The Sims 4: Familiar Faces & Returning Households

There’s a new blog on TheSims.com that talks about some of the many familiar faces and returning households that will be making their return in The Sims 4. From the Calientes to the Landgraabs, they’ll all be ready for you to play.

The Landgraabs are back, still living it up as the richest family and staking their claim in Oasis Springs. We’ve brought Malcolm back during those awful awkward teen years, complete with a dastardly snobby attitude. Though Geoffrey is trying his best to be the good natured father Malcolm needs, will Nancy’s scheming ways lead Malcolm down a darker path? Either way we’re sure this historic family will provide lots of fun and mischief in The Sims 4.

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Then we have the Caliente household with our two favorite sisters Dina, Nina, and their mother, who has been re-imagined as the attractive and vivacious Katrina. Katrina has ignored her better judgment and let the infamous womanizer Don Lothario mooch his way into her house and quite possibly her heart. Don’s eyes are on Katrina for now, but how long will it be before Nina and Dina are lured in by his charm? Will Nina decide to steal Don away from her mother? Will Dina finally earn enough money to get her own place and get away from all the craziness? All we know is that it won’t be long before sparks start flying!

Johnny Zest is an ambitious new character we like to introduce. Disowned from the Landgraab family when he dropped out of school, he now hopes to find his own fame and fortune as a standup comedian. He’s learned the hard lesson that when the Landgraabs cut you off, they cut you off all the way! Living in a trailer, blessed with the Landgraab looks but without the name or the money; will he make it to the top to show mom and pop he had what it takes all along? We’ll leave the fate of this black sheep in your capable hands.

Finally we’ve got a new batch of youths known as the Roomies. Your typical sitcom setup with ‘J’ (Jameson) the body building hunk, Gavin the gentleman muser, Mitchell the couch potato bro, and Zoe, that girl next door who is actually right where she wants to be, having fun with the friend-zoned boys.

No matter which familiar face you play with, we are convinced this cast of characters will add a quirkiness to your game that only The Sims can bring!

-Sim Guru Zephyr

The Sims 4: Official Minimum System Requirements

The official minimum system requirements for The Sims 4 have been published on TheSims.com. You’ll want to check over these to make sure your computer can handle The Sims 4. Do remember these are minimum requirements for a computer, but greater than what is listed will always give you a better Simming experience.

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What are the PC minimum system requirements for The Sims 4?

  • REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation.
  • OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
  • PROCESSOR: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent (For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent)
  • MEMORY: At least 2 GB RAM
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 9 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
  • DVD-ROM: DVD ROM drive required for installation only
  • VIDEO CARD: 128 MB of Video RAM and support for Pixel Shader 3.0. Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Intel GMA X4500 or better
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse

The Sims 3 Store: August 2014 Set Final Store Set

SimGuruTatertot has announced via TheSims3.com Blog that they’re very excited to start talking about the August 2014 Store set. SimGuruTatertot also mentioned it will be the final store set for The Sims 3.

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Hey Simmers!

We’re really excited to start talking about our August release! Prepare to be swept away by the love, romance, and quaint charm inspired by Venice. Woo the love of your Sim’s life by creating an enchanting Gondola ride with five different canal pieces surrounded by beautiful Venetian décor. We can’t wait to see the unique stories you create and share with each other!

While this is the final new content release from The Sims 3 Store, we do want to thank you for being such great fans and supporting The Sims 3 Store through some amazing times. We’ve put together a free sportswear set as a special “thank you” gift, and you can download it here!

As a friendly reminder, SimPoints are non-transferable and can only be redeemed within The Sims 3 Store. The Sims 3 Store is staying open so you can continue to access all of the great content we’ve made over the years.

We hope you will enjoy the final Store content and that you are getting as excited about The Sims 4 as we are! The team is hard at work putting all the finishing touches on game before it releases this September.

Have Fun!

The Sims 3 Store

The Sims 3 Store: Free Fashionable Fitness Set Now Available

There’s a new set on The Sims 3 Store that’s available for free! The Fashionable Fitness set is a clothing set offering clothing and a few hairstyles for your Sims.

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The only thing more important than working out is looking amazing doing it. It doesn’t matter what your sport of choice is – this set will make your Sims look like All-Stars.

Fashionable Fitness Set
Items: 11
SimPoints: Free!
Download Here

The Sims 4: Travel & Live Between Worlds & More

In The Sims 4 Gameplay walkthrough, SimGuruRyan and SimGuruGraham mentioned how Sims can now live and travel between different worlds. This means your Sims can now freely move between worlds, unlike in The Sims 3! Additional confirmation and more details were provided in the Oasis Springs blog.

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Travel With Ease

If you remember, in The Sims 3 you couldn’t take your Sim from one world to the other or have relationships with Sims living in different worlds. Now if you’re living in Willow Creek but your Sim wants to visit the mischievous Malcom in Oasis Springs you can do that just as easily as seeing your neighbor down the street. Say you like more of a dry heat and want to move to Oasis Springs? No problem! Your Sim’s relationships, skills and jobs will go along with them. It’s a completely fluid experience.

