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My guilty pleasure is reading simsecret liverjournal .
Everyone who posts there is crazy autistic and catty as hell but fuck, I kind of enjoy reading it.
here you go anons
you'd need a torrent downloaderhttps://www.utorrent.com/downloads/win
if you dont wanna go through the hassle of needing institution to download the sims 4
here's fit girl repacks:http://fitgirl-repacks.site/
you can find it here. there's a magnet that lets you directly import the torrent file into the torrent downloader :S
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they take sims games very seriously lol
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I loved sims 2. It was for me hands down, the best version. You had a lot in your base game and the DLC had good content for the price.
Also you had a ton on really cool fanmade stuff, even i made some myself (which was really easy) and the end i had so much stuff for this game that the loading took age.
Sims 4 is really not good, you need a shit-ton of money to buy even the basics stuff, what every sims game had without packs. I can't get over the fact that you have to buy a pack so you can have 2 hot tub/ jacuzzi. In the other games you always had it in the basic game.
Or to get some hair that doesn't look terrible.
For the animal pack you only get dogs and cats where in the other games you got much more.
It is only money making…
It is so buggy, maybe i am just nip-picking, but my sims often just stand there and do absolutly nothing even if i told them what to do. Or they just stop something even if there is nothing in the quere of the do list.
Sometimes some think like 'go to bed' is stuck in the to do quere, i can't click it away and they stop doing thinks in the middle of doing it because of the 'go to bed' think.
Why do i need origins for playing this game? I don't want that.
I always have shitty, awful Sims in bad circumstances and trying to rise to the top from absolute rock bottom.
My favorite challenge was the runaway teen challenge in Sims 3 but I took it a bit further. I would get my teen Sim pregnant (through mods) then kill off the baby dad. Then I would move her to an absolutely barren lot and set her savings to 0. With the klepto trait I would go to neighbours houses and steal stuff to either sell or use. Otherwise I would dumpster dive and get a crappy part time job. Neither of which you can do when your sim goes into 2nd trimester which makes things tougher. Couple that with getting pregnant continuously, having to pay baby sitters, etc…it's a REALLY fucked up but fun challenge. I actually had a hugely successful legacy this way where the house grew with the family.
Unfortunately it's not really feasible with 4.
Hmmm let see:
-Better house building tools (though no create-a-style sadly)
-Will work smoothly even on potato-est of the computers due to laptop mode
-Sims are more intelligent when it comes to routing, multiple sims are able to participate in a conversation
-CAS is better than Sims 3 in my opinion but it lacks color wheel
I actively play Sims 4 , bought base game but have pirated every single expansion, stuff pack and update and it still kinda feels like a barren game.
I think I'm gonna start a legacy in Sims 2 so I can compare what exactly am I missing from 4.
sims 2 has always been better
CAS has been the best in sims 4
I like how you can change the color of furniture, clothing, etc in sims 3
I also like how in sims 3 you can have your sim go places and still play sims at home
sims 2 was more simple however, everytime I play it, it just gives me nostalgia
sage for long post
these are my opinions:
sims 1 (original)
>very restrictive, obviously, but i like the nostalgia aspect of it
>had some cool objects
>sims have a cartoony look
>no real variation with body shapes
>face editing is pretty advanced tho
>you also get the ''body shop'' program to make your own clothes and genetics
>great expansion packs, most of them are worth the money
>you get 3 neighborhoods in the base game with pre-made neighbors that have backstories and stuff
>you can make your own neighborhood from scratch which is pretty awesome
>graphics are rather poor and sometimes glitchy (the base game is quite old to be fair)
>lots of cheats which make the game really fun
>you can create your own community lots such as restaurants and pools!
>the sims themselves look less cartoony and a bit more realistic
>base game hair, skin and clothes are ugly as sin
>new create a style tool which allows you to give customize anything (objects, hair, clothes etc) with new colors and patterns
>downloadable content is great though
>really great expansion packs too
>you only get one neighborhood (iirc) with the base game, which sucks
>amazing open world concept; your sim can explore the whole town without loading screens, you can go anywhere you want
>the sims have more personality than before, you can give them zodiac signs, choose favorite color and meal and change their voice
>your adult sim can has 5 personality traits and a life-time goal (becoming really rich, certain careers, family etc)
>loading screens last f o r e v e r
>the game size is massive due to the open world concept and may crash often
>some expansion packs lag awfully (island paradise for example)
>''rabbit holes'' are lots in the towns your sims go to for work or school, like the police station or the restaurant, for example. you can actually see the building/destination but can't go inside.
