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  • Blog Post: The Sims 4 Gives Players A Blank Slate With Free Newcrest Update

    EA has announced that it is bringing some new content to The Sims 4 next week. Starting on June 11, players will be able to download Newcrest, a free update that gives players a bit more space to work with. With Newcrest, EA is adding three new neighborhoods, each with five vacant lots to build on. The... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: How Would You Change The Sims And SimCity?

    Today brought news that Maxis Emeryville is shutting down . The studio brought us games like Spore and SimCity, but EA has chosen to shutter the office, even while keeping other related EA studios open in Redwood Shores, Salt Lake City, Helsinki, and Melbourne. The future of Maxis' properties are... More
  • Blog Post: The Next Sims 4 Expansion Will Put You To Work As A Detective, Doctor, Or Scientist

    The Sims 4 is about to get a bit larger. The game’s first full-sized expansion will be arriving in a couple of months, bringing with it a few new jobs, skills, and business opportunities. The Get to Work expansion will allow you to become a doctor, detective, or scientist. Along with the jobs,... More
  • Blog Post: The Sims 4 Celebrates Outdoor Retreat Release With Launch Trailer

    Electronic Arts and Maxis announced that The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat, the first game pack for The Sims 4, is available today. The pack allows players to take their Sims on vacation to Granite Falls, a wooded, mountainous region nestled on a lake. Sims are able to set up camp and venture out into the woods... More
  • Blog Post: The Sims 4 Heads To The Great Outdoors

    Get your Sims out into nature this January with the Outdoor Retreat game pack. The pack comes out in early January for $20, and takes your sims to a new location complete with campfire songs and bear costumes. Outdoor Retreat is part of what developer Maxis is calling Game Packs. These differ from the... More
  • Blog Post: The Long-Awaited Sims 4 Pool Update Available Now

    Maxis introduced its first free Sims 4 update last month, and now it's time for the next one: pools. Two new careers are also on deck for December. When The Sims 4 launched, some key features were absent , such as dishwashers, pools, and even career paths. Maxis has answered by providing free content... More
  • Blog Post: Free Updates For The Sims 4 Brings Star Wars Costumes Now, Pools Later

    The Sims 4 might not have made the critical splash that EA and Maxis were hoping for ( our review ), but with some free updates, maybe it will warrant a second look from consumers. The first content pack is available now, with some seasonally appropriate inclusions. October means Halloween, so Maxis... More
  • Blog Post: The Future Of The Sims Franchise Hinges On Success Of The Sims 4, Says Maxis

    The Sims fans have only just begun their latest adventure, with the release of The Sims 4 last week. There’s a long way to go before the next entry, as the franchise is known for numerous expansions large and small (The Sims 3 had 11 major expansions). In a now-deleted comment on the official Sims... More
  • Blog Post: Report: The Sims 4 Has A Hilarious Anti-Piracy Measure

    Those unscrupulous souls who are playing pirated copies of The Sims 4 may find it difficult to get very far into the experience…or at least appreciate their surroundings. PC Gamer reports that what began as a supposed bug is actually a form of copy protection. Playing an illegitimate version of... More
  • Blog Post: New Releases This Week: August 31 Through September 6

    With Labor Day behind us and the kids returning to school, we can start to breathe a sigh of relief. The fall rush is coming, and our long summer of backlog turns to the crisp winds of new releases. This week kicks off a number of ports, The Sims 4 on PC, Harmonix’s first Xbox One release, and... More
  • Blog Post: Where Is Our Review Of The Sims 4?

    Maxis' long-running Sims franchise launched its new iteration, The Sims 4, on PC today. Unfortunately, EA did not provide us a review code early enough to fully evaluate the game in advance. I am currently playing it, and planning to have the review later this week – but here are some of my... More
  • Blog Post: The Sims 4's Gallery Will Foster A Creative Community, May Not Be Monetized

    This morning at EA's Gamescom press briefing , we got our first look at The Sims 4's new gallery in action. The feature is an evolution of the Exchange that integrates Sim and room sharing into the experience. The Gallery also creates an easier way for creative fans to focus on the part of the... More
  • Blog Post: The Sims 4 Create-A-Sim Demo Available Now (Killer Cow Plants Later)

    The Sims 4 was a highlight of EA's Gamescom 2014 press briefing, with new features. We've seen the push-and-pull customization and the new emotional tailoring. We've also seen the build mode that is easier than ever, but today we got a look at the new gallery. As players upload their homes... More
  • Blog Post: The EA Press Conference Starts Now, Early Risers!

    It's 4 a.m. on the East Coast, and we're wide awake here in Cologne, Germany. EA's press conference is about to get underway here at the Kolnmesse, where the Gamescom activities will fill the enormous building for the rest of the week. EA kicks off our Wednesday, and we expect to find out... More
  • Blog Post: The Sims 4 Slated For Fall 2014 Release

    EA and Maxis have announced that their latest emotion-filled life simulator, The Sims 4 , will be arriving toward the end of next year. EA pulled the curtain back on the features of the series a couple of months ago at Gamescom 2013. Included in the upcoming sequel are more accessible building and customization... More
  • Blog Post: Updated: EA And Maxis Announce The Sims 4

    [Update] Electronic Arts has revealed a little more info about The Sims 4, including the fact that fans don't need to worry about a repeat performance of SimCity .The Sims 4 is a single-player, offline experience with a focus of personalization and sharing. [Original Story] The Sims is a juggernaut... More
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