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The Sims Pokemon

This fake crossover of The Sims and Pokemon actually looks fun

Can it be real?
Oct 12
// Chris Carter
The Sims gets a lot of shit. Sure, it has DLC and expansions coming out of the rafters, but historically, the core games have been pretty decent -- outside of the latest iteration that stripped out a ton of features of ...
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The Sims 4

The Sims 4 go European with the Get Together expansion

Windenburg looks like a fantasy MMO
Aug 05
// Joe Parlock
EA has announced a new expansion pack for The Sims 4, the Get Together expansion pack. The new expansion will bring in a European-style city called Windenburg, and is due to be released in November this year. EA has said it ...
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Free Sims Update

The Sims 4's May the 4th update brings free Star Wars costumes

Sick of this joke yet?
May 04
// Alissa McAloon
And to think, I almost made it the entire day without hearing a "may the fourth be with you" joke. EA is celebrating everyone's favorite non-holiday by releasing a free Star Wars-themed update for The Sims 4. The update ...

Two deals on today's Sims 4 Get To Work expansion

Meet expansion 1 of 27
Mar 31
// Dealzon
The "Get To Work" expansion pack to The Sims 4 was released earlier today on Origin for $39.99. The first of what is expected to be many (and we're talking many), the expansion allows you to further enrich your in-game person...

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Maxis closure

EA closes SimCity maker Maxis Emeryville

First SimCity (2013), now this
Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
Another studio with a storied legacy has fallen under Electronic Arts. The Emeryville offices of Maxis, the force behind simulation games like The Sims, SimCity, and Spore, shut down today. EA says it's "consolidating Maxis I...
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Sims 4 Free Trial

Play The Sims 4 free for 48 hours on Origin

Breathing virtual life into Origin Game Time
Jan 23
// Conrad Zimmerman
Electronic Arts has added The Sims 4 to its Origin Game Time program, which offers a trial period on some major releases in the Origin library. Players can install The Sims 4 now through Origin and play free for 48 hours, sta...
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The Sims 4

Your Sims can now 'accidentally' drown in the The Sims 4

Pools are back
Nov 04
// Jordan Devore
The Sims 4 was notably missing pools at launch, though something tells me many of us weren't playing the game then. As an on-again, off-again Sims player, I passed. If you're waiting for The Sims Studio to flesh out the game ...

Review: The Sims 4

Oct 02 // Chris Carter
The Sims 4 (PC)Developer: EA Maxis, The Sims StudioPublisher: EAReleased: September 2, 2014MSRP: $59.99Rig: Origin Millennium: Overclocked Intel Core i7 4770K Quad-Core (4.0GHz-4.7GHz), Dual 3GB NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti  The premise of The Sims 4 is basically the same as it always has been. By way of open-ended gameplay, players can create avatars and mess with their lives. The reason I've enjoyed past installments is because of the non-linear nature of the titles. If there was ever a "sandbox mode" in a Sims game I often played it more than the regular campaign. Character creation is much simpler this time around, which is mostly a good thing for newcomers. Progression is even easier to figure out, as each avatar can have an "aspiration," such as an eSport career. What I like about this system is that it's clear what your goals are and how to obtain them, making that "ding" feeling much more satisfying since there's no cryptic decoding and stat crunching involved. Of course you'll also want to grow your own empire within your household and aspire for more material goods -- a goal that's likely linked to your career. It's very fun to jump in, create some characters, choose goals, and watch those meters rise just like a regular old RPG. It's one of the most satisfying aspects of The Sims 4. Emotions are perhaps the biggest addition, and while I didn't find them all that intriguing, they allow you to connect with your creations more than ever before. In short, events can happen that adjust your mood, which your character will wear on their sleeve. Recent real-world innovations like the rise of smartphones are incorporated into the experience to help you boost your characters' spirits, and it's enjoyable to figure these out. To help get them out of undesirable spats, Sims also have a more natural way of speaking to each other, which is an improvement for those of you who prefer group interactions. Sadly, a lot of the long-standing issues with the series have carried over into The Sims 4, like the lack of direct control you often have over your creations. While it's great to have them do their own thing most of the time, sometimes the AI isn't smart enough to handle an important task that's right in front of their faces. If you attempt to queue up an action occasionally, it may not work or they might get utterly confused and just stop doing it altogether. The biggest problem however is the amount of regression that has been made since The Sims 3, which I would consider the pinnacle of the series. Big features that we've come to expect are gone, like the entire toddler stage, parking lots, pools, true neighborhood exploration elements (not just instances), and the inclusion of a real living world around your house. The lack of exploration is my top complaint, as the game is separated by lengthy loading screens and a distinct lack of cohesiveness. Instead of seamlessly walking out your door and into the great outdoors in an open world, you'll be greeted with constant instancing and tangentially linked zones that don't lend themselves well to a simulation game. This is a massive bummer for people like me whose favorite aspect of The Sims 3 was walking around with no real goal in mind. Every world I was a part of just felt so...isolated as well. There was no real neighborhood feel even though I crafted my own inhabitants. Everything was sort of "spotlighted" onto your central family and household, which is great in some ways, but disappointing when you consider how right the last game got it. Random events like burglaries also feel less frequent, or are completely scrapped in general (you guessed it, burglars are gone). There's also less clothing and building options, which is a shame, and I suspect more will be added eventually over the course of the game's lifetime with free and paid DLC (pools, costumes, ghosts, and more careers are confirmed). Still, it feels weird to essentially downgrade for a slightly better set of visuals and a few mechanics that aren't nearly as groundbreaking as each iteration was before it. The Sims 4 has room to grow, but right now you're better off continuing to play its predecessor. While certain features were axed in the name of progress, those features were a large reason why many have come to love the series in the first place.
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The game of life
As a growing gamer, Maxis was always one of my go-to developers at a young age. From the original SimCity, to SimAnt, to SimTower, the company was almost infallible in my eyes, and I ate up practically every simulation it had...

