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.
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