What I'm Playing - No. 77
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What I'm Playing - No. 77

Welcome back to another weekly wrap-up of the games I’ve been playing over the past week!

This post is free of main story spoilers for Persona 4 Golden. I cover some of the slice of life situations, so if you want those to remain a surprise you might consider skipping that section this week!

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The Sims 4 (PC)

I played just a tiny bit of The Sims 4 this week because I wanted to check out the newest expansion pack, Eco Lifestyle. This pack is all about green living. Every neighborhood of every world has a new eco-friendliness meter that is influenced by each lot in the neighborhood. If the lots contain lots of items that are “green,” then the meter gradually advances to the green side. On the other hand, if the lots contain lots of industrial items, the meter advances to the industrial side over time. Admittedly, I didn’t play long enough to see the impact of these new gameplay elements. There’s things like solar panels, rain collectors, bug farms, and many other new items as well.

Eco Lifestyle bug farms

To celebrate the new pack, I moved Kaleigh Covarrubias and her roommates, Celeste and Bret, to a lot in the new world. I moved them to a neighborhood that was initially on the industrial side of the meter. The whole neighborhood had a sickly brown palor when they moved in. I initially tried to build a house myself but I gave up after probably close to an hour and just replaced everything I’d built with this cool house from the gallery. Also, the last time I’d played the Sims was to have Kaleigh finish her degree at university, so she was still in her graduation cap and gown when they moved.

moved Kaleigh Covarrubias and her roommates this cool house from the gallery in her graduation cap and gown

I did make one addition to the house. I built a small underground room for Bret, and put the ladder to enter it over by the dumpster. For a while I had the doors locked such that Bret could only go into his underground chamber, but I let him back into the main house to make it easier for him to keep his Social need filled. He started a fire in the house at one point though, so I had my reasons for exiling him to his dungeon.

a small underground room for Bret the ladder to enter it He started a fire in the house

Not much else happened. I had Kaleigh try out some of the new items, like the fizzing machine that you can use to create fizzy drinks out of fruits and other items from your inventory. Then she got to know the neighbors by drinking their blood, and started a new career as a sous chef. Just your everyday Sims things, you know?

the fizzing machine drinking their blood a sous chef

Persona 4 Golden (PC)

I made quite a bit more progress this week, but I won’t go into much detail to avoid spoiling anything. I’ve maxed out quite a few social links, but there are some others that I barely started this week.

maxed out quite a few social links others

One part of Persona 4 Golden I really like is the school trip to Tatsumi Port Island, the fictional city from Persona 3. It’s just dripping with P3 nostalgia and I love it! Music from Persona 3 plays during that section, and the characters visit locations from P3. There’s also a reference to another Shin Megami Tensei spinoff, Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha and the Soulless Army. I don’t think I noticed that reference the first time I played P4G.

the fictional city from Persona 3 locations from P3 reference to another Shin Megami Tensei spinoff

I’m still really enjoying my playthrough! There are so many charming scenes with the cast just hanging out together. Many of these get me laughing or at least chuckling out loud. This is such a loveable cast! And of course the battle system is excellent too!

charming scenes battle system


The self-proclaimed "Guy with the Backlog", as of this writing his Steam backlog is slowly growing to the point of consuming him. Meanwhile, he spends most of his time trying to catch up on the retro classics he missed, as well as replaying the games he grew up with.

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