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Featured upload! SimVille - Neighborhood complete with lots *UPD 13sep07*

by MaryLou Posted 10th Sep 2007 at 1:58 PM - Updated 26th Mar 2010 at 12:55 AM by Phaenoh : fixing category
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
*SimVille - Italian Project*



Seasons REQUIRED

13 Sep 07: Added the sc4 file terrain.
As some requests and in order to create a sub-neighborhood I have added the sc4 file with all its terrain images.
Please, Read more details below. The new archive is SimVille-Terrain.rar

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I'd like to introduce you an Italian Project that was hosted on my little Italian forum; being the forum owner, I've been asked by the team members to post the project here at MTS2, but of course I've not created everything by myself

Team members
lagianfra: lot building
MaryLou: lot building, screenshots, files optimisation and general assembling
Max3D: lot building and creation of the Neighborhood terrain
Numenor: lot building, screenshots, translations, general helping and... ghosts performing.
Simmer: lot building

The Neighborhood terrain was created by Max3D. This is a very playable neighborhood: the relevant area is centered on the terrain, so to avoid camera problems; therefore, each lot is easily selectable (unlike some custom neighborhoods, that are really hard to be used, unless you have a camera hack).
The goal of this project was to create a light, playable and LEGACY neighborhood complete with lots: ONLY Maxis assets, NO HACKS, NO CUSTOM CONTENT!
The only exception is the Invisible Driveway by roddyalexio (many thanks!!!!)


DESCRIPTION
This project was born as a "Contest", so we had to comply with the some rules, that contributed to the overall look of the neighborhood.
Here is a list of all the existing lots, along with the rules that we've set for them; in the following posts, you'll find a more detailed description of each lot.

Residential Lots
Lots 1- 2 - 3 - 4 : These are 2x2 lots hosting expensive cottages (costing over 100.000 ), each adopting a unique style, but consistent to the other ones.
Lot 5: A 2x3 lot hosting an expensive country historical building (not having set a cost limit, this is the most expensive lot in SimVille).
Lots 6a - 6b - 6c - 8 - 9 - 10 : These are starter houses, costing less than 20.000 .
Lot 7 : This is a 2x2 decent house, costing less then 45.000 .
Lot 11 : This is an "abusive" lot!

Community Lots
Lots A e B are the most important lots: we decided to "assign" them to the best creators (publicly elected) and to name them after the authors!
Lot A: The city main Square
Lot B: The Commercial Centre
Lot C : The Park
Lot D : A row of small shops
Lot E : Wellness Centre
Lot F : Entertainment Centre
Lot G : Sports Centre
Lot H : The Restaurant
Lot I : The News-stand
Lot Z : The Cemetery



GAME USAGE AND COMPATIBILITY

The neighborhood: "Full" vs. "Empty" version
The neighborhood is the G999. We think noone have so many neighborhoods in his game
In the archive G999-EMPTY.rar you'll find the neighborhood with only empty lots, without any building. Its size in byte is ridiculously low: the actual files are 784 KB only (the compressed rar is 446 KB).
On the other hand, the archive G999-FULL.rar contains the neighborhood with ALL the lots already built up and some working ghosts
The overall size in bytes of the entire neighborhood is 15 MB on hard disk (the compressed rar is 7,3 MB large).
We are sure that you'll appreciate our efforts to shrink an entire playable neighborhood into the space usually taken by a single downloadable lot! :D

In order to install the neighborhood (either the Full or the Empty one), you have to extract the entire folder G999 from the rar archive and put it into MyDocuments/EA Games/The Sims 2/Neighborhoods
IMPORTANT: You can install ONLY ONE neighborhood version: either the "Full" OR the "Empty" one!
  • If you prefer the EMPTY version, you have to download and install the lots separately (so that you can choose which ones you want), or build your own lots in the neighborhood. The separated lots are provided in the usual Sims2pack format, and you can install them using the Clean Installer, the Maxis installer or even the Q-Xpress. Please be aware that the EMPTY version of the neighborhood does NOT contain the GHOSTS in the graveyard; you can only populate it with your own ghosts.
  • If, on the contrary, you choose the FULL version, you'll have the entire neighborhood, ready to be played: you DON'T have to download or install anything else. The Cemetery will have its built-in ghosts, and of course you can add your own
The EP Seasons is absolutely required, or your game will crash!
The other EPs are needed to get the whole neighborhood with all its decorations: without some EPs you will lose the related items (they might disappear completely, or might be replaced by other items), but the neighborhood will be playable anyway.

13 Sep 07
Alternatively, if you want this to be a neighborhood, you can download also the sc4 file.
In the archive SimVille-Terrain.rar you'll find the sc4 file and ALL the image of the terrain.
Extract ALL the files inside tha rar into MyDocuments/EA Games/The Sims 2/SC4terrains.

Lush, desert, dirt, concrete.
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Note: the terrain is totally empty, you have to add all the decorative items, also the bridge.

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The Lots
All the lots required absolutely the EP Seasons, or your game will crash!
While building our lots, we used objects and decoration from ALL the Expansion packs; we tried to completely avoid using the Stuff packs, but something from the Glamour stuff pack has been included in some lots.
Again, let's clear up that if you HAVE Seasons, but you LACK one or more EP/SP, you can still play the lots; but of course they won't look like we designed them, and in some cases they could look very ugly, or lack some important elements (doors, windows...). If you are in doubt, install the various lots (or use the Full neighborhood version) and examine the lots in build mode; there are no risks whatsoever: at most the lots will look bad, and you can bulldoze them.

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You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Seasons
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
G999-EMPTY.rar 445.5 KB 11,357 10th Sep 2007
G999-FULL.rar 7.30 MB 35,380 10th Sep 2007
SimVille-Terrain.rar 701.4 KB 20,028 12th Sep 2007
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

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4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


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