>going back to the sims 2 cartoon look of the characters
>create a sim mode is fantastic, you can drag on the face and body to change (like 3d modelling)
>you can customize body shapes however you want by dragging
>your sims are not restricted to gender, males can wear female clothing for example
>you can choose a (pretty vague) aspiration and three lackluster personality traits
>personality traits are extremely superficial and predictable (romantic, evil, outgoing…), not nearly as good as the sims 3; there are also very few options
>you can change voices and the way they walk
>zodiac signs were removed for some reason
>the create a style tool from the sims 3 was also removed, so you're stuck with the base game colors
>build mode is impressive, you have a lot of freedom
>amazing downloadable content
>new ''emotions'' interface, your sim can feel around 14 different emotions that affect their behavior (sad, happy, flirty, angry etc)
>new deaths although it is very hard to kill your sims
>you get three neighborhoods with the base game; all sims from any neighborhood can visit each other which is really cool
>no open world concept. you can not go anywhere you want anymore. lots of loading screens, too
>the towns look ridiculously cartoony and the designs are super lazy
>you get almost no lots at all…seriously, you get like 3-4 empty lots in every town and you can not add new ones like you could in ts2/3
>sims 3 had schools and workplaces in the town, sims 4 does not
>boring, cookie-cutter careers, military and politics were removed.
>new skills (video gaming, gourmet cooking, mischief etc)
>cheating isn't as easy
>your pregnant sims constantly have bladder failure for some reason
>multitasking was added, your sims can now do up to 3 things at once (eating while talking or watching TV)
>the base game alone can cost you up to 40 USD! Expansion packs are the same price. Do not buy it full price. I got it on sale for half of the price.
>ts4 is generally a rip off, you get very litte in the base game and even less in expansions for a ridiculous price
get ts3 or even ts2, ditch ts4. it's not worth it.
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I played it but I don't remember much. Though what I do remember how even though it was a Sims 3 spin-off, it had a superior CAS and your sims didn't look pudding-faced.
Major problem I had with sims 3 was how CAS was shit and every sims you made looked doughy and weird. I had to download a shitton of mods, sliders and skins to make them looks decent.
Even then, all the other townies looked like shit so I had to spend a lot of time making human looking sims in CAS and getting rid of premade pudding mess.
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Sims 3 is a clunky, ugly mess with superficial customization. I’ll take body morphing over color wheel any day. Being able to move rooms around over hot tubs. Quick loading screens little and often over a giant game that takes forever to load and constantly lags.
It’s all silly considering 2 is and always will be the best. But 4 is second.
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Not to mention even the environment is far more visually appealing
But I feel like the sims 4 world are so tiny and boring…
Idk the sims 2 and 3 were the absolute best to me, but I find the 3 a little better because it was prettier, very complete, funny, and you could customize the furnitures almost however you wanted.
>>8923>The stupid 3 trait limit makes for boring sims
There are three different types
of traits (normal, reward, bonus) not a three trait limit. Adults have four normal slots in CAS, and develop more as you play.
Sims 3 was a bloated unoptimized mess but still had way better features like the real time neighbourhood. The xpacs didn't feel like needless filler (the pets one for instance was so robust - having horses was amazing) and there was just so much to do and so many ways to play. Sims 4 looks better and plays more efficiently but it feels like the base game and every successive xpac are unfinished. Hell, the base game WAS unfinished to the point where they had to add pools and toddlers later.
To each their own I guess but 4 is where I stopped playing the series.
Think you need to do "testingcheats on"
You can modify Sims' relationships by using the somewhat long modifyrelationship yoursimfirst yoursimlast targetsimfirst targetsimlast x relationshiptype.
Relationshiptype is either LTR_Friendship_main or LTR_Romance_Main.
X is the percentage of the bar, either full, half, or half into the red (negative numbers). While there are many different relationship names, these are simply combinations of varying amounts of friendship/romance (either positive or negative).
modifyrelationship Bella Goth Mortimer Goth 100 LTR_Friendship_main - Bella and Mortimer are now best friends
modifyrelationship Bella Goth Mortimer Goth 100 LTR_Romance_main - They're now soulmates if they have a high friendship level as well
above is from http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/cheats.php
The cheats for the relationships are crap in sims 4, it's easier to install MC command centre and reduce the relationship decay setting, or you can add traits to your sim that reduce their relationship decay or build relationships faster.
