Sims 4 Update (4/21/2016): Tragic Clown Returns

 

Tragic Clown Sims

No longer just a mere painting, the Tragic Clown has officially returned to the Sims as a new NPC. This sim can spawn in two different ways, by either randomly appearing on a community lot or from being summoned from viewing the Tragic Clown painting.

Tragic Clown Sims 4 Pub

Upon viewing the painting a second time, a notification will pop up alerting you of his presence. He emits a a +2 sadness aura for Sims close by and will randomly perform juggling acts that tend to fail miserably.

Aside from that, this update contains a few bug fixes for both PC and Mac. The most notable one is for the Mac version where players were unable to connect to the gallery if too many mods were installed.

The Sims 4 Teases New Content in Seasonal Previews

A new video was released today, teasing some new content to come for The Sims 4. This is the first of their new seasonal previews, which they intend to release every few months.

The video shows a restaurant-themed Game Pack, slated for a Spring 2016 release. In addition, a new Stuff Pack centered around children will be released sometime in the Summer this year.

Names and additional details for these packs will come at a later date once they’ve been formally announced.

The Sims 4’s Spring Challenge Begins on March 22nd!

The Sims 4 Growfruit

A new patch will arrive on March 22nd, introducing a new Spring Challenge for a limited time. Throughout the months of March and April, players can find a unique new Sim named Jasmine Holiday roaming around. She’ll give out Growfruit seeds to Sims that speak with her, which can then be planted to grow a Growfruit tree.

The Sims 4 Growfruit Planet Render

Returning to Jasmine with 20 Growfruit will unlock a new planter object. With a ‘perfect’ Grapefruit, you can earn an additional, fancier planter.

The Sims 4 Egg Hunt Render

The Bunny Egg Hunt returns this year, now with two extra eggs to collect! Collecting all twelve will unlock a stuffed bunny object.

 

Sims 4 Update (02/04/2016): Gardeners and Tragic Clowns

The Sims 4 updated today with a surprise update celebrating the series 16th anniversary. Items and interactions from previous games in the franchise were included in today’s patch.

Sims 4 Gardener

First we have the Gardener, who can be hired from the cellphone menu. They tend to appear in the mornings at 9:00 AM to water your plants. If you think they’re doing a great job, you can even give them a tip of 100 Simoleons.

Tragic Clown Sims 4

Next is the Tragic Clown painting which first appeared in The Sims 1. Sims who gaze upon this miserable painting will be swept with of sadness. Aside from that, there’s the Plumbob poster to celebrate The Sims’ 16th Anniversary.

Kleptomaniac Skill

The Kleptomaniac Trait from The Sims 3 has returned enabling Sims to swipe objects from their neighbors. Kleptomaniacs who get caught in the act will have the Embarrassed moodlet. Kleptomanics also gain a few social interactions, such as nervously asking a Sim about their “prized possessions”, or “enthusing over the Thrill of stealing.”

Grilled Cheese SIms 4

Lastly we have the Grilled Cheese aspiration. It unlocks after eating several Grilled Cheese sandwiches. Once it’s selected, you can chat with others about Grilled Cheese. Completing all the tasks in the Aspiration unlocks the new “Melt Master” trait. This trait allows Sims to summon Grilled Cheese sandwiches and paint Grilled Cheese on an easel.

Custom Content Logo

One cool minor feature lets you filter custom content from the base game. In addition, all custom content will now have a blue wrench icon attached to their portraits.

Other notable aspects to this update are:

  • The inclusion of the Treat items from the #TeamTrick vs #TeamTreat event.
  • Twitter functionality, allowing you to post screenshots and achievements.
  • New Audio Settings, letting your radio music match the game’s current speed.

Previous Sims 4 Release Notes can be found in The Sims 4 Updates category.

 

Create a Victorian Garden in The Sims 4 Romantic Garden Stuff

Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away, and The Sims 4 is starting the celebration early with the new Romantic Garden Stuff pack. On February 9th, players can decorate their Sims and their gardens with lovely floral objects and outfits.

Sims 4 Romantic Garden Party

Give your garden a Victorian makeover and create an ideal romantic spot with dreamy statues, beautiful fountains, and a colorful assortment of flora.

Sims 4 Fountain Cuddle

Rest your derrieres and cuddle up alongside the edge of the Fountain of Gluteus Maximus. Create a moment right out of a sitcom opening sequence by jumping in and splashing around with a friend. Mischievous Sims can slip some soap in the water for a bit of bubbly fun.

Sims 4 Whispering Wishing Well

Make a wish and throw a coin into the Whispering Wishing Well for one of fifty different outcomes. The effects could be life changing, for better or worse, so be careful what you wish for! Watch out for the well’s mood, for the consequences of a poorly timed wish could be dire.

These objects and more can be found at The Lost Gardens of Healing, a new park venue. The gardens are filled with the quaint tunes of the Baroque radio station, inspired by the 1600s style of music.

