The Sims is a game that needs no introduction. Whether you like to create epic love stories, build fantastical mansions or just like locking people in a toilet and deleting the door, the virtual social simulator that is The Sims has taken the world by storm. With the release date of the fourth installment drawing ever closer, we got to go hands-on with a near final build of the Sims at giant German games expo, gamescom. While you’ll already have seen what Ian got up to with the game (in a piece that became “How (not) to fall in love on the Sims 4), I took the slightly more serious approach, and delved straight under the hood to see what’s new.
As always, your game starts with the character creator, where you get to design your virtual people, in a much more user-friendly way than ever before. Choosing from a number of pre-set skin tones, hairstyles and outfits, you can create your Sims in the much the same way as you have in the past – but where the funky part comes in, is that now you can make fine adjustments to their body shape. Gone are the awkward sliders (well, technically they’re still there), and instead you can simply click on your characters thighs, chest or waistline and drag your cursor around until it looks right, to edit your Sim in real time 3D. It’s a lot easier than before, and really helps when it comes to getting the small details right.
James from The Sim Supply has recorded some great footage of him creating a split level in his house.
The Sims 4 will launch with a brand new in game tutorial that helps you learn as you play. These notification boxes will popup on the screen during gameplay, and you must complete the tutorial in its entirety for it to go away. At this time, there is no “turn off” feature in the game, so you will have to manually turn it off in Origin.
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• Watch the August 26th Live Broadcast (Part 1)
Today’s Live Broadcast will be on YouTube soon.
The Sims has announced a Live Broadcast from PAX on Saturday August 30th at 4pm Pacific. As usual we will host the event live on SimsVIP, and have a reply available for those who miss it.
Still hungry for more The Sims 4 awesomeness after breakfast? Head over to PAX and check out our photo booth. Not only will you get a great shot with your friends to share and print but you’ll also receive special gift from The Sims 4 team. We’ll be at booth S4 in the South Lobby for all four days of PAX, and we’re looking forward to seeing your smiling faces!
Can’t wait to see The Sims 4 gameplay in action? Stop by the Twitch booth or tune in to twitch.tv/PAX on Saturday, August 30 at 4:00-4:30pm PDT to watch a live demonstration Live Mode! Don’t miss this chance– you never know what unexpected things might happen in The Sims 4.
The world’s most famous least interesting Sim, Pancake Bob, will be in Seattle this weekend. He has been travelling the United States in search of the fluffiest stack of pancakes the world has ever known. You may have spotted him and his trademark red robe, in New York, Chicago, Austin, Los Angeles and Portland. Now, his cross country quest in search of pancake perfection has brought him to the home of the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX).
For two days, Pancake Bob (and some of his Sim friends) will be treating fans to a FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST*. All he asks is that you share a photo of yourself with the pancake legend on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram.
Friday, August 29 & Saturday, August 30, 2014
10am to 5pm PDT
Lost Lake Cafe
1505 10th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98211
In the latest Woohoo Academy Clip, Gladys is seen holding up a phone number when “scoring” the couple’s Woohoo. When you call the California based phone number, The Sims 4 Simlish Hotline comes up on the other end. Since I know many of you live outside the US, I have recorded the phone call for your listening pleasure.
With EA releasing the “Recommended” specs for The Sims 4, there seems to be some confusion regarding the difference between “Minimum” and “Recommended” specs. This post is here to explain the difference between these two sets of specs, and help you check to see if your PC is ready going forward.
Minimum Specs: The minimum system requirements list the basic hardware/software required for you to run The Sims 4. If your system meets the minimum system requirements, you will be able to run The Sims 4 Base Game. However, having the “minimum” specs does not guarantee a smooth experience when playing the game, so you may experience slower processing and load times.
(Note: The minimum specs for any single game (base or expansion) only reflect that specific game. They do not reflect the specs of a base game with additional content. The minimum specs for The Sims 4 Base Game become obsolete if you have anything more than the base game installed.)
Click here for The Sims 4 Minimum System Requirements
Recommended Specs: Meeting the recommended system specs will allow you to take full advantage of the game’s features, and will ensure the best performance & experience.
(Note: Even if you meet the recommended requirements with The Sims 4 Base Game installed, please be sure to keep in mind that any additional expansion content will, over time, raise the recommended settings. To ensure the best experience going forward, be sure to upgrade where needed)
Click here for The Sims 4 Recommended System Requirements
Checking to see if your PC meets the requirements is simple. If you know the basics of a PC, access the DirectX Diagnostic Tool to easily check your specs against those of the game. Additionally, you can also use CPU-Z (a free program) to pull up all your system specs. This method is more detailed than the Dxdiag, but it’s easy to use.
DO NOT use websites like “Can You Run it” to determine if your PC can play the game. These kinds of sites will become obsolete after the First Expansion, or any additional “store” content you install.
The results you receive on these types of sites are based purely on ONE game, and only run your PC against the MINIMUM requirements for ONE game. This means that once The Sims 4 has an expansion or any store content, they can not give you a correct result.