Everyone remembers a Beloved Sim! Their relationships never fade. enter "traits.equip_trait Legendary"
Relationships decay more slowly.
enter "traits.equip_trait Memorable"
Domestic Sims will see their familial relationships grow stronger faster. enter "traits.equip_trait FamilySim"
Gregarious Sims build friendly relationships faster.
enter "traits.equip_trait Gregarious"
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One of the things that bothers me the most is that sims doesn’t have memories in the sims 4, maybe a bit silly but in sims 2 I felt I could get more “immersed” with the stories I was creating. Like if my sim cheats on their partner in S4 they barely give a shit, they’re just sad for a day or two. Tho I prefer how advanced they are with customization to really flesh out personalities, but they remain superficial shells when you really break it down.
lmfao i used fitgirl repacks for the sims 4 and got a threatening email from my isp, oops, how to avoid this in the future? i feel so stupid
sage for ot
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I miss the original Sims–back when Making Magic was a pack and Unleashed too. It just had so much charm.
I've tried torrenting it but I can't find any that work on my mac…
Same anon, I think while Will Wright was still working on the series (TS1, TS2) , even though the games were simplstic it felt like he and his team gave them a bit of magic.
I remember getting Making Magic and this trailer for Sims 2 was included. I was so hyped for it. When I got it, my old computer run it at like 15-20 FPS but I didn't care and played it regardless
I think anon means that there's only a 3 trait limit in CAS, you can earn more traits through rewards or by adding them with cheats http://sims-online.com/sims-4-trait-cheats-codes-expansions/
Most of my sims end up with like 10+ traits once I've played them a bit.
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Everytime I go to simresource to find some nice clothing to download, 80% is slutty kardashian shit
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I've been playing Sims 4 on and off for 2 years and have been pretty disappointed with it overall. I think the game looks great, but the gameplay is so shallow that you basically have to rely on your imagination completely to get anything out of it.
Even with some of the latest expansions like City Living, Jungle Adventure, and Pets, which certainly added stuff to do, the Sims themselves are so bland that the game still feels boring. Everyone is hyped for Seasons, but it's just going to be the same thing. What good does it do to have all this new shit when the Sims all act the same, are never affected by anything long term, etc?
I've had to use mods just to make things interesting, but that can be a pain in the ass when they conflict, so sometimes it's not even worth the effort.
>>8953>What good does it do to have all this new shit when the Sims all act the same, are never affected by anything long term, etc?
THIS. My Sim in TS2 still remembers being cheated on by an ex and gets angry even though he is dating someone new.
Meanwhile TS4 they just get sad for like an hour and that's it, everything is fine and dandy after it.
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I'm still sad I missed that (computer was broken and I couldn't afford a new one tile like 2 years later)
I don't feel as bad about torrenting them since EA is discontinuing support
I think they gave up on storytelling. The sims games arent chronological if you look at the goth family.
A youtuber chrillsims (i think) has some interesting videos on sims family stories.
I just tried. They said they couldn't add it since it's no longer supported. I'm a bit sad now, I lost my games during a move and since I had them when that promotion was going on I didn't think about just getting it anyways.
I could pirate it but I don't have good internet.
From what I've read it just depends on the support person you get. Some people say they won't let you get it at all, while others say they will give it to you with or without proof that you owned the game.>>8964
I would just try it. I first tried to get it a few years ago but chickened out when they asked if I had proof. The second time I tried it they just gave it to me without any proof.
Second one was nicer and explained I had to have a physical copy. I told them exactly what I said here about losing them during a move.
I'll just try again in a few moments.
again. No live chat support is showing on the website now. Guess opening multiple cases was not a good idea?
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I'm kind of obsessed with making sims that fit my beauty standards, like my ideal appearances. Excuse the cringey style I was trying to do a Mathilda-inspired look
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Also, sims 2 was an absolute blast to design interiors in.
>>8975>impossible to keep them alive without cheating
U wot? I'm gonna assume you were exaggerating a bit but if I was able to keep my massive families alive when I was like 10 and had no idea what I was doing, I'm sure you can.>>8979
Skylines is far and away the better game.
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I know this is probably silly question but is it possible to use the sims3 dlc from games4world on the base sims 3 from steam?
Would it work like adding mods but just adding that dlc file to the main file for the game.
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So I was bored and downloaded this murder mod (called extreme violence or something) made a sim that’s a cop and has a torture basement (lmao) saw a random sim walk by who I invented in. I choose to stab her and he gets blood and everything over him. Next second he switches to cop uniform and goes to work with the blood on him still, had a hearty chuckle. Pretty well made mod considering it’s fan made.
