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Platforms are here! Sims 4 November 11 Update is Available now.

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

Soon after my game was updated, I went in to test my game. I use many mods and CC; I was afraid to discover that most of my custom content was broken - I really wasn't in the mood to search for which cc was broken and which one wasn't. Soooo far, soooo good. I entered my current game and tested the platform - I'm happy! The second thing I checked was the new profile, and it does look better than what we had before. I entered a new lot, created a new Sim, and I chose to remodel a lot in the Glimmerbrook. As I had said, I use tons of Custom Content, and thankfully, none seems to be broken. However, if you do happen to have the misfortune of having broken mods and CC, you can follow that thread over here.

Now, let's move on to the rest of the patch details. Let me break it down for you.

Build mode

Platforms - Having platforms in our game is a huge update. They can be stacked on top of each other, or you can create sunken living areas.

The platform build tool is user-friendly. Click on your preferred platform (diagonal, square, and more) to select it, and put them in your area of choice. The height can be adjusted up or down with the new arrows that come with the widget that appears when you click on a platform.

A platform's height is equivalent to a single step. Two (2) steps and higher will require a set of stairs - unless you get creative and use another platform by stacking it on top of the previous platform (turning them into your staircase).

Once you have your platforms in place, you can customize how they look by using one of the many designs in the "Platform trims" subcategory.

Laundry area which was built using a 2-step height platform. Note the stairs. Also note, again, that the platforms come in different shapes.

The living room of my Sim: Kathy Bates - there is a single step platform that greets her and her guests as they enter the front door.

The same living room is a single step lower than the rest of the house, which makes it a sunken living area.

Half-Walls - There are 12 new Half-Walls to choose from. Together with the 7 previous Half-Walls, there is a total of 19 height variations that we can all be creative with.

Total of 19 Half-Walls

Sentiments - Personally, I have not played long enough to see how the Sentiments work, and I am really excited to experience the birth of at least one (1) sentiment in any of my Sims. For now, I shall quote the official Sims 4 site: “Sentiments are those special fuzzy feelings that form between Sims when they share a memorable moment together. Shared experiences between Sims now offer the opportunity for Sims to develop long-lasting sentiments between each other, which in turn affects how they feel and act in the presence of (or the absence of) another particular Sim. Unlike relationships between Sims, Sentiments can be a one-sided affair. When two or more Sims share an experience together, you may find that all, some, or none of them walk away from that moment, having formed a lasting impression of the other Sims that were involved. The base game includes a wide variety of these Sentiments, and Snowy Escape has additional ones tied to experiences within that pack."

The beginning of the "Sentiments."

You may also want to know more about the new Lifestyles and aspiration; check it out here.

Sim Profiles - Within the Relationship Panel, click on the portrait of any Sim and select “Open Sim Profile” for all the info the active Sim knows about that Sim.

Sim Profile: Miklos Keaton - note that there are no sentiments here yet.

Skin Tone Update - The latest patch includes fixes for texture compression, resolving the banding on the cheeks and foreheads, as well as discoloration on the tip of the nose.

The problem with the red dots around the lips has also been addressed, together with the dark blotch between the eyes - both issues should be completely resolved at this time.

Vacation - We can now place rental lots anywhere and send our Sims to vacation there. For one, I turned one of the residentials in Sulani into a rental lot where my Sims can spend a night or two. To do this, you need to enter Manage Worlds mode, choose a lot, update it from residential to rental, retail to rental, and more.

Caldera Camp is now a Rental Lot

Go through the lot type panel and there you will find the option to turn your lot into a rental lot where your Sims can enjoy their vacation.

Slippers - Toddlers can now wear a pair of slippers.

Toddler Slippers - sadly, there is only 1 type.

S-Pop Radio Station - S-Pop, short for Sim-Pop is a radio station in the City Living expansion. There are five (5) new songs for all to enjoy:

“keep on rocking”

Performed by CHAI

Written by Yuki Mizutani (p/k/a/ Yuki), Kanae Obata (p/k/a Kana) and Manami Obata (p/k/a Mana)

Published by Sony Music Publishing (Japan) (JASRAC)

Recording courtesy of Sony Music Japan by arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment

“Kanzen Houki Sengen (Simlish Version)”

Performed by Nanawoakari

Written by Nanawoakari & Tamaya2060

Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Recording courtesy of Sony Music Japan by arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment

“Part. 2”

Performed by SASUKE

Written by SASUKE

Published by Warner Chappell Publishing

Recording courtesy of Warner Music Japan Inc. by arrangement with Warner Music Group Video Game Licensing

“Ninhursag’s Tone”

Performed by Unite Satisfy

Written by Shintaro Aoki

Published by Syn Songs

Recording courtesy of NNN Records & Cross Groove/Syn Songs


Performed by YOASOBI

Written by Takuya Shimizu (p/k/a Takuya) and Akira Tsubono (p/k/a Akira)

Published by Sony Music Publishing (Japan) (JASRAC)

Recording courtesy of Sony Music Japan by arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment

Many, many more fixes come with the November update. You can find a complete list of them here.

For now, I am going to get back into my game... platforms, and sentiments, here I come. Sul Sul

Update 11/14/20

I have been experiencing my game crashing soon after the sound begins to stutter. At times, it would crash 5 minutes into the game. Other times, it would crash hours after.

For more details on this recent stability issue, please visit The Sims Forum.

Update 11/18/20

The Sims 4: New Update! (Crashing Hot Fix) is available for download on PC and Mac.

To download the latest version of The Sims 4, simply open your Origin program and if the game doesn’t update automatically, right-click on The Sims 4 and select ”Update.”

To view the latest patch notes, click here.

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