No More Blurriness

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Uploaded 20th Jan 2017 at 1:23 AM · Updated 27th Jan 2017 at 8:54 PM by Voeille

I never really liked Maxis default snow and beach textures because of their extreme blurriness. When there’s a lot of snow, the texture looks quite nice, but when there’s just a bit covering the ground... Not really. And the beach is just a texture tragedy, the original size is 64x64 (!), and the alpha involves stripes instead of being nice and smooth. It’s surprising that no-one did this before (at least I haven’t seen any replacements), but well, later is better than never so here I am with new high quality textures. They’re blends of Maxis textures, my terrain paint, and involved some messing around to make them look decent. And while I was at it, I also made cliff textures high quality. The cliff replacement comes in 3 versions: the old texture that was in the base game, the grey one that came in one of the EPs, and the black one used in Castaway Stories. I also included terrain paints that match the beach and cliff replacements – you can have all of them independently of which cliff replacement you choose, they nicely blend with each other, as shown in the pictures. No idea why Maxis didn’t include a cliff terrain paint like in CS, but well, I did that instead I also changed the underwater texture to something more interesting than grey sand.

  • Both beach and cliff replacements include a file with winter in the name – otherwise they’d be replaced with Maxis original textures when the ground is covered by snow. Remove those files if you don’t have Seasons installed.
  • Cliff replacement also includes a file with the texture for BV beach rocks (I prefer when all the rocks are matching, so I replaced that texture too). Remove that file if you don’t have BV installed.
  • Beach and cliff textures are 1024x1024 (except the beach terrain paint, which is 512x512), snow is 2048x2048. Because of that the files are relatively large (I used the Compressorizer to shrink them slightly).
  • If you have problem with extracting the files, use 7Zip. I strongly recommend it, it can shrink the files a lot