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Defuglified Maxis faces - 27 CAS face replacements for all ages

by selzi Posted 25th Sep 2007 at 2:51 PM - Updated 20th Mar 2009 at 6:23 PM by selzi : updated links
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
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Hi everyone!

Some of you might remember my older CAS face replacement set where I tried to create 27 different faces for pretty townies and NPCs. This time I wanted to change the Maxis default faces to some prettier versions ...

CAS face replacements replace the 27 default faces Maxis provides in Body Shop and CAS. When you create a sim you can choose the features from these 27 faces, and they're also used by the game to create townies and NPCs. By installing replacements like these you'll have different features to choose from when creating your sims, and your new townies and NPCs will look different. However, CAS face replacements do NOT change the looks of existing sims.

I tried to make each face unique and as similar as possible to the original. In some cases (like #1 or #16) I didn't make many changes because I thought those faces were quite pretty already - in other cases my new versions look very different (like #6 or #25). Those were the incredibly ugly faces - whenever I tried to make my new faces look more like the originals they started to look grotesque. :D

The faces look all very similar on the pictures - the differences are more prominent in Body Shop. I wasn't able to take good profile pictures, so you should check out the faces from the side - they actually are different, and faces with crooked, long or knobbly noses did keep those characteristics - only in a reduced manner.

After finishing the faces I was curious how the well-known Pleasantview townies and NPCs would look with them. I performed surgery with the Insimenator on some of them and replaced their faces with the new archetypes made my me. These are the results:



The changes range from subtle to enormous - now even Goopy can look good ... *LOL*

Click here for many more in-game and comparison pictures!


How to install:
- Download the file and extract it into your Downloads folder. I made one package file for each face - feel free to use all of them or delete the ones you don't like.
- Delete the file "My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/cigen.package" because this file stores the little preview images used in Bodyshop and CAS. If you don't delete this file the new faces will still be used, but the previews won't be updated.
- If that doesn't work you should also delete the following files: My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/Thumbnails/CASThumbnails.package and My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/groups.cache.
- For some people face replacements only work when they're put into the SavedSims folder instead of the Downloads folder where custom content usually goes. If nothing else works for you then please try this!

How to uninstall:
- Simply delete the files in your Downloads folder.

Additional recommendations:
- Maxis borked the faces 21 and 25 - those only show up for adults. If you want to fix this problem you need the little hack argon_archfix by the awesome Argon!
- When townies and NPCs are created the template #26 (the elf) is never used. The just as awesome Terrakosmos made a fix for this so that your non-playable sims may also be elves: Randomize_26EelfArch

Other CAS face replacement sets:
There's no reason why someone should use only one CAS face replacement set. Sure, you can only use one replacement per face at once, but why not mix them? Just choose the faces you like best out of each set and make your own unique set - or use them one after the other and create a set of new townies with each ...

AllenABQ's faces
AmberDiceless' faces
bruna00000's faces
DocDoofus' faces
katuchan' faces
Lunar Eclipse's faces
Nailati's faces (not a whole set yet, but she's working on it)
Oepu's faces
Pooklet's faces
Sarakadie's faces
Spookymuffin's faces
Starlit's faces
Terrakosmos' faces
Zazazu's faces
My own older faces

Interesting links:
If you're sick of the plain old Maxis townies and happen to be in the mood for a new neighborhood with new pretty townies you might want to use these tutorials:

SaraMK's tutorial how to permanently clean out your new neighborhoods
Jordi's tutorial how to customize your new neighborhoods
German translation of these tutorials by me (partially shortened and modified)

Credits:
The custom content shown in the pictures was made by the following creators:
- Eyes by zoej
- Eyebrows by Helaene
- Skintones by buffybot and myself (blends of Oepu's Maxis Match skintones and Louis' #7 skintones )

My sincere thanks go to the following people:
- Motoki for writing the tutorial on how to create CAS face replacements
- AllenABQ for extracting the base files which saved me lots of time
- Quaxi and Peter & Inge Jones for creating and maintaing SimPE - I doubt I would still be playing the Sims without that wonderful tool ... :D
- The wonderful people at Zenobia's Sims 2 forum , Similar Addiction and DLMulsow's Sim Antics for encouraging me and testing these faces for me! You are the best!
- Peachy for teaching me how to save all eight age groups in just one package file!

My policy:
Just enjoy these faces in your game. If you don't like certain features feel free to modify them as you please. You don't need to give me any credit if you upload sims made with my templates - I'd be happy as hell, of course, but it's really not necessary. Please don't upload these faces unchanged to any other websites, especially not any paysites!

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You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
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Selzi_CAS_Faces_Sep07.rar

Size: 6.98 MB · Downloads: 81,930 · 25th Sep 2007
6.98 MB 81,930 25th Sep 2007
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Field Researcher
#2 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 3:27 PM
These are great! Thanks soo much for taking the time to do this! I've been looking for some replacements but I never really found any that I liked! So I'm very glad you uploaded this! Thanks again!
Scholar
#3 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 3:29 PM
Ah! Perfect timing; just as I was about to start a brand new neigbourhood. I use some of your old templates already mixed and matched with Natali's set and some other faces. Great work!

