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New Medina Part 2: Vacation Hood Terrains

by simsample Posted 3rd Dec 2008 at 3:48 AM - Updated 4th Dec 2010 at 9:23 AM by simsample
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Several things have made me curious with The Sims 2. Namely, where does the Road To Nowhere in Strangetown lead to? What lies over the bridge in Pleasantview? Where does the canal go to in Veronaville? I can't answer those questions in those hoods, but I can answer the questions in my own hoods.

Using Sim City 4, I created a region in which all of the hood terrains I play exist- a region where, yes- I know where that road leads. It has evolved over several years, as opposed to being something I created all at once. I first made a small island which I liked in a different region, and I played that so much that I imported it into another region, to improve the setting. Anyway, what I ended up with is New Medina- which is a group of islands in a nice blue sea. Many of the land masses are connected by bridges; the more distant parts are accessible only by boat or plane. You'll have to use your imagination for that bit!

Due to the size of the files, I've split it into two parts- Main Hoods and Vacation Hoods, based on what I think each terrain is most suited to. This part contains the Vacation Hoods.

Of course, you can use each terrain for whatever you like- main hood, business hood, University, Downtown or Vacation hood. And you need only the basegame- you can play any of these in any game. Because I really dislike the way that The Sims 2 deals with the 'forestation' of SC4 terrains, I've made these completely bare- no trees at all. This is because- especially if you have the later EPs- it is much easier to download a neighbourhood camera mod and add your own trees than it is to try to delete thousands of inappropriately placed mountain conifers from your island resort. The one I recommend for that is here.

The terrains are grouped according to what I think they are most suitable for. They are-

Eastern Hoods: Isle Of Dolphins and Momiji.
Isle of Dolphins is a tranquil place in a calm ocean. Lots of flat areas for your Eastern vacation destinations.
Momiji is a peninsula with a little lake. Lots of reflections here.



Island Hoods: Isla Corazón, Flamingo Island, Port Solant, Solanta North and Solanta.
Isla Corazón is a heart shaped island with a place for beach lots.
Flamingo Island has beaches, a lake and a bridge. I don't know where the flamingos are!
Port Solant has a bridge and flat areas for large lots. It's an island, you'd have to build the port though!
Solanta North has a central mini-mountain and lots of flat areas for large lots.
Solanta has two roads for beach lots, and an 'avenue' which I could picture being lined with expensive hotels and casinos. Also, there is a volcano lurking in the corner.



Mountain Hoods: Salmon Peaks, Morin Heights and Morin South.
Salmon Peaks is quite high above sea level; I suggest lots of trees for decoration!
Morin Heights is my favourite Mountain resort; craggy mountains and long straight roads. Place some clouds around the peaks!
Morin South is a lower terrain with a large lake. Nice reflections if you place lots of trees!



You can see how the terrains fit together if you look at the region image.


You could use these individually, or in combinations. I am currently playing Momiji as an Eastern destination, with Solanta for beaches and Morin Heights for mountain. I have Momiji in lush, Solanta in Desert and Morin Heights in dirt. You get some good terrain colour variations with the altitude!


Installation:
Just download the terrains you like and extract the files to Documents\ EA Games\ The Sims 2\ SC4 Terrains. They will show up in game when you choose to add a neighbourhood or subhood.
Get part 1: Main Hood Terrains to complete the region.

If you have Sim City 4 and would like to download the whole terrain, click here to download. Just extract to Documents/ Sim City 4/ Regions.

Additional Credits:
Thanks to Maxis and Will Wright, for making the games in the first place.



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#2 Old 3rd Dec 2008 at 4:08 AM
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#3 Old 3rd Dec 2008 at 4:18 AM
Again i love it!!! i have like 5 neighborhoods going at once right now, i always tried to mkae terrains but wasn't good at it i am glad you made so many to choose from and gave us ideas on how to use them
Test Subject
#4 Old 3rd Dec 2008 at 4:28 AM
These are fantastic! It's always been annoying that all of my neighborhoods aren't synced up in any real way; they CAN work together, but they are rarely made to work together!

