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Downtown Revamp - A complete overhaul of Downtown from The Sims 2 Nightlife

by TheDudeWithTheDragonTattoos Posted 7th Dec 2020 at 4:37 PM
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What is this?

If you haven't been following me on Tumblr for the past few weeks, I took on a project to completely renovate all of Downtown from The Sims 2 Nightlife. This means all lots have been completely remodeled and updated. No more fugly Maxis lots! I had three main goals for this project - First, to update everything to look good and be fun to play, second to have each lot offer a unique experience, and third, to keep the original feeling of the lots in tact.

This comes in two versions - a Subhood version that you can add to your existing hoods, like you would with a traditional Downtown, and a Main Hood version, so you can play my updated Downtown as a main hood if you'd like!

*Please read all information outlined below. This has disclaimers, cc credits, and installation instructions.

General Information:
I renovated every single lot (except four lots which I removed from the hood, more on that later). Downtown had a special way of reusing the same idea for multiple different lots - I stopped counting how many dark vampy dance lounges with raised or lowered dance floors there were. Three freakin bowling alleys? As I mentioned earlier, I wanted each lot to have its own reason for you to come visit, and there were four lots that I ultimately felt offered nothing and wouldn't be missed if they were taken out. The following lots are not in this Downtown:
  • Lost in Love Hedge Maze
  • P.U.R.E
  • The Corner Shoppes
  • Comandgo Emporium

Aside from those four lots, every lot has been renovated - Including Residential lots!
  • This is not populated. There are no townies and/or Tricou ghosts.
  • There are a few unavoidable NPC's that have spawned when I made this such as a busker and the New Year's Toddler. There are also a few stray animals that decided to spawn, but those could not be avoided. All in all, don't worry about this adding tons and tons of NPC's to your game - I did my best to ensure the hood was empty.
  • This hood does include custom content. Sorry if you don't play with it, but there's just some things that I couldn't go without. I tried to use only what I felt was necessary to make the hood look and play nicely.
  • This was built in the Ultimate Collection, so unfortunately I don't know exactly what is "required". Recommended at the very least to have NL, H&M, BV, FT, UNI, and AL.

Custom Content:

Firstly, a HUGE thank you to all of the CC creators who have so kindly allowed me to include their CC in a single download folder. Below are credits to the individual pieces that were used, along with their creators blogs/profiles as well. There are also some important pieces of information and disclaimers about certain sets and defaults below. Please read everything before you bork up your game and blame me.

**You do NOT need to download the following items one by one. These are credits. All but ONE of them are included in a single download folder that you'll find included**

*Those with a * next to their name are Default Replacements.
  • Pub Bottle Recolors & *Clothing Rack Defaults by withlovefromsimtown on Tumblr
  • Better Nightlife, Tarmac Hood Deco, and Matching Road Floor Tiles by Criquette
  • A few recolor sets by CluedoSims/Shastakiss on Tumblr
  • Community Phonebooth by nicvncnt
  • *Linden Trees, Seasonal AL pond, Tower of Communism Skybox, and The Emerald City Skyscraper Set all by Lowedeus on Tumblr
  • Skyfix by simnopke
  • Hood Deco Buildings by Dulcinea
  • Criquette Horizons by Witheredlilies and Criquette
  • *Terrain Default Replacement by iCad
  • Invisible Driveway Recolor by Roddyalexio
  • *Invisible Stop Signs by Psychosims
  • 4T2 City Living Murals by Moocha-muses
  • Simlish Neon Signs by PollinationTech
  • Some (Excluding the Default Replacement) items from the Bespoke Build Set by Honeywell
  • Public Bathroom Deco by NekoSayuri
  • Vampire Gravestones by Tony-Veis
  • *Low Poly Tree Defaults and *Edited Defaults of Criquette's Rural Charm Road by Peppermint & Ginger

If I mistakenly included CC that you created and you do not want it included (Though I contacted those I was unsure about) please immediately reach out to me and I will remove them

Additional credit to the amazing and dear Mootilda for the extremely helpful tutorial on changing hood types :,)

Important CC Info:

DISCLAIMER: There are SOME default replacements in this CC folder. They have been marked in a separate folder with "-DFR" in front of their names. If you have your own defaults, simply do NOT add them to your downloads.

Note about Bespoke Set:
This does NOT include all of the items in the Bespoke Build Set. If you already have it, do not add these
folders to your game. If you do have it and plan on getting the rest of the pack later on, just delete these two folders and install
those from MTS. The items included in this folder are the following:

Wall Coverings
Floor Edging

If you do not wish to use the entirety of BBS, then just use the items in the folders I have provided, as these are the ones
that are necessary in Downtown Thanks again Honeywell!

The Roads that I use in this hood do not have a grass median between the road and sidewalk. The way my DFR's work is that that space needs to be filled in once the overlays are placed. If you do not use a DFR OR if you use something different, you may have to remove the filled in section. You'll know what I mean when you load it up. Also, if you don't use these defaults, there may be random rugs in the road, that is just the game replacing unavailable content.

If you don't plan on using the Phone Booths that are included, you will want to go back through the lots and add back the EA default phone booths. I am not sure if your sims will be able to get back to their home lot if you don't download the custom ones, since I deleted the original vanilla booths.

Excluded CC:
I used these recolors of Numenor's stairs. You WILL need to download these (be sure to properly download them) as they are NOT included, since Numenor does not allow this.

CC Download Instructions:

There are TWO Parts to the CC download. One contains the custom ITEMS that were used, while the other contains all of the DEFAULT REPLACEMENTS I used. If you want your Downtown to look just as it does in my images, download both.

