As the ancient ones predicted long ago in the forms of old , another Sims expansion has arrived this time .
It's the Sims four .
Get famous the sixth expansion pack and overall the 26th add on pack for the Sims four as the title suggests , get famous is all about claiming some fame following in the footsteps of previous packs from previous Sims titles like superstar , late night and Showtime .
So yeah , once again , the underlying concept is nothing new but dang it as ready as I was to write off yet another celebrity expansion .
I've got to say that Get famous , still managed to amuse the crap out of me .
I've been playing it constantly since I bought a copy on launch day with no small part of that being due to the fact that I am a youtuber or a content creator or influencer or whatever gag worthy term you want to use and get famous provides the most accurate representation of my current daily experience that I've seen since I guess maybe the game youtubers life .
But before we dive into the SIM world of view , count analytics , trending topics in corporate sponsorships .
Let's get familiar with get famous starting with the new world of Del Soul Valley .
A loose approximation of Los Angeles , California and Hollywood Hills .
Certainly fitting for the simulated star studied silliness though Del Soul Valley isn't super generous with its usable land .
You get three neighborhoods containing five houses , five community lots and one lonely empty lot .
The rest of what you see consists of Sims four set dressing , a visual facade that's almost as fake as real life .
Hollywood looks nice but a couple more spots to build on without bulldozing would have been appreciated and maybe an explorar too .
Oh , well , moving on to clothing and such consisting of dozens of tops bottoms outfits , accessories , hairstyles , shoes , makeup scars and assorted aesthetic superficialities .
A lot of this arguably falls under the costume category seeing as there's plenty that's used on the pack's film sets .
But the rest seems to be lifestyle wear , celeb attire , influencer garb , I'm gonna go with that .
There are also new aspirations and traits to consider world famous celebrity master actor and self absorbed by design .
These work nicely with the new career options which are actor style influencer and self employed .
The last two having been added in a free patch to the debate game and kids get their own mini career as well through the after school activity of drama club .
This happens largely the same way scouting did in the Sims four seasons where young ends gain incentive to hone new skills and get a jump start on a future career .
But regardless of what path your Sims pursue fame and stardom is attainable at any time .
This goes beyond the five celebrity star levels seen in the past diving deeper with a dedicated skill tree , complete with perks , quirks and reputation .
Certain actions will affect both your celebrity level and public image .
Meaning you can now have Sims that are known for both good and bad deeds .
Whether or not you choose to follow fame or infamy .
It works in much the same way just with corresponding positive and negative actions , affecting progression .
All of this means that the Sims four finally has a decent reputation system to play with where your actions are acknowledged and judged by the community at large .
It affects what you do where you go and who thinks what's upon seeing you .
For example , there are clubs and social gatherings that require having a set fame level or positive public image .
If you're more controversial , you may be locked out .
But there are still unique opportunities available to more unscrupulous individuals with money to be made on the black market and like minded celebrity vermin to hang out with .
There's a continual river of opportunity flowing your way once you've acquired enough fame , regardless of how you got it .
And there's a ton of variety to be explored through the new perks and quirks similar to the progression system seen in vampires .
The more levels you gain the more these unlock .
So with the right perks , a Sim is able to get away with mean spirited pranks and stirring up drama between celebs then calling on their squad of unquestioning fans to back them up , possibly even wearing the same clothes like a douche cult .
While another set of perks can let Sims give inspirational speeches and inspire charitable donations while making them so likable .
Nearly everyone instantly becomes their best friend or romantic interest .
Even the annoying paparazzi can be dealt with in a positive way with the right perks .
It's powerful stuff .
However , quirks are more complex , affecting Sims of all reputations and these are triggered by actions and events ranging from becoming addicted to drinking juice to developing a phobia of physical contact , from strangers to floating in anger or sadness .
At any given moment , you may even develop stalkers , have your phone number leaked to the public or start getting obsessive fan mail with increasingly questionable contents .
And of course , if you want to opt out of the celebrity life entirely , that's an option too , either directly through the fame panel or in the options menu with this check box that alters how fame actively accrues in the first .
Speaking of active , the new acting job takes the form of an active career .
Aah the get to work pack where you're given the option to follow a SIM to their place of employment and directly take action .
You begin as an uncredited extra taking any gig you can get through your chosen acting agency and climbing the ladder of progress to becoming a star .
The first step is auditioning which outside of preparing for in your own home by making sure you have the right skills takes place off screen .
And relies on a bit of luck when you finally land apart , a shoot will be scheduled and it's off to the set .
And man is a fan of games like the movies , shows like extras and film making in general .
I found each of these sequences superbly engaging , which surprised me considering they're not too different , mechanically speaking from the existing active careers and timed events already in the Sims four .
But yeah , the whole vibe of the acting career just amuses me from rehearsing with co-stars to going through hair makeup and costume fitting , to enjoying the free onset catering to the actual performing of scenes themselves .
There are a slew of interesting scenes to perform .
Although each one functions about the same , you can perform either a safe or a risky version of a scene with risky performances , providing both greater chances for advancement alongside greater chances of looking like a moron .
