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.

The Sims 4: Premium Memberships Coming?

Not only did we finally get to see outside Create A Sim with the new official gameplay walkthrough video of The Sims 4, but we may have also seen that Premium Memberships are on the way as well. When SimGuruGraham and SimGuruRyan went into the Gallery to swap out their house for a larger more party oriented home, a first look at the Gallery homepage revealed the membership and some details.

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The Sims 4 Premium
Save On New Packs With Early Access And Exclusive Items
Become a Premium member to get early access to 3 new packs, with exclusive items. Your Sims can throw a spooky costume party, camp in the great outdoors, and toast to the new year in style.

Do remember that SimGuruRyan did mention in the start of the gameplay walkthrough that anything and everything you see is subject to change. It’s subject to change because the game is currently in beta, but also, we don’t know how old the game build was they’re demoing or how long ago the video was actually recorded. Also, there is no such mention of The Sims 4 Premium or memberships when accessing the Gallery in The Sims 4 Create A Sim demo. So, the Premium Memberships may or may not be on the horizon.

The Sims 4: SimGuruGraham Shares More On Gameplay Video

SimGuruGraham has taken to Twitter to discuss and clarify some things that he has seen Simmers talking about since today’s The Sims 4 Gameplay Walkthrough video. Below is what SimGuruGraham had to say.

Figured I’d chat a bit about a few things I’ve seen people discussing about today’s video…

  • 1st up – there is a full world map, it simply wasn’t in our E3 build. When traveling you choose a lot from the map, not from that list.
  • Party goals are optional. When you set up the party you select if you want goals to accomplish or just have fun doing whatever you want.
  • The interaction queue is still there and you can queue up a bunch of stuff. The box to the left side of the Sim shows which interactions are currently happening; it can show more than one when a Sim is multitasking. Queued interactions sit above that box and then drop down when the Sim starts doing them.
  • The traditional info panels are all in the bottom right corner (Aspirations, Needs, Skills, Relationship, Career, Inventory, Simology).
  • I just tend to play with the UI panels minimized; personal preference. We’ve also changed the order they’re listed in since then.

A lot of the visual information that moodlets are communicating has been changed since the E3 build. For example…

  • Emotion strength of a moodlet will show exact numbers instead of vague dots (easier to understand why your Sim is in their current emotion).
  • The green pluses above the moodlets were swapped to a gradient fade (just wait until I try and explain what a chameleon moodlet is to you).

The Sims 4: Loading Screen Screenshot

In today’s Official Gameplay Walkthrough video of The Sims 4, not only did we get to see The Sims 4 in action, but we also got our first look at the UI outside of Create A Sim. Below is a screenshot of one of the loading screens to give you an idea of what you’ll encounter when you travel between neighborhoods, return to your home lot, or travel between worlds.

I like the loading screens. Simple, white, and has some nice animations to it. What do you guys think?

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The Sims 4: There’s No Other Game Like The Sims

gamesTM sat down with Rachel Franklin, Lyndsay Pearson, and Ryan Vaughan, to discuss the evolution of The Sims and what’s happening in the development world with The Sims 4.

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What have been the major developments since the game’s announcement almost a year ago?

Franklin: [The fans] have had pretty deep exposure when we ran the Sims Camp last year. We had about 40 people that were exposed to Build Mode (that wasn’t at Gamescom) and the purpose was to get them deeply into it. They loved the features, even the little enhancements like spandrels. It’s those details that they get very excited about. So really, we’ve been finding out how Build Mode felt, what it’s like to place a room down. We’ve been refining that experience and spending our time on making sure it feels great.

Pearson: In addition to that it has been opening up that vibrant neighbourhood we’ve been talking about and all those opportunities out there. We’ve been looking at all the potential out there and we’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback. Pushing that forward was definitely something we’ve spent a lot of time on since the announcement.

How is the world more unified than in previous Sims games?

Pearson: We wanted these places to feel very real and believable just like the way we invest in the Sims themselves. You want the commercial district to feel like it could be just down the street from your house. You want to feel like that’s an actual believable place. So you’ll that theme throughout the different neighbourhoods that’ll tie that theme together. It makes it clear why you see that same guy down the bar that you saw in the park earlier that day – it feels like one connected place.

Vaughan: We had those really big open worlds in The Sims 3 and while they were great they often felt sparse and empty. We really wanted to hone on that experience and tie it back to The Sims. We wanted to make sure that those relationships you’re having – whether with your neighbour or the guy down the street – felt natural. You go across the street and meet the mailman and strike up a conversation and then later you’ll see him at the bar playing piano. It’s a lot of fun and bringing that sense of community has been a key push.

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