So there you have it; new worlds and wide open spaces. With so many new possibilities you now have the power to create your own unique stories. We hope you will have as much fun exploring Oasis Springs as we had making it!

The Sims 4 Blog: Welcome To Oasis Springs

There’s a new blog over on TheSims.com that’s all about the additional world coming with The Sims 4, Oasis Springs. In addition to Willow Creek which is more lush and green, we’ll have Oasis Springs, a desert and arid world.

Hi Simmers! I am here to tell you more about the vibrant worlds where you and your Sims will be creating your own unique stories in The Sims 4.

We start out in Willow Creek which is very green, bountiful and should feel a little familiar to longtime fans. We wanted to pair Willow Creek with something completely different and that world is Oasis Springs. Oasis Springs packs a little visual punch with rocky landscaping, evoking those fond memories for players of Lunar Lakes and Lucky Palms. You’ll find it’s not just the landscapes that are distinct, even the home styles are unique to each world.

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You’ll find objects available in Oasis Springs that you can’t find in Willow Creek and vice versa. Let’s say you want to make a tasty vegetable soup; you’ll find carrots in Oasis Springs but you’ll have to venture to Willow Creek for onions. To achieve the perfect dish you’ll have to visit the different worlds to bring your ingredients together, and it’s easy to do.

Willow Creek and Oasis Springs have five neighborhoods each. New homes or even venues can be built on each lot within these neighborhoods, allowing you to personalize the world to fit the stories you want to tell. There are also public spaces within these neighborhoods where Sims can explore, socialize, play, and even host a lovely cookout. Each world will have two neighborhoods already set up with venues, so as soon as you get into the game, you can take your Sims out for a night they won’t soon forget.

We’ve made the neighborhoods much livelier, populated with more Sims, all with their own unique personalities. You never know what is going to happen. You can be fishing in the neighborhood creek, when suddenly the lovely Bella Goth jogs by with Don Lothario conveniently not far behind. You might also find Malcom Landgraab passed out on a park bench after a night of terrorizing the locals, while the local children enjoy a good laugh in the nearby park! These curious little stories tell themselves and really help to make your Neighborhoods come alive.

The Great Outdoors

Parks and outdoor spaces are also really important to how you tell your stories in The Sims 4. The park in Oasis Springs has scenic valleys with lots to explore, including an absolutely gorgeous desert landscape perfect for a BBQ amongst the picnic benches and grills. In fact, the park is so big, we had to add another bathroom so your Sims didn’t suffer from Bladder Failure and ruin a good grilling time!

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The desert isn’t all about food, frolicking and sand. Amongst the rocky edges you may even find an old water pump, long forgotten, but brimming with unexpected life. With so many unique things to do and explore it’s a good thing you now have the ability to seamlessly jump back and forth between worlds.

Travel With Ease

If you remember, in The Sims 3 you couldn’t take your Sim from one world to the other or have relationships with Sims living in different worlds. Now if you’re living in Willow Creek but your Sim wants to visit the mischievous Malcom in Oasis Springs you can do that just as easily as seeing your neighbor down the street. Say you like more of a dry heat and want to move to Oasis Springs? No problem! Your Sim’s relationships, skills and jobs will go along with them. It’s a completely fluid experience.

So there you have it; new worlds and wide open spaces. With so many new possibilities you now have the power to create your own unique stories. We hope you will have as much fun exploring Oasis Springs as we had making it!

-Sim Guru Zephyr

The Sims 2: How To Get The Ultimate Collection

Origin had announced and sent out emails to Simmers about The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection. This was due to the fact that you had a copy of The Sims 2 on your Origin account and it would be losing support from EA. The Ultimate Collection includes every expansion and stuff pack for The Sims 2 as well as the base game, and it will be given to you for free as long as you own The Sims 2. An article over on EA Help has offered some steps on how you can also receive The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection added to your Origin account.

Because you’re a passionate The Sims 2 player, we’re making The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection available free of charge to download to your Origin library. To add the game, just follow these steps:

  1. Start by downloading and installing Origin. If you already have Origin you can skip to step 3.
  2. Not an Origin member? Create a free Origin Account to get in the game.
  3. Launch Origin and log into your Origin Account.
  4. From the ‘Games’ tab in the Origin menu, select ‘Redeem Product Code’ and enter the code
    I-LOVE-THE-SIMS

If you’re already an Origin member, you can also redeem your code online. Just visit the Origin code redemption page and log in to your Origin Account. Then enter I-LOVE-THE-SIMS in the ‘Product Code’ field.

Log into Origin and download and play the game any time you want .

Thanks for being a passionate The Sims fan, and enjoy your copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.

This code will available for redemption until July 31st, 2014 at 10AM PDT.