December 6 - It's Friday. What does it mean in The Sims forums? Time to highlight some awesim discussions!
December 5 - It's patch day for The Sims 4 on console! Read the patch notes here.

Tokyosou: A Tokyo inspired World WIP

KiearaPhoenixKiearaPhoenix Posts: 153 Member
edited 2:51AM in World Builders
4567b60e3fecf13262ddc2115bfb26cb.png

After a year long hiatus from sims 3, I recently began playing around CAW and decided to create a Tokyo inspired world for my needs. This world has a few sections that are inspired by various cities/towns around Japan.

-The central main section I hope gives the feel of downtown Tokyo.
-Westside has a small section that is a blend of Kyoto and the Meguro river area.
- to the south is a port that is inspired by Yokohama,
- to the East is a small mountain village section that was inspired by Yamanose. (If you ever played Shenmue, it is the village that Ryo Hazuki lives)

I am about 70 to 80%ish? Done...I think...

Where I can, I try to use real world buildings and houses for inspiration. I have also used rabithole rugs so for photoshoots or gameplay so hopefully most non-shell buildings will be fully furnished.

Anyway here's some pics of what it looks like so far:

Tokyosou Twilight
a7d575703150e674116cc5f201a4c0d1.png

Fujisan & Castle
ad2e5b4292e5d829dd4bfab15e3d9800.jpg

Megurokyoto at night
c28f4998e97f0a252e991331c57f198c.jpg

Meguro river cherry blossoms
55d666bc3e801038a9a62a931b6e6d28.png

Overview Yamamura with Fujisan in back
73d1d8b48dc3012e47c88dbf16eb53b7.jpg


Things completed

-Seito University Hospital (CC free version is done )
-Ao Tokyo Metropolitan School
-Uniqulo Consignment shop
-Kabuki-za Theater
-Takada Business Corp
-Dojo
-Yakuza Warehouse
-Train Station
-Apartments Poor Area
-Tokyo Shopping Block (books, bowling, private eye apartment, coffee etc)
-Tokyo Firefighting Station
-Jpop Karaoke Bar
-Neon game center
-Graveyard
-Gym
-Tokyo Metro Governtment Building
-Toei Tokusatsu Movie Studio
-Beach X1
-Pool/Onsen/Sento (public bath house)
-Docks & and a small yakatabune ( riverboat dinning)
-Fishing Area
-Lawsons Grocery store
-Retro Diner: inspired by one in Okinawa
-Ryo Hazuki Home
-Kyoto Machiya homes
-Yamanose mountain village homes
-Studio apartments
-Apartments/Mansions Rich Area
-Internet Cafe
-Laundry
-Stadium (unfortunately a rabbit hole)
-Winery (updated12/6/19)
-Restaurant Block ( Teppanyaki, Zao inspired resturant it's where you fish for your own meal, buffet, ect) (updated 12/6/19)
-1 Club somewhat inspired by the yami/gothic kawaii subculture (updated 12/6/19)

Things started on
From mostly done to least
-Tokyo R&D Agency (science center)
-Warehouse Restaurant
-Tokyo Metro Police Building
-Festival Grounds (Spring , Summer complete.)
-Sushi Restaurant
-Traditional Japanese Castle
-Jaxa Japanese Space Agency (military)
-Spa

Things plan to do but haven't started
-Beach x1
-Performance Venues
-Clubs (based on some Japanese subcultures)
-Samurai homes near castle
-Coffee house x1
-Mini golf course?
-Skating Rink?
-Wedding venue? (Traditional and Western style...not sure)

Finally getting the hang of sculpting and painting now! Yatta ^_^


Post edited by KiearaPhoenix at

Comments

  • KhemKat19KhemKat19 Posts: 124 Member
    Oh wow this looks great!! The sculpting on your Mt. Fuji looks very realistic, and man those cherry trees along the river are gorgeous <3 Your world definitely evokes the feeling of Tokyo, keep up the great work! I'll be so happy to watch this world evolve, I love all things Japanese :D you should share a bunch more pictures!!
    Just a suggestion, if you're not opposed to using "custom" terrains (some are actually custom, some are pulled from EA worlds), they can really add some realistic touches to a world! Modthesims and Nilxis's website have some really pretty terrains to download! Especially for rock and grass, they look much more realistic than the stock EA terrains :)
  • KiearaPhoenixKiearaPhoenix Posts: 153 Member

    I'll definately check out the terrain paint, thanks!
    Here's some pics of some of the exterior of the completed buildings,

    Central Tokyosou Festival lot in rain.
    d4816eeca47c57c19114f4436a3b2882.jpg

    Nagano Tokyosou Train Station.
    Rear
    a5c7d263db94b904160c8af0403f1450.png
    Front
    6b1d2a8d66fa35bcf9385b3361082352.jpg