I really enjoy this career and the constant struggles it presents with it being one of the more well rounded in terms of required skills for success and multiple chances for failure .
Next up is the style influencer .
A free addition to the game which takes the form of a traditional work from home career .
And has your Sims pursuing the life of a trend setter or stylist , you start off discussing style tip and interviewing Sims about fashion writing reviews for online rags and using a sketch pad to compose new ideas while augmenting or painting , writing and photography skills .
Eventually the routine becomes more hands on with the ability to come up with fashion trends that other Sims will follow and provide makeovers to Sims around town .
Much like you could back in the Sims three ambitions .
And finally , there's the self employment made up of any number of money making activities already in the game .
But with get famous , you can now fully commit to a career in the dubious realm of content creation and becoming an internet personality .
This is distinctly different to the social media career introduced in city living .
Although it builds on several features , it introduced like social media status updates , posting this Instagram and building an online following .
Self employment is far more self guided though much as it is in real life with few actual rules and a whole bunch of risky decision making .
The new media production skill affects your capabilities with each of the main pieces of equipment , music production stations , video production stations and drones , music production ties into the new hip hop music that's been added and involves a bit of creative mixing with multiple audio tracks that can be enabled and disabled .
And the final result can be uploaded to online streaming services or submitted to labels for possible record deals .
Video production takes place at an editing station desk with a computer camera , microphone and lights each of which can be upgraded .
Using this set up .
You can make fashion and beauty tutorials , toy and tech product reviews and of course straight up vlogs which can be recorded in distinguished styles based on your SIMS .
Mood drones are the other method of producing video content where you select a SIM or a location and your hovering friend will autonomously wander around filming as long as it has the battery life , you can't actually watch the end results yourself .
Unfortunately , but whenever it's done recording , the drone will land and you can name the video honestly .
Half the fun .
Once you've gotten some video clips loaded on your computer , you can either upload them raw or begin the editing and post production phase .
Now , this is some surreal game play for me , editing footage , combining video clips , applying transitions , adding effects , then uploading the video but not budging from the chair because now it's time to hype it up on social media , respond to commenters and check the analytics to see how it's performing .
Nothing quite like watching my virtual self perform the exact actions of my actual self in real time .
Like turning down a friend's offer to hang out so I can stay at home , checking the comments section and studying trending video topics in the dark .
Am I talking about the game or real life ?
Beats me .
I'm a mess .
Send help .
I savor these moments of terrifying self reflection .
So props to get famous for making me question what I'm doing with my life .
I truly was impressed with how specific it got in terms of playing the part of an influencer , like pulling all nighters , dealing with fickle fan bases , making sponsored content and navigating the murky waters between staying true to your values and completely selling out .
It's a scary exhilarating , lonely , lucrative , unstable , fantastic career to have and being able to experience it in a game like the Sims is wildly cathartic for me .
But the only thing it doesn't include are the endless press emails from Nicky Perez and the extensive research and scripting stages of content creation that I personally spend a lot of time on .
But , and I suppose get famous , caters more towards the unscripted vlogger lifestyle type channels exemplified by the fact that you can even put your kids to work filming videos .
So if you're a father of five , you can easily exploit the system by making your kids angry or sad , filming their reactions , then editing the results to rake in those slimy views and indulging in your piles of cash .
On the topic of monetary indulgence .
There's a host of new bi mode objects like the vault for storing your Sims valuables and providing some Scrooge mcduck like escapism , but it's also a new Woohoo location because of course , along with the floating sci Fi sleep pods doesn't look comfortable .
But who am I to judge ?
There's also a golden toilet for taking golden dumps as well as an assorted selection of chairs for taking golden sits .
Another big thing added in the most recent patch is a person camera mode accessed by pressing shift tab .
This drops you into the shoes of the currently selected SIM with camera movement split between the mouse and your Sim's head .
And it's not just a passive viewpoint .
You can actually play through a majority of the game like this if you want with interactions accessible in first person .
So long as you have the interface turned on , speaking of turned on , first person , Woohoo is downright hilarious to me .
So first person mode is admittedly not the most ideal way to play with copious clipping visual glitches in a wobbly P O V that acts more like a drunken mistake simulator than anything else , but it's so unnecessary that it's great and makes the game feel unusually intimate .
Oh , and before I forget , the Sims four also finally has terrain editing tools along with deeper basements and multiple foundation and half wall heights .
Yeah , I know stuff that could have been in the game from the start but better late than never , I suppose .
And that is the Sims four get famous pack as usual .
The asking price is $40 .
And as usual , I'm pretty much recommending it with the caveat that it offers what you're looking for .
It is by no means a necessary pack , but it's a darned enjoyable one that caught me off guard with how challenging it can be to succeed within .
Having never been sold on the whole celebrity life packs of the past , I didn't have much hope here .
But what sold me was the fame system working is more of a spectrum of overall social standing and reputation combined with all the self indulgent fun I had being a virtual content creator .
If anything , I totally recommend it to my fellow youtubers and other online weirdos .
Get famous is not only prime , let's play fodder , but it makes for a solid bit of self parody where the jokes practically write themselves .
So yeah , get famous .
It exists and I like it .
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