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Wednesday, August 23, 2000

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Ever since E3 we have been bringing you news of an upcoming expansion pack for Maxis' neighborhood sim The Sims. has posted an in-depth preview of The Sims: Livin' Large, which is due next month as an add-on pack to the original.

This expansion pack will add many new features and characters to this wildly successful game, as well as several new decor themes: antique, castle/dungeon, tropical, 'mod' and a style of decor which can only be described as 'Liberace meets Elvis' -- cow-print wainscotting, anyone? You'll see what we mean when you check out the numerous screen shots that accompany this preview.

Of course, Livin' Large isn't just about bovine wallpaper and bear rugs. Roles for your Sims have been greatly expanded as well, and new objects have been added to modify their behaviors. As the preview states, career opportunities for your Sims are wide open:

There are five new career tracks including 50 new jobs. As anticipated the new careers range from the mundane to the bizarre: paranormal, musician, slacker, hacker and journalist. Those who have a yen for the unusual will start off as a lowly physic phone friend in the Paranormal career before investigating such lofty pursuits as hypnotism and tarot reading on the fast track to cult leader. We game reviewers will find a niche for ourselves in the second rung of the Journalism ladder! It seems a pity we end up as a Talk Show host but everyone wants to be on television and your Sim is no exception. I'll admit I'm very interested in how the Slacker is going to pay them bills!
The introduction of many supernatural objects into the game -- a voodoo doll, a crystal ball, a mad-scientist lab -- is sure to keep things interesting as well. While there are no firm plans to bring this expansion pack to the Mac OS, we would be shocked -- nay, astonished -- if it was not among the titles that Aspyr Media is set to announce in October.

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