    Hospital
    1987a79d835f4415214fada48210141a.jpg

    Tokyosou Metro Ao School
    0c0e0c7460b539e6fbbf086c39cd2099.jpg


  • Bettyboop55Bettyboop55 Posts: 2,570 Member
    What a beautiful world you are creating and I just love the pictures of Mount Fuji and the bridge with the cherry trees <3
    I no longer use Origin or My Page. You can find me on YouTube or Twitter as Bettyboop711000. You are welcome to contact me as I explore options for a PC sandbox life simulation game.
    Wherever I am friends call me Betty

    Sim enim est vita
  • KiearaPhoenixKiearaPhoenix Posts: 153 Member

    Thank you @Bettyboop55 ^_^

    A few more pics of things I've completed
    Tokyosou Shizuka Gravesite
    e4fce5ba46fe61fe27ed763d461b15f1.jpg
    Would it be better to keep the Tomb Rabbithole red and let it stand out or recolor it
    to match the stone?

    Sumidapoi River at night
    573c781b2c02807bb2f16c909493ec06.jpg


    Yamamura Village upper enterance
    d488b1f60995c519d102c446bd7e7190.jpg
    The pets entrance really reminds me of Torii, (might go back and recolor it red)
    and in this case it marks the entrance to a mundane looking village, but is it really?

    Shiroi Shiro (White Castle) Area
    08b6a352a9af28cf68e63fcdd290850a.jpg
    Not finshed yet, just was thinking of either making it a livable home or a Townie's home ( a Prince? Royalty?)
    And a spot for two homes and I don't know what will go in the commercial spot...
  • Nikkei_SimmerNikkei_Simmer Posts: 5,723 Member
    @KiearaPhoenix - When that world is done...Oh...my...I want to download it. :) It looks terrific.
    RiverMcIrishFanatic_rs.jpg
    Nikkei_Simmer's Sims 3 Blog - For more Sims 3 stories...
  • HidehiHidehi Posts: 664 Member


    Tokyosou looks an absolutely awesome world! <3

    I must admit that a city environment with CC is visually so much better than without especially at night!!! ... and I agree with everyone else - the Sakura Walk along the river is extremely beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more screenshots :D
  • KiearaPhoenixKiearaPhoenix Posts: 153 Member
    @Nikkei_Simmer : Thanks! I hope to finish in the next couple of months, if not by the end of this year ^_^; Even if I don't finish by then I am thinking about uploading what I have so far...

    @Hidehi Thank you. Yeah it was really hard for me to decide to use CC, I tried just using the Bridgeport buildings and etc but it just didn't have the same feel I wanted for Tokyo...
    As such, I really admire your Da Changshi you are doing fantastic with no CC!

    I am still working on this! I have a few more buildings completed and started on making some Townies. I will update pics later or tomorrow.
  • KiearaPhoenixKiearaPhoenix Posts: 153 Member
    edited September 19
    Here are some more more screenshots...

    Sumadiapoi River Docks
    1e710a2cfe05f4dc2819a0dc3109f822.jpg

    Lower Yamamura row of houses
    b637973c08da342869c32ea3f5206a4d.jpg

    An adorable little Koban (small neighboorhood police station)
    a0fdbb48f88f79c39e748a52b824bd79.jpg

    More Screenshots
    Onsen
    b2f981d9d23152da66c361c1d91e440f.jpg
    interior
    08327c7eade3357e897b63180c100c8b.jpg
    back
    f7d748320011a4fd58c00c309094e9a4.jpg
    Fishing Spot
    f1e71d8baa607f5c3f8e99f90c5280fe.jpg
    b9966ec988ee01755b471246423f8762.jpg
    Dojo
    4699b551c564e6ce413e9f06dd7c1201.jpg
  • HidehiHidehi Posts: 664 Member


    Great to see some more awesome screenshots :) !!!

    I especially love the look of the river docks, the row of houses of Lower Yamamura and the realistic looking onsen <3
    ... I actually can't wait for you to make Tokyosou available to download ... despite the CC :D
  • Bettyboop55Bettyboop55 Posts: 2,570 Member
    Beautiful work. I particularly like the way the riverside buildings reflect in the river :)
    I no longer use Origin or My Page. You can find me on YouTube or Twitter as Bettyboop711000. You are welcome to contact me as I explore options for a PC sandbox life simulation game.
    Wherever I am friends call me Betty

    Sim enim est vita
  • Pinmat135Pinmat135 Posts: 218 Member
    This is awesome! Of course, I love the Sakura Walk, like everyone else, lol. I'm jealous, I wish I could use CAW, but I'm on a Mac. Ugh, why couldn't they just design Sims 3 for Mac like every other Sims game?! *cough cough* anyway... I really like this so far. What packs are you using? I currently have only Late Night and Supernatural, and I want to know what packs I need to get to use this world. Don't worry, I'll buy them all eventually anyway, so don't feel like you're forcing me to spend money to get this world.
  • chojrakchojrak Posts: 126 Member
    It's so atmospheric. You built climat with mainly wall textures and roof shapes, which is not easy to do. I love minimalistic buildings like Dojo or Police Station, but also cute district with details in front of houses. Japaneese gardens make also great opportunity to get insane with terrain shaping on lots like you did it here.