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Lab Assistant
#4 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 3:50 PM
Ohh thank you!
I keep changing my replacement because I never found ones that I really like but these are perfect!

"It's not true that life is one damn thing after another; it is one damn thing over and over"
Field Researcher
#5 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 3:58 PM
These are great, not too similar looking (like some), and would I be right in guessing you're using the fixed templates that you mentioned, rather than the borked original ones? Also, I take it they're not hi-res dependant? (I.e, usable in bodyshop)

Thanks :D

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Lab Assistant
#6 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 4:00 PM
those are great!thank you so much!
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 4:04 PM
Thanks for sharing, I'll mix these in with your old set.
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 4:05 PM
Lovely! Love these, and thanks for sharing!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#9 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 4:39 PM Last edited by selzi : 25th Sep 2007 at 5:05 PM.
Thanks so much, everyone!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sadie79
and would I be right in guessing you're using the fixed templates that you mentioned, rather than the borked original ones?

Yep, you're right - I made all ages for the faces #21 and #25, so everyone who downloaded Argon's fix should be able to see all ages correctly!

Quote:
Also, I take it they're not hi-res dependant? (I.e, usable in bodyshop)

I don't think they are - they work just fine for me in Body Shop, and none of my brave testers has complained so far either ...

Quote:
Originally Posted by gwillewyn
Perfect timing; just as I was about to start a brand new neigbourhood.

*pats herself on the back* Of course I knew that, that was the reason why I posted them today ... No, seriously - I needed some new faces myself after I had installed "Bon Voyage" and spent hours killing off the ugly Maxis townies running around all over my vacation hoods ...
Test Subject
#10 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 4:52 PM
These are the BEST yet! I am changing mine out now! Thank you SSOOOOO much!
Field Researcher
#11 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 5:52 PM
Really like these! Thank you!
Test Subject
#12 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 6:04 PM
Selzi, These are Fantastic!!!!!!!! Can't wait to use them. Thank You for sharing these.
I have a quick question, If I do want to use more than one set of templates, and from both I want to use #3, can one of them be put in slot 4 or are they number specific?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#13 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 6:10 PM
Thanks a lot, everyone!

Quote:
Originally Posted by sberton
I have a quick question, If I do want to use more than one set of templates, and from both I want to use #3, can one of them be put in slot 4 or are they number specific?

I'm afraid the numbers can't be changed. You would have to extract the faces of one of the #3s and overwrite the files of some #4 face with them. You could use Motoki's tutorial for that, and it shouldn't take too long (maybe 10 - 15 minutes per face)!
Test Subject
#14 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 6:17 PM
I'm so excited to get pretty townies! Thank you!
Test Subject
#15 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 8:27 PM
Thanks for your quick reply Selzi. Again great job with these.
Field Researcher
#16 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 9:32 PM
these are AWESOME! i have your last set, and it's preparing itself to be replaced!!
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 9:56 PM
Me likey! *downloads*
Test Subject
#18 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 10:06 PM
I've tried every set of CAS templates I could find, but these ones have me 100% satisfied! Great work!
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 10:55 PM
Finally got them to work! Selzi, I've told you before but I'lls ay it again. These are by far some of the best I've seen. Great work!
Test Subject
#20 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 11:02 PM
Wow, great job! I am so glad to see a set that tried to keep the individual character of each face! Thank you so much!
Test Subject
#21 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 11:08 PM
Wow, these are really nice . Probably the best maxis based faces i've seen so far, and just what i was looking for as i've been playing mostly my merged maxis neighborhood lately and my own replacements look totally out of place in that neighborhood. thanks XD
Test Subject
#22 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 11:19 PM
Default Thank you!!
I totally love this!! I had resigned myself to putting up with the funky features - real people look weird, after all, but not *that* weird! I'm not the kind of simmer who "must" have beautiful sims, but come on... some of those faces!

Thank you so much! I'm downloading it right now.
Lab Assistant
#23 Old 26th Sep 2007 at 1:11 AM
Wow! These are excellent! I was just looking for a new set of CAS replacements to try out. I'm looking through them right now, and I must say, they are very pleasing. Thanks for sharing! :D

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Lab Assistant
#24 Old 26th Sep 2007 at 3:26 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by LettuceMermaid
I totally love this!! I had resigned myself to putting up with the funky features - real people look weird, after all, but not *that* weird! I'm not the kind of simmer who "must" have beautiful sims, but come on... some of those faces!

Thank you so much! I'm downloading it right now.



Yeah I kinda liked that some of them really looked weird and ugly. This makes the sims I create --I dunno, more special, separates them from the Townies, you know? Hehe. But some of the facial features are exaggerated. This'll come in handy. :D
Field Researcher
#25 Old 26th Sep 2007 at 8:48 AM Last edited by **I_am_ME** : 26th Sep 2007 at 9:04 AM.
these are gorgeous! are you able to take them out of your game once they're in and it won't affect existing sims? and is it easy? XD and also, i think your new faces all look a bit too similar.

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