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Wednesday, October 3, 2001
Sims: Hot Date Preview
10:31 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

PC IGN recently spent some time with Assistant Producer Sean Baity and Game Designer Mike McCormick, two of the minds currently working on the expansion pack The Sims: Hot Date. Touted as adding more to The Sims than any other expansion pack before it, this one is sure to be a "must-have" for fans of The Sims.

One of the more interesting features is the addition of both a lifetime and a daily relationship rating scale. The daily scale will slowly affect the lifetime scale as gameplay occurs. Various romantic interactions will also improve the lifetime bar more or less quickly, depending on how "steamy" those interactions are.

Another interesting addition is the new sub-tiers added to the pop-up menu. The talk option now has various subjects added to it, including gossip or bragging. Insults have been added as well, and in addition to the poke, players can now have their Sims shake their fists as well. Various kisses will also be available depending on relationship statuses.

Perhaps more disturbing are the things that could occur based on the now multi-tiered hug action:

Instead of the basic hug, you can now choose from up to four different kinds of hugs depending on your mood. The basic hug is still here of course, but you can increase the passion of the hug by picking the intimate or romantic hug option. Then there's the option to leap into someone's arms. Sean showed us a demo of how this works by getting one character to leap into the arms of another: "If her hygiene is high enough, he'll accept it and both their moods goes up. However let's say her bladder is really low. He's got a new tickle he can do on her [the extreme tickle]. If the bladder's low enough on the other person, they'll wet their pants." Once she jumped back into his arms, he got the scent of it and threw her on the ground. Awesome.
Other additions include eight new interests that can be cultivated through actions such as reading magazines, building downtown dating spots, and playing with over 120 new objects, including the ubiquitous Love Tub(tm). For more information on these additions, be sure to check out the full preview at IGN PC.

We have yet to hear an announcement of a Mac version of this game, but considering Aspyr Media's strong history of bringing these titles to the Mac OS, it seems a likely outcome

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The Sims: Hot Date Preview at PCIGN

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