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(Testers Wanted) Megahood: All Maxis Neighborhoods in One

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 18th Mar 2008 at 2:49 PM - Updated 29th May 2015 at 2:34 PM by Nysha
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This version of the megahood is now 7 years old, and since it was made we have learned a lot about corruption. That means that this neighbourhood, although it is less corrupted than the EA originals, is not the safest version available. MTS staff therefore recommend that you use MeetMe's clean basegame subhoods instead of this megahood.

What this is for:[/header1]

Ever wanted to play the Maxis neighborhoods, but couldn't choose just one? Ever wanted sims from Strangetown to meet sims from Pleasantview, but didn't want to move them over in the method that creates a Big Fiery Ball Visible From Space? If so, this neighborhood is for you!

This is Pleasantview, with five shopping districts: Bluewater Village, Strangetown, Veronaville, Riverblossom Hills, and Desiderata Valley - i.e. Pleasantview with all of the other Maxis neighborhoods attached as shopping districts.

[size=4][color=indigo][b]Maxis Sims:[/header1]

This was created with the Maxis-only original 'hoods so it has all Maxis playable sims, their homes, and everyone they knew (to preserve memories and relationships without Very Bad Things happening) but a minimum of stupid-named fugly townies - no Goopy Gilscarbo, no Joe Carr, etc.... Most of the playable Maxis simbin sims are included. Certain ones may not be, but can be moved into an empty lot from another neighborhood and then moved into this one. Because they know nobody but their own family, this is safe - never move inhabited lots otherwise unless you know what you're doing.

You will have [b]two living Bella Goths
. They should both be townies. The one known by the Goth family in Pleasantview is the real one (and can be invited over and asked to move in by any member of the family), and the one in Strangetown is the fake.

There may be some additional quirks involved due to the use of those templates. These quirks are not my doing, and if you have any questions on why certain sims are missing/alive/dead/blonde, please ask on the MATY Maxis-only original hoods thread. I have done no fiddling with any of the sims involved, any of their genetics, relationships, or anything like that... it all comes from those templates, so I won't know the answer if you ask me if I've fixed their genetics or anything like that.

[size=4][color=indigo]Expansion Packs Required:[/header1]

Because I created this using the AnyGameStarter, this only requires the actual required EPs:
  • Open for Business (for shopping districts)
  • Seasons (for Riverblossom Hills)
  • Free Time (for Desiderata Valley)

This Megahood does not require any other EPs to function. It [b]does
require the EPs that I have listed above, though - each EP adds important data not only neighborhood-wise but also to the sims (OfB adds badges, Seasons adds temperature data and more badges, Free Time adds hobby info) so you MUST have these three EPs to use this Megahood.

[size=4][color=indigo]Known Issues:[/header1]

The only issue appears to be with one lot in Desiderata Valley, Gustav's Grocery. For some reason, this lot has gone wonky (while all other lots in Desiderata Valley seem to be fine). The lot square is blue, and missing the building when viewed from neighborhood view. Why this is, I have no idea. However, it is fixable: bulldoze the lot from neighborhood view and replace it. You can do this by moving a copy from your own Desiderata Valley neighborhood into the lot bin (and then into my Megahood Desiederata Valley).

Had I noticed this before uploading I would have fixed it in the main version, but I'm not reuploading 177 mb to fix one tiny little glitch.

Regarding any other issues, I make no guarantees, so please test this neighborhood for me and let me know if there are any major issues. Use at your own risk. Your mileage may vary. Not to be used for the other use. Remove nutmeats from shell before eating. Caution, contents will be hot after heating. Do not insert into anus.

[size=4][color=indigo][b]If you have problems:[/header1]

With anything that required as much fiddling as this, problems are a possibility. If you have problems, I would appreciate detailed reports so I can fix them. However, I don't want to waste time tracking down issues that are not due to my Megahood, but other custom content, etc., you may have installed - just because you're having a glitch in my Megahood does not mean it is a problem with the Megahood whatsoever.

I really do appreciate reports, but "Halp it don't work!" or "Stuff is messing up!" will not help me fix anything.

If you are having problems with my Megahood, please test the problem properly so that you can give me a useful report so I can fix it. This means going through each step of this FAQ in order before reporting the issue to me, to make sure it's not a problem on your end!

If you have an issue to report, you MUST state you have gone through each step of the Game Problem FAQ and tried everything there (please list what you tried), as well as a detailed description of the problem - exactly what happened, what you'd been doing before that, etc.... If you do not do this, your report may be ignored till you go through and do as I ask so I can properly identify problems.

[size=4][color=indigo][b]Installation Instructions:[/header1]

1. [b]Download:
Download ALL of the attached files. They are all required. Save them somewhere you can find them (like a folder on your desktop). This is 177 mb total - yes, I know it's huge, but that's just the way it is.