    Japaneese worlds seems to be very heavy for computers, but this seems to be light for game. So can't wait till I have it in my game, it looks like it doesn't kill my laptop, so keeping fingers crossed. :lol:
  • CryptoidUKCryptoidUK Posts: 1 New Member
    omg that looks beautiful <3 Cannot wait to be able to add it to my game!
  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 10,024 Member
    This looks incredible! Can't wait to see the finished product. :3
  • KiearaPhoenixKiearaPhoenix Posts: 153 Member
    edited October 14
    @Hidehi : ^_^ I was afraid that the CC would make ppl not want to try out Tokyosou so to hear some still want to play it even with, is giving me a second wind to finish!

    @Bettyboop55 : Thank you and so sorry for the late reply!

    @Pinmat135 ; So far I've used every expansions pack except supernatural sorry! ^^;
    In order of most important to least...
    World Adventures, Late Night and University are almost tied for most important
    Seasons, Generations, Into the Future are also important but not as much
    Pets, Showtime and Island Paradise, I haven't heavily used the items except on maybe a couple lots.
    i.e Island Paradise isn't used except on the docks and beach.

    I may have used an item from the Fast Lane and High End Loft stuff packs, in one or two lots, but they aren't important enough to need. And I may go back and replace them with something else anyway...

    I am trying not to use a lot of stuff from the store, but I did use the Teppanyaki from the
    "Ittadakimasu Teppanyaki"set and maybe some doors from the Zen Again Japanese set...and the car from Roaring Heights, but those things aren't absolutely needed. (If you buy or bought world adventures I think if you register it you get 1000 sim points to spend, which is how I got the the Ittadaki set combined with using the daily deal, there's a lovely thread here that helped me get more bang for my buck )

    I am searching and trying to find cc counterparts so that you don't need to buy/use any of the Stuff packs or Store. So far I've only found door replacements, haven't found a teppanyaki nor fixer upper car, but I am seriously considering making two versions of Tokyosou, less crowded version with maybe less CC and more Store stuff.

    @chojrak Thank you! I am really trying to make it look like an authentic modern Japanese world, so I am inspired by a lot of real buildings around Tokyo and or parts of Japan. I.E
    1987a79d835f4415214fada48210141a.jpg
    Seito University Hospital is inspired by

    Chiba Nishi General Hospital

    0c0e0c7460b539e6fbbf086c39cd2099.jpg

    Tokyosou Metro Aoi School is inspired by
    Aoi Tokyo Metro School

    I hope your laptop can handle it too! So far my laptop hasn't croaked, but I haven't playtested a long game, just mostly played around to double check routing and aesthetics in game.

    @CryptoidUK : Thanks <3 I am really hoping to have it finished before the end of this year.

    @Emily4331; Thank you ^.^!
    ----
    Edit: I am seriously considering making a light version with less CC and utilizing more of the store and maybe take out a couple of the heavily decorated lots for lower end computers...once this version is completed
  • KiearaPhoenixKiearaPhoenix Posts: 153 Member
    edited October 26
    Still working and getting things done slowly but surely! I really think if I can keep this momentum it'll be done by end of December or mid January.

    Here's some more screenshots of progress
    Tokyosou, downtown east section. I tried to make it look like one of the busier sections of Tokyo with all the neon signs.
    d77de5f926ae0686faeaa4bc61bcd87f.jpg

    Inspired from Shenmue, the Hazaki's house overlooking Tokyosou
    640c8e7f880404e1b615d1778691b4ca.jpg

    Megurokyoto in winter
    e7c2c4c92ddad42aa97090a5922400b0.jpg

    Tokyosou Metro Government Building
    0bec7bc7636276b9dc08071068c1c758.jpg
    (which is inspired off of the Tokyo Metropolitaion Government Building
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Metropolitan_Government_Building#/media/File:Tokyo_Metropolitan_Government_Building_2012.JPG )

    Tokyosou Kabukiza Theatre
    3f3ba981cfb91fcc1f602fc12b280dad.png
    9f19711f9364967048acbdb9672ca7fc.jpg

