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The Sims 4 trailer expresses its emotions

By Ozzie Mejia, Jul 30, 2014 1:30pm PDT

A new Sims 4 trailer once again demonstrates one of the upcoming game's new features: Sim emotions.


Watch 15 minutes of gameplay from The Sims 4

By Ozzie Mejia, Jul 21, 2014 11:30am PDT

EA and Maxis are releasing the demo that was used at this year's E3 to offer up a new 15-minute look at The Sims 4.


The Sims 4 tells its story on September 2 on PC

By Ozzie Mejia, Jun 09, 2014 1:11pm PDT

The Sims 4 took a generous amount of time during EA's E3 press conference, with EA and Maxis revealing that the newest game in the series will arrive on PC on September 2.


"I was a big fan of the first 2 games, but Sims 3 was just DLC'd into the ground... They make it ..."

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The Sims 4 gets creative with a new Build Mode

By Robert Workman, May 28, 2014 9:00am PDT

The Sims 4 is seeing some expansion with a revised Build Mode. A new trailer shows it off.


"Nah, I've played a ton of the sims 1 2 and 3. This has a similar overall art style but the ..."

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SimCity gets offline play today

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 18, 2014 2:00pm PDT

It's taken quite a long time, but EA and Maxis' SimCity reboot finally finally has an official offline mode. "We've listened to our players and...


"You have to admire how consistent the PR spin has been up to this point. Even their parting shot ..."

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SimCity offline mode took more than six months

By Steve Watts, Jan 14, 2014 12:00pm PST

Maxis says that the upcoming offline mode for SimCity needed considerable reworking to the core structure, and that the studio required more than six months to complete the project.


"Exactly, launch issues are understandable as everyone is connecting to the servers at the same ..."

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SimCity offline mode coming in next update

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 13, 2014 6:50am PST

Nine months after launching SimCity, Maxis has finally announced it's added the feature fans have asked for since even before launch: an offline mode. Maxis says it's in the "late phases" of development, and it'll arrive in the next update, finally allowing players to build ...


"Seriously, mods are what made SimCity 4 the gold standard of the series"

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SimCity Cities of Tomorrow trailer gets invaded by aliens

By Ozzie Mejia, Nov 05, 2013 2:00pm PST

For SimCity, the future doesn't involve building out, but rather building up. A new trailer for the Cities of Tomorrow expansion shows off towering skyscrapers that take advantage of unused airspace. Also, there are aliens, for some reason.


SimCity Cities of Tomorrow trailer introduces friendly neighbourhood megacorp

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 29, 2013 7:10am PDT

As a planet-hacker and cybronic force-blade punk, I spend a lot of time idly daydreaming about the cities of tomorrow. Do I wish to live in a gleaming arcology or a stinky neon hole? SimCity's expansion will make you decide for your Sims, and a new trailer gives a voice to t...


"yeah, theres not actually a simulation going on, its quite maddening"

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SimCity: Cities of the Future video introduces robots

By Ozzie Mejia, Oct 15, 2013 4:30pm PDT

SimCity's upcoming Cities of the Future expansion will bring many futuristic ideas to life, as shown in this new developer walkthrough.


"I feel like if someone were to take the lyrics and spirit of "Nine Inch Nails - Gave Up" and put ..."

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SimCity exploring offline mode, but not making bigger cities

By Steve Watts, Oct 04, 2013 8:30am PDT

Maxis has made a team to explore the possibility of an offline mode, but won't be making bigger cities, according to Maxis Emeryville studio manager Patrick Buechner.


"People hacked offline mode a month after it was released, it's probably not a huge addition. I ..."

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SimCity mod plans looking restrictive

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 01, 2013 6:30am PDT

EA has planned all along to release mod tools for SimCity, and is now finally making that vague idea more concrete. Maxis has proposed basic guidelines for the type of mods it'll allow, and is polling the community for feedback. Surprise surprise, they're more restrictive yo...


"I feel like a better PR move for EA would be to let SimCity 5 sit as is, prevent it from ending ..."

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SimCity: Cities of the Future expansion announced

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 19, 2013 8:30am PDT

Like many my age, I want to play at living in a dystopian cityscape of towering arcologies as respite from my life in a dystopian cityscape of moderate towerblocks. SimCity finally has my attention with its Cities of the Future expansion, which turns your cities into, well, ...


"LOL they paid people to work on this while knowing how shitty the main game is. It's not just ..."

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SimCity Red Cross DLC raising money for charity

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 17, 2013 11:00am PDT

Right, so you're unhappy when EA releases ads as free DLC for SimCity, or paid DLC, or DLC free with toothpaste, but what about DLC which helps charity? What's that? You won't pay $9.99 for some pointless Red Cross odds and ends? Oh, what a monster you are!


"God, the Red Cross is just AWFUL when it comes to "protecting their brand." Basically any 80s ..."

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The Sims 4 introduces group conversations

By Ozzie Mejia, Sep 13, 2013 3:15pm PDT

The Sims 4 will be adding in the element of group conversations, thanks to a new feature called SmartSim.


"Now they need to add social media sites to the game for simians to post stuff on."

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