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Discussion: TS4 Conversation Post

Inspired by the disjointed conversation of Tumblr (and worry about annoying people with lost of text posts while attempting to have one, and so on...), I'd like to try to have a conversation here. What are you excited for in TS4 from what we've seen so far? The return of rotational gameplay? The breastfeeding option? The awesome cat vest?! Are you worried about the sim count and lot limit? Do you love or hate the style? Or are you over it all already? Let's hear it! :)

I'm not around as often as I used to be, so please talk amongst yourselves here as much as you like! I do get windows of time to participate (usually with a sleeping, teething baby worn on me in a carrier, or when my toddler wants to watch "the YouTubes"), so I will jump in whenever I can.

Also, hi! It's been a while. :) I miss this.


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Jun. 26th, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
Hi it's good to hear from you.

My daughter anxiously waited to see what news came out from E3. First she saw the preview from Skylanders Trap Team and was all excited and can't wait for it to come out.

Then we saw the TS4 presentation... Could they have found a more boring woman to do it? It was like seeing a rehash for TS3. And then the woman states that TS4 will be a whole new universe, that there won't be any characters/families from the previous games. Now as crazy as the family stories where in TS3 it did make people ponder and giggle over how convoluted they were.

Anyway it did not impress me. I guess I'll have to see what people's opinions will be once it's released. But for now I'll just keep playing with my TS2.
Jun. 29th, 2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
No Bella? No Mortimer? But, they've been using them in their previews? :'( oh this is a sad day. I was really looking forward to where they were going to take the story next.
Jun. 26th, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
... And now it looks like teens, adults, and elders will all be the same height. :/
Jun. 27th, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
I know the teen height is disappointing, but after looking at real teenagers nowadays I can see why they did it. Teens in Simland are meant to be from the 13-19 range. Yeah, at 13 you're probably shorter than your parents, but by 19 you're most likely at your full height. I'm not sure I like it, either, but I'm sure everything we don't like about TS4 will grow on us eventually.
Jun. 28th, 2014 05:46 am (UTC)
That is true -- women reach their maximum height pretty early during puberty, IIRC.

Mostly I'm worried about not being able to tell teens apart from adults when I want a Sim to go find a date/potential spouse. :D I play TS2 now and I can't really tell young adults from adults because of the height similarities. I mean, I *should* be able to tell from their clothing but I guess that doesn't work for me. :)
Jun. 28th, 2014 05:58 am (UTC)
Oh I totally see and understand that. Perhaps there will be an 'Ask age' or 'What do you do?' Interaction to give us the skinny on their age group easily. I can totally see getting mixed up if there's no difference in height- I know it's already hard to tell the difference between young adults and adults in TS3. Looking for wrinkles isn't the most reliable thing in game xp
Jun. 27th, 2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
What am I excited for in TS4? Create a Sim and the new genetics system. I also can't wait to see what sort of family dynamics we can set up in CAS. I know I have a weird family and even if I were to miniaturize it for CAS I still wouldn't be able to replicate it in any previous Sim game, I don't think. I wonder if we'll finally be able to link relatives more realistically now.

I don't play rotationally, really, but I don't mind that TS4 isn't a true open world. I really believe it will be easier on computers that way.

As for the breastfeeding and the cat sweater, I hadn't heard anything about either, but I'm interested in seeing this mysterious cat sweater. And where breastfeeding was confirmed.

I'm not worried about the Sim count or lot limit because they've said we can travel between worlds without creating a new save, which means the lot limit is really actually unlimited, they're just separated into easy to chew neighborhoods.

I love the style, except the hair seems a little plasticy. Reminds me of the hair on lego figures, but it's cool. I can live with it. It looks like we get a lot more hair and clothing options in this base game, which is exciting and promising.

