I've hesitated for years over buying this pack as I'm a realism player but may be fine to tolerate aliens in my game, I don't know.
Anyway I have just purchased this pack for just under £18. Will I regret it?
What's the best advice you can give me to keep the aliens at bay?
What do you like/dislike about this pack?
If I recall, those are the three best ways to have Aliens show up.
I don't mind aliens myself, but I do have a mod setting that has all NPC aliens default to in disguise, So I only know that they're around when they're glowing due to emotions.
I enjoy playing the active careers, but I don't do it all the time. The retail system can be fun. My current family has a "junk store" where they sell any excess craftables from various sources while skill-building, and excess collectibles. (Having Eco lifestyle, it's also set as a junkyard and they also sell refurbished stuff from the dumpsters).
As I don't mind aliens, there's not much I actively dislike about the pack. Most of the Build/Buy stuff is geared around retail or one of the careers, so I don't find it especially exciting, but I don't find it bad either.
The thing I don’t like about this pack is aliens could have been more and retail, sometimes it works sometimes sims just hang out at the store and it takes them so long to buy something and leave. Then you see them come back the next 2 hours...
But I can’t play sims 4 with out this pack just being able to dl shops from the gallery and have my sims shop at them or creating a shop and passing it along to the next family member is satisfying. I normally use shops for things I don’t want my sims to skill up to create but still can buy it like robots for example, I put one of those shops in my game so my rich sims can just go buy them. The careers keep you busy too.
For me, the main reason I got the pack was for the aliens, but I've also really ended up liking the detective career, the clothing in CAS and the build/buy items, which I use a lot. I thought I would use the retail stores more but for some reason I never really think about them. No problems with them, personally, I just tend to forget they're a thing.
Edit: answered other question.
So, in my experience, completely opt in.
You'll really enjoy the B/B mode items, I use them all the time. I would say, if that's a sale, buy it and then enjoy!
I also have only played the Scientist career once and never to completion. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with alien appearances around town.
I took a look around Magnolia Promenade and the premade shops are a bit lame. I downloaded a robotics repair shop onto the vacant lot so some of my richer sims can buy robots, bypassing the need to study robotics. I wonder if there is an icecream shop in the gallery?
As for the careers, I'll delve into them as and when I have sims with the suitable traits. Genius sims can be doctors, good sims be police and evil sims be scientists perhaps?
Advice/Likes: I play rotationally and enjoy putting sims from several households into the police career. Seeing all my other sims interact while I play one is heart-warming (and also at times frustrating). The game will still try to generate addional co-workers, but it's worth a shot.
It’s one of my favorite packs because of the 3 active careers. I don’t “run” very many businesses, but I like businesses for my sims to go to and buy things, so I would miss retail for this reason. A sims game just doesn’t seem complete without a few stores. Besides you can down load collections, potions and things from the gallery, or get them from debug and sell them.
Aliens don’t bother me really, it’s not like they have ever been intrusive in my game. I play the scientist career, and she was taken to sixam, and met a few aliens after she got high up in her career. And sometimes I see aliens at bars on alien night, but that’s about it. She and her brother were taken by aliens once...... he didn’t come back pregnant. I rarely see aliens in my game. I have a very large rotation. It is very cute to see my sim doctor deliver all the babies.and the active careers, were so much fun for me.
Oh and I don’t use any mods.... aliens are not a problem for me, the once or twice in a lifetime abductions were kind of cool to watch.....I have had the pack since it first came out. It would be one of the packs I would keep if I was forced to downsize my collection.
I believe this EP came with the Baking skill, or interaction as well. And most of my sims buy their wedding cakes and things from one of my retail stores. The Landgrabbs own most of them. I cheat with them, downloaded a sim to live with them that is a level 10 in cooking, gourmet cooking, baking, fishing etc. to use to make food to sell in stores.
My scientist, Doctor and Detective are all level 10 now. The science career has a lot of things you can construct. And potions you can make. And I love the Science building ( work place ) just as it is. I wish we had more work places like this. Get famous also has a work place for actors and actresses,.... I would love to see more of the jobs with workplaces and objectives..... this pack kept me busy longer than any of the Expansions.
Oh and like someone else mentioned I use tons of reward objects for builds..... doctors offices, and other office builds. You could even build a prison if you wanted to, or your own science lab. But, I believe you have to be a scientist to use the science equipment.
@calaprfy i think you might have to own cool kitchen to have ice cream in the game. If you have cool kitchen and dine out, I know you can make an ice cream restaurant. I have an ice cream shop that functions as a restaurant. But with get to work and cool kitchen, you can also put the ice cream maker in retail shops and make your own. You might even be able to put it in food cases and sell it in a retail shop after making it, I haven’t tried that yet. And I did find an ice cream shop on the gallery, a very cute small one, it does use the cool kitchen ice cream machine. But I think I turned mine into a restaurant with a few burgers, and tons of ice cream.
You have to make a random sim, set them as the owner, and then have them set things for sale.
Great gameplay and a lot to do
Actually, if you have Get Together, BE CAREFUL. Because Get Together has alien bar nights. The aliens will plague your game if you go to one of them, because it is then forced to generate alien townies.
Some of the careers are nice, but they're not really replayable imo. Magnolia Promenade is small. The retail system is OK. It's a So-So pack.
I also bought it half off and don't think it was a "waste" of money, but certainly not worth $40.
If you are willing to use mods you can disable bar nights with mccc. I have disabled them for so long I totally forgot about them.