Sims 4 Update (01/07/2016): Movie Posters and Being Asked to Leave

sims 4 logoThis time it’s a pre-stuff pack update gearing up for the Movie Hangout pack coming out next week!

Sims 4 Movie Posters

Create your own personalized cinema with these 8 new movie posters based on previously released promotional trailers for The Sims 4. Now you can reminisce the moments when Amber’s theme song played for the very first time — or take a trip down memory lane when those doctors stripped down in the Malpractice video. Each poster is beautifully encased in a glossy frame, adding a splash of color that’s perfect for your entertainment room.

List of Movie Posters

  • It’s Amber!
  • Stay Weirder
  • Cow Plant Love
  • Cop and Llama
  • Malpractice
  • Epic Wood
  • Sul Sul
  • Still Life

Pesky Neighbor SIms 4

A long-time staple feature to the Sims series has finally returned. If your Sim behaves inappropriately at a neighbor’s house, they may ask for your Sim to leave the premises.

Last but not least is a change to the way Sims react to fights. Sims will cheer on friends who win a fight, while enemies will cheer when their adversary loses.

Watch Movies and Chill in The Sims 4 Movie Hangout Stuff

The Sims 4 Movie Hangout Stuff introduces everything your Sims need for an awesome movie night with their friends and family. Coming next week on January 12th, this pack includes new fashions, furniture, and gameplay opportunities!

Sims 4 Movie Hangout Stuff Projector Screen

Take a seat on one of the all-new sofas with a snack and get ready for the film to begin on the Movie Projector Screen. Choose from one of ten movies, ranging from action and comedy to romance and horror.  There are even a couple of family movies, great for the kids.

Pop a perfect bowl of popcorn to munch on with the Popcorn Popper. Classic buttered popcorn, cheddar, caramel, and kettle styles are all available to pick from.

Sims 4 Movie Hangout Stuff Outdoor

Create and decorate your ideal movie space, indoor or out, with an assortment of new Bohemian themed room objects. Start a new Sim fashion trend with a selection of similarly styled outfits and a few new hairstyles to boot.

DJ Mixing and Dance Skill Guide: The Sims 4 Get Together

DJ Mixing Skill

As a DJ, your sole responsibility is to keep the party pumping with the hottest tunes across every genre. But the only way to reach max stardom is to practice on the turntable. The Sims 4: Get Together provides aspiring DJs a plethora of DJ Booths which can be upgraded to create an even more spectacular event.

A DJ Booth IN The SIms 4 Get Together

Obviously, your first order of business is to purchase a DJ Booth. As your sim practices on the turntables, they’ll unlock new music genres and upgrades for the DJ Booth.

Skill Level Genre Unlocked Extra Notes
1  Groovin’
2 Machine Allows Sim to Switch Genres
3 Chip Tune Allows Sim to Discuss DJ Techniques
4 Chill Out
5 Breakbeats
6 Remix Unlocks upgrades to DJ Booth
Enables “Get Hyped” interaction to draw onlooking Sims to the audience
Dynamic Surge Protection prevents the DJ Booth from breaking.
Advanced Heat-Sink prevents the DJ Booth from catching on fire.
7  House  Enables More DJ Booth Upgrades.
Particle Generators enables visual effects from the DJ Booth
Plasma Display adds a monitor to the DJ Booth
8 Hip Hop

Unlocks Telesplosion Upgrade.

Allows Creation of Mixtape “Mix O Lot”
The Wireless Display Override allows Telesplosion to take control of nearby video monitors.
9 Drum n Bass

Unlocks Mixtapes “Wiky Wiky” & “Scratch n Switch”

10 Noise

Unlocks “Set the Mood”

Unlocks Robo Helmet in CAS
Unlocks “Digital Era,” “Party Hardy,” & “Party Hardy” Mixtapes

DJ Booth Upgrades
The DJ Booth has a variety of upgrades.

DJ Booths first become upgradedable when the DJ Mixing skill reaches level 6. These upgrades require your Sim to have a certain amount of Common and Electronic upgrade parts. A quick way to gather these items is to have a Sim with a high level handiness skill buy the parts from a computer. From here you can ferry these parts over to the DJing Sim to let them upgrade the DJ Booth. 

At level 7, you’ll gain access to the particle generator and plasma display upgrade. Once implemented, the Particle Generator’s effects can be toggled through the [Control Panel] button on the DJ booth.

Telesplosion
Telesplosion affects nearby television sets

One other interesting upgrade is the “Telesplosion” effect. This upgrade displays looping animations on TV screens nearby. Unfortunately these animations do not sync up well with the video shown on the DJ booth. 

Custom Mixes
DJs can also create their own custom mix!

At level 8, DJs will be allowed to create their own custom mixes. These mixes take pretty much the entire day to create. But once it’s completed, you can name the mix and play it during parties or gain royalties from licensing the mix at the mailbox.