Download Instructions:

If you want the Subhood version - Download the DTWN Subhood zip, unzip with your preferred program, and extract it to the following folder, depending on which version of the game you have:

DELETE THE D001 Folder, or move it to a safe location. This is the original Downtown.
Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Double Deluxe\EP2\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Disk: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Nightlife\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Once this is installed, load up the hood that you wish to add the new Downtown subhood to, and add it as you would with the vanilla Downtown. Note that you will know it's the right one as the thumbnail will be different.

If you want the Main Hood version - Download the DTWN Main Hood zip, unzip with your preferred program, and extract to the following folder, depending on which version of the game you have:

Ultimate Collection: Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Neighborhoods

Disk: Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods

TOU: I guess I need my own TOU now. Don't steal my lots or hood and claim it as your own. Use common sense. I am fine if you renovate one of my renovations and want to post it yourself, just give me credit and link to this original post. Also, do NOT redistribute the cc folder included. This is meant only for Downtown, only saying this as I wish for the creators to get all the credit.

Keep an eye out for my next project. Thinking of moving on to Bluewater Village or a Vacation Hood!

Enjoy and have fun :D

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 University Nightlife Open for Business Pets Seasons Bon Voyage Free Time Apartment Life + 9 SPs

This is a multi-part download:

Part 1 of downloads contains custom content ITEMS
Part 2 of downloads contains custom DEFAULT REPLACEMENTS

Download both if you wish to have the same look as in the images.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Downtown Main Hood Version.7z

Size: 22.61 MB · Downloads: 1,057 · 7th Dec 2020
22.61 MB 1,057 7th Dec 2020
Downtown Subhood Version.7z

Size: 22.61 MB · Downloads: 1,585 · 7th Dec 2020
22.61 MB 1,585 7th Dec 2020
Downtown CC PART 1 Custom Content.7z

Size: 78.97 MB · Downloads: 1,913 · 7th Dec 2020
78.97 MB 1,913 7th Dec 2020
Downtown CC PART 2 Default Replacements.7z

Size: 27.96 MB · Downloads: 1,507 · 7th Dec 2020
27.96 MB 1,507 7th Dec 2020
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
Original Poster
#26 Old 12th Jan 2021 at 8:17 AM
Originally Posted by Starrytrek
Thanks so much! This is an awesome makeover!

I'm digging the neighborhood version, but I can't seem to get the subhood version to show up in my game. I've got the hood selector. I've tried it with and without the original downtown in place... and I re-downloaded it and re-extracted it. Is there something I'm missing?

I'm sorry you're having trouble with that. I'm not really sure why it would be causing an issue. Are you sure you're using the correct version? Because you can't just put the main hood version in your game files and use it as a subhood. If you're sure, try going to my tumblr here and downloading it there, hopefully that works
Test Subject
#27 Old 21st Feb 2021 at 5:41 AM
I can't get the subhood or the main hood to work. Trying to add a subhood it asks to pick a custom downtown. When I try to load the main hood it crashes the game on loading.
Test Subject
#28 Old 7th Mar 2021 at 6:10 PM Last edited by ParadiseLost131 : 7th Mar 2021 at 7:04 PM.
Hey! Love this revamp! I've just got a new PC, and I had this on my old laptop so naturally had to download it again. Problem is, some of the buildings are glitching pink. I highly doubt it's an issue with my graphics card not being able to run it because this PC is lightyears better than my old laptop. I've tried deleting and redownloading the CC folder and default replacements to make sure I did it correctly and it hasn't fixed. Any idea how to fix this?

EDIT: I found the issue! I had the seaWater.package file that was conflicting with the Better Nightlife mod. Deleted it from my downloads folder and all working perfectly! Posting here in case anyone else ever has a similar issue. https://criquette-was-here.tumblr.c...hood-deco-night
Test Subject
#29 Old 12th May 2021 at 12:06 PM
Thank you, I loved it! You just gave me an inspiration for my first project
Test Subject
23rd Aug 2021 at 12:10 PM
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Top Secret Researcher
#30 Old 23rd Aug 2021 at 12:19 PM
If your neighborhood already has the original Maxis Downtown attached, then I believe you can't add this downtown as-is, because those have the same name and ID (D001).

If that's the case, you can try renaming all files and folders' prefixes of this Downtown from D001 to (for example) D999 using Bulk Rename Utility, and then try adding the downtown again. Make sure it's in the right folder (NeighborhoodTemplates under the Nightlife EP).
Test Subject
#31 Old 4th Sep 2021 at 5:08 PM
I have to say I appreciate the hard work you put in to this. I absolutely love this. I did have problems when I first downloaded, like some of the above mentioned, where it did not show up in my game. However I already have a mod by Mootilda that allows multiple downtowns, shopping districts in the game. They have me put the file in :The Sims 2 Open For Business\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate file instead of the nightlife file. So I tried that and yours came up under downtown. So maybe a possible fix for anyone that uses that mod and can't get your downtown to show up?
Test Subject
#32 Old 22nd Nov 2021 at 12:16 PM Last edited by s4rts4 : 23rd Nov 2021 at 10:51 AM.
This looks fantastic! Can't wait to get to play with this. Unfortunately loading up downtown after adding it to my neighborhood crashes my game, haven't figured out why as of yet. I'll try to troubleshoot it. I got it to show up with Mootilda's multiple subhoods mod straight off the bat, no problems there.
Edit: I narrowed it down. The hood and lots load up fine and sims can visit. The nightlife 18:00 call to invite someone to downtown for a date or outing crashes the game. Probably a mod conflict. So, your neighborhood works perfectly!
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