21 Tips for a Great Experience with Discover University, The Sims 4’s Latest Expansion

21 Tips for a Great Experience with Discover University, The Sims 4’s Latest Expansion

November 15, 2019 66 By Stanley Isaacs


Hey guys! EA game changers gave me the opportunity to
play around with Discover University ahead of its release this week. So I was given a copy to be clear. I don’t have a huge review ready to go yet,
but I thought I’d give you some idea what the gameplay is like and share some tips and
little things I wish I had known ahead of time. Let me know what you think of all this as
this video is a little different. First, it’s important to actually prepare
your Sim for applying. You can jump straight in if you don’t care,
but if you want to apply for a Distinguished degree, or go to a particular university for
that degree, you need to have some skills. See, everyone starts with a small chance of
being accepted but that’s boosted by having an “A” in high school, and it goes up based
on a variety of skill levels. So when you apply, you’re applying for every
school and degree at once and what they approve is what you can take. In this case, I leveled some skills with books
and got accepted into the distinguished physics degree program, just what I was aiming for. I’ve listed out all the skills that help with
the different courses on my site and will link to that in the description. We also have the career level you’ll start
at if you take this or that degree. Next up, you need to know about financial
aid. You can take student loans to cover everything,
pay out of pocket, or get scholarships which can cover a big chunk of the cost. Plus, you can have more than one if you get
lucky. Scholarships can be based on all kinds of
things, like your Sim being too poor or having participated in scouts. Skills benefiting you for scholarships is
a thing that happens but you need at least level 3 to have it come up, and don’t get
high chances until level 5. You can have multiple scholarships, so looking
into those that overlap with the degree you want can be really helpful. So after about 48 hours when the mail man
comes, you should have an acceptance letter if you’ve applied. You will know if you got into any distinguished
degree programs and separately get the scholarships from the mailbox. These appear in your Sim’s inventory. From now on you have about a week to sign
up for University. You can sign up using the mailbox and maybe
the computer. Britechester is a University for the Arts,
while Foxbury Institute is more for technology and science. They both have the same degrees, but they
will have distinguished degrees in their specialty and those are harder to get into. If you fail to get a distinguished writing
degree acceptance, you can take a regular degree from the opposite school. I’m sad to say that Foxbury is not what I
wanted. While it’s a technical school and offers some
great degrees, I hate its layout for dorm residents with a passion. It’s extremely annoying watching Sims go up
and down stairs all the time and never getting to use the bike for long distances. This may not be a problem depending where
you live on campus, but my Sim had a really annoying route from the dorm. After one week, you can reapply if
your Sim gained more skills and you’d like to take another stab at getting into that
distinguished program. Your original application will be open but
you can spend another $75 Simoleons to do it over and try to get a better deal. Scholarships also last at least a week. Next tip, we have to sign up and can take
up to 4 classes. Based on my experience, with 4 classes you
barely have time to do anything extracurricular during the week. This assumes you’re going for an A and doing
your homework every time. Just 1 class less gives you a lot more free
time. Electives count toward your 12 courses needed
to graduate, so why not take Research and Debate as an elective? Unfortunately, it’s not always there but you
could just level this up before you ever go. It’s a new skill in this pack, and actually
gives you an ability to complete homework faster by the third level. This will help a lot toward freeing up some
time. When you move into the dorm, for some damned
reason a Sim joins your household and not as an NPC. They put a Sim in two of the dorms while the
others are empty. It’s annoying as this Sim you’ve probably
never met, and you have full control. So if you were planning to play alone like
me, you now have an annoyance to deal with because of this odd design choice. Just nuke the Sim removing them from the household
so you can carry on enjoying your stay. On that note, lets say that people who prepare
dorms ahead of time will have a better experience. You can do this from manage worlds before
you ever move in. My life in the dorm sucked, because my microwave
sucked. Putting a small cooking area in the dorm helped
a lot, though you can’t use a stove. I used bb.enablefreebuild to do this, and
