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Featured upload! Drivable Cars without NL (Game Add-on) *UPD 28nov2008*

by Numenor Posted 10th Nov 2008 at 1:57 AM - Updated 14th Dec 2009 at 9:25 AM by Numenor : Updated "Cars.package" archive
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
DRIVABLE CARS WITHOUT NIGHTLIFE
Game Add-on by Numenor (and Maxis...)




14 DEC 2009 - Updated the "Cars" archive
In order to achieve compatibility with MogHughson's "Decorative Parking Spaces", the Cars.package archive has been updated (thanks MogHughson!). If you use MogHughson's Parking Spaces, please redownload the Cars.package (Note: the updated package works fine even without the Parking Spaces, so you can redownload it anyway...).

28 NOV 2008 - Updated the "Stuff" archive
  • Fixed the Maxis recolours for both the Driveways/Extensions, and for the Garage Door
  • Included the light definition in the garage door (in some games, the light flowing through the door only hit the objects, but not the walls and floor)
  • Included the "fogged" texture needed for the windshields when woohooing.
Please redownload the "Stuff.rar" archive (the other two rar files were not modified).

11 NOV 2008 - Added Nightlife cars + Updated the "Stuff" archive
Please redownload the "Stuff.rar, because I forgot some animations
for the "Smoogo Minima" car. And enjoy the *FIVE* Nightlife cars,
included in the "Cars.rar" archive.




IMPORTANT: GAME REQUIREMENTS
This add-on can be used by people that don't have Nightlife, but have at least ONE expansion pack or stuff pack except University.
In other words, if you have Open For Business or any *newer* EP/SP, then you can use this add-on; it works fine even if you only have one stuff pack, such as Family Fun or Celebration, etc.
Of course, if you already have Nightlife, this add-on is completely useless for you


WHAT IS THIS ADD-ON:
It allows using custom drivable cars in non-Nightlife games.
As you probably know, Maxis released some months ago a similar add-on, named "Driveway & Garage Set", that lets the player use drivable cars without Nightlife, but it only works with the Maxis cars. Therefore, I've created a special version that allows using custom-made cars, too (but read below!).
Downlaoding the "Cars.rar", you will also get the 5 cars that came with Nightlife (Hatchback, MiniVan, Sedan, PickUp and Sportscar).


HOW TO USE CUSTOM CARS IN NON-NIGHTLIFE GAMES
  1. It's mandatory to download the "Stuff.rar" and unpack it to your Downloads. It's strongly advised to download and unpack the "Sounds.rar", too (without it, you won't hear any sound with the car animation). Optionally, download and unpack the "Cars.rar", in order to get the 5 Nightlife cars.
  2. Download from our Automotive section (or from any other site ) your favourite cars.
  3. Modify the downloaded cars using this simple procedure (you will need SimPE); look at the following image as a guide:
    • Open the car with SimPE.
    • From the Resource Tree, select "Object Data (OBJD)".
    • Select the Object Data file that appears in the Resource List.
    • Be sure that the "Raw Data" tab is selected.
    • Find the line labeled "0x0040: Valid EP Flags 1" and change the value to 0x0001.
    • COMMIT and SAVE, then close SimPE.
  4. Put the modified car into your Downloads and play at will!

NOTE: of course, the modification of the car is NOT needed, if the creator stated in his thread that the car is already "Compatible with Numenor's 'Drivable Cars Without Nightlife' add-on".



CREDIT and ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
All the resources included in this add-on are by Maxis / EA Games; my job was to understand why the custom cars didn't work with the original "Garage Set" by Maxis; and then to find the needed resources in the game files, extract them and conveniently pack them into the two files attached to this post, providing the needed instruction to modify the custom cars.



REDISTRIBUTION POLICY
Please DON'T REPOST THIS MOD ANYWHERE. People NEED to know where to ask questions and report bugs, and THIS is the only place where they can find help and support.
Tags: #drivable, #car, #nightlife

Type: Global Mods

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

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
DrivableCarsWithoutNL_Stuff.rar 1.91 MB 31,204 10th Nov 2008
DrivableCarsWithoutNL_Sounds.rar 8.37 MB 29,067 10th Nov 2008
DrivableCarsWithoutNL_Cars.rar | Description: Compatible with MogHughson's "Decorative Parking Spaces" 5.10 MB 31,698 10th Nov 2008
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\

-or-

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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Test Subject
#2 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 2:20 AM
So, obviously if you don't have nightlife, it won't take you downtown - what this car add-on does is give you the option of using your own car to go to the community lots? haha, hopefully not a stupid question!

As usual, AMAZING work, Numenor, as expected from a talented modder like yourself. Keep 'em coming! Thanks!
#3 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 2:22 AM
I imagine it would also give your Sims the option to drive to work in their own car instead of in the carpool.

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Test Subject
#4 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 2:28 AM
O:!

Amazing!

If I didn't already have Nightlife, I would have totally downloaded this.

It's an awesome idea. Poor Nightlife, it'll never know what hit it. :3

Keep up the good work, Numenor, you always have amazing mods! :D

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#5 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 2:32 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by pensivefool
So, obviously if you don't have nightlife, it won't take you downtown - what this car add-on does is give you the option of using your own car to go to the community lots? haha, hopefully not a stupid question!


You can go to work, drive kids to school, go to community lots, take a 1-hour trip, go installing the car alarm, listen to the radio and of course WOOHOO! -

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Top Secret Researcher
#6 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 2:43 AM
I already have Nightlife, but regardless, this is awesome, thanks for sharing! :D


Lab Assistant
#7 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 2:56 AM
What about adding driveways on community lots for the cars? Is that included?
#8 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 3:00 AM
There is already a mod for that here on modthesims2. It should be in Downloads/Automotive.

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#9 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 3:05 AM
Happiness! Thank you so much!

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Test Subject
#10 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 5:15 AM
I do have nighlife, but with such great mod I just wanted to tell you, how amazing you are!!
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 6:45 AM
I too, have nightlife, but I just popped in to say that you are amazing

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Field Researcher
#12 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 6:45 AM
Like a couple people above, I also have nightlife and so won't be downloading, since I don't need it. However, I wanted to let you know that I thought this was an awesome idea. I know there are a lot of people out there who don't have all the expansions and / or stuff packs, so I bet you will have a ton of people wanting to get this. Awesome idea!
Test Subject
#13 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 8:22 AM
Haha...it is too late for this mod came out...Why dont you do the another same but not car...is helicopter???....It is not too late...hahaha....
Field Researcher
#14 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 8:31 AM
what about NightLife only cars like the MiniVan???
Any way thanks

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#15 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 9:17 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by G0TH1KA
What about adding driveways on community lots for the cars? Is that included?

Quote:
Originally Posted by GeneralOperationsDirector
There is already a mod for that here on modthesims2. It should be in Downloads/Automotive.

This mod does NOT add any new feature to the game; it only enables some Nightlife feature in non-nightlife games.
GeneralOD: I thought that creating usable driveways in community lot was not possible; I searched the Download forums but I couldn't find anything: can you post a link? I'm interested.


Quote:
Originally Posted by ZXander_Stealth
Haha...it is too late for this mod came out...Why dont you do the another same but not car...is helicopter???....It is not too late...hahaha....

Why too late? There are a lot of people that still don't have Nightlife and can only use the Ford cars posted at the Exchange: this mod lets them use the tons of custom cars available on the Net.
As for the helicopters, I don't know, there are no drivable helicopters in Nightlife... I'll check it.


Quote:
Originally Posted by bbc100
what about NightLife only cars like the MiniVan???
Any way thanks

This mod allows user to use custom cars in non-nightlife games; currently, it doesn't add any car to your game. However, I'll think of providing a set of cars cloned from the nightlife ones.
After all, since Maxis decided to allow non-nightlife users to use drivable cars, I can't see any problem in extracting the actual cars, too.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#16 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 10:27 AM
....I not mean helicopter in NightLife...but in Apartment life....There are also a lot of people that who dont have Apartment life...
Forum Resident
#17 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 12:20 PM
well i also have nightlife, but i really had downloaded this if i havenĀ“t got it. (okay, i know, that was said here very often...^^) Awesome mod
but whatĀ“s that with helicopters?? that sounds interesting. i havenĀ“t got AL yet and i donĀ“t know if iĀ“ll ever buy it (my computer is too old ).
Test Subject
#18 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 12:39 PM
Thank you soooooo much! I DON'T have nightlife - so this is fantastic

You have officially made my day
Test Subject
#19 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 12:58 PM
I love you! I will be downloading this!!!

Testing...check...Is this thing on?
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#20 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 1:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZXander_Stealth
....I not mean helicopter in NightLife...but in Apartment life....There are also a lot of people that who dont have Apartment life...

Quote:
Originally Posted by dustfinger
but whatĀ“s that with helicopters?? that sounds interesting. i havenĀ“t got AL yet and i donĀ“t know if iĀ“ll ever buy it (my computer is too old ).


Let's clear up one important thing.
This mod is NOT intended to just "extend" some features typical of an EP to those users that don't have that EP. If it was the case, then I could give elevators to non-OFB users, or harvestable plants to non-SSN users. I'm NOT going to do that.

The purpose and the reason of this mod was to include the custom cars in an add-on already released by Maxis to non-Nightlife users. It was Maxis who decided that non-NL users should be given the opportunity to drive cars, not me. If the helicopters are typical of Apartment Life, I'm not going to allow non-AL users to drive helicopters, until Maxis itself decides to to this.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 5:01 PM
woah! this is useless to me as i already play nightlife but well done!! this is some serious modding you just did lol :D

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#22 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 5:13 PM
Drat, I JUST added NL to my Medieval themed AnyGame. The only reason behind that move was to have Hexameter's horse-drawn carts. This would have been the perfect solution for that!
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#23 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 5:39 PM
Sorry, the update to the CEP took me some precious time -

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 6:22 PM
Revolutionary. Good work , thank you Brains
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 7:13 PM
wow, this is seriously awesome! i have nightlife but i had to uninstall it because it was slowing my game too much >__> thank you so much for this Numenor, you are a real genius!

so mee, (: ~ aguantt el trioo galletaaaa :O
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