The "Sims 3" is the latest instalment in the popular life simulation series of games by Maxis and is available for both computer and consoles. Continuing the success of the original titles, "The Sims 3" has generated a lot of sales and has a multitude of expansion packs available for it. With every new expansion pack you install the game will change the splash screen to correspond with the name of the expansion. It is possible, however, on the computer version of the game to change the splash screen back to the original.
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Download the "Sims 3" tools. This free program will allow you to modify the game and is available online for free (see Resources for link).
Double-click the downloaded file and click "I agree" to begin the install. Click "Next," then specify a path where the game will be installed to. Click "Install," then "Close" when the install is finished.
Double-click the "s3p3" icon to open the program. Select "Yes" or "No" when it asks to check for automatic updates, then click the "File" tab and "Open."
Navigate to the folder where you installed "The Sims 3." In the "Sims 3" folder double-click the "Game" folder then "BIN" and finally "UI." Click on the "UI.Package" file and then click "Open."
Click the "Names" checkbox at the bottom of the program screen. This will show what the various values mean and without it there is no way to find the correct settings. Click "Tools" then "Search" and enter "AppLoadingScreen." This is the original Sims splash screen.
Highlight the "AppLoadingScreen" line and click the "Edit" button on the bottom of the program screen. The default text editor will pop up showing the contents of the "AppLoadingScreen" data. Highight all the text shown by pressing "CTRL+A" and copy it by pressing "CTRL+C." Close the text file.
Click "Tools" then "Search" and find the latest expansion pack that is installed. The values will be stored as "EP1," EP2," etc. Click on the newest one (the one whose splash screen is displayed when you start the game) and then click "Resource," then "Export" and finally "Export to file." Make the destination for the exported file your desktop.
Click "File," