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September 22nd- It's time for our Friday Highlights! You can check them out here!
Over the past years the Sims has been around there have been concepts that Maxis & EA have gotten right and instances they got it very, very wrong. So this post is about examples of things I would love from past iterations of the Sims (and a few ideas for improvements) to be in the Sims 5. I had to separate and add in the comments suggested Gardening plants as well as Cooking & Baking recipes. I have also added things id like to see for sims 5 that aren't apart of any game so far.
THIS IS A LONG MULTI-COMMENT POST. SCROLL THROUGH AND ADD YOUR COMMENTS & SUGGESTIONS. NOTE: I PLACED LISTS FOR COOKING, BAKING AND BEVERAGE RECIPE SUGGESTIONS BEHIND SPOILERS. I ALSO DID THIS FOR LISTS OF PLANTS & TATTOOS
Table of Contents
Section 1 - Things I loved about Past Packs
Section 2 - Sims 5 Suggestions Overview & CAS
Section 3 - Skills, Chores, Butler Chores, Grade School through University Education & Careers
Section 4 - Interactions
Section 5 - Cooking, Canning, Candy Making & Compound Butter
Section 6 - Beverages - The Basics, Juicing, Mixology & Nectar Making
Section 7 - Baking
Section 8 - Gardening, Harvestables, Flower Arranging and Landscaping
Section 16 - Radio Stations, Potential Songs & Music in General
Section 17 - Club, Team & Tattoo Icon Suggestions
Section 18 - NPC's - Couldn't Enjoy the Game Without Them
Section 19 - Item Upgrade Suggestions
Section 20 - Travel & Adventures - World Zones to Explore
The creative NPC's - especially the roving musician from the restaurant, the organ grinder guy with monkey, the saxophonist, the obsessed fan all of these NPC's had flavor and enhanced the areas they were in
The Superstar neighborhood I liked its general feel.
The Cake Dancer
The Ice Cream Parlor & The Candy Store with all the associated Build/Buy pieces to make it work
The best details in terms of the Sim's involuntary actions (like shielding the eyes in bright sun). More small details like this would be great
The memory system
The Attraction System - Turn Ons, Turn Offs They can do basically the same ones
The Western Zodiac
The cut scenes for huge life events
The traits seemed to have more impact like messy Sims didn't make their beds
Setting climates for each neighborhood so they made sense
The had the best functioning hotels - TBH Island Living had a nice resort system too but it was so late in the game and would have been better than the hostels in WA. Hotel Desk, Locking Doors, Maid Service, Concierge activities, Room service, shuttle service
Stable restaurants - Family could have job positions, plus the table interactions, the roving musician
The Hair Salon
The Upright Piano for smaller homes. Love, Love, Love the grand pianos but some house builds require something smaller
Births & Obits
The Crossword Puzzle
Engagement & Wedding Announcements
The Chasing of paperboy/girl by dog
Interests - Sims Child through Adult and dogs and Cats all had interests appropriate to them
Bon Voyage - Camping area activities
Bon Voyage - The Zen Garden
The Hobbies and their enthusiasm - can work with clubs but the enthusiasm was a nice touch
Pet Store - Grooming Tub, Trainer, the actual store assets
Parrots, Cockatoos - Training them and getting them to speak and giving them treats
The cage for the smaller birds was the best the Sims has ever done
The 3 universities instead of two
The Carpool, the Bus for kids - you could even see the driver honking
The garden judging for the garden club
The Private schools - (different uniforms, types of schools and their bonuses) and the Headmaster scenario because a level of difficulty in order to get into private schools should be there.
The witch alignments (neutral, good, bad, very good, Very evil)
Retail experience was better, you could even see simoleans changing hands, the changing rooms, the generic radio stations,
Car Lots - where you can purchase automobiles
Sims 2 had the best weddings (only because Sims 4 messed up their wedding pack) and you could plan for a honeymoon that a Limousine took you to.
Chess Tournaments those need a comeback
The Jump Rope, Exercise Bike and Chin up Bar
The functional garage doors for gasp! garages and driveways
The fabulous awning tool and the Wrought Iron and Glass Awning from Apartment Life
Playing Marco Polo in the pool
Tai-Chi and Mahjong
Sewing and Pottery Making
Trimming bushes, pulling weeds - The Gardener had more to do
Writing Books - The process was far more clever where you could pick amongst thought bubbles and sort of figure out what the book was about
Bird watching from Free Time
The Yo-Yo & Juggling
The Lemonade stand
The Skunk, The Raccoon and most importantly the Alpha Wolf
The different greetings for the different social groups
Being able to see and change the style of ceilings
Color Wheel - and more channels to choose for color and patterns
CAS Hair color being divided by root, shaft and ends
Create a Pattern
The Gorgeous neighborhoods - the detail work and variety of the neighborhoods was the best its been in Sims 3
Weather, Temperature and Seasons - Only better than Sims 4 because it has Fog, Hail and Deep Snow
The Moon cycle
The Town Center where the Seasonal festivals were held. They were better than all the fairs Sims 4 had
Generations & Supernatural almost everything was perfect. The Vampires were better in Sims 4 though
The Fairies & Werewolves
World Adventures - (minus the hostels, See Sims 2 Hotels), the adventure aspect was great fun, the countries were gorgeous, camels in Egypt was a missed opportunity, the mummy, Archeologist as a career was also a missed opportunity
Nectar Making was excellent in World Adventure. I'd even keep the grape varietals
Cars - the car alarm, the radio, setting ownership, teaching teens to drive, parking "wink", Parking Spaces
The Ice Cream Man - I don't mind the food stalls I just dont want them in place of proper bricks and mortar lots
Horses, Horseback Riding, the Horse barns and Unicorns
The Rabbit-holes - But ONLY for specific places and the actual buildings must be shown - Town Hall & Courthouse, Military Base but not the obstacle course, The High school, The Private Schools, The Warehouse, The Volcano Base, The University classrooms but not the Student center or labs and lecture hall. The Office Building, The Hospital, The interior of the Equestrian center but not the obstacle course, The Fortune Teller's Caravan ((I loved the music), The Science Lab and Observatory, the police station, The movie theatre but not the lobby
The Mermaids were better in terms of playability based on all the cool dive spots and the hidden island
Firefighters and the firehouse
Police, Burglars, Burglar alarms
Being able to swim in almost all bodies of water
Skating on frozen lake
Scuba Diving including deep diving. Sims 4 cheaped out on this to their shame.
