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The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu Provided the Perfect Family Vacation

Set phasers to “fun!” Star Wars has phasers, right?

Set phasers to “enjoyable!” Star Wars has phasers, proper?
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Disney World in Florida has been busy prepping for the vacation season (throughout an ongoing pandemic). This comes because the California Points of interest and Parks Affiliation urges Governor Gavin Newsom to reopen Disneyland (regardless that the state is going through one of many worst fire seasons in historical past). Clearly, neither of those parks are a good suggestion for my household. The Sims may simply be the subsequent neatest thing.

I’ve been taking part in The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu ever because it arrived earlier this month. I initially deliberate to show my predominant character, Bethie Mysterie, right into a Millennium Falcon-riding Scoundrel badass—however then she aged right into a senior citizen and I didn’t really feel comfy risking her declining well being for a covert mission. As a substitute, I created a brand new Sim in my likeness and gave her a roommate that conspicuously appears to be like and acts identical to my husband. Inside per week, they had been married and having a child. Ta-da, concept forming: We’ll go on a household trip to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! What may probably go fallacious?

Spoilers: Plenty of issues.

Right here’s a diary I stored, as trip planner extraordinaire Jainomo Coolbody, detailing our excellent three-day household trip to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. Simply assume this takes place in a world the place covid-19 doesn’t exist anymore and we will simply hang around and have enjoyable. In any case, there’s no way in hell I’d go to a theme park in any other case.

With out additional ado: The Tremendous Superior, Household-Pleasant, and Not Youngster-Endangering Trip Diary of One Jainomo Coolbody (Dictated however Not Learn)

Day 1

Scrapbook Memories: We only just arrived and already Timmy’s talking about his phone. Maybe disconnect and spend some time with your family?

Scrapbook Reminiscences: We solely simply arrived and already Timmy’s speaking about his telephone. Possibly disconnect and spend a while with your loved ones?
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Hello there, Jainomo right here! So excited for our household trip. For the primary day, I assumed it could be enjoyable to not set any sort of schedule and simply see the place the day took us (writer translation: I let the Sims do no matter they needed and didn’t intervene). There are such a lot of wonderful locations to discover in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, from Oga’s Cantina to Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. How will you probably select? Right here’s what I and my darling household did throughout our spontaneous first day in Batuu:

10 a.m.—We arrive at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. The thrill is palpable. We’re all so prepared for our house journey! I needed to get there proper because the park opened, however you understand how it’s when you might have a toddler.

10:30 a.m.—Geena is already hungry, so Timmy dumped her at a close-by constructing so she wouldn’t disturb us.

11 a.m.—I suppose the “guilt” lastly bought to Timmy as a result of he went to go deal with Geena. I left to take a look at Oga’s Cantina and shoot the shit with some strangers. Ah, I’m child-free for one blessed hour…perhaps extra, if I’m fortunate. I haven’t tried one of many well-known drinks but, however I’ve nonetheless bought two extra days. Can’t waste all of the enjoyable within the first day!

12 p.m.—Geena took an enormous shit in her diaper, proper subsequent to a Scoundrel solid member named Jiinan—who did not break character, even because the odor path wafted proper by him. Geena, shock no shock, shouldn’t be having very a lot enjoyable. In the meantime, I’m having the time of my life.

1 p.m.—Timmy already misplaced the infant.


Scrapbook Reminiscences: Studying to stroll all by herself… actually!
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2 p.m.—Geena is wandering alone close to Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, proper subsequent to the mysterious Jedi Priestess statue. She’s such somewhat explorer! Timmy and I are chatting it up with some strangers on the reverse finish of the park. That’s what Disneyland is all about, proper, making new pals?

3:30 p.m.—Geena is crying now however nobody is stopping to examine on her. Form of impolite, for those who ask me. A lot for customer support.

4:30 p.m.—Timmy ran off to the lavatory and I haven’t seen him for hours.

5 p.m.—My “very unhappy” little one discovered me to ask me to learn her a ebook. She’s turning into so resourceful! Wow! Very pleased with my toddler. I haven’t been at it lengthy however I’ve undoubtedly mastered this parenting factor.

5:30 p.m.—I selflessly conform to learn Geena a ebook, as a result of I’m a very good mom. Then I ran off with out her and forgot all about it.

7:30 p.m.—It solely took 9 hours however the household’s all again collectively.

eight p.m.—Geena is ravenous and exhausted. Time for flash playing cards!

9 p.m.—The kid handed out on the bottom. Should be from all of the enjoyable.

Scrapbook Memories: You might think we’re neglecting Geena but don’t worry, we’re in the back talking about the weather.

Scrapbook Reminiscences: You may assume we’re neglecting Geena however don’t fear, we’re within the again speaking in regards to the climate.
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11 p.m.—My little one is ravenous to loss of life and has pooped in her diaper but once more. She’s now throwing a mood tantrum. I’ve grabbed myself some Outpost Popcorn. It’s free. Can’t beat the offers in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

Midnight—Heading house. Day considered one of household trip is completed, successful.

Day 2


Scrapbook Reminiscences: That is the primary and final time I noticed Santa at Galaxy’s Edge.
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The enjoyable continues! Timmy needed to work (it’s arduous enterprise being a undercover agent), so I invited Santa to affix the 2 of us at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Right this moment was a day for some mother-daughter bonding over our mutual love of Star Wars, so I got down to do as many actions as we may collectively (writer translation: I gave my Sim avatar some parental duties and waited to see how typically she’d fail at doing them).

10:30 a.m.—I’ve arrived on the park with Geena and Santa. It’s somewhat later than I might’ve favored, however you already know toddlers.

11 a.m.—Since Timmy’s off at work, I’m decided to have some high quality mother-daughter time, so we’re going to begin with the best bonding train of all: makeovers! Santa instantly sought out to grow to be a scoundrel with Hondo Ohnaka. Nonetheless unsure the place he ended up.

11:30 a.m.—I used to be feeling a bit gross so I needed to clean up and take a bathe earlier than our completely superior makeovers, so naturally I left my daughter exterior alone. I’m not nervous, she proved yesterday she will be able to deal with herself.


Scrapbook Reminiscences: Makeover Mondays are the very best! #blessed
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12:30 p.m.—For some purpose, I couldn’t get Geena to conform to a makeover (between you and me I feel she’s simply being somewhat shit), so I bought one for myself as a substitute. I kinda went for pre-Darkish Facet Anakin circa Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and I look fabulous. Geena appears to be like tremendous.

1:30 p.m.—I attempted to take my daughter to get some lunch but it surely was too arduous, so I simply ran off to get some Outpost Popcorn for myself. Geena’s cool, she’s heading to Oga’s Cantina. I’m assuming Santa’s there, time for him to do his fair proportion of kid watching. In any case, I’m completely on his good record.

Four p.m.—After dropping one another for just a few hours (it’s a giant park!), Geena and I are listening to some music collectively at Oga’s Cantina. Santa is nowhere to be discovered, I’m guessing he’s off performing some sort of secret mission or one thing. Method to dodge his duties.


Scrapbook Reminiscences: Have a good time good occasions, come on! Critically, come on Geena, that unhappy face is bumming me out.
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5:30 p.m.—Geena may’ve requested me about princesses however as a substitute, she’s speaking about Jedi and Sith. She definitely takes after me, I’m so pleased with her!

6 p.m.—Ugh scratch that. She began speaking about princesses, so I walked away.

7 p.m.—“Mommy’s busy consuming some extra Outpost Popcorn, sweetie, why don’t you discuss to the great felony over there?”

eight p.m.—Geena requested me for a snuggle, parenting full.

9 p.m.—Heading house, mother-daughter bonding day was a lot enjoyable. It introduced us nearer collectively than ever earlier than. On an unrelated notice, bought a bizarre message that my daughter is vulnerable to being taken away by the state. Silly spam callers.

Day 3


Scrapbook Reminiscences: Timmy and I are getting our groove on with Hondo, this park is so immersive.
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It’s the final day! Unhappy but in addition relieved. Having enjoyable is tiring! Timmy shocked me by taking the break day and hiring a nanny so we may benefit from the park as a pair (writer translation: I organized all of that as a result of taking a Sims toddler to Batuu is exhausting). It may appear sort of impolite to depart our little one at house for the third day of our promised household trip, however she’s actually younger she’ll neglect all about it later. The one reminiscences she’ll have would be the nice ones! Now it’s time to get pleasure from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge the way in which it was meant to be loved: as adults. Cocktails, lightsabers, and “woohoo” galore.

11 a.m.—We’ve arrived at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Usually I’d blame the toddler for our tardiness however this time it was all me. Timmy went to go get a brand new Star Wars outfit (that appears conspicuously like Luke Skywalker’s in Episode IV: A New Hope), I went and handled myself to a Mustafarian Lava Roll at Docking Bay 7 Meals and Cargo. Strono “Cookie” Tuggs gave me a slight nod of approval for lastly having a while to myself—or at the least perhaps I imagined that. It’s so peaceable right here.

