The Sims 4 Summary
Just in time for Summer,omnipotent God-simulator The Sims 4 is getting a new Spa Day Game Pack pack, which will give your sims a chance to relax, wind down, and enjoy paying hundreds of pounds to lock themselves in an overheated steam oven (or sauna, as it's otherwise known) for a few hours.
The pack will include three new Maxis-created spas, as well as a new gymnasium. Hey, if you're going to avoid exercise and personal health at least your virtual minions should keep in shape. Enjoying the amenities will earn you a boost to happiness and your Wellness stat – raise the latter and you'll turn your sim into one of those irritatingly happy, New Age types, able to give massages to their fellow sims and learn new Yoga positions.
has announced a new world is in town for The Sims 4, or at least it will be next Thursday, June 11th. It's called Newcrest and joins existing suburbia of Willow Creek and Oasis Springs.
Each of the three new neighbourhoods in Newcrest are 'blank slates' and contain five empty lots so we needn't feel guilty evicting established Sim households. They've released a new trailer.
Basement dwellers rejoice because you can now have your Sims skulking underground thanks to the latest content update for The Sims 4. You can even dig two levels deep, and there's now a fourth floor.
The basements can be fully customised in Build Mode for some "absolutely incredible lots." This stretches buildings from three to six floors, which is great for those really, really deep plunge pools.
In this industry it's not often that hearing a studio is being closed down genuinely surprises you, but I'm left fairly shocked by the news that EA is shutting the doors at Maxis Emeryville, the studio's main headquarters, for good.
Well, maybe 'surprised' is the wrong word; despite the well-publicised disaster of SimCity and the negative response to the removal offrom The Sims 4, I somehow simply assumed that Maxis, who've since before I was even born, would continue on regardless.
If you're yet to try out the latest entry in Maxis' eternally popular people-manipulating simulator, now's your chance - The Sims 4 is free via Origin'spromotion for 48 hours.
Game Time gives you full access to the entire game for a set time period. Once you load up the game for the first time, the clock starts running down. So you can't ration those hours out over several weeks, more's the pity.