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Home Meeting with the producers The Sims 3 preview with the producer MJ Chun (second part) - Death, ghosts and passing away
The Sims 3 preview with the producer MJ Chun (second part) - Death, ghosts and passing away PDF Print
Written by CriCri Sunday, 22 March 2009 00:00
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The Sims 3 preview with the producer MJ Chun (second part)
Loading families, playable Sims, Wishes and Opportunities
Children, teenagers, school, socials and interactions
Open town and shopping
Death, ghosts and passing away
Pregnancy, childbirths and heredity
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Death, ghosts and passing away

How many times can you die? Sims seems to be luckier than we are, in fact, when the X hour comes and the Grim Reaper appears in our lots, we can buy him with the Death Flower and survive. The Death Flower is very rare, as well as the Life Fruit is, and we need to search in several places before finding it. If we aren't lucky enough to find the flower, dead Sims can always resurrect as ghosts. If we bring back to life a Sim, s/he will appear as a playable Sims in our households, and despite The Sims 2, we'll be able to control him/her as if s/he were alive. Ghosts have wishes, they walk and they don't float, and although they aren't "solid", they can give birth to children.

Fantasmi Fantasmi

They look like the old creatures we were used to in The Sims 2. The fun thing we saw when MJ was showing us how to play with a ghost, is that when they are holding an object you can see only the shadow of the object, as if it were floating in the air! It's very realistic if you consider that ghosts are invisible beings! Other Sims will notice the presence of ghosts, and the easily frightened ones will be scared every time. Ghosts seem to enjoy scaring other people! In some screenshots we have seen a blue and a white ghost, so we asked if the color of a spirit changes according to his death, as in TS2, and how many colors there are. MJ confirmed the relation between death and color, and described 4 of them: old age, drowning, electrocution, fire (we know there are others they can't talk about!).
Can Sims live for ever? The answer is no! At an extent, even a ghost has to pass away for good, and then they'll appear only periodically in the cemetery, but won't be playable anymore. We could then say "Finally dead! No way, no return!", as MJ did explaining how hard has been to test the several ways to escape from death. She has also stated that in no way a Sim, not even an evil one, can kill another character, but you can actually find a device, for example by setting a fire.
Another interesting detail is that Sims live autonomously when we don't play with them, but what happens if a Sim dies when we're using another household? Simply, when we get back to that family, we'll find the urn of the dead Sim, and then we can choose to move it to the graveyard or keep it in our lot. These events, like childbirths, can be avoided if you disable the story progression, so you won't have bad surprised when you shift to a family you haven't used for a long time.


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