12 p.m.—Timmy and I are so in sync on our {couples} trip; each of us individually ended up at Oga’s Cantina so we may dance to DJ R-3X’s jams.

1 p.m.—We’re having a deep dialog about Wookiees. I’ve by no means felt so near him in my life.


Scrapbook Reminiscences: When in Batuu…
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2 p.m.—I imply, clearly. (see above)

2:30 p.m.—You’d assume having intercourse at Disneyland would get you kicked out, however as a substitute our “woohoo”-ing was serenaded by a quiet rendition of the Star Wars theme as fireworks rained down from above. (PS: Got a Sims happiness bonus for having intercourse at Batuu. Happiest Place on Earth certainly.)

Four p.m.—Timmy needed to order the braised shank roast at 19 credit however was nervous it was too costly. I instructed him to deal with himself. In any case, this cash isn’t good exterior of the park anyway. In the meantime, I went shopping at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities and spent most of our credit to purchase Geena a Plush Porg. That’ll make up for leaving her at house, proper?

4:30 p.m.—Having the time of our lives collectively, been nothing however comfortable all day. It’s nearly as if bringing a toddler to Disneyland ruins the expertise.


Scrapbook Reminiscences: You thought I used to be kidding about that “woohoo” happiness bonus? Galaxy’s Edge is aware of easy methods to reward its clients.
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5 p.m.—Time for extra dancing!

6 p.m.—Participating in somewhat innocent flirting with the bartender Lorn Ravenlocke. I admire his dedication to staying in character, a lot in order that he didn’t get bizarre that I used to be hitting on him in entrance of my husband. What can I do, I’m feeling flirty…I had intercourse in a theme park!

7 p.m.—Bartender was speaking shit about me to Hondo behind my again I rescind all my compliments.

9 p.m.—Determined to shut out the day with somewhat lightsaber problem, in hopes of successful somewhat cash and bragging rights. Oh shoot, can’t try this and not using a lightsaber…which I don’t personal. I simply had to get that porg plushie for my little one.

10 p.m.—Went house, what an exquisite solution to finish our excellent household trip.

Scrapbook Memories: It’s so great looking back on all the wonderful times we had together.

Scrapbook Reminiscences: It’s so nice wanting again on all of the fantastic occasions we had collectively.
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Fundamental Takeaways

  • The Sims Four Star Wars: Journey to Batuu is a enjoyable trip enlargement pack, and offers gamers loads of choices for what they wish to do with their time. If you wish to become involved in a top-secret mission for the Resistance, go forward! Need to combat “Insurgent Scum” for the First Order? Fireplace away! I want to get drunk and dance (largely as a result of these aren’t actions I can do proper now anyway, due to the entire “rising an individual” in actual life factor).
  • That stated, Journey to Batuu was not designed with Sims households in thoughts. For some purpose, most of the command choices involving “taking good care of the kid” didn’t work, which meant the Sims stored abandoning the child in favor of entertaining themselves. Possibly it’s somewhat simpler with older Sims youngsters, who can feed and clear themselves when wanted, but it surely simply goes to indicate: By no means deliver a toddler to Disneyland.
  • One other draw back to Journey to Batuu is the dimensions. What’s nice about The Sims is you’re largely working in a restricted house—whether or not it’s your house, a restaurant, or a karaoke bar—which makes it simple to trace your Sims and have enjoyable with them. However the Batuu areas are big. It’s very easy on your Sims to get misplaced as you battle to seek out the place you need them to go as a result of all of the buildings look comparable and are unfold far aside from one another. I do know it’s bizarre to complain {that a} online game space is too huge, however dimension doesn’t all the time work in The Sims’ favor. No, that wasn’t a “woohoo” joke…so far as you already know.
  • I additionally visited the First Order and Resistance areas, however neither of them had been as entertaining as Black Spire Outpost. I feel it’s as a result of that’s the one that appears most like Galaxy’s Edge. Plus it has far more to do, like constructing lightsabers and getting drunk at Oga’s Cantina. Principally the “getting drunk” half. Did I point out how enjoyable that’s and the way a lot I miss it?
  • Don’t take Santa on trip. He’ll simply abandon you.

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Beth Elderkin on io9, shared by Kaitlyn Jakola to Gizmodo