didn’t feel bad at all because to me it should’ve been there from the get go. Also, Delete most of if not all of the radios. They will potentially drive you nuts, with
0 quiet ever. Roommate shenanigans are fine with me I just
don’t like the fact I have to hear 2 of these things going at any one time. So like I said, with 4 classes and needing
to do homework for each class, and trying to keep my Sim happy, you’ve got to really
work on managing time. Bring up the careers tab and you’ll see the
sloppy means of assessing your situation in university. Note that you can drag this upward to see
more so you don’t have to scroll. Because there’s always another class soon,
I found I almost always had it open. Do homework for classes that are coming sooner
of course, and try to keep needs as high as possible. Having a good routine is key. If you want to bury your Sim in work, start
on a Sunday for University. Your term should end on Friday and you’ll
have those 5 days to get all the homework and finals completed. If you want an easier ride, start mid-week
and you’ll have two extra days and it’ll stay this way throughout if you re-enroll immediately. Something nice about this is with 3 classes
you can actually enjoy the campus life some, take part in other activities and make friends. I think the designers had 3 classes in mind
based on the work load. No matter what degree you’re in, it’d appear
that Focused is the only mood that gives you a boost to performance when attending class. So finding a way you can regularly get focused
before class is a good idea if you want to maintain a 4.0 GPA. There isn’t a button to ‘Go to Class’ until
the class is already in session, which is an oversight in my opinion. I’d like to be able to push it when I want
so that they get there on time. Now, your Sim will make an attempt to autonomously
go there but you don’t want to accidentally cancel as I did a few times. Otherwise, you have to manually click to walk
near the class building and hope it’s the right one. I had two separate buildings at Foxbury. When your Sim is actually in class, you can
use work tones just like you would with a career. Click the button on the top right of your
Sim’s portrait and use either actively listen for base performance but less fun drain, or
the take notes option for increased performance. You may be happy to know that in my world
the Mermaids from Island Living compete in robot competitions – mermaids and robotics
are a natural fit. Just like Malcolm Landgraab and wizardry. Bella Goth and other townies may visit your
dorm from time to time. I’m sorry to say that most of the dorm mates
were NPCs I’d never seen before or talked to, but that’s incredibly boring. These familiar faces are all around everywhere
I go, those same Sims always being there keeps things feeling really fresh. You can check in with professors to see how
you’re doing in that class. Honestly the devs probably should’ve made
this one interaction on computer that’s super easy to do, because checking each of them
individually is a pain. Thankfully, they did put in a version of this
interaction on the phone will check ALL of them with one click. So there’s a big tip. On the computer it’s a few menus deep and
becomes a lot of clicking. Regardless, they’ll give you some idea how
grades are going, so you know where to direct your efforts in terms of studying. Well, let’s get into how grades work. When you’re studying or doing homework and
turning that in, you’re slowly building up a meter that gives your Sim their final grade. It’s a pretty simple system. You get a bulk of points for your final project,
and that will help ensure you get an A along with attending class and finishing your homework
before each class. Every class has one of three things, either
a final exam which is where the study interaction comes in on the computer. Or it could have a term paper. When you finish a term paper, you’re probably
not done yet as you need to head into the menus and look at the quality of it. Using the edit ability on this work will result
in a quality improvement. If you get a high mark, it’s safe to turn
it in. Presentations are done with the presentation
board. You need to finish it, then can ask other
Sims for feedback and finally refine it, then practice the presentation. This process takes a while but it’s not too
bad. When it’s done, you can put the board back
in your inventory and use it to deliver the presentation on weekdays during business hours. It’s possible to get to the point where Your
Sim is having way too many microwaved meals and they begin to get uncomfortable all the
time from poor nutrition. This has no timer and can only be fixed with
a proper meal. Thankfully the snacks at Pepper’s Pub counts
as real food, so you can do this once every few days to prevent that. You could also go into build mode and give
this lot the study spot trait so that it becomes better for doing homework. Just depends if you feel like that’s cheating