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The Sims

The Sims 4 is getting pools, ghosts, and Star Wars costumes

As free updates
Oct 01
// Jordan Devore
Pools. Get to the pools! They were notably absent from The Sims 4 at launch but they're arriving in November as a free update. Sim deaths are going to skyrocket. Speaking of which, more immediately, the game is adding ghosts...
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Seinfeld in Sims

If you loved the '90s more, you'd have made Seinfeld's apartment in The Sims 4

Kramer bursting through door is DLC
Sep 05
// Brett Makedonski
Anyone that can play bass guitar inevitably always gets asked the question "Can you play the Seinfeld theme?" (Duh, obviously.) That's probably why they bought a bass in the first place -- to lay down the groove to the i...
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The Sims 4

Make your own hideous Sims in The Sims 4: Create-a-Sim demo

Remember Spore?
Aug 13
// Brittany Vincent
Available now on Origin, you too can create various facsimiles of human life with The Sims 4's Create-a-Sim demo. The demo will give players a sneak peek into the new Sim creation process, which looks a lot more involved...
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Buff Peter Moore

Here's what EA thinks is worth a press conference

It's a buff, shirtless Peter Moore
Aug 13
// Darren Nakamura
At the EA press conference earlier, Peter Moore stood on stage and showed off various modes in The Sims 4. None of that was important though. This is the most important piece of information to come from the presentation. Behold: buff, shirtless Peter Moore. You're welcome.
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The Sims 4

The Sims 4 'Weirder' series tells the story of an incredibly not weird man

And Amber...It's Amber
Aug 07
// Brett Makedonski
EA made a video series called "Weirder Stories" to showcase the wacky lives of some theoretical citizens in the upcoming The Sims 4, and then literally made the most dull character it could. Cribbing from Dos Equis' "Most In...
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The Sims

Yep, The Sims 4 will support mods

You'd certainly hope so
Aug 04
// Jordan Devore
The Sims 4 won't "include every single feature and piece of content we added to The Sims 3 over the last five years," according to its developers, but modding? Yeah, that's not going anywhere. Sims VIP has recapped details ou...
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So, uh, EA is giving out The Sims 2 Ultimate for free

All expansion and 'stuff' packs included
Jul 23
// Jordan Devore
EA recently announced the end of its technical support for The Sims 2 and in doing so said that players would be given a free The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection upgrade as thanks. That was an unexpected move, but this one's even ...
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The Sims

You won't like the explanation for The Sims 4's lack of pools and toddlers

They weren't crucial to the vision
Jul 08
// Jordan Devore
The Sims 4 will not launch with the option to give your Sims a pool, or have them go through the toddler life stage, as has been the case in prior games. Presumably, those features are coming post-launch, most likely in an ex...
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The Sims 4

Like me, The Sims 4 keeps getting 'Smarter and Weirder'

Maybe just weirder in my case
Jul 01
// Brittany Vincent
In a new gameplay trailer released today, fans were given a sneak peek at the latest entry to the Sims franchise, The Sims 4. Many of the old Sims tropes abound, such as electrocuting yourself when you attempt to learn how t...
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The Sims

No pools or toddlers in The Sims 4 at launch

Well that's crummy
Jun 27
// Jordan Devore
The new Build Mode for The Sims 4 looks fantastic in that it just works -- you aren't fighting with the tools to design something halfway decent looking. There's one problem, though: no pools! In a blog post, The Sims Studio ...

The Sims 4: Aspirations and emotional traits systems shown

Jun 10 // Dale North
[embed]275865:54327:0[/embed] Aspirations are long-term goals for a Sim. When you build your character you'll pick from a selection to start along the path of one of these aspirations, which gives your Sim different goals to complete. You can make your sim athletic or knowledgeable, among others. I saw a demonstration where one Sim was set to become a computer whiz.  Traits come with these aspirations; these abilities and tendencies give your Sim more depth. For example, the "quick learner" trait can help your Sim build skills faster. So while the aspiration gives your Sim its overall goal, the traits under it have an effect on the Sim's overall personality.  Emotional traits could have your Sim being cranky all the time, and lifestyle traits could make it snobby. Maxis explained that these trait choices will even have an impact on how your Sim moves and feels. All of this plays into interactions with other Sims. A Sim's emotional state is affected by chosen interactions, the environment, and those previously mentioned traits. For example, being happy could lead to giving another Sim a heartfelt compliment. If they hit it of, a music-loving trait could have them talking about new albums. Traits can even have Sims building skills faster. That same music lover could pick up piano playing faster than normal, for example. And while we're on relationships, for the first time there's a new relationship track for The Sims 4, giving each a friendship track and a romantic track. This can bring about some interesting situations. I saw an example where a Sim wasn't exactly friends with another, but did have have romantic interests. They were like enemies with benefits. 
We've seen some of the key features of The Sims 4 since its announcement around this time last year.. We know, for example, how easy it is to create your character, and we've seen how they've overhauled the game's build mode. But Maxis has only briefly touched on how you'll create and develop your character's goals and emotions. We saw a bit more of how that works at a recent pre-E3 briefing.

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Sims 4

The Sims 4 lets you create and define your sims' personalities

Also, you can die from laughter
Jun 09
// Brett Makedonski
Want to play The Sims 4 with a hot-headed athlete? Or maybe as a hopeless romantic? That's going to all be possible, as The Sims 4 grants the player more freedom to craft the sims that they want. For the ...
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Metal as hell

Get stuck in the metal with this 17-minute tribute to video games

Make the gamers dance 'cause he's rock 'n' rollin'
May 31
// Brittany Vincent
What's more metal than a 17-minute instrumental medley featuring some of your favorite video game tracks? Anything Nathan Explosion touches, but that's beside the point. This impressive project was three years in the making,...

The Sims 4 new build mode shown off in new trailer

May 28
// Dale North
They've improved the build mode for the Sims, and you'll see exactly how it works in this new trailer for the The Sims 4. Instead of messing with little individual pieces, you can now simply slide around whole rooms, with th...

Creating a character in The Sims 4 is easier than ever

Manipulate with ease
May 14
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Oh right, there's a new Sims game in the works! Here's a new trailer for The Sims 4, specifically featuring how you'll be able to create your very own Sim. The new character creator has been overhauled, as the system is now ...
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Russia brands Sims 4 18+ because of same-sex relationships

Putin the Sims in jail
May 10
// Steven Hansen
Look, The Sims can get villainous. You play god and can deprive a simulated individual of basic necessities or trap them in a swimming pool or whatever. But Adults Only? Due to a backwards 2012 law that restricts the promotio...
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Indie Game The French Movie
This is confusing, but cool. Pixel Heart is going to be a documentary that visits a bunch of talented, global folks in videogames -- Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Rez), Robin Hunicke (Sims, Journey), Edmundo Bordeu (Zeno Clash), Mark H...

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The Sims

The Sims 4 releases fall 2014

Recreate your friends and family and do terrible things to them
Oct 22
// Jordan Devore
Electronic Arts has given the heads up that The Sims 4 will be out in fall 2014. Good to know. I always like it when a full numbered Sims is about to release because then I can concentrate on it and not feel like I'm missing ...
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The Sims 4

The Sims 4 is super customizable, uses lots of EMOTIONS

If I knew Simlish I'd put some here
Aug 20
// Patrick Hancock
We knew that The Sims 4 was coming, but the game was finally detailed and shown off at Gamescom today. Gameplay will largely have to do with emotions, so if your Sim is pissed off they won't be able to flirt and so you ...

Titanfall will be playable to the public at gamescom

As will a bunch of other Electronic Arts games
Jul 31
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Electronic Arts will be at gamescom in a big way this year, and they're bringing a big lineup of games that people can get hands-on with. The most notable being Titanfall, our game of the show for E3. Fans can also play Battl...
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SimCity feedback led to an offline The Sims 4

EA is 'making changes to the business practices that gamers clearly donít like'
Jul 24
// Jordan Devore
The disastrous launch of SimCity is over and done with. Emerging from the wreckage with two million sales and counting, Electronic Arts is considering allowing the game to be played offline like many of us originally wanted. ...
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Sims 3: Dragon Valley

The Sims 3: Dragon Valley lets you play with baby dragons

It's like The Sims Medieval, but not
Jun 03
// Joshua Derocher
The Sims 3: Dragon Valley is a new medieval-themed world available from The Sims 3 Store. A family has moved into town and they brought some baby dragons with them. There is a story between two quarreling families trying to ...

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