Plus: Nintendo Closes Games Over Loot Boxes and Red Dead Online Adds New Missions and Items…
Get The Sims 4 Download FREE for This Week Only as part of an EA giveaway. Plus, Nintendo closing 2 games in Belgium over loot boxes and Red Dead Online adds missions and items.
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- The Sims 4 Download FREE for This Week Only
- Nintendo Closing Mobile Games Amid Loot Box Laws
- Red Dead Online Update Adds New Free Roam Missions
The Sims 4 Download FREE for This Week Only
The Sims 4 base game is available right now absolutely free of charge.
In a surprise gift, the game has been made available via Origin for free until May 28th.
In case you have been living under the proverbial rock, The Sims 4 is the latest series of the extremely popular life simulation game started by game design legend Will Wright.
Will Wright, the creator of The “Sim” brand that started with Sim City, created The Sims back in 2000.
A natural evolution from the successful Sim City, The Sims didn’t get off to a smooth start.
Originally named Dollhouse Simulator, the game didn’t go down well with male play testers, however was extremely popular with female players, something Will Wright was aiming for.
However, even after changing the name from Dollhouse Simulator to The Sims, because of the introduction of new technologies in gaming and the scope of the game that Will Wright envisioned, the development of the game was wrought with bumps in the road and the cost of production was constantly increasing.
Because of the increasing costs, the game’s development studio Maxis was sold to Electronic Arts in order to secure the necessary funding in order to see development through to the final product.
The Sims was launched in 2000 and was a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the fastest ever selling games.
Fast forward almost 20 years and The Sims 4 is doing the same thing, and carrying on a gaming legacy that just keeps getting better.
Launched in 2014, and boasting a graphical overhaul, new AI features and for the first time a genuine online community experience, The Sims 4 had brought the series to the next generation of gaming.
Another thing that seemed to be back was the amusing characteristics of the Sims themselves, something that a lot of fans felt was lost with The Sims 3 series.
The Sims 4 had now gotten back to a caricature based feel, with Sims now looking more cartoonish again and doing cute things like laughing at their own burps and farts.
As with previous The Sims series, The Sims 4 has also had it’s share of DLC and expansions, something for which the series is renowned.
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Constantly adding new life and fun things to do, it seems like there is no end to the imagination of the developers of The Sims.
Because of their excellent additions, The Sims 4 and indeed it’s expansion packs, have constantly remained in the PC video game charts top ten for 5 years.
Another great feature started as recently as last Autumn is that the Sims Team are now adding monthly updates that include not only fixes but also absolutely free content for the game as well as new game features.
It is this commitment to the game and ultimately to the fans of series that will keep people coming back for more, myself included, which in turn will see the Sims series carrying on for many generations to come.
Please note that the console versions are not free.
Nintendo Closing Mobile Games Amid Loot Box Laws
It has been announced today that Nintendo will be closing down some of it’s mobile game developments in Belgium over the country’s loot box laws.
Belgium has recently implemented laws specifically mentioning in game revenue models that could be considered gambling.
The games affected at the moment are specifically Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem.
Both of these games have strong blind box systems that encourage the purchase of virtual currency using real money that can then be used to open loot boxes for potentially high value items.
The problem is that the system works in such as way that the probability of actually getting anything of high value is very slim.
In most games that also follow this model, the probability is the same.
One such game being Star Trek Online which switched from a simple item purchase model to the blind box system which they call lock boxes.
Lock boxes are themselves free as pickups from the game, however real world money is required to purchase the keys to open them.
In Star Trek Online, from time to time, new and extremely cool Starships are created, and we used to be able to just buy these for around £20 to £30.
Now with these Starships locked behind lock boxes, we need to spend money on keys to open the lock boxes and hope that we get the Starship we actually want; essentially gambling, as there is no guarantee.
You could potentially buy £200 worth of keys and still not get the Starship you want.
Because of this system, I pretty much no longer play Star Trek Online.
Perhaps this is good news however, as the loot box system is starting to become a worrying trend in the games industry with publishers realizing the potential for far more money in this system rather than letting players purchase items outright.
To be fair to mobile game developers and a lot of online RPG games, almost all of these games are free to play, so they need to make the money somewhere.
However, when you couple this with a paid for game that retails at around £50, it feels just far too greedy, as was originally the case with Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Luckily, Electronic Arts saw the error of their ways and eventually resolved the loot box fiasco, however Anthem now seems to be having similar issues.
I honestly fear that unless some kind of government intervention puts a stop to loot boxes, this extremely unpopular yet financially lucrative trend will continue, at the expense of game quality and the discontent of life long gamers.
Red Dead Online Update Adds New Free Roam Missions
Building upon last week’s large update as Red Dead Online officially pulls out of BETA, the game has been given more Free Roam Missions.
Two extremely popular Femme Fatales from Red Dead Online’s story mode have some new Free Roam Missions for gamers.
Black Belle, one of the world’s most feared female Gunslingers and Sadie Adler, proprietor of Adler Ranch, need help in missions from Lemoyne to Ambarino.
The update has also added some new items and clothing including:
- Ancient Tomahawk
- Wescott Skirt
- Valdez Vest
- Citadel Boots
- Plaid Cap
Most excitingly though a new horse, the Perlino Andalucian has been added to the game.
A new Showdown mode for the Ancient Tomahawk has also been added as well as gold and cash bonuses for Showdown modes having been applied.
All online story missions, Free Roam Missions, Showdown modes, races and Free Roam Events will be paying out an additional 25% cash and gold this week.
Playing in a Posse will add further bonuses including 5 bonus gold bars and XP.
Rockstar Games has promised weekly updates and events with the game following the same update model as Grand Theft Auto Online and they have kept true to their word so far.
Check back regularly for more Red Dead Online updates.
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