The Deer - Would be a great come back for forested area along with the wolves. In general areas are better with animals.
Martial Arts - The different belt colors, the sparring, the equipment, the martial arts school. All wonderful
The Snake Charming - Needs a comeback in the next desert area
The Scooters from World Adventure - Motorcycles too
The Subways & the Lightning Leap Atomic Molecular Arranger that bear a striking resemblance to the TARDIS
The cleverly named scholarships for university
Houseboats, watercraft and boats of all kinds
The Magic Store
Doorbells and changing their chime
Pool Tables and their associated hidden skill and the tricks
The Life Skills Books - Fire Safety, Parenting, etc.
Elders using canes
The Showtime Magicians
The bachelor parties with the dancers
Flowers and allergies during the spring months
Being also to change flame color in fireplaces
Setting color and intensity for lights a detail Sims 4 has as well
Doorbells and being able to change the chime
Spiral stairs, Modular staircases, Grand Staircases, Sliding down banisters
The Greenhouse Glass Roof - I actually like this roof for Grand conservatories and solariums in mansions. I like the basic Sims 2 version for small homes
The Festival Items
Apple Bobbing Tub
Face Painting Booth
Honorable Mention - The Strong Man Game from I think Freeplay
The achievements for skills and collecting beyond getting skill level 10
The Amusement park - It was a good lot. To make it really awesome it would have had to had a ferris wheel and more Midway games
The Geisha Statuette from the Sims 3 store. Not that I want this item back per se (Although I wouldn't complain about it) more that I liked the detail.
The Vampire Pack - The vampire were superior to past vampires from everything to their powers and weaknesses, the detail stuff like making garlic wreaths and chains and bringing back the coffins and other tropes from folklore and the movies. I even love the Bleh! Seriously if they had the cape thing Bela Lugosi did I'd love it all the more. I would have loved it if they had brought back the Vampire specific Eclipsing Fog from Sims 3 but I would have had that fog protect the vampires in daylight.
The Veterinary Clinic - Illnesses and injuries
Holidays, Event Planning, Holiday Traditions all were fabulous - Do that again
Loved the clubs those were great
The variety of fairs and cultural festivals - Sims 3 did the seasonal festivals better by far but variety is the spice of life and exploring other cultures is quite fun. The food selections were good and adding them to the potential restaurant menus was a good idea
Separating Cooking from Baking - Baking should have been a base game skill.
The Restaurant Menu - this was a nice touch. It just needed to be tweaked so courses came out properly. Being able to add to the menu and setting it to create restaurants with different cuisine is always the right thing.
Lot Traits - I hope in future they have strong impacts for lots this can help make visiting different lots more unique.
Hats separate from hair
The Voice Modulation
Spa Day was great - Everything about it was fabulous ESPECIALLY after you added Manicures and Pedicures.
Setting the holiday decorations for the outside with the little decoration box
Setting the phones ring tone
Trimming the Tree
The multiple outfits one can plan in the different types of clothing
The Pipe Organ. Love, Love, Love it! In future it needs pipe build pieces for really grand builds. And to play
The Familiars Fabulous Idea I just wish they could do more
The Water effects - ducks, reeds, bugs etc.
The Skating Rink - I love setting up the lights, effects and music.
Cooking the grand meal for holidays. I'd definitely keep that but maybe add to it with international dishes over time
Scouting & Scouting Badges
Snowy Escape - The Winter Sports - would have been better in a European Ski Town. So that the Japanese aspects could have been better
Snowy Escape - The Bath House, Kotatsu, the hot pot
The mermaids were better in the Sims 4 because of their new powers. They were also somewhat prettier
Snorkeling - I think it had its place WITH Scuba not in place of it.
The sub sections of career paths
Setting the table
The holiday themed door mats. I love doormats and change mine often for the time of year or for holidays
The Holiday Garland and the mistletoe
Patchy the Straw-man - I love that the Sims 3 version had him doing silly dances and scared Sims
Knitting, and the needle point
The bird feeder I would have given the clean interaction because birds love to poop on their feeders. Also they are making feeders now that have little string lights on the inside of it ran by solar power. Glows at night.
I liked the vacuums and dust as a concept. The execution just needed work.
The Snowy Thunderstorm, Monsoons, Acid Rain
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