I'm disappointed by the news of no toddlers or pools. I hope when they're added they don't charge us every cent we've got plus our first born child. For now I'll just make fake pools with their stupid fountain tool I guess. The toddler thing is a little harder to get over since there's no substitute and the transition from a wailing newborn to a perfectly functioning 5 year old is a little jarring. I'm sure we'll get used to these absences tho and if we can't, there'll be expansions to fix that eventually. I'm with Skell in that if they're going to put those things in an expansion it had better be a freaking brilliant all-in-one sort of deal.

Edited at 2014-06-27 09:05 pm (UTC)
Jun. 27th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
*finally finds time to post something*

I must say, all in all, I am rather excited for TS4. I mean, we don't know a lot about the actual gameplay, but I think we can all assume we know the majority of things that will be available (interactions, families, careers etc) and that is all we're going to get from a base game - it is just a base after all! I saw a message that said they are working on building a good foundation to add in new features, so hopefully we will see that work out as time progresses.

I am really excited to get hold of the new Build/Buy mode and CAS, they just look like an improvement on what we've had so far (I mean, moving a whole house in one go - why did it take them until the 4th version?!)

As for the latest toddler controversy, I can't say I'm affected by it too much. Whilst I like rotational and generational game-play, I have always hated toddlers just the tiniest amount and normally cannot wait until they're being scooped up and made to blow out their birthday candles. Not having that age in the game will just make me feel less guilty about skipping it like I normally do!

I can understand why lots of people aren't happy, but I imagine if they do add toddlers to the game at a later point, it will come in a free patch anyway (even if there is a relevant toddler/generational EP, which people have been asking for in every version of the Sims so maybe overall it'll be a good thing.) much like ocean swimming and basements and spiral staircases in TS3 - so I don't think it's *all about da moniez*. As for pools, I imagine it will be same deal, but again, I hardly use pools so I probably won't miss them too much!

As for the DLC argument that I keep seeing; they're a business. They make it - if you like it, buy it. You're not really entitled to it for free just because you own the base game! If you don't want to part with your cash, go without or just find some other way to get it... ;)

Overall, I'm just trying to not be negative (unlike seemingly everyone over at MTS!) I know some stuff will be missing, I know some stuff will be new. If I enjoy playing the game in September then I'll be happy that I'd paid for it.

Edited at 2014-06-27 09:20 pm (UTC)
Jun. 29th, 2014 12:15 pm (UTC)
This is the first I've heard of no toddlers, and I'm very disappointed. I wonder why they chose to do that? For me the toddler life stage was really the thing that made the Sims a generational game, probably because it was the hardest stage. I also dislike the blonde colour too! Why do they insist on that straw colour? Why not go for a shade closer to Volatile? But let's hope we can default it. Otherwise, I love the look. It's cartoony with room for differentiation. No more pudding.
Jun. 29th, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, I take it back, I just watched a vid and there was a second option with a lovely Volatile blonde colour ^-^
Jul. 1st, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
All these great things they're taking out: toddlers, pools, teens-elder being adult. I, like some of you saw that the baby looks like the one from TS2. I can only hope they don't have TS2 style aging because I do not want to play a family that ages while the rest of the world stays the same. How do the rest of you feel about how the ageing will be in TS4?

Also, hi back. We miss you more.
Jul. 5th, 2014 05:35 am (UTC)
Re: Ageing
There will be world wide aging if you enable it, but aging is all that non-played sims will do. They will get older and eventually die, to be replaced with new townies. They aren't going to hook up and get married or have kids on their own anymore though. If you want that to happen you need to play the family.
Jul. 5th, 2014 07:09 am (UTC)
Re: Ageing
I'm the anon. And yeah I saw that. Which is terrible because thats what makes the world feel alive. Although, I'm pretty sure there will be mods to fix that, like Twallan's story progression.
Jul. 5th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Ageing
I prefer it, truthfully. I hated how the the Sims 3 game would randomly stick sims together without any input from me and spawn babies that always seemed to grow up badly and end up with garbage traits. I'm sure they did it because they figured that with a small sized hood of only 25 lots total we would want more control over the population.
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