The Sims 4 Snowy Escape
New Features: Winter Sports and Relaxation in a Japan-inspired World
Snowy Escape features winter sports very heavily.
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New World: Mt. Komorebi
A large amount of this expansion's content appears to have been invested in making the new Mt. Komorebi neighborhood. Not just on a purely graphical basis, but also to make it a believable representation of Japan in the game. Sims in this world will wear school uniforms, and take their shoes off when entering homes.
A Monestary featured in The Sims 4 Snowy Escape launch trailer.
A lot of new objects were needed to decorate a world with both modern and traditional architecture like Japan, so you can expect at least 100 new build objects. Shoji doors, screens, tatami mats, tiled roofs, and paper lanterns are just a few of the new decorative objects you can use to replicate Japanese designs.
Festivals are a thing in this pack, much like City Living.
There are a total of 14 new lots in the world, and what appear to be three distinct neighborhoods. You can explore a map of Mt. Komorebi here. In one area, you'll be able to attend festivals much like City Living (more on that below). Each of the three neighborhoods are themed, with Wakaba a newer part of the city with modern homes, Senbamachi having more older Japanese architecture, and Yukimasu hosting most of the winter sports.
New Activities & Skills
Climbing is one of three new Skills in this DLC.
Given the mountain destination, it's not surprising that this pack features winter sports heavily. Snowboarding and Skiing are two of the new skills, along with rock climbing. Conditions on the mountain will play heavily into how well your Sim does at these, with expeditions up the mountain getting harder as you go toward the peak.
Skiing is a new thing in Snowy Escape, with there being various slopes you can use. First off, you'll need to get your vending machine skis, but after that you'll unlock new skis (and new tricks) as you level up the skill. Learn more about the Skiing Skill.
Snowboarding is the second new skill, and uses the same slopes as Skiing, unfortunately. I do not think we have a half pipe and that's a bummer. You can find your own Snow Bro and teach other Sims how to snowboard, unlocking rad moves along the way. Learn more about Snowboarding all the stuff you unlock.
Perhaps the most interesting thing with Snowy Escape is the new rock climbing skill that lets you summit the moutain. It's the main thing most players will attempt at some point. Start on beginner walls and work your way up (heh) to the top. Learn about Rock Climbing in my guide.
Your Sim can use the phone to plan a social event. From there, select the Mountain Excursion event. This is, sadly, required in order to climb Mt. Komorebi so it is not possible to do it solo without cheating (by dragging someone who you teleport along). Once the event is thrown, you'll assemble at the Onsen to begin the journey up the mountain. Reaching the peak will give your Sim a unique reward trait and a special place to build.
Hiking & Misc Activities
Hiking is also a new thing, though it doesn't appear to actually be a skill. I guess we're at the point that walking is a feature. I'm kidding for the most part, as this looks like a group activity. It appears you have several places to go and some side attractions like the old graveyard and mountain monastery to visit. There are also caves, which at this point I expect to be rabbit holes.
Relaxing in the Onsen
Sims can use natural hot springs (onsen) to relax if they're not into extreme sports. You'll need to use a shower first, though! For kids, sledding is a new activity and it can even be done with a parent as shown in the trailer for Snowy Escape.
Japanese cuisine at a kotatsu table.
Japanese cuisine is represented in this pack, with hot pots and sushi. Of course, you can also eat with chopsticks and dine with family and friends around a kotatsu table as shown above.
Lifestyles are things a Sim enjoys doing.
Lifestyles are a new feature and one I'm quite interested in. These reflect what a Sim likes to do, and are developed over time. Doing things a Sim enjoys are likely to make them happier, and missing out on a thing they like is hopefully going to make them sad in order go give them a bit of personality.
Nothing to do with death, I just needed a picture.
Sims can die in two new ways in Snowy Escape. Climbing can be risky, especially without equipment and especially during bad weather. Expect your Sim to survive a lot of the time, but not all of the time. Also, if you happen to use a vending machine and your item gets stuck, consider just leaving it. Your dumb Sim might crush themselves to death for a candy bar in a game that doesn't hesitate to shower you with more money than you can spend.
A wide shot of a neighborhood in Mt. Komorebi
Sentiments have come with a base game update, and function somewhat like memories from older Sims games. These reflect a Sim's opinion of an event, and are not necessarily always positive. One Sim might have enjoyed a group activity, while another hated it. Reflecting on memories may impact Sims emotionally, while they can also have an effect while whatever is happening.
Big moments like weddings, making new friends, or having a cheating spouse are all guaranteed to give a Sim an opinion about something and that is where Sentiments comes in. These mostly have an emotional impact. There is some tie-in to the Lifestyles system in this pack, thus why it's listed in the Snowy Escape guide.
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