and whether you care. So, we established that there are both regular
and distinguished degrees, but you can also graduate with honors if your GPA is higher
than 3.9. This means there are kind of four variants,
regular or distinguished and with and without honors. Getting Distinguished with honors does take
some work, especially if you take a heavy class load. These degrees do differ, with the distinguished
with honors giving the most boost. You should know that if you couldn’t get into
a good program, that the regular with honors is almost as good as a normal distinguished
in terms of bonuses. On the last day of class on the last semester,
your Sim will graduate – which is just a rabbit hole. You’ll now have the opportunity to take advantage
of that degree. See, the Careers panel changes to where you
can pick a branch instead of the base level. But you can also take the base level. Picking either the branch or the first level
of a career, you will get faster performance gains, faster paid time off generation, and
more cash. You can cheat in a degree if you like. I have the cheats for individual degrees up
on the site and I’ll link to that too. Overall, I have to say it was an OK experience
in terms of managing my time, keeping me on my toes with 4 classes but with some shortcomings. I did feel challenged at times. But, the career panel being used for tracking
the schedule is sloppy given we already had a calendar with Seasons. The only time the menu was closed was on weekends
because I didn’t have class. I don’t understand why they didn’t just show
how we’re doing on the careers panel either. Our general performance or a letter grade
we can see improving. It feels like some artificial difficulty because
it’s leaving you in the dark and forcing you to write in to be told how you’re doing. So that it’ll be a surprise when you get an
“A”. The reason I say this is there was never a
point in my University attendance that I didn’t know if I was doing poorly in a class or rocking
in another. I always knew. My comments on tip #16 the familiar faces
bit was definitely sarcasm. It takes me out of the game to run into mermaids
here on campus. I guess Sims takes place in one little city
with wildly different looking suburbs around it, because how the heck is this happening
otherwise. One last real negative: during my play, I
had a lot of frustration with roommates playing music, then when I took that away they started
with the violins. It was aggravating to be constantly hearing
noise when I’m used to playing small families. A big problem is, yeah, the music sounds awful
on speed 3 even when the pitch is matched. So you can go into options and disable match
music to game speed so it’s always on normal even in speed 3. This should be default. Regardless, what it comes down to is players
who want a peaceful experience probably just shouldn’t be in a dorm but I’ll be curious
what people who are excited for dorms have to say when they play this and experience
the chaos. I know some of you want it, and understand
that. Britechester is beautiful so this isn’t a
negative, but my footage is crisp and bright outdoors only because I disabled Seasons. The game doesn’t look good in cloudy conditions
and hearing this type of weather would be frequent there, I knew my footage would be
even worse covering rabbit holes in the dark. It’s already disadvantageous to me to have
rabbit holes as the main activity, harder to get good footage. Worse when it’s cloudy. But, with seasons off, the town is cheery
and bright and I love the look, just not always the layout of the Foxbury campus. There’s a lot o stuff I didn’t yet explore. This pack has the core school system but has
a lot of side attractions like the 2 new skills, 3 new careers, there are also the university
organizations and secret society. You can also go on a scholarship and have
a side job as a soccer player or eSports gamer. So there IS a good deal of content here, but
how much of it’s quality remains to be seen, though I want to say at least engineer and
robotics looks like they have a lot to them. There’s DEFINITELY a lot more to cover here
than in Island Living or Realm of Magic and and this is why hardly anyone has a proper
review that covers everything yet. That is definitely a good thing. We didn’t get a lot of time with the pack
and the nature of career coverage is that when you play legitimately it takes time to
get through those weeks, and you’re trying to get an A so you don’t do much other than
school work. You can support us on patreon if you like
my work, just a buck or so helps a lot and makes me less reliant on ads. Thanks a lot for watching and I hope this
was possibly helpful to some of you in deciding if you’ll want to buy Discover University. It’s got a volume of content but leans heavily
on the school system we looked at here. Have a nice weekend and if you do buy it,
I hope you enjoy it.