Sep 2 2013

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The Sims 3 Into the Future – Hands On article

You start off in your own home world like Sunset Valley, after a little while (half a SimDay orso) the time portal shows up and Emit Relevart the time traveller jumps out of (You got the reference to Back to the Future right? Figure out what the last name means!).

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He gives you the time almanac where you find all the info you need about the future. The future is called Oasis landing (not Arcadia landing) and is 100s of years into the future.

Time almanac

The time almanac shows on the first page that there are 3 possible futures: Dystopian, Neutral and Utopian.

Almanac of Time

Huge thanks to @SimsVIP for letting me use this screenshot!

Dystopian Future – After decades of selfish and irresponsible decisions, Sims strained Oasis Landing to the limit and beyond. Trash heaps block the sidewalks, meteors pulverize the landscape, and dangerous Rifts have formed beckoning adventures to climb inside to find their treasures.

Normal Future – The town of Oasis Landing is a bustling city filled with hidden treasures and places to explore. Whether you’re adventuring into the Wasteland, taking in a Bot Competition, or visiting those who’ve shunned technology, there’s lots to do in Oasis Landing!

Utopian Future – Inspired by centuries of whimsical stories, the Sims of Oasis Landing built a paradise! Flowers bearing Dews [collectables? Need to find out what this is!] dot the landscape and nobody can account for strange buried gold being found about town. The locals walk around joyfully, greeting each other with Whimsical waves.

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Each future has a different look, as you can guess. The dystopian looks like a polluted land, the neutral future is like a normal world with some sci-fi buildings and the Utopian world is this very pretty world with lots of flowery trees and plants.

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Dystopian

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Normal

How to get these futures:
Change to Utopia quest:

  1. Scan 3 sims for smiles
  2. Use curious dew on yourself
  3. Use dew on 4 other sims
  4. Spread the dew “worldwide” via the military base

 

Change to Dystopia quest:

  1. Use the Meteor Magnet 3 times outside
  2. Attend Doomsayers Meeting at City Hall
  3. Convince other sims (think it was 5) that the world is coming to an end
  4. Trash talk the environment to 6 sims

Thanks to: forum.thesims3.com/jforum/posts/list/710579.page for the info. Not exactly hard quests, I expected them to be tougher than these!

Descendants

The second page of the almanac shows your Sim’s descendants, their wealth status and household size. What is neat about this, the things you do in present day have direct effect on your descendants. If you do well in present-time, your descendants will also do well! Good traits, household funds and plenty of real estate will most likely mean your descendants will do well! As always in the Sims, the reverse is also true. Having bad traits and poor in life will not help your descendants.

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Huge thanks to @SimsVIP for letting me use this screenshot!

Visiting your descendants gives some unique interactions like asking about the family history but you cannot have babies with them. I saw somebody asking about that and am I very glad that Maxis disabled this ability in The Sims 3: Into the Future!

Legacy status

The final page in the Time Almanac discusses the legacy status. Achieving one of these statuses gives you a statue in the future in the big park in Oasis Landing.

The Lustrous Entertainer

  • Reach level 10 in Laser Rhythm-a-con Skill, then…
  • Have 12 different Sims Watch or Listen while playing the Laser Rhythm-a-con, while in present day.

Reward: Receive an increase in relationship with other Sims who Watch or Listen while playing the Laser Rhythm-a-con.

The Pioneer of Plumbotics

  • Make a “Future Tech” Quality Plumbot while in present day, then…
  • Install the Sentience Trait Chip to the Plumbot, while in present day.

Reward: Increase relationship with Plumbots at a faster rate and receive more Simoleons when selling Plumbots.

The Renowned Philanthropist

  • Win the Lotto (buy a lotto ticket from the grocery store, costs 10Simoleons) in present day, then…
  • Donate § 10.000 to the Plan the Future Fund at present day City Hall.

Reward: Gain the ability to Give Away Simoleons to other Sims.

The Time Keeper

  • Become Best Friends with the Time Traveler, then…
  • Change the Future to Dystopia and Utopia, then…
  • Repair the Future Timeline back to Normal Oasis Landing.

Reward: Receive the Time Remote which allows different timelines to be set at the click of a button!

The Trendsetter

  • Set up a mannequin in present day, then…
  • Have 8 Sims use the mannequin to change their outfit, while in present day.

Reward: Nearby Sims will periodically change into the same outfit that you’re wearing.

 

New skills

Advanced tech skill

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Advanced tech skill is something you build up automatically while interacting with future objects and travelling to the future. Interacting with the following objects increases this skill:

  • Air Tube Elevator
  • Dream Pod
  • Drink Synthesizer
  • Food Synthesizer
  • Holographic Computer
  • Hoverboard
  • Jetpack
  • Sonic Shower
  • Time Portal.