    Which I tried to get as close as I could to the actual Kabukiza Theater in Tokyo without using cc.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabuki-za#/media/File:Kabuki-za_Theatre_2013_1125.jpg
  • Bettyboop55Bettyboop55 Posts: 2,570 Member
    Awesome work <3 Great cityscapes and your theatre makes me want to go see the real thing for myself.
    I no longer use Origin or My Page. You can find me on YouTube or Twitter as Bettyboop711000. You are welcome to contact me as I explore options for a PC sandbox life simulation game.
    Wherever I am friends call me Betty

    Sim enim est vita
  • chojrakchojrak Posts: 126 Member
    Picture in winter looks adorable :grimace:
    Despite I prefer smaller towns, I find it cool, that there's such a diversity in architecture. There are skyscrapers but also more rural areas, with buildings like from past centuries.
  • ImTheCoffee1ImTheCoffee1 Posts: 6 New Member
    Holy mackrel. This stuff is incredible.

    I'm new to the rodeo, so I must ask: Do you do everything yourself? I've tried making worlds (on my own) but I found that it is A LOT of hard work and dedication. How do you do it?
  • KiearaPhoenixKiearaPhoenix Posts: 153 Member
    edited November 20
    Thank you! @chojrak, I always loved that about Tokyo, the modern mixed with the old.
    and Thank you kindly ^.^ @Bettyboop55

    @ImTheCoffee1: I am doing everything myself and this is my first time having a go at world making. I am learning as I go and boy does the CAW have a huuuuge learning curve.

    You are soooo right, it is sooo much work! Some of the issues I've come across from doing a world, for myself are staying invested and interested and overcoming being bored, frustrated or feeling like giving up.

    I guess being a little stubborn helps, cause when I come across an issue or something I don't know how to fix, sometimes I feel like giving up but then a little voice kicks in and says, " Uh no. You've started this, you're gonna finish this."

    I started out by having the way I'd like the city to look like and then as I go fill in more trees, more buildings, go back to sculpting more painting and adding in more details. I also knew what I wanted so I made a list and as I finish making/adding I move it to a completion list so I feel like I'm actually accomplishing something.

    Doing the world in chunks helps a little, once most of it is laid down. But then sometimes I really just spend a day doing one thing. (for example I am getting the hang of sculpting so yesterday I spent all day adding details and ridges to all the hills/mountains) I am in nooo way a linear planning type, I am very haphazard. >_>; probably not a good thing when planning a city lol

    When I get bored of planting the umpteenth tree and feel overwhelmed I switch up things to like making townies or building exteriors, then switch to doing the interiors on a different day. Or skip CAW period and open up the city and look for routing issues or things I've missed/need to fix in game. (Actually lately, playing around with the townies has made me want to finish certain things even more; like where I imagine they go to work, live, play, etc or given me inspiration for a setting that I want to include.)

    I will say if I ever make another world after this one, I am definitely going to keep it smaller ^_^;


  • GraceyManorGraceyManor Posts: 16,397 Member
    This world looks really nice.Bookmarking the thread to watch your process.
    tZXPSgh.jpg
  • Pinmat135Pinmat135 Posts: 218 Member
    How's it going? Anything new?
  • KiearaPhoenixKiearaPhoenix Posts: 153 Member
    @GraceyManor Thanks for watching! ^^
    @Pinmat135 Yes! Not a whole lot of new lots, but I have redone some sculpting, added details and worked on a bunch of townies.

    I filled in more trees and grass for the outskirts near the train station.
    b5f5658c8877306add771906181e6b4a.png

    Mt. Fuji has much more detail and repainted the snow, again added more grass.
    Before
    489a028dd5bbf8995d975aa02f2bd2cb.png
    After
    2fa711f4cf06faaf500b3a4fc1f4b2d3.png

    Beach screenshot, caught a rainbow!
    332d2edc6ea36e914d8af37d467a6f40.jpg

    Townies
    Children & Aliens
    9705cda88bc551f459bae190da6eb5cb.png
    537e81bf7cf96e5c6f6174f92d0fe92f.png

    Teens
    679901bb65d521104beb2033d0cf95cb.png

    Adults


    be1fc504877bd4eff8ff64e6771f960e.jpg
    cc93411de1dd949f553bf2c14bd43262.jpg
    f4555d32692f93c31578f5b271e0aa00.jpg
    c58006c6fd9c9f92b75675b6d247f943.png
    8ee9d3759ee9800728463cd8dcf4ab3b.png
    e7ead77df5ba424ad289ef8341300264.jpg
    f05342b49ebe5aafc9eef1eadc3c1d20.png

    Elderly
    169472ada65f15f73bb7a74158a1630f.jpg
  • cgavilanescgavilanes Posts: 17 New Member
    Sunset over Mt. Fuji looks absolutely stunning, great job!

    Also, the alien lady is giving me the creeps haha
Sign In or Register to comment.
Return to top