I’m all over this like white on rice. This is what will slack my thirst until the WAR Headstart. In case you missed it, I’m going to be out of town on business during the Open BETA. *Cries hysterically!* My family remains proud members of the TS2 fan club. We own all of the expansion packs bar none. Granted, I don’t play so much anymore. The whole alone in an RPG doesn’t work long for me these days.
I’m as excited about AL as I was Open for Business and Seasons because it eliminates the laborious efforts I was taking to simulate playing in a connected community of autonomous Sims. OFB stopped me having to find ways to work and make money from home without resorting to cash cheats. My storylines always revolved around a home-based business. Seasons stopped me needing to download and use re-skinned flower models that looked like vegetables so I could have a garden or simulate a farm.
The release of AL now allows me to live in an environment where multiple families dwell and interact. I used to use the largest lot size and build compact houses, stores, streets and a park on the same lot to get that feeling. Then I’d have to download door mods to lock the inhabitants out of each others homes since I was trying to simulate multiple families within a single family per lot game mechanic. There was always a common recreation area for “neighborhood” interaction. Let me tell you, that’s a lot of work designing, building, finding all the necessary game mods, etc. Now I don’t have to do that anymore!
As an added bonus, the magic abilities from The Sims 1 Makin’ Magic are being re-introduced. It’s not the same. It’s one step better!!! You can now BE a witch or warlock – it’s more like a new race being added to the game. You’ll have special racial abilities like flying on a broomstick, making potions and hexing other Sims. I’ve played my fare share of magic themed households which were all nothing more than modified aesthetics or regular game objects re-skinned. No more of that, you’ll have magic for real. I’m sure all the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and other fantasy oriented players are just giddy with joy.
It will be nice to have something that I anticipate enjoying, to divert my mind from waiting on the WAR release, and the fact that I will be out of town working during the Open BETA. By the time this post is published, TS2 Apartment Life will already be in my greedy hands.