Note: You can use these objects in present day and Oasis landing, the skill increases faster in Oasis landing.

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I did not get to play much with this skill but I know that lvl 1 advanced tech skill is needed to start the utopian or dystopian quests.

Laser Rhythm-a-con

The Sims 3 Into the Future also comes with a cool new instrument that has awesome animations but I did not get play much with it.

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Huge thanks to @Sim_Cookie for letting me use this screenshot!

Bot Building Skill

Now this is the skill that makes the pack worth it for me, it is similar to the Alchemy skill from Supernatural (my favourite skill). Remember the Chemistry set from Generations, I will always say that Maxis missed the boat there and should have made the chemistry skill just like alchemy and now bot building.

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If you have seen the movie Minority Report, the movements your Sim makes on the  Bot Building station are very similar as Tom Cruise does in the movie. 

You can build a plumbot, trait chips and nanites. We have seen create a bot earlier in a live broadcast but playing with it myself – it is very fun and a lot of options!

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Then there are traitchips which are chips you can put in your plumbot to give them [as the name suggests] traits. Here is a full list of traitchips you can make:

Skill level Schematic Components Description
3 HandiBot Can probably repair objects around the house
3 Fear of Humans Gets scared by Sims?
3 Competent Cleaner Can probably clean around your house
3 Steel Chef Can probably make food (how well?)
4 Sense of Humor Probably gives the fun need bar
4 RoboNanny Babysit the toddlers/children
4 Many Moods Can influence your Sims’ moods
4 A.I. Angler Can fish?
4 Robotany Gardner Can garden?
5 Sinister Circuits Evil trait?
5 Silicon Smiles no idea…
6 Simulated Emotions Allows the social and emotions needs
6 Musical Machine Allows the bot to make music?
6 Limitless Learning Can learn (all?) skills
7 Capacity to Love Allows limited love
7 Solar Powered Can charge itself when out in the Sun (what happens on a rainy day?)
8 Holo Projector Like a walking TV?
8 Efficient Energy depletes slower?
8 Office Drone In a regular world I would say it does your taxes, but this is the sims… business career?

We do not have a list of all the different components yet but I personally cannot wait to play with this aspect of the game. It is going to be my favourite I bet.

To make traitchips you need components, one of them is nanites (they look like robot versions of spiders). You can design and build nanites on the bot builder workshop. You can also collect nanites in the world and then reverse engineer them to learn how they are build and improve your bot building skill. The game has 20 nanites, here they all are:

  • Tribble
  • Caustic
  • Lepton
  • Heisenberg
  • Scalar
  • Lite
  • Quantum
  • Neutron
  • Induction
  • Thermo
  • Tunnelling
  • Torque
  • Condensor
  • Polar
  • Damping
  • Entropic
  • Optic
  • Dispersion
  • Uber
  • Prismatic

When your Sim fails to make a nanite there is a hilarious fail that seriously creeps your Sim out:

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Traits

Bot Fan

The bot fan trait has made me laugh a lot, I love that my Sim dresses up as a robot on her own. Though you cannot travel through the time portal if you are in this ‘mystical’ appearance.

Unstable

Personally I have tried to figure out what this trait does but I did not notice my Sim doing anything unstable in my game.

Lifetime wish

there are three new lifetime wishes:

High tech collector

  • Reach lvl 10 advanced tech skill
  • Own a hover board, dream pod, food synthesizer, holo disc, and jet pack
  • Made the most of my time
  • Experience all aternate futures
  • Be honored with a legacy statue

More than a machine

  • Reach lvl 10 in bot building skill
  • Give a plumbob sentience

 

Conclusion

I am going to like some small parts of this EP (cause and effect, bot building) but it is not going to be my favourite expansion pack. Maybe this feeling is because The Sims 4 is coming in the near future but I mainly think it is just because it doesn’t look like my kind of EP. I have always prefered medieval settings over futuristic ones :)

PS. I’ve not talked much about Create a Sim, tomorrow I will make a post that has every screenshot I’ve taking from Into the Future with a lot of Create a Sim hair/clothes!

  1. So are plumbots like servos? And what are the new fish, plants, gnomes, and such gonna be…..this expansion looks like fun.

  2. Just wondering… can u marry the time traveller?? It says u can on The Sims Wiki but I don’t have the romance option with him :’( is it just my game or can you not be romantic with him??

    • BlackGarden says:

      We can’t see a way to romance or marry the time traveller, so perhaps the Sims Wiki is wrong on this one. But we’ll keep trying – for science!

  3. I can’t seem to find the business building nor the military base. Am I just blind or are they not included in the world of oasis landing?

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