2. Extract from Multi-Part RARs: When all of the 20 attached files have been downloaded, right-click on "N372.part01.rar" and choose "Extract Here" (you must have WinRAR installed to do this - do not ask for zip versions or I will hit you with a shoe). WinRAR will extract a folder called N372 to that folder.
If you prefer a single file rather than multi-part RARs, see the Alternate Download section below. If you choose this method, simply right-click on the "N372.rar" file and choose "Extract Here."
3. Move Folder: Cut and paste N372 to your My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods folder. Because it is N372 it should not interfere with any existing neighborhoods - including existing copies of Pleasantview or any of the other neighborhoods.

4. Play: Now you can begin playing with the combined hood. If you already have a Pleasantview, it will be the second Pleasantview listed. You can play them both separately just fine.

5. Fix Gustav's Grocery: If you notice that Gustav's Grocery in my sub-hood of Desiderata Valley has gone blue and blank, go into your real Desiderata Valley (main neighborhood) and move that lot to your lot bin. Then go back into my Desiderata Valley (sub-hood) and bulldoze the broken Gustav's Grocery. Replace it with the version from the lot bin. This is mentioned above in Known Issues.

[size=4][color=indigo]Very Important Information (MUST READ!):[/header1]

[color=red][size=3][b]Do NOT under ANY circumstances attempt to attach another shopping district to this neighborhood, EVER!

I have already included a default Bluewater Village shopping district. You may NOT add additional custom shopping districts!

If you attempt to add another shopping district to this neighborhood it will completely ruin the entire neighborhood and the only thing you can do at that point is delete it! There is -no- fix if you accidentally add a new shopping district!

You MAY safely add Downtowns, Universities, and Vacation Destinations but NEVER shopping districts!

[size=4][color=indigo]Recommended Additional Files:[/header1]
  • To prevent any newly created townies and NPCs from having stupid names, I strongly recommend my Modified NPC and Townie Names mod
  • Get yourself a set of default replacement face templates. Here's some, with links there to more. This will keep newly created townies and NPCs from being Maxis fugly.
  • Pescado's, to prevent unneeded NPCs from spawning.

[size=4][color=indigo][b]Alternate Download Links:[/header1]

Because I have my own hosting which generally serves at 150-300 kbps, I have uploaded these files to my own server. This may be faster than downloading the files from MTS2, and requires no registration.

If you have a fast connection, you can probably get these files in about 15 minutes downloading from these alternate links:

[b]Single-File rar (177 MB):
Download only this single file if you choose the single-file rar method. Good if you have a fast, stable connection.Multi-Part RARs (6.5-9 MB each, 20 files total): Download all these files if you choose the multi-part rar method. Good if you have a slower or intermittent connection.
[size=4][color=indigo]Thanks to:[/header1]

[size=4][color=indigo][b]Note on Apartment Life/Belladonna Cove:[/header1]

[b]Get the Apartment Life Uber-Megahood here:

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
4. CEP Required: The CEP is necessary for this download to work. Make sure that you have the newest version of the CEP installed. Get it here: The Official CEP Download.

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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 4:46 PM
Awesome! Does this also include all the for sale houses in each neighborhood?
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#3 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 4:54 PM
ChaoKuang - Yes, it does. My text may have been a bit ambiguous on that point - this includes -all- lots in the included neighborhoods - inhabited lots, houses for sale, and community lots.

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The Anti-Social Extrovert
#4 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 5:08 PM
I'm definitely trying this out I never asked for it because I didn't think it was possible...I have been proven wrong and am -extremely- grateful >^.^<

and THANK YOU!!!!!

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#5 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 5:09 PM
This is a very wonderful download. I have always wanted something like this but I didn't know it was possible. One question, just out of curiosity, why does it cause the neighborhood to self-destruct if you make a new shopping district, or it just a thing that you came across and haven't an idea why? Anyways, thank you again, this is fabulous.

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#6 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 5:19 PM
VoD - Basically, in the process of creating the new 'hoods as shopping districts, you have to trick the game into thinking they are shopping district templates (i.e. you make it think that Strangetown is Bluewater Village, etc.) and add each one individually, then once you have them all done, fix the neighborhood IDs so that you can use them all together. Adding a new shopping district won't give you a proper ID for the newly-added district, which results in two districts overlapping each other - lots will appear empty, placed wrong in the neighborhood (some not connected to roads), etc., and it will effectively be completely borked. That's why I've gone ahead and added Bluewater Village, so you don't have any need to add it yourself. If for some reason you desperately wanted to add your own custom shopping district (or to make everything shopping districts of Strangetown, or a custom neighborhood, downtowns rather than shopping districts, or whatever), you could do this yourself following SaraMK's tutorial linked in my first post.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 5:58 PM
OMG You Rock!

