A neighborhood in The Sims series is a place that consists of lots. Initially, neighborhoods were small (10 lots in The Sims base game) and consisted of only residential lots, but later expansions for The Sims allowed community lots. This pattern was continued into The Sims 2; with Open for Business, Sims could buy community lots and establish businesses there. Residential lots could also be rezoned as dormitories (with The Sims 2: University), hotels (The Sims 2: Bon Voyage), and apartments (The Sims 2: Apartment Life).
The Sims 4 treats portions of its worlds as neighborhoods. Additional neighborhoods, independent of a larger world, are also planned. Neighborhoods themselves do not retain the open world concept of The Sims 3; Sims are able to move freely within the public spaces of that neighborhood, visiting any lot will incur a loading screen. Moreover, each neighborhood is loaded independently of each other.
Traveling within neighborhoods Edit
In The Sims and The Sims 2, Sims traveled from one lot to another, with nothing in between. The player would see them leave the lot they were on and disappear, after which a loading screen would appear. The player would not see them again until they reappeared on the destination lot.[notes 1] In The Sims 4, Sims can travel to public areas in the loaded neighborhood. Visiting another lot in the same neighborhood, or going anywhere outside the neighborhood, brings a loading screen.
Traveling to sub-neighborhoodsEdit
All games allow traveling between a base neighborhood and its sub-neighborhoods. The Sims 2 also allows direct travel between sub-neighborhoods that can be reached by taxicab, car, or walking. In most cases, traveling to a sub-neighborhood is as easy as traveling from lot to lot within a neighborhood or sub-neighborhood. However, vacationing, traveling to more exotic sub-neighborhoods, generally requires more planning.
Traveling and moving between neighborhoods Edit
Traveling between neighborhoods, in the sense of being able to go from one to another, then return home, is not possible in The Sims or The Sims 2. While The Sims 2 allows an inhabited lot to be placed in the Lots and Houses bin, and allows that lot to be placed in a new neighborhood, actually doing that is not recommended, as it damages both neighborhoods if any household members had relationships with, or any sort of memories of, Sims or pets outside the household.
In The Sims 4, Sims can easily move between neighborhoods, but only those Sims in the active neighborhood can be fully controlled. Sims outside the loaded neighborhood can be partially controlled, however. Households can be moved between different neighborhoods in the same world, or between different worlds, without issue.
The Sims Online neighborhoods Edit
There were originally twelve neighborhoods in The Sims Online. Later, these neighborhoods were merged to become EA Land.
The Sims neighborhoods Edit
- Neighborhood 1 is the first and only neighborhood in The Sims.
- Neighborhoods 2, 3, 4 and 5 are added in Livin' Large and The Sims Deluxe Edition.
- Neighborhoods 6, 7, and 8 are added in House Party.
- Every neighborhood has the same layout, but only Neighborhood 1 and Neighborhood 2 have pre-made houses and residents. In neighborhoods 3 through 8, Sim Lane will be empty.
- Unleashed expands all the neighborhoods in the Sims to include the Old Town residential and community lots.
- Downtown[Hot Date][notes 2]
- Vacation Island[Vacation][notes 2]
- Old Town[Unleashed][notes 3] is the originally unseen part of the neighborhood that Sim Lane connects to.
- Studio Town[Superstar][notes 2]
- Magic Town[Makin' Magic][notes 2] is the only sub-neighborhood that Sims can live in, but its lots must be bought with MagiCoins.
There is a technique that makes it possible to have an infinite number of neighborhoods, which involves copying an empty neighborhood folder from the Sims folder in "Program Files" and renaming it "UserData(any # > 8)
The Sims 2 neighborhoods Edit
- Riverblossom Hills[TS2:S] was added to help the player explore Seasons.
- Desiderata Valley[TS2:FT] was created so the player can learn more about hobbies.
- Belladonna Cove[TS2:AL] was added so players could experience living in apartments.
- Sim State University[TS2:U], a college campus often associated with Pleasantview
- La Fiesta Tech[TS2:U], a college campus often associated with Strangetown
- Académie Le Tour[TS2:U], a college campus often associated with Veronaville
- Bluewater Village[TS2:OFB], was added to help the player learn more about owned businesses
- Twikkii Island[TS2:BV], a Pacific Island themed vacation destination
- Three Lakes[TS2:BV], a woodland/mountain themed vacation destination
- Takemizu Village[TS2:BV], a Far East themed vacation destination
Unlike in The Sims, all sub-neighborhoods in The Sims 2 offer residential as well as community lots. Downtown and shopping district sub-neighborhoods are essentially treated as extensions of the neighborhood, but colleges and vacation destinations have the following restrictions:
- Only young adults can live in college sub-neighborhoods. Only teens can move in, and this triggers the transition to young adult.
- Young adults can only live in college sub-neighborhoods. Moving out of the college sub-neighborhood triggers the transition to adulthood.
- Sims living outside of a college sub-neighborhood cannot enter it unless invited by a playable young adult.
- Sims are unable to live full-time in vacation destinations, although they can own and visit a holiday home there.
The Sims 2 allows players to create all-new neighborhoods and sub-neighborhoods from scratch. Players can use neighborhood terrain templates that were included with the game, or can use SimCity 4 to create custom terrains.
The Sims 3 Edit
The Sims 3 does not feature neighborhoods. Instead, The Sims 3 introduced the concept of an open world. Sections of the worlds may be informally divided into neighborhoods, but this is strictly at the player's prerogative.
The Sims 4Edit
Neighborhoods in The Sims 4 are loaded separately from each other. Many neighborhoods are treated as part of a larger world. Travel within public spaces in a neighborhood is still "open" as in The Sims 3, but travel between lots in the same neighborhood, or between other neighborhoods in the world, triggers a loading screen. Sims outside the loaded neighborhood cannot be directly controlled. Players can switch between neighborhoods at will, though this brings up a loading screen. There are buildings in the distance that are not accessible, and are largely cosmetic.
The Sims Stories Edit
In The Sims Stories series, only one Sim is playable in the neighborhood until that Sim's storyline is completed. After that, every family in said neighborhood becomes playable.
The Sims console games & The Sims Social Edit
- In The Sims for console, The Sims Bustin' Out for console, and The Sims Bustin' Out for handheld, the neighborhood is named SimValley.
- In The Urbz: Sims in the City for console, the neighborhood is a city named Urbzville.
- In The Urbz: Sims in the City for handheld, the neighborhood is a small city named Miniopolis.
- In The Sims 2 for console, the neighborhood is not named, but it consists of three districts, Pleasantview, Strangetown, and Melbourne.
- In The Sims 2 for GBA, The Sims 2 for Nintendo DS, and The Sims 2 for PSP, the neighborhood is Strangetown.
- In The Sims 2 Pets for console the neighborhood is Whiskerton and The Sims 2 Pets on GBA is Barkersville.
- In The Sims 3 for console the neighborhoods are Moonlight Bay (Xbox and PlayStation 3), Vista Beach (Wii), and Beacon Bay (Nintendo DS)
- In The Sims 3: Pets (Console), the neighborhood shipped with it is Maple Coast.
- In The Sims Social, the neighborhood is called Little Haven.
- ↑ Prior to The Sims 2: Nightlife, the player would then have to select their destination from a neighborhood view; Nightlife introduced the ability to select a destination in advance.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Downtown, Vacation Island, Studio Town, and Magic Town are the same for every neighborhood in The Sims.
- ↑ Old Town proper is the same for every neighborhood in The Sims, but adding it to a neighborhood will not affect that neighborhood's version of Sim Lane.