Latanya was pregnant again.
Emmanuel and Vanessa stopped by to say hello to one another.
Jaylen and Aristide had a joint birthday party. I gave Jaylen the hopeless romantic trait, and Aristide rolled perfectionist.
Cassandra’s birthday fell on the following day, but since a decent number of the party guests were still around when midnight arrived, I decided just to age her up then and there, giving her the natural cook trait.
Candy had a secret little birthday celebration all on her own.
I was keen to turn her into a real sim, but I had too many sims in the household and didn’t have the right mods installed to bypass that restriction, so I decided to move Albina, Lydell, and Timothy out. Since Albina and Timothy are heirs this is kind of against the rules, but I felt like I’d explored the potions with Albina and dating with Timothy as much I’d wanted to and was ready to move on. I got Albina and Lydell a two bedroom apartment and Timothy a little studio.
Cassandra gave the potion that her mum had made as a teenager to Candy for her to drink.
After her transformation, I took her quickly into CAS to get rid of the pudding. She is nurturing, rebellious, lucky, and has a good sense of humour.
Jaylen and Imani’s little brother Keshawn was born, rolling the athletic and friendly traits.
Straight after the birth, Latanya aged up.
Cassandra took Maryann fishing at the Butterfly Esplanade. There aren’t actually any fish in the pond there, but it at least made a change from the beach.
Latanya read Imani a bedtime story. I do love the animation, but I don’t use this interaction very often because so far as I can tell you need to wait until the child is very sleepy before it becomes available.
Imani had signed up for ballet classes, and was able to show off her new moves to Aristide.
Cassandra shared her first kiss with Maryann.
Prom night arrived and Cassandra, Candy, and Jaylen got all dressed up.
But Cassandra’s date Maryann just spent the evening standing outside the house, like Timothy’s date had at his prom. Is there something I’m not doing right, I wonder?
At the prom, Cassandra and ‘Maryann’ (who definitely wasn’t there) had a wonderful time together, but Jaylen’s crush refused to dance with him, and Candy got into a fight. Jaylen and Cassandra were named Prom King and Queen.
The next day, Caden and Latanya were offered a free vacation, which I had them accept, leaving the kids alone in the house all weekend. There were enough leftovers in the fridge for everyone to enjoy a delicious turkey dinner together on Friday evening.
They all did their bit looking after little Keshawn.
On Saturday, Cassandra threw a teen party.
Everyone danced late into the night, until most of the guests had either got into their sleeping bags or just passed out on the floor.
I hope you don’t mind me stopping here. I feel like I’ve run out of Generations-related directions in which to take my play, and am keen to move on to Appaloosa Plains and the next expansion pack. There are a small number of individual interactions I haven’t shown off, but I can’t imagine that spending a sim day or so just checking them off a list would be that fun for me.
While I really value a lot of what Generations brought to the game, I wish it had some meatier content – more CAS items for our ever-neglected elders and toddlers, and even more importantly some new hobbies for all age groups. I’d have loved a little gardening station for children to use, for example, perhaps with a hidden skill similar to that built by the toy oven. I like the chemistry set, but it doesn’t even have a dedicated skill; I’ve never personally been particularly taken with the pranks, despite their fun animations; and I think it’s a shame that potentially exciting activities and events like ballet and the high school prom are confined to rabbit holes.
However, I enjoyed the daycare profession even more than I was expecting: what a great way to stay connected to the rest of the neighbourhood, even if the execution was a little off sometimes. My biggest discovery during this play through was probably the video camera, which I’d never used before. I’d be unlikely to bring it out for very special moments like wedding ceremonies, since I’d always rather take my own screenshots of them, but it’s really wonderful for capturing sims just hanging out together. I have a great video of Jaylen, Cassandra, and Candy dancing together in their formalwear before they went to prom, and I’m sure it will be nice to look back over that and the other footage I took in the future.
What about you? How do you rate Generations, and do you think I gave it a fair try? Let me know in the comments! Next time we’ll be learning to ride, adopting some pets, and enjoying the country air with Jaylen, Cassandra, and Imani. Happy Simming until then 🙂