So I’m back with another blog post!
Ever since I was 5 years old, The Sims franchise had a place in my home or rather family computer hard drive… either way, in today’s blog I want to share with you my experience with The Sims, along with some other exciting features such as some of my recent builds as well as tips and hints that you can use to enjoy better gameplay!
I remember my sister Claire begging my dad to buy the You Magazine about 12-13 years ago. In this specific issue of the You Magazine, a demo CD with the Sims 1 came with. Obviously, all of Claire’s other friends in primary school were playing the highly popular video game and she just knew she had to jump at this opportunity. Now, this demo CD was extremely limited. Claire and I could only play in about 4 different houses and let us not even mention what the graphics looked like!
Then one glorious Christmas, dad felt incredibly sorry for my sister and I’s animated lives, that he bought Claire the second instalment in the series, The Sims 2! Please note, that these games were never actually mine but I played just as much, if not more than my sister which kind of made her a bit salty with me. 🙄😅🤣
The Sims 2 was a HUGE advancement, and Claire and I finally felt that we could dig into the game and flesh out the stories of our animated counterparts. We frequently made use of motherlode to indulge our Sims in the most lavish of lifestyles but then again, we somehow always got bored and sought to delete the ladder of the swimming pool. Poor things.
What I find so hilarious about the Sims 2, is the lack of technology there was in those days! The game was so “large” that it had to be installed over 4 discs! That’s 2004 for you…
P. S. If you still have a hard copy of The Sims 2 and would really like to play it in depth again, you can try messaging The Sims on Facebook and ask them to credit your Origin* account with The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection. This includes all the expansion packs and stuff packs. I don’t know if this still works but it was how I managed to get the full game for absolutely free. Besides, who doesn’t love a little bit of nostalgia?
*You would have seen that I put a little star next to Origin. For those of you who don’t know, Origin is a platform where you can buy and download all sorts of games from Electronic Arts, including The Sims or even Battlefield.
By 2009, Maxis decided it was time for The Sims 3! This was probably the game I played the most in the series. This game was produced really well, and it was so exciting to witness the flexibility with it. A lot of Sims fans on YouTube will say that The Sims 3 is the best game in the series and many still enjoy it as of today! It most certainly delivered whilst developing on concepts that began in The Sims 2. Claire got this game for her 15th birthday and it was the last official game in the Sims series that our father bought. 😂 If you are a Sims fan and would like to grab a copy of The Sims 3, the starter pack from Origin is available for R299.95 which includes the Late Night Expansion Pack as well as the High-End Loft Stuff Pack. Although if you are just looking for the base game, you can find it at CDKeys.com for just R139.03
With such a successful series in video gaming, it was expected for The Sims Studio to continue The Sims series. By 2014, my eyes were fixed on the YouTube trailers that announced the latest sequel in the game. The Sims 4 managed to go places where the game has never gone before, and because of this, there was a hefty price tag. I only managed to get my hands on the game last year November when the game was on a 50% Sale. The Sims 4 was just wow! The push and pull concept in Create-A-Sim was just out of this world. I fell in love with the graphics and all the new emotional responses my Sims had.
Although, The Sims 4 faces a lot of criticism from fans who claim that the new instalment of the game is extremely limited compared to the previous instalments. I must confess that it really does lack content and I feel that the Expansion, Game and Stuff Packs are just a little overpriced for some things I feel that should have been included in the base game. Truth is the Sims 4 has gone places where no other Sims game has. The game’s engine is really beautiful, but it does take some time to get used to this new experience. The Sims 4 Standard Edition is currently 50% off at Origin which means it’ll cost you R299.97
Anyways, enough with the history lesson and sales! Let me show you some of my builds from The Sims 4!
First of all, here I am in the Sims form.
Here are a couple of photos of a house I built…
A mall I built…
And a Cinema that doubles as a karaoke bar because the Sims doesn’t have Cinemas. 😂
If you would like to download some of these venues from The Sims 4 gallery, my EA account username is SimlishD.
Lastly, I would like to give you some hints and tricks to better gameplay. (These are mostly for The Sims 4.)
To access your cheat bar you press, CTRL + SHIFT + C. A little window will pop up at the top, here is where you’ll type in all sorts of cheats to get the best of your game. Here are some of the cheats I use…
- motherlode: adds 50 000 simoleons to your family bank account.
- testingcheatsenabled on: allows you to manipulate your game and Sims to a greater intensity. Most cheats can be accessed by clicking on the mailbox whilst holding down Shift.
- bb.moveobjects: gives you more freedom to move your objects around in build mode. Combine this with the alt key when your object is selected for even more spacial flexibility.
- To raise an object, select your object and press Ctrl and then repeatedly hit the 9 key to find your required height. The same can be done to lower an object, just replace the 9 key with the 0 key.
To scale an object up, press the shift key and then repeatedly hit the ] key to find your required size. The same can be done to scale an object down, just replace the ] key with the [ key!
And there we have it, that is my experience with The Sims. It is a game that I have enjoyed many hours of and I look forward to whatever else The Sims Studio has to offer. Hopefully, this post has inspired you as much as this entire series has inspired me and maybe some of you will even install your old games again. Anyways, that’s all from me. Happy Simming!
“Dag Dag” 👋🏻
Yours in Madness.
The Bohemian Poet