Perhaps you can do a more continental-style like this in the future?

Thank you so much!
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#5 Old 3rd Dec 2008 at 4:38 AM
Very nice. I used to have a penfriend named Momiji. I think it means Autumn Leaf? I love the variety.
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#6 Old 3rd Dec 2008 at 4:48 AM Last edited by simsample : 28th Dec 2008 at 7:54 PM.
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Originally Posted by maximinimum
These are fantastic! It's always been annoying that all of my neighborhoods aren't synced up in any real way; they CAN work together, but they are rarely made to work together!

Perhaps you can do a more continental-style like this in the future?

What does 'more continental' mean? Do you mean with less islands?

Jaedle, I think Momiji is a Japanese word for Maple tree (Acer).
Thankyou for your comments everyone!

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#7 Old 3rd Dec 2008 at 4:58 AM
I think that maximinimum means "more like a continent", where there are mostly land borders, instead of water borders.

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It`s about time you posted these! Thank you majorly!

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#8 Old 3rd Dec 2008 at 5:08 AM
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Originally Posted by GeneralOperationsDirector
I think that maximinimum means "more like a continent", where there are mostly land borders, instead of water borders.

#include CommentFromPartOne.c

It`s about time you posted these! Thank you majorly!

Hehe, in this country 'Continental' usually means 'In the style of continental Europe'!
Glad you like them, GeneralOperationsDirector.

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#9 Old 3rd Dec 2008 at 5:18 AM
I do. In this country, "continental" means that it has something to do with a continent, whilst "Continental" means something else entirely, probably what you said, but I tend to not get involved with people who prefer that usage.

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#10 Old 3rd Dec 2008 at 5:28 AM
I think that's awesome! And I agree that Morin Heights is especially nice.

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#11 Old 3rd Dec 2008 at 5:38 AM
thankyou sooooo much for not including trees all over the bloody place. it has made your wonderful neighbourhoods even more fantastic
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#12 Old 3rd Dec 2008 at 5:48 AM
Once again, fantastic.
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#13 Old 3rd Dec 2008 at 5:58 AM
Wow, I just grabbed the first set and I am now getting these. They are wonderful.
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#14 Old 25th Jun 2009 at 9:20 AM
:ooooooo I kept coming back to these whenever I was terrain-shopping and staring disconsolately at the files-missing notice, and then... trying to download the files anyway, because it said -some- of the files might be missing, so some might be there... but they never were. AND THEN TODAY THE NOTICE WAS GONE AND I COULD DOWNLOAD THE FILES and now I can go download the main 'hood files and then go to bed happy. Thank you, thank you. =DDDDD
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#15 Old 23rd Jul 2009 at 6:56 PM
Yea I think it's great too. I had some problems downloading as well but I just kept refrehing - and now I got it all Thank you for cool and connected hoods. Looking forward to make it work with my simmies
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#16 Old 19th Jul 2010 at 3:22 PM
I can't download this region to SC4, my sever can't find this
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#17 Old 4th Dec 2010 at 9:22 AM
SC4 terrain link fixed now.

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#18 Old 16th Feb 2011 at 8:39 PM
Rarely ever do I comment on the things I find on this site unless they're truly spectacular and, I can honestly say, I can't believe I lived without any of these 'hoods. It's so beautiful and perfectly set it almost looks effortless (but I've tried and it's not); thank you for uploading this!
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#19 Old 16th May 2011 at 11:45 PM
Thanks for fixing the links. Awesome 'hoods! :D
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#20 Old 10th Jun 2011 at 5:48 PM
I LOVE your hoods; they're so much fun to play with. I only ever use your 'hoods when playing on sims now ! *big fan squeeze*
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#21 Old 16th May 2017 at 8:15 AM
Thanks!!!
I love it!
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#22 Old 30th Dec 2020 at 5:05 PM
Thanks for these!It's more choices for vacations districts,downtowns shopping districts and high school campuses when those get added to your community.

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