Okay, so this is a little later than I planned, no surprise lately but I’ll get the hang of it again, anyway, back to the topic at hand, several hands, several space hands including a raccoon and a tree…yeah, we’re getting that weird today. I know I’ve said this before but I’m far from a Marvel Comics fan, outside of maybe Iron Man and a random Spider Man here and there, and a Deadpool once in a…
By now you’ve noticed that some of the posts aren’t loading right, and there’s a banner on the site about the changes to Net Neutrality rulings and what-not and I somewhat apologize for it but it’s necessary to point out what could potentially happen if the concept and ideals of an open internet are smashed down. Those loading screens will be much more common place, and anyone old enough to…
This one is going to be someone short in a sense, mostly because I lately have piss poor time management…I’m working on it…moving on.
I mentioned before that a lot has been going on so I’m bouncing around on posts but I should be back to my normal schedule next week…think I got it all figured out now…but on a long awaited note, time to talk about The Sims 4.
I was so excited when I saw the first videos of the new construction features along with how the Sims themselves have changed but I won’t lie, after spending the better part of a week with it I’m a bit less excited. Now before I go any further I should point out that over all, this is a really good game and a very worthy successor to The Sims 3 but it has a few things working against it unfortunately, but they are things that can…and most likely will, change over time but let’s break it down first.
Graphics: By far, Maxis has outdone themselves on the visual aspects of The Sims franchise, the fourth installment looks incredible, there’s no question about it. From the Sims to the environments and of course the houses, everything looks smooth and almost no issues with textures like I noticed with The Sims 3, particularly on people, like clothing and hair and things like that.
Story: This one is somewhat irrelevant, you can of course create stories for your Sims to a point but this isn’t a game that has a story in the normal sense but more from the way you play it your Sims create a story with the other Sims that they meet and how they interact and in that area this one is just as good if not better than before.
Gameplay: This is where things are going to get interesting. The game itself plays just fine, it’s a little faster paced like the original Sims, or even The Sims 2, but it isn’t that big of an issue, if anything I think I personally prefer it that way and the speed controls are still there so you can always speed through something that’s slow and boring. The interface has gotten a facelift as well, being much more streamlined than before and somewhat more simplified, you still have needs to be met and goals to achieve much like before, but my only complaint on the interface is that things like your needs and career goals are unavailable to you to check while your Sim is at work so it’s the only time where you actually do have to sit and wait for them to come back before you can really continue on.
Of all the things to do though I would easily say actually creating a Sim is my favorite and mostly because the Create-A-Sim has gotten a huge revamp, not only is it much smoother and more detailed in how you sculpt your Sim’s look, but the set-up of the creator’s interface runs a lot smoother than before…granted a large part of that is because there is a lot less customization options than before so there is less to load as well.
Speaking of customization though, there is no question in my mind that this was either rushed out the door or EA is steering back to their semi-evil ways of releasing half a game. There isn’t a lot to choose from in the first place when it comes to clothes or things to build a house, but there also isn’t the option to actually customize individual colors, instead just giving you less than a handful of color choices for something and no option to tweak them in any way. I would have to say of everything it’s the biggest disappointment I’ve seen so far…even bigger than taking out pools.
Sound: It still sounds like a Sim game, which is a good thing, there were some improvements here and there but overall it still works so there isn’t much to talk about, it’s one of those things that sits in the background, it doesn’t make the game necessarily better but it would be weird without it.
Replay Value: The Sims has always had a high replay value, for no other reason than eventually your Sims will die…either by your cruel hands or something else’s…sometimes even old age actually so naturally you’ll need to make a new one, if you haven’t had them get hitched and have little baby Sims that is.
Final Word: 4/5
The game is great but a lot of updates are gonna have to come down for the customization to reach what people expect and even had hoped for from the previous installment, regardless though, if you are a fan of the series as a whole then you probably shouldn’t wait to play it…besides there will be plenty of expansions later on as usual.
So first of all, yep, no post on Wednesday mostly because a lot of awesome things have been happening the past week and things are changing in my life and I’m trying to adjust to them and posting hasn’t been easy. I’m working on adjusting so that I can keep my current schedule, which I don’t see a problem if I’d just get off my lazy ass and write these when I’m thinking of them and have time…
Sorry about last Friday folks, I got sidetracked by something wonderful and writing wasn’t foremost on my mind at the time, but I’m back and since there isn’t a lot of games I’ve been playing recently other than Star Wars the Old Republic and World of Warcraft, I figured I’d share my experience with the Sims 4 Demo which is essentially just a Sim creator and that’s about it.