Also wanted to ask this kind of. I dug myself a hole and kept buying stuff for TS4 because I thought it'd get better and it didn't. Also part of me blamed my depression for not being able to enjoy it because that's sometimes how it is with other games lol. Plus, the get to work pack wasn't too bad. But anyway, is it possible to add on the pirated version to the ones I already have?
Or do I have to start over completely?
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i'm not sure if this is necroing or whatever, but what is with cc-creators producing absolute nightmare fuel? look at this!
I still think that 2, fully modded and with all xpacs is the best of the lot. A decade of my life spent with that shit, lol. The community is so crabby though and has always been kind of snobbish and weird. I was always super supportive of my favorite creators but was otherwise a pretty quiet person on forums and whatnot because of it.
I suck at art in every way possible, but I wanted a specific custom sim made for 2 and was even willing to pay well for one, back when the game was maybe a year or two old. I always took pains to be super polite about it, but I was told I was being ‘rude’ and that I should ‘teach myself’ and it was just like fuck me, I’ve been trying to teach myself and they look like shit! Even doing the photo wrap on mesh technique, it always looked like a hot mess. It was so weird because if I had the ability I’d be cranking out custom sims for people left and right, especially if I were being compensated for my time. I remember getting absolutely dragged on MTS for asking and I just felt so bad.
tbh I’d still pay someone to do it, like seriously just name your price haha but I’ve basically given up. I wonder if it was because at the time, the creators were all older people and maybe didn’t get it? It seems comparable to me to someone commissioning an artist on tumblr or whatever but I guess not. I know this sounds kind of bitchy now but I swear to god I was always super nice when asking about this, I never sent out blanket messages to every creator in the book or anything like that, it’s just something that still makes me crabby lol.
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Always update your script mods. Also, S4Studio is great if you have loads of cc, especially if some of it is older as you can update it.
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ghetto simblr is the fucking worst.
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Tbh, i find a lot of simblrs can be super rude and snobby to their “fans”, even the story simblrs. It gets old reading their bitchy responses to geniune/innocent questions.
Also tired of how ugly they make their sims in an attempt to be ~unique~ (Pic related) and shit on people who make “conventionally attractive sims”
Anyway, i know it’s dumb, but shit annoys me about the community.
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Maybe you can try downloading a cc folder? There are some on youTube (at least for TS4 there are, but I'm sure there are some for TS3). It's not the same feeling as actually going CC shopping yourself, but it's good to start out. I download them when I'm to lazy to download CC myself, never encountered any viruses or anything.>>9017
Maxis match is CC that looks like the items that are already in the game, it just blends in with everything else. Alpha CC isn't a specific texture like Maxis match, It's supposed to look more realistic.
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that's a really bad comparison picture anon. They look practically the same there
Same, anon. I never liked when my sims popped out from every other sim and object.
Is anyone getting the new fame/celebrity one? I'll wait until it goes at least 50% off. I'm not falling for their tricks again haha.
just pirate them off games4theworld. you won't catch me dead spending money on Sims games. I love them but too expensive and too much DLC.
I like get famous for shitposty reasons, but the fame system gets old after awhile, and you can turn it off. some of the quirks are REALLY annoying.
I loved Bustin' Out. I still have my PS2 disc, but I'm emulating the GC version on my PC. Remember Mimi? I loved her house so much.
I had the TS1, The Urbz and TS2 on PS2 as well. I miss Sims games with story mode.
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Don't mean to necro (because really, I don't think we need a new sims thread) but can someone explain to me why CC creators love making their toddlers look like midget adults?
never got this to work for me but might be computer illiteracy>>9041
i don't even own an apple computer, im just saying it doesn't/didn't work on 10
There is a sim save floating around by a YTer called simsiesave. She overhauled every single neighborhood from the sims to the houses. No CC, just much more functional and nicely decorated houses and families with premade backstories that you can play with. I highly recommend it. I use that as a base for any new sims save I'm starting.
Also if you haven't, you should definitely get MC Command Center (mod). Gives you a lot of randomizing tools which can help craft stories. You can fully tweak the settings which include things like random townie marriages, children, what sex the marriages can be, what specs the kids can have, abduction frequency, etc etc etc. A lot. Since Sims 4 is really really bad about not having story progression, eventually all your town residents will have died out and if you have City Living you will have 200 homeless Asian sims that are mostly single parents… this mod fixes that by creating families and aging them properly, moving them into available housing, etc.
