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#1 Old 5th Jan 2022 at 4:42 PM
How to make Custom Neighborhoods using SimCity 4
This is a very basic and easy to understand tutorial for making and importing custom 'hoods from SimCity 4 into The Sims 2

You need:
*A copy of The Sims™ 2
*A copy of SimCity™ 4 (it doesn't matter if it is the normal or Deluxe edition)

1.0 Making the neighborhood
1.1 Create a city like you usually would but make sure you are in god mode.
1.2 Use the Terrain tools to create the "foundation" for the city.
1.3 Once you are satisfied with the terrain, you can switch to mayor mode.
1.4 In order to place lots in The Sims 2, they need to be connected to a street. Build as many streets in whichever way you want, just keep in mind to leave some space so you can place lots around them later.
1.5 If everything is done, save and exit the game.

2.0 Locating the file
The Sims 2's 'hoods all use .sc4 files, which are the same as in SimCity 4. Open your file explorer and go to
CD: OS (C\Users\(Your name)\Documents\ SimCity 4\Regions\
macOS (OS X): Documents\SimCity 4\Regions\
Steam: (C\Users\(Your name)\Documents/steamapps/compatdata/24780/pfx/

You can also go to This PC and type .sc4 into the search bar and look for your city name instead.

3.0 Importing the file into The Sims 2
3.1 Select the .sc4 file you want to have in The Sims 2 and select "copy" (or press CTRL+C)
3.2 Go to
Ultimate Collection/Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Double Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\UserData\Neighborhoods
CD: C:\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\SC4Terrains\

3.3 Press CTRL+V to paste your custom terrain into the folder.

That's it. The template is now selectable in The Sims 2 when creating a new Neighborhood. Though you can't choose different ground types for your custom 'hoods like the others, because you only imported one. It is a simple tutorial after all.

Now you know how to add custom terrains in The Sims 2.
Check out another tutorial if you want to know how to make different ground types for your 'hood because I don't know how to make them myself.
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#2 Old 5th Jan 2022 at 6:43 PM
Very cool thank you!
More tutorials here:
Category:Neighbourhood-SC4 Tutorialswiki

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