force you to build a house with only 100 tiles

Later this month you'll be able to build tiny houses in The Sims 4. Well, you've always been able to build tiny houses but now you'll be able to do so with fashionable tiny house items like a bookshelf which also has a TV on it and Murphy beds—which I've just learned is the proper name for those beds that pop out of walls.

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3 months ago

Feature: Our grim task comes to an end

Motherlode: a pocket full of gravestones in Simento Mori part 3

When half the town was gone, an interloper appeared in an empty house. His name was Whitely and I still don't know where he came from -- he just arrived. Perhaps he saw an advert in the local paper for a house sitting vacant: "Previous tenant spontaneously combusted. Ready for immediate move-in. No questions asked." He needed to be dealt with. This is the final…

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4 months ago

The Sims 4 Discover University is a millennial horror game

It’s comforting to know that The Sims 4 is still ticking along with new expansions. The world doesn’t need to hold its breath waiting, wondering, worrying about more Sims. We’re getting more. We’re always getting more. We’re getting more in about 9 days. The next expansion, The Sims 4 Discover University, brings the terrifying world of further education to the series.

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EA games are returning to Steam, starting with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Electronic Arts are returning to Steam after a long hiatus. The first game to come over to the dark side is, appropriately enough, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on November 15. It'll be followed by the EA big guns of FIFA 20, Battlefield V, and more next year. And they're bringing their subscription service, EA Origin Access, which is a real surprise.

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These Friends sets built inside The Sims 4 look great

The great mystery of smash-hit 90s sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is: why are they still friends? Or more specifically, why didn't they all cut ties with Ross? The whining, self-entitled, patronising creep who got an illegal exotic monkey to be his friend. The show came to build real friendships between the others but Ross... there was no answer for Ross. Thankfully, with modern technology (and a custom…

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5 months ago

Feature: The sequel to death, it's Simento Mori 2

Motherlode: combustion and singing in Simento Mori part 2

While playing through this second instalment of Simento Mori, an exploration into the limits and meaning of death in The Sims, I nearly swallowed a fly. I had casually taken a sip of my drink, only to feel the sensation of some foreign object (decidedly solid) making contact with the inside of my teeth. I had to extract its carcass from my mouth with my…

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