17 November patch, what a mess

EA released a patch to fix the crashing issue introduced in the 11 November patch and have managed to introduce two new issues for Mac users. We currently have three potentially game breaking issues but thankfully there do appear to be workarounds for them. Please note that whilst these seem to be problems that can affect your game at any time, these threads are very specific to the November patches. Please read the links to see if your issue is one of them:

  1. Game stuck on the loading screen
    1. Link – AHQ thread here
    2. Cause – no idea
    3. Fix – right click on the game in your Origin games library and select Repair game.
  2. World select screen is blank
    1. Link – AHQ thread here
    2. Cause – could be another problem linked to the loading screen issue above.
    3. Fix – right click on the game in your Origin games library and select Repair game.
  3. Freezing and Lag
    1. Link – AHQ thread here
    2. Cause – possibly bloated saves, look in your saves folder. If you have one or more save files that is abnormally large this could be causing the issue.
    3. Fix – no 100% fix yet but try choosing Save as… when saving your game and save as a new file. If the backup saves, ending in .ver2 or a different number, are bloated try moving them to a folder on the desktop and just load the main save file.

Loving the new Sims 4 platform tool!

So many possibilities with this new tool, it’s amazing. My favourite part is creating stairs with it and yes, it IS possible to this. They are a little buggy and the routing can look a bit odd though. My Sim walked through a wall a couple of times but managed to get to the top without any help from me.

There are, of course, some annoying glitches with them:

  • building a platform in a room demolishes the wall if the platform is built against a wall. The wall can be rebuilt but it is very annoying.
  • some objects cannot be placed up against a platform, for example kitchen counters. This is easily rectified by making sure MOO is enabled.
  • if you demolish a platform you may not be able to place objects where the platform was. Enable MOO and you should be good to go again.
  • rounded platforms don’t play well against straight edged platforms and foundations.

I made a video showing a really quick small build with platform stairs and platforms on the upper level. If you use platforms like this remember that you do need to place a one step stair from the top of the tallest platform to the floor of the higher level otherwise your sim will not be able to access the upper floor.

Sims 4 not loading CC or Mods – storage issues

If your CC/Mods aren’t loading in-game, and you have checked that the CC/Mods are properly installed, it is most likely the same reason as saves not loading, your iCloud Drive settings are pushing data to iCloud because your internal storage is full and you have Optimise Mac Storage enabled in System Preferences > Apple ID/iCloud.

Older documents will be stored only in iCloud when space is needed. If your internal storage is getting full it doesn’t matter how many files you keep adding to the Mods/Saves folder, the older files will be stored only in iCloud where the game cannot access them. If you keep adding files it will in fact push more files to the cloud.

To get round this you need to either disable the Optimise Mac Storage setting or, if you are feeling brave, use a symlink to redirect your Sims 4 folder to an external drive.

Remember CC/Mods must also:

  • be enabled in the in-game options
  • Be unzipped (unless the creator dictates otherwise) in .package or .ts4script format
  • be placed directly in the Mods folder