Feel The Crowd

“Get Hyped,” and “Feel the Crowd,” are two interactions you can perform to the audience at the DJ Booth. The former draws onlookers into the audience, while the latter attempts to change the mood of the crowd. There’s only four moods to choose from: confident, flirty, dazed, and energetic.  Choose wisely, as initiating this action will disable it for a period of time.

The Robo Helmet unlocks for Sims who reach
The Robo Helmet unlocks for Sims who max their DJ skills.

Cheat Name Cheat Code
DJ Mixing Skill stats.set_skill_level Major_DJ 10

Dancing Skill

Unlike the DJing skill, the Dancing skill caps off at level 5. As your Sim levels up, they’ll gain new dance moves they can perform alone or with a group! This skill is incredibly easy to level up. In fact, making everyone dance together in a group is a surefire way to max out their skill levels.

Dance Skill Sims 4

Sims can practice dance moves at a stereo, DJ booth, full-length mirror, or on a dance floor.

Skill Level Solo Moves Unlocked
Choreographed Moves Unlocked Extra Notes
1 Arm Charm One’ Two’ Steppin’
2 Pump-Pop Boogie Down Woogie Let’s Sim discuss Dance Techniques with others.
3 Jimmy Leg Break it Down Portable Dance Floor is sent to Sim’s inventory.
4 Light Spin Spin, Snap, Swag
5 Back Flip Lean Back Acquires Retro Sneakers in CAS

Dance 4

All dance moves, whether solo or in a group, must be performed on a dance floor. At the start of the routine, your Sim will begin to shoo away nearby sims. While performing their moves, there’s a slight chance they mess up and even sit out the rest of the performance.

Portable Dance Mat and Retro Sneakers

Sims will unlock the Portable Dance Mat and Retro Sneakers as they progress through the skill. The portable dance mat is reminiscent to those old cardboard mats used in the breakdancing scene in the 80’s.

Cheat Name Cheat Code
Dancing Skill stats.set_skill_level Minor_Dancing 5

Sims 4 Update (12/4/2015): Pool Venues and Colored World Maps!

sims 4 logo

The Sims 4 has received its pre-expansion pack update in preparation for Get Together’s release on December 8th. A bit of new content, huge interface overhauls, and welcome changes to group behavior are included within the patch.

 

Sims 4 Properties Bit Versions

Players using 64-bit Windows will be greeted with a new 64-bit version of The Sims 4’s executable file upon launching the game. This is an automatic process, requiring no user input. However, you can check and switch between either version by opening the Game Properties through Origin as pictured above. For more information, see EA’s FAQ page.

 

Players can finally create public pool lots with the all-new Pool Venue. On top of that, you can now customize the color of the pool’s water to either the default or purple through the Pool Water Styles menu in Build Mode.

 

Sims 4 World Map Update

The World Maps have received a splash of color, along with a completely overhauled household interface. Circular portraits of each family member will appear at the bottom of the screen, allowing you to view their traits and current location. Clicking on the visit button, indicated by an airplane icon, will allow you to quickly visit the selected lot with any Sims currently living in a house.

 

Sims 4 Family Group

With clubs coming in the Get Together expansion, the way social groups are handled has been updated with new options and a fresh overhead symbol. Through the Actions section of the social menu, you can now add or remove Sims to and from a group. Sims in a group who wander off can easily be brought back together with new interactions for performing things together (e.g. Go Here Together). Additionally, Sims traveling together will automatically be placed in a group.

 

Sims 4 Relationship Inspector

The relationship inspector that appears at the top of the screen when socializing with another Sim looks a bit different now. Small portraits of each Sim in a group will now display at the top.

 

Sims 4 Camera Controls & Options

Several new buttons can be found in Live Mode. In the top right corner of the screen you’ll notice the Manage Worlds button is now available. Down by the time controls you can find a new Camera Options button, expanding into an additional three for taking screenshots, recording videos, and accessing the newly updated Screenshots & Memories interface. The Camera Controls menu also includes new options for quickly switching between the Sims 3 and Sims 4 camera styles.

 

Sims 4 Child Long Straight Hair

In other news, the long straight hairstyle previously available for female children exclusively can now be used on boys too!

For a comprehensive list of bug fixes in today’s update, please check the patch notes on the EA site.

Sims 4: Holiday Celebration Pack Expands with New Items

Holiday Celebration Pack 2015

The Holiday Celebration Pack was first released in 2014 as optional DLC for those who wish to have a more festive experience. This year it returns with six brand new items to decorate your home just in time for Christmas.

Among the list of items are “Decorative Presents,” which are actually a pair of objects with boxes stacked with gifts for the holiday. The “Snowflake Replica” provides wintry ambiance for the home in a decorative ice sculpture replica made entirely out of plastic. On the wall towards the back are “Snowflake Decals” that come with two different designs in 5 pairs of colors. Lastly is the “Pre-Strung Tree of Lights” which allows you to decorate your surroundings with a tree wrapped in Christmas lights.

 

But wait there’s more! Now your sims can deck the halls at their next family gathering with 4 new formal outfits, one for each gender of child and adult.