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Featured upload! (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.

Open for Business Seasons Free Time
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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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Test Subject
#401 Old 11th May 2013 at 9:56 PM
Oh my, this is perfect! I'm one of these annoying people that get bored easily, so this really makes everything so much better and exciting!
Test Subject
#402 Old 4th Jun 2013 at 8:51 PM
what do you meant by that megahood?
so is this like all the Neighborhoods, Suburbs, Downtowns, University and Vacations all Crammed in an abnormal size neighborhood (say larger than the large city size in simcity 4) to make a continuous World?

I Didn't understand what you meant by "Megahood", and the description is kinda baffling.
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Original Poster
#403 Old 4th Jun 2013 at 10:18 PM
jsullivan - "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." ... the maps are identical, and you access them via shopping districts. It's so they're all connected into one.
Lab Assistant
#404 Old 4th Aug 2013 at 3:29 AM
None of the download links seem to be working for me--my browser keeps telling me that it cannot find "http://www.***.com/uploads/N372.rar". The individual file links also seem to have that "www.***.com" thing going on, too...
Test Subject
#405 Old 5th Aug 2013 at 1:49 PM
I would really like to download them, but links don't work
Field Researcher
#406 Old 8th Aug 2013 at 9:08 PM Last edited by Sanypsia : 8th Aug 2013 at 10:43 PM.
So the multi-rar download doesn't seem to be working for me, and the single-rar download link in the main post doesn't seem to work. I'm a bit confused. It keeps telling me I ought to insert disk 2 and refuses to unpack them. Scratch that, I got it to download, unpack, and show up in the game. But now the Beaker Family/house is missing from Strangetown while relationships are still maintained by other sims. =o Ai yi yi.

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Field Researcher
#407 Old 22nd Nov 2013 at 9:17 PM
I found the Beaker family in the family bin, the house is still missing and relationships are still maintained (even though the Beakers are in the family bin.) Just letting you know.
Test Subject
#408 Old 25th Dec 2013 at 8:12 PM
I previously downloaded this Megahood a while ago but I had to uninstall my game on my laptop due to issues with my computer. I now have a new laptop. I saw this download and I knew instantly that I wanted it again. But when I clicked on the single .rar download, the link doesn't work for me. I tried refreshing the page multiple times but that does not work either.
Test Subject
#409 Old 24th Mar 2014 at 11:59 PM
It won't let me download the whole thing with the alternate links
Test Subject
#410 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 4:41 PM
Part 2 is broken?
Test Subject
#411 Old 18th Feb 2015 at 10:34 PM
Hi I would like to try this but I have a question. You said to never add another shopping district to the game once this is installed but what if you have already added a shopping district? Can I still add this download or would I have to remove the shopping area I already have?
Test Subject
#412 Old 16th May 2015 at 8:26 AM
This is so great ! But I cant't download it : it semms that the website where the file is isn't avaliable anymore. Could you repost the megahood somewhere ?
Test Subject
#413 Old 29th Aug 2018 at 12:21 PM
I had the original version and loved it but am having trouble downloading the new version it says there are no files or folders in this view and in another pop-up id says
Multi-Volume Archive
file is a multi volume archive please select a folder with other volumes how do I do this please
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