Between the base game, the expansions, the stuff packs, the store content, the mods, and of course the sim lives created, every game in the series can be a tremendous investment of both time and money. And then the new game comes out, and you’re back at square one. Even though it is a brand new game, even though the older game doesn’t go anywhere, it still feels like (and is most often described as) a loss. It’s a huge mental hurdle for many players to get over, and one that I personally struggled with when The Sims 3 came out back in 2009.
But this time around, I’m not. I’m actually, strangely enough, looking forward to losing it all. Here’s why:
On Tuesday, many members of The Sims 3 community were invited to test out The Sims 4 Create-a-Sim Demo on EA’s Origin distribution platform, ahead of the demo’s public release later this summer. I was lucky enough to be among them, so I spent the better part of yesterday evening pushing, pulling, pinching and tweaking my way through the very familiar and simultaneously very alien systems.
So how was it? There were lots of things I loved, a few things I hated, and a couple things I can’t wait to learn more about as we approach The Sims 4’s launch date. Until then, here are my thoughts on the Create-a-Sim demo:
Yesterday we streamed some of the Sims 4 Create-A-Sim demo, and the full archive is now up on the Stream Friends YouTube channel. I’ll also be sharing my first impressions in a post later today, so keep your eyes peeled for that. :3
I spent some time revamping the thumbnails for my ongoing LP project, Let’s Play 20+ Years of Sailor Moon, and got a few neat enlarged screens out of it, so, yes, Sailor Moon is going to be the thing that brings SFVG back from the dead.
Decided to celebrate the Crystal release by uploading all four parts of our playthrough of Usagi’s story, from the Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon PC Engine visual novel game. Part 1 is embedded above, and you can find the others (including the other girls’ stories) in the Let’s Play 20+ Years of Sailor Moon playlist on YouTube.
This just sort of reminds me that the original anime had a sense of humor that the new one hasn’t really demonstrated. They seem very focussed on being kind of… Glowy and fancy instead. That’s more true to the manga maybe, or speaks to the industry climate in which each series was produced? I’m into the pretty stuff too, but I’ll miss the silly stuff if they’ve ditched it completely.
The city glittered like a wet-backed beetle as you approached, lamplight occasionally faltering as though a dew drop had been dislodged from London’s polished carapace. At least that’s what the zailors would say, as they shared in the short-lived comforts of home. If one was already caught up in the romantic notions of a life spent zailing the vastness of the Unterzee, they could be forgiven for missing the tremble in their voices, or the dread that lived in their hollowed eyes.
Euphemia was a creature who fed on little more than milk and ink. That’s metaphor of course. She was a poet, a rather soft one at that, but not to be mistaken by a careless reader for one of the shrouded monstrosities one might find at the Bazaar, carting about carefully capped milk bottles brimming with viscous black fluid.