All you need to know

The Sims 4 Neighborhood Stories is a relatively new feature that incorporates many ideas from popular mods. The update essentially makes the neighborhoods of The Sims 4 feel more “lived in”, with unplayed sims making proactive choices without player input. The goal is to enrich gameplay and bring neighborhoods to life without needing to control them all individually. For more information on The Sims 4 neighborhood stories and tips on how to customize the system to your tastes, read here.

The Sims 4 Neighborhood Stories: What’s Included

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During a game, you will receive pop-ups from NPCs announcing life changes such as sims deciding to date, trying for babies, or changing careers. You will have the possibility to influence the choice of the sim and to support him (by guaranteeing that he will make the change), to let him decide (50/50 chance in both cases) or to encourage him against his idea.

The popular emulate system sims community mods such as MC Command Center which used to be the only way to get unplayed sims to self-parent, get married and get promoted in careers.

The Sims 4 Neighborhood Stories includes the following features, which unplayed Sims can now:

  • Adopt children
  • Adopt pets (if The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs is installed)
  • Dying prematurely in accidents, the risk of which depends on factors such as age, character traits and career.
  • Try for babies with important other people
  • Changing careers, joining new careers, being promoted or leaving current careers
  • To marry
  • Meeting with new partners
  • Go on friendship dates and make new friends
  • Move to different residential lots

The Sims 4 Neighborhood Stories: How to Enable/Disable

How to Access Neighborhood Stories Settings in The Sims 4
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You may want to keep some families exactly as they are, or choose the story options you want over others. Fortunately, The Sims 4 The Neighborhood Stories update had options to turn the system on or off.

To adjust the Neighborhood Story options, go to the “Manage Households” menu in-game, here you can choose to enable Neighborhood Stories for your played and unplayed Households. Click the arrow icon at the top right of the screen to select the stories you want, this will apply uniform settings to each household.

If you want to set story options individually, the same icon is present on each household profile. You can go to options and choose which stories you want to keep. For example, if you don’t want sims to have babies on their own but want to keep the other options open, you can simply deselect the “Have Baby” option and keep the others selected.

  • In addition to Neighborhood Stories, The Sims 4 also launched a new update system called Deliver Express. Read our The Sims 4 Express Delivery guide for more details on free updates and new content.

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