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EA has released a new update for The Sims 4. If automatic updates are on in Origin, you’ll get it automatically, but if you don’t, you can download it today and update the game.

The Sims 4 December 12, 2017 Patch Notes

What’s New!

  • Seven new animal hats have crawled their way into Create A Sim.
    • Take one home today, and let it nest upon your head, all warm and snuggly.
  • Three new holiday objects with a sunny disposition.
    • Snowy the Sandman decorative
    • Surfin’ Santa floor light
    • The Flip-Flop wall lights
  • Two new tattoos for male and female hands (one left and one right), that are in the style typically associated with henna.

General Issues

  • We fixed an issue with the licensed content royalty notifications Sims receive, that could cause the text of the notification to become corrupted.
  • Gallery hashtags are once again functioning for new uploads to the Gallery.
  • Sims in the painter career will no longer be able to sell the paintings directly from the walls of the museum.
  • Sims with the Lovelorn tense buff will now notice that performing romantic socials (as the buff directs you to do) will in fact decrease the duration of the tense buff.
  • Custom content makeup for toddlers and children should once again function as expected.
  • Locking your doors, then leaving the lot, and then returning, should no longer cause the door lock to fail.
    • Once again you will be able to really keep your little brother out, and stay out!
    • As I always say “Hey little bro, read the sign. It clearly says Depwa Spanewash Depla Blah.”
      • And that’s usually the end of that argument.
  • Sims that show-up for Dance related events (such as Dance Party, Party at the Bluffs, or similar) will now show-up wearing the outfit they have in their Party category, rather than some other randomly assigned attire.

Get to Work
We addressed some issues with the Detective Career:

  • Suspects that were locked in a cell, will still be locked in the cell when you return the next day, and not standing outside.
  • Interacting with criminals or suspects held in their cells should no longer fail to complete.
  • Detectives should now be able to remove Sims locked in their cells to interrogate them.
  • You should no longer be unable to complete the Take Mugshots at the Booking Station, Search Criminals at the Booking Station, or Get Criminals Fingerprints at the Booking Station daily career goals, due to the suspects untimely disappearance from… the Booking Station.
  • And we addressed an issue that could prevent a criminal from properly appearing that matched the clues for the crime in question.

City Living

  • Sims downloaded from the Gallery who had their Insider Trait changed in Create a Sim, will no longer get the Insider Trait sad buff, Miss Hanging Out, from not hanging out…
    • …as they are no longer an Insider that would get sad from such things.
      • Do you think a Sim from the Gallery, who was modified after download, remembers who they were? Do you think they retain some of their former self?
        • Maybe… deep down underneath, and really what’s happening is some sort of dystopian Sim nightmare?

Cats & Dogs

  • The pet vending machine household funds information will now accurately reflect the amount of funds you have, and not some seemingly arbitrary “other” amount.
  • Dogs should no longer stretch into horrible monstrosities (that only a demogorgon from the other side of Hawkins could love), when attempting to grab a toy from the toy box.
  • Kittens will no longer get stuck in Cat Condos.
  • Smart Dogs will no longer whimper at an unlocked door when nature calls.
  • Locking your door will no longer prevent adoption.
    • Baby-gram!
      • Um, no. *click*
    • NO! A locked door?! Oh man… I… I guess I’ll have to take this one home too. The wife is not going to be happy about this.
  • Getting a preventative shot for your pet will no longer put them in a state of perpetual fear.
    • So, so… the shot worked, right? I mean I got the shot, it stung, I felt it. The stuff is there, I’m not gonna get sick, yea? Or… wait a minute, did you just want to stick me with that? That’s it, isn’t it! And… are you going to do this to me again? Has our whole life just all been a ruse? Some sort of needle plum alien experimentation study… that’s it, isn’t it? You’re an alien! Aargh, how do I get out of here?!

Vampires

  • Vampires should no longer lose various powers after traveling.
    • I’m sorry sir, but travel regulations clearly state pursuant to section alpha-niner, as clarified in Necktie vs Klaatu Barada, that all Bat Form powers must be surrendered prior to any travel within the greater metropolitan area, you understand I’m sure.

Movie Hangout Stuff

  • You can now add the club rule Eat Popcorn to your club!

Backyard Stuff

  • Milly’s Dining table will now properly show all color variants when selected.

Toddler Stuff

  • Fixed an issue with the Vita Sail Shades decorative object that was resulting in part of the object appearing blocky in some color variants.

Source: EA

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Sea Of Solitude Out Now On PS4, Xbox & PC

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Sea Of Solitude is out today on digital for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Game Synopsis: Players will embark on a journey as Kay, a young woman struggling to overcome her inner loneliness in a mysterious flooded environment. This intimate tale pulls players into a world that has been transformed by solitude – one that can be renewed again by hope.

The full game is also now available to download for Origin Access Premier subscribers.

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