Thanks for the advice. I have that annual "I need to play the Sims NOW" attack and since my laptop can’t handle anything else, I will have to play The Sims 4. I usually get bored of this one after a few days, but I think that save file can really help as it especially is the dull neighbourhood & pre-made Sims that annoy me.
That being said, I really am ready for TS5. I feel like TS4 was bad from the beginning and can’t be saved, even with popular expansions like Seasons being here now. It simply lacks the soul of the franchise and was poorly executed from the beginning. I just want them to move on now and release a better game. The idea still is so amazing, it’s just the game itself that sucks.
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If you have a macbook, you should be able to find the SIms 2 super collection on the app atore anon.
kinda unrelated but EA gave this super collection (PC) away for free to everyone 2 years ago on twitter. Wish they could've given away the mac version too..
Stills salty about it
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sorry to bump this thread but the sims 4 is being offered for free now on origin, for anyone that wants it or couldn't get the fitgirl repacks to work https://t.co/aOFqVlYFDd
sims 2 is so hard to find and buy nowadays. Even sims3 is hard to buy.
All you have sis sims 4 which is super expensive
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Next Sim game might be like Sims Online. Thoughts?https://www.gamesradar.com/the-sims-5-multiplayer/>>74975
You can get Sims 2 with all of the expansions if you contact Origin. I sent in verification (just a picture of my old CD case with a timestamp) and it worked, but I've read that you can get it if you just ask nicely.
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I got a USB with all the sims 2 expansions, straight from an EA developer my mom knew years ago. If anyone is interested I can upload but I don't wanna get glow in the dark'd.
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I wouldnt buy it, EA saying “online features” means in game transactions.
Fuck them if they screw The Sims 5 up.
sims 3 is quite easy to get.
But sims 2 is really hard.
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It depends on what you like, here are some suggestions:>Make a sim and try to max all their skills and earn enough money to buy the most beautiful lot>Try one of the challenges posted online (100 baby challenge, history challenge, rags to riches, whatever)>Try to make your dream home (this is the best part of the sims for me)>Invite friends and take turns making the ugliest sims you can>Turn on sim autonomy and just watch them do whatever, and take screenshots. Works best if you have lots of sims on a lot because there's always something crazy going on (this has become my favorite way of playing)>Come up with a story and try to play it out in the sims (warning, if you get really creative you'll just end up disappointed by the limitations of the game), for example a farmer sim who inherited their grandparents' property and can only make money off of the land (yeah I ripped that from harvest moon), or a witch who must never leave her home, or make a sim try to make as many friends as they can and then try to make them all hate you in various ways>Try to make a beautiful neighborhood (if you are playing sims 3 download the Create a World program)>Extra fun points if you try to make a themed neighborhood, like a medieval or elf or gothic neighborhood.
And when you take some funny screenshots post them here!!
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Gamescom had a billion SW things announced today. Seems Disney is pushing it really hard but to think the Star Wars Land tie-in (Batuu is where their SW park is "Set in") would be the fucking SIMS is killing me.
Too bad we didn't get a game pack that the community can do something with. What pack would you have liked anons?
I personally wanted a pack with a distinct world that isn't North American looking. Maybe Spain or Japan could be cool. I feel like gameplay is never actually that different across packs (you craft stuff for the vast majority of the content or you go to rabbitholes) so I'd mostly like a new and pretty world to play in.
Gameplay-wise I'd probably want something that adds nuance to sim interactions and adds those small tidbits we loved from Sims 2. Romance obviously gets really samey quickly, as do inter-generational interactions in families. Something that adds a lot more social gameplay would help craft stories imo. Same goes for drama. A pack centered around your sims' relationships and strives to stir shit up would be my ideal pack.
I don't want more arts/crafts, I don't want new careers because they're all boring and the same, I don't want tedious shit like having to generate electricity for my house.
seconded on relationship mechanics. i didnt realise it then but generations added a lot of flavour to my games
kinda sad that they never added an attraction system. and hilarious that of all things, wicked whims is the one that has that feature
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i've been making houses in the sims 4 since quarantine started and i kinda want to make a tumblr (or something??) to post screenshots on but i've been too lazy to do it… i don't know if theres enough interest to dedicate the energy
Late but I'm kinda pissed but not surprised. Fuckin morons eat up every single pack and now they're on reddit whining about how dare EA think they'd by this when they literally go on and on about being competitions.
Can't be mad at EA for selling slop to the pigs.
