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 3 introduced a new alternate term for neighborhoods, worlds. Neighborhoods now consist of more than just lots, they include accessible terrain. The Sims 3 also introduced rabbit holes, public buildings where Sims work, shop, attend class, eat, or attend events, that the user cannot see into.
Traveling in 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, then after a loading screen, see them reappear on a new lot. With The Sims 3's open neighborhood concept, players could see the Sims moving between the lots without a loading screen, as well as be able to access those areas.
Traveling between neighborhoods Edit
Traveling between neighborhoods is not possible, however, traveling between a neighborhood and its sub-neighborhoods is. In most cases this is as easy as traveling from lot to lot, while vacationing, traveling to more exotic sub-neighborhoods, requires more planning.
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
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[TS2S] was added to help the player explore Seasons.
- Desiderata Valley[TS2FT] was created so the player can learn more about hobbies.
- Belladonna Cove[TS2AL] was added so players could experience living in apartments.
- Sim State University[TS2U], a college campus often associated with Pleasantview
- La Fiesta Tech[TS2U], a college campus often associated with Strangetown
- Académie Le Tour[TS2U], a college campus often associated with Veronaville
- Bluewater Village[TS2OFB], was added to help the player learn more about owned businesses
- Twikkii Island[TS2BV], a Pacific Island themed vacation destination
- Three Lakes[TS2BV], a woodland/mountain themed vacation destination
- Takemizu Village[TS2BV], a Far East themed vacation destination
Unlike in The Sims, all sub-neighborhoods in The Sims 2 offer residential as well as community lots, with the following restrictions: only Young Adults could live in college neighborhoods (and were unable to live in any non-college neighborhood without transitioning into Adulthood first); and Sims were unable to live full-time in vacation destinations, although they could own and visit a holiday home there.
The Sims 2 allows for players to create all-new neighborhoods from scratch, coming with neighborhood terrain templates that can be used by players. Also, SimCity 4 can be used to create custom terrains.
The Sims 3 Edit
The Create a World tool allows players to make their own neighborhoods with custom terrains similar to SimCity 4. A game patch, released in conjunction with the release of Ambitions, also allows players to manipulate premade neighborhoods to a limited degree, such as adding or removing lots and scenery.
As of Late Night, worlds are divided into "Sims 3 Towns and "Late Night Towns". There seem to be important differences between the two, like the sims they can spawn, etc. Up to now[update], Bridgeport is the only pre-made world to be catalogued as a city. The rest, including the exotic destinations from World Adventures, are considered suburbs.
Neighborhood continuity in The Sims 3 Edit
While Sunset Valley and Riverview feature younger versions of living The Sims 2 Sims, Twinbrook´s returning families are up to two generations behind their The Sims 2 counterparts, and Barnacle Bay even acts as a sequel (Dina Caliente´s bio states that she wants to break hearts as she did in Pleasantview), this evidence suggests that the different worlds may also be located in different times. When a Sim hits a Hot Spot in Bridgeport, a tag may appear stating "This is hotter than Hank Goddard when he caught on fire", meaning something of the sort might have happened in between the timelines of Sunset Valley and Bridgeport.
The Sims 3 neighborhoods Edit
- Sunset Valley[TS3]
- Bridgeport [TS3:LN]
- Appaloosa Plains[TS3:P]
- Starlight Shores[TS3:ST]
- Moonlight Falls [TS3:SN]
- Isla Paradiso [TS3:IP]
- Riverview is a free downloadable world offered at The Sims 3 store.
- Barnacle Bay is a downloadable world offered at The Sims 3 store for $20 with bonus 100 SimPoints and exclusive contents.
- Hidden Springs is a downloadable world offered at The Sims 3 store for 2450 SimPoints.
- Lunar Lakes is a downloadable world offered at The Sims 3 store for 2450 SimPoints.
- Lucky Palms is a downloadable world offered at The Sims 3 store for 2450 SimPoints.
- Sunlit Tides is a downloadable world offered at The Sims 3 store for 2450 SimPoints, or 4350 SimPoints for the gold edition.
- Monte Vista is a downloadable world offered at The Sims 3 store for
$25$20 (On Sale) with bonus 100 SimPoints, or $35 with bonus 1900 SimPoints.
- Aurora Skies is a downloadable world offered at The Sims 3 store for 2450 SimPoints, or
43503900 (On Sale) SimPoints for the gold edition.
- Dragon Valley is a downloadable world offered at The Sims 3 store. It is currently in development.
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.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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.
- ↑ The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion Pack Impressions, at GameSpot
- ↑ The Sims 3: Showtime overview
- ↑ The Sims 3: Supernatural Website
- ↑ The Sims 3: Island Paradise Website
- ↑ Previously, Barnacle Bay was available for separate purchase for 2000 SimPoints, which was raised from 1650 SimPoints
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Monte Vista and Dragon Valley can only be purchased with cash.