The story of the Landgraabs in The Sims

If you’re looking for the most prolific surname in Sims history, look no further than the Landgraabs. Not only do mentions of the family date back to the original PC game, but the Landgraab family exists long before that, dating back to SimCity 3000, released in January 1999.


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But while their wealth and status have remained the same over the years, the Landgraab family itself changes with each episode of the series. The canonical timeline is rather confusing, but we wanted to look back and see exactly where this illustrious and mega-wealthy family came from.

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Historic landgraabs

There are quite a few infamous Landgraabs that appear either in canonical mention in the Sims universe or as nods in the ancillary games. The oldest Landgraab mentioned in the main series was from The Sims 2: Seasons, where a chance card mentions a Gregory Landgraab who went into a huge fortune, which he spent on the property.

Another example of the family’s wealth came in The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles, where they are the owners of one of the wealthiest cities in the outside world. Demetrius and his son, Dacian, are at war with the nearby town, and your Sim player can choose a side in the battle. This wealth story, however, contradicts what we’ve learned about Gregory, as a medieval setting would mean these two are the oldest Landgraabs.

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Finally, we’ve seen Admiral Landgraab mentioned in both The Sims and The Sims 3, but never with a proper first name. In The Sims: Vacation, it is mentioned that one of the spots on Vacation Island would be his first conquest. You can also purchase a portrait of Admiral Landgraab in-game. He is mentioned again in The Sims 3: World Adventure, having a trapped burial ground in Champs Les Sims called Castle Landgraab.

These mentions give the family an origin story, a place where their expansive dynasty began. In SimCity 3000, the family is renowned for its large portfolio of land ownership rights, primarily with residential land in both SimCity and The Sims: Bustin Out. However, in PC games we see the family more involved in commercial properties, with their name on several buildings and lots around each of the towns.

Console Landgraabs

While we really only see this iteration of Malcolm Landgraab in the console versions of The Sims games, his role is exceptionally different in each.

In The Sims for console and The Sims: Bustin Out, he’s the richest man in town, taking you from house to house while you fix them on his behalf before he sells them for a profit. He has two children, Dudley and Mimi, and neither has exactly that Landgraab ambition. They’re both stereotypical rich kids, living fast-paced lives like party animals and not caring much about other people. You’ll live with the two at various times, and the two are remarkably terrible roommates.

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Things are very different again by the time The Sims 3 for console begins, however. In it, Malcolm is married to a woman named Hannelore, and they have a son, Adrien. His lifelong wish is to be the leader of the free world, and he moved his family to Moonlight Bay with the intention of running for public office, spreading the Landgraab name ever further.

The Sims 3

Since The Sims 3 is the first game in the canonical timeline, we can learn a lot about the Landgraabs. They live in one of only three prefab mansions in Sunset Valley, and Nancy passes on the family’s wealth to a new generation, living with her husband, Geoffrey, and their son, Malcolm.

Along with her parents, Chester and Queenie, both dead at the time of loading, Nancy is the head of the Landgraab family, employed as vice-presidents. Her traits also lend themselves to this, with the game calling her workaholic, snobby, ambitious, charismatic, and a perfectionist. Her lifelong wish is to become CEO of Mega Corporation, and as Vice President when you fit into the family, she’s already pretty close.

However, the Alto family also has skin in the game, with Nick Alto also serving as Vice President, and you’ll see them both in constant competition for the title of CEO. This usually goes to Nancy, if you’re playing with story progression enabled, but you’ll find her loathing almost the entire Alto family because of it. She’s not friends with Holly Alto, the family’s teenage daughter, but she’s not enemies with her either – and for someone as ruthless as Nancy, that might be the best thing to do. she can do.

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Prior to The Sims 3, Nancy married Geoffrey Osteer, who took her last name for status (Nancy doesn’t strike us as one to compromise). He is family oriented, charismatic, a hopeless romantic, he loves the outdoors, and he is incredibly family oriented. He is employed in the medical career, but still makes time for the couple’s son, Malcolm.

Nancy is determined to make Malcolm a true heir to the family fortune, but while he loves both parents, Malcolm is notoriously closer to Geoffrey. Reading Malcolm’s biography indicates a reluctance to become a tycoon as his family line almost dictates, as he is a well-mannered bookworm who seems to enjoy the quieter parts of life.

The Sims 2

Although the Landgraabs themselves do not appear in the base game, they are indeed present to some extent once you enter the expansion packs. If you enroll your Sim in Sim State University after installing the university expansion, you will see one of the dorms named after the prolific family, implying they are either alumni , or generous donors. Additionally, if you explore the secret societies present but unseen on each campus, you will also find the Landgraab Society in the same school.

Once you’ve installed Open for Business, you’ll meet Malcolm Landgraab IV, who lives on a colossal estate in Bluewater Village. His cash is relatively average for a family in the game, but the possessions housed in his mansion are all worth enough a few Simoleons. In this pack, he is the owner of Club Dante, as well as the Electronics Supercenter.

The Sims 4

Although The Sims 4 is canonically an alternate reality, it’s another game where we get extensive exposure to living members of the Landgraab family. Again, the main Landgraab family consists of Nancy, Geoffrey, and Malcolm, living in an oversized mansion in Oasis Springs.

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Nancy remains focused on money and prestige, but she does it a little differently. Now she is in the criminal career, employed at level five as a minor crime lord, the last general position before choosing to specialize as a boss or oracle. She still aspires to be fabulously wealthy, and with her ambitious, snobby, materialistic, and business-savvy traits, Boss seems like a much more fitting path for her.

Geoffrey has also changed careers and is, interestingly, a senior detective in the secret agent career. An investigator he is, however, if a major criminal lives with his loot in his house, sleeping right next to him. However, his traits are domestic, family-oriented, outgoing, and kind, so maybe he just wants to keep Nancy by his side and chooses to look the other way.

He longs for a successful line, but the couple’s son Malcolm – now a teenager in this game – seems reluctant. While he was good when we met him as a kid in The Sims 3, alternate reality Malcolm is evil, dastardly, and snobby, with ambitions to become a public enemy. This aligns him more with his mother than his father, unlike the previous game.

There was a second Malcolm Landgraab introduced by Maxis which further compares him to his console appearances. This Malcolm is a ridiculously wealthy elder working as an angel investor, who has reached the maximum levels of charisma and mischief. His children, Dudley and Mimi, also feature and are also incredibly in line with their console appearances, both lazy partygoers once again. Malcolm also has a wife, whose name is still, after all this time, just mom.

However, these aren’t the only Landgraabs in The Sims 4. Although you’d never know just by playing the game, reading the biography of Johnny Zest, who lives in a trailer not far from the Landgraab Estate in Oasis Springs, reveals that it is a long-lost Landgraab. It’s not clear exactly how he is related to the family, but the prevailing theory among fans is that he is the disowned eldest son of Nancy and Geoffrey. His biography explains that his family disowned him for pursuing a career in comedy, and his home and likeness bears an uncanny resemblance to Dudley from console games.

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