For me it'll come down to the items that come with the pack, both build and debug. I do use mods but I have a high standard for what looks good. I want props to blend in with the professional level art the Sims team puts into the game so I still prefer EA-made build items over cc unless the type of furniture I need does not exist outside of cc (comfortable but stylish looking couches being something I downloaded online, for instance).
Gameplay-wise even a pack I thematically enjoy usually has lackluster features (what the FUCK was realm of magic ugh)so well-made meshes and textures are what I'm usually looking for in a pack at this point. Give me good setpieces and worlds and I'll craft a plot with some gameplay mods like Slice of Life and Meaningful Stories. I really do hope someday they'll release an expansion pack specifically for story crafters that includes a lot of the features I currently maintain like 5 mods to experience.
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thanks y'all! i use a lot of custom content since i'm too broke to buy packs (and i have a mac so cracks have never worked for me) so maybe i'll post pics of basegame stuff if i get around to it
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I know they always do this shit and it’s expected at this point but can we talk about how not only did no one want this pack but they also completely half assed it too… that dumbass textured mask is like baby’s first Alpha CC and there aren’t even new aliens, it’s just a costume. That ‘Letter from The Sims Team’ was a complete joke too, basically saying ‘We know what you want but you’re not getting it anytime soon! Also skintones are getting pushed back… sorry not sorry! We’ll blame it on the pandemic even though skintones have been an issue since launch!’ I think I’m going to redownload TS3 and let TS4 figure itself out for a while because I’m just so enraged with these recent events. TS4 is a fucking joke
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Here’s the shitty mask for anyone who hasn’t already seen this monstrosity
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I’m sorry for samefagging but here’s the ‘aliens’ which are literally just socks, a mask, and gloves… this is so embarrassing
Kind of an aside but that image is retarded, this MAX TEXTURE EVERYWHERE mindset is why CC fucks people's performance. I've seen shoes at 10k polys with uncompressed textures for no fucking reason. People really need to stop talking about shit they don't understand.>>106883
That mask is so fucking poorly made, I don't understand why they shipped it that way. No excuse.
This pack is stupid as shit but people really expected like 15 occult races or something? Obviously the aliens were gonna be socks for a game pack lol
I mean the least they could do was making it connected to the aliens we already have. Like give aliens the option to choose weird textures or different heads, kind of what they have with mermaid with the fins.
I didnt expect anything from this pack anyway, maybe sims 5 will be better but i doubt it
As the other anon said, things are too "perfect". It's the little things, sims 2 had this whole thing where they made sure each premade family comes with their own drama and the starting day is a different pre-built scenario which is a really nice touch. My sims 2 families always involved at least a couple instances where people were slapping the shit out of each other and doing things to piss each other off. Sims 4 does not really have that.
I actually get a lot of use out of the negative traits in Sims 4. I use the negative character values from parenthood (especially the insensitive one), evil, jealous, clumsy, etc. They often end up creating friction or at least sims react to things in an amusing way. Highly recommend utilizing the more negative traits!
I dont agree with the buildmode swatch issue that's been raised though. I think plenty of items match and it's kinda fun to try and find things that share swatches. I like that there are tons of different colors that aren't the same because I don't like using the same colors and furniture for my builds. I also don't build monochrome so using two wood colors and some wild accents are pretty par for the course in my houses. I imagine if you're really fond of white and black it will probably get annoying though, as there are a lot of varying versions of b/w in the game that definitely do not match.
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i TOTALLY agree about the negative traits in sims 4 being more entertaining. the most interesting character i have ever played was this glamorous, snobby old lady with the dastardly trait and the criminal career. it was fun trying to throw successful dinner parties while also pickpocketing and getting into fights with the guests.
but usually, i skip the gameplay part of sims altogether. i was the kind of kid who would spend hours arranging a dollhouse but would quit as soon as it was time to play with the dolls, and i guess this is just an advanced version of that lol.
…which is why i would KILL for the swatches in sims 4. if y'all couldn't tell i use a lot of black and white, and as you pointed out it's really frustrating when the shades don't match up right. and if you want to match wood colors, you can't separate it from the other parts– ex; if a room is dark brown and red, and the dark brown bedframe has a lime green bedspread, you're just fucked.
The beds are the most irritating part of decorating for me, those damn sheets never match what I'm going for. I've started to plan the whole room around the bed, that saves me a lot of headache now.
I do wonder why they didn't make the blacks and whites match. The sort of builder that uses those colors probably wants it all to match perfectly, that's just how monochrome folks roll. It's a bad move from EA.