Since this is a demo I won’t break things down like I usually do, I’ll just tell you straight out that if this is a sign of what’s to come then I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve always loved the Sims but never really knew why, it was always kind of a guilty pleasure really so when I saw the first videos of Sims 4 I was blown away. This time around it looks really impressive, granted Sims 3 looked pretty good too but this one is a lot more smooth from a visual perspective, particularly the Sims themselves. There is very little, if any, bleeding of colors into one another, a good example from Sims 3 would be makeup, it tended to look a little off to me even running on its highest settings.
The biggest thing I’ve noticed so far is that you can customize a Sims walk along with everything else you could before but the real meat of the demo and eventually the game is the insane amount of customization that you can put into a Sim. Instead of a couple of sliders to set size and muscle, you can literally grab a spot on your Sim and pull or push to essentially sculpt your Sim however you want them.
I’m looking forward to it, which if I’m being honest, I really can’t say about a lot of games lately and I know I’ll be ready for the Sims 4 when it drops on September 2nd.
Not too long ago I once said that I personally believe that it was impossible to have a bad day when watching a Muppet movie and I still believe that, but the belief is fading a little bit.
Like I said yesterday, I put off the post until today to give a little test run of the Galactic Strongholds update and so far today I’ve fooled around with it for a couple of hours and bluntly I can say that it’s a welcome addition and it’s one that I personally welcome, not just to Star Wars but I’m seeing more games bringing this feature to the forefront. I’ve never made it a secret that I enjoy customization, there have been a handful of games that have really done a great job in that area…the games themselves haven’t always been the best but as far as customization goes it’s top notch. Some games that I think have great customization elements are games like EVE Online (personally the best character creator I’ve ever seen that I can remember), Guild Wars 2 (a great mix of both solid character creation and background generator), and Tera (close to as accurate as EVE but with more of a fantasy, instead of realistic approach) and this list doesn’t include, though I suppose it could, the upcoming Sims 4 as that looks as though it took a page from EVE in its approach and if you haven’t tried the Sim creator demo you should, it’s pretty interesting.
Okay so I’ve gotten a little side tracked, no surprise there right, at any rate, the initial idea of having your own hangout is great in an MMO setting, while many different MMO game worlds are beautiful, you always have to contend with other players when you just want to sit and admire the view, or deal with local chat when you’re trying to have a simple conversation. Strongholds gives you a private place to do just that and allow your friends to join you, though as far as chat noise goes I can’t vouch, I personally have the chat channels off because it’s usually annoying but that’s not the point here anyway.
Right now, early access gets a home in Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace for the low, low price of…free, that’s right, you can jump right in with your first place and it won’t cost you a dime, the catch is that the entire place isn’t open to you, but that’s not a huge inconvenience and it also shouldn’t be a surprise that you would have to unlock things as well. Okay so here it goes, you have the Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace along with five of the many rooms unlocked for you without having to pay for it (the palace itself is valued at 250,000 credits). To unlock it, the easiest way…at least the easiest that I found, was to head back to the fleet near your crew skills trainers where you’ll find a few computer consoles and each one tied to the three Strongholds that are available; Nar Shaddaa, Dromund Kaas (Emperial) or Coruscant (Republic), and Tatooine. Now before you actually acquire your pad, there will be a quest giver nearby, talk to that person first, then get your place, doing so will get you some free furnishings for your new home.
I won’t lie, the concept of decorating these places can be a little overwhelming, they are huge and there is a crap ton of places to shove things, from mounts to companions, nearly anything can be a decoration and I think it’s fantastic. I personally am glad this was thrown in and I look forward to exploring it more.
One last note, there is also ways to create your own decorations as well but to be honest, the instructions were rather drawn out through messages you receive and I’ve forgotten most of what it said so I’ll leave you to explore that one on your own.
*Note: On a completely unrelated note, this is also the last post that will appear on my personal Facebook page, I’m starting to separate the two between LNC and me personally so you’ll most likely notice a massive drop in follows…don’t worry it’s not a mass exodus from the site, sort of, and if any of those particular followers want to keep following my ramblings you’re more than welcome to subscribe right here at latenightcomic.com*
So by now you’ve noticed there isn’t anything resembling a usual gaming related post, this was done for two reasons the first of which being I’m having a huge mental block and, to put it simply “I got’s nothing”. The second reason however is much better and came after a bit of thought, and a little bit of staring at the download bar for Star Wars the Old Republic. Since I had to reformat my hard…
I’m finishing Robin Williams week with one of my favorite movies of his, Toys, and after the last couple of days talking to random people I’m actually a little surprise at the number of people come back with blank and confused looks when I mention the movie and what it is.