The Sims has been a beloved series since February 2000, created by Will Wright and enjoying many iterations and spinoffs since. Wright was inspired to create “a virtual dollhouse” after losing his home during the Oakland, California fire of 1991. Replacing his home and other possessions and subsequently rebuilding his life made him think about adapting that life experience into a game. Wright presented the idea to Maxis and Electronic Arts in 1997, who were highly receptive due to the massive success of SimCity.
Since then, fans have enjoyed releases of The Sims 2 in September 2014, The Sims 3 in June 2009, and The Sims 4 in September 2014. Numerous Expansion Packs and Stuff Packs have also been released for all main game bases along with specialty releases such as The Urbz: Sims In The City.
The release of new Expansion Packs has always been exciting for Simmers, as they bring about new jobs, new styles, and new experiences such as driving cars, living in lofts, and experiencing your Sim’s workday. They also bring about supernatural phenomena such as Aliens, Werewolves, and Ghosts, which can live side-by-side with ordinary, everyday Sims. Electronic Arts decided to jazz up The Sims 4 a little more, and on January 24th, 2017, the Vampires expansion was released!
Controls are far more advanced than previous iterations of Vampires in The Sims. You are able to greatly customize your Vampire Sims, from choosing their style of fans and scars, to choosing their alternative Dark Form. Your Dark Form looks different from your everyday look, and you only slip into your Dark Form before performing Vampirein tasks such as feeding and taking flight. Vampire Sims also gain ranks, starting as Fledlings and working their way up to Grand Masters, picking up new powers with each rank earned.
If you do not want to start your character off as a Vampire, you can locate other Vampires wandering around the new city of Forgotten Hollow and ask them to Turn You. They will comply if your Friendship is high enough with them, with the Target Vampire feeding from you first and then allowing you to feed from them in return.
Vampire Sims are able to drink from willing Sims they are friendly with or compel other Sims to submit to their feeding needs. Using the Dark Meditation technique also allows Vampires to quickly regain energy, much faster than normal sleeping would allow. You can also allow your Vampire Sim to hibernate, which freezes their needs.
One of my favourite new abilities comes in the form of Vampire Bat acrobatics. The ability to transform into a Bat is one of the first abilities Vampire Sims can achieve. If two Vampire Sims share a romantic liking to each other, and both also have the ability to transform into Bats, they can opt to Whoo-Hoo in their Bat form! Even in front of other housemates and guests! Two Vampires can also produce equally gifted offspring, but Vampirein characteristics are not noticeable prior to the Teen stage of life, so you will have to wait awhile to see the full result of your Sims’ pointy-toothed offspring.
Watch out for sunny days, however. If your Sim steps out into the sunlight, you will quickly hear them start to sizzle as their Energy begins to drain. Let their Energy reach zero, and your poor Sim will burst into flames and die! Keep them indoors or at least hide them under a shady tree until the sunlight lessens. Playing in the new Forgotten Hollow world will reduce the amount of sunlight you are forced to encounter.
In my past few days of playing, The Sims 4 Vampires has kept me wonderfully busy and in love with the game I’ve loved since high school! If you are a fan of the series and already have The Sims 4 base game, pick up a copy of Vampires and take a walk into the dark side. One thing to note: many users have realized to their disappointment that there is not a way to convert a premade Sim into a Vampire Sim while in Create-A-Sim mode. Rather than starting from scratch, you can use cheats to transition them.
Using the command stats.set_stat commodity_BecomingVampire 2160 will start a natural transition for your Sim that will take a few days to fully complete. Using the command traits.equip_trait trait_OccultVampire will turn them immediately.
If your Sim has had enough of the Vampire life, using the command traits.remove_trait trait_OccultVampire will return them to their Mortal state.