I did this once myself (by uprooting, and copying the file) and it took so damn long, I didn't have the heart to do it again once I had a new computer, so I can appreciate just how long this must have took you.

Thank you very much.

/e steals your shoes and asks for it in .zip form...

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#8 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 6:11 PM
I've been promising myself I would use SaraMK's tute to do this, so I could introduce the Riverblossom folk to their Pleasantview counterparts. And now I don't have to! I look forward to testing this tonight. (*crosses fingers so as not to jinx megadownload*)
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 6:27 PM
*goes for the big rar* Thank god I have broadband :D

Thanks a lot for this, I've read the tuts on it but it always seemed too hard, usually the first thing I do is delete maxis hoods so it will be different to actually play with maxis sims.
Test Subject
#10 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 6:38 PM
Thank you,now i have troubles game wise no mind wise yes I can not get my mind around this,I'LL try it thanks again
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 6:46 PM
wow ,i am speechless, (bows down in gratitude).cant wait to try
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#12 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 7:03 PM
Congrats! Glad you got it to work!

:: goes off to debate if its worth it now to upload my Desiderata/Bluewater/Riverblossom combined hood... ::
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 7:16 PM

Field Researcher
#14 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 7:38 PM
This is probably going to be awesome! I've always wanted to play in Strangetown, but for some reason I've never been able to get it to show up on the neighborhood selection screen ::shrug::. So now I can play all the neighborhoods at once? That means Don will walk past the Dreamer's household and the Capps can party with the Goths downtown?

I'm going to watch this, because you said it's busted, and wait for when it works properly for people downloading it, but thanks for putting this together!
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 7:50 PM
Whoa.. nice job. Thank x 100000

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#16 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 8:00 PM
chibspan - Yes, you'll see sims from the other 'hoods as walkbys, they can come over, be friends, get married, etc... and I didn't say it was busted, but that nothing appeared to be busted in my testing. I have loaded lots from every 'hood and nothing seems to be broken but it's always possible there's something I've missed. It should work just fine, but with anything that's kind of bashed together, there's always the potential for issues, so that was more butt-covering than actually saying it's messed up.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 8:07 PM
You made it. Congrats on a job well done!
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 8:07 PM
What did you do with dead sims and Bella Goth?
Are the gravestones atill in the graveyard etc. the Trcoolou family, or whatever they are called..

Thank you a million by the way, i will be downloading as soon as i get home!
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#19 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 8:18 PM
saladoor - You'll technically have two Bellas, as the Pleasantview Bella has been restored in the cleaned up templates. That really wasn't my doing, just a matter of using the cleaned up templates. Gravestones and all that are still present. If you want exact details on all that, see the links in my post for the cleaned-up templates - I didn't modify any of that, just combined the cleaned-up templates into a single 'hood.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 8:20 PM Last edited by charleeheart : 18th Mar 2008 at 9:54 PM.
Wow! This is great for everyone who wants to get Strangetown Bella back with the Pleasantville Goth family. Very cool!

>>>valasia - Both Bellas are there, and the real Pleasantview Bella is a proper playable sim - in my testing, the real Bella phoned up to talk to Alexander and when I had Mortimer call her up and invite her over, they shared a rather passionate kiss in greeting. So you'll have two Bellas, as I mentioned above in reply to saladoor. <<<

Even better!!! Reunited, without SimPE!! You're a hero!

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Lab Assistant
#21 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 8:31 PM
Ok, I'm going to ask the question I'm sure others are wondering.

Bella... or the fake-Bella, is she there, can she be introduced to Mortimer?

Thank you so much for this anyway, downloading it regardless of the answer.

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Test Subject
#22 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 8:38 PM
thank you, I just barely got mine finished following the tutorials, and then they added Desiderata on me and I played that a little and wanted to add it, but didn't want to go through everything all over again.
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#23 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 8:50 PM
valasia - Both Bellas are there, and the real Pleasantview Bella is a proper playable sim - in my testing, the real Bella phoned up to talk to Alexander and when I had Mortimer call her up and invite her over, they shared a rather passionate kiss in greeting. So you'll have two Bellas, as I mentioned above in reply to saladoor.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
Forum Resident
#24 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 8:51 PM
how did you do that I try and try to do that but I missed it up. but you beat me to it must fav this. and going add you as my friend if its okay

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Test Subject
#25 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 9:05 PM
Okay I downloaded and un-rared it and looked at it and it seems to have 7 suburbs. With what you listed I thought it was supposed to be only 5. The pics for #1 & #6 both show Riverblossom and I have no idea where #2 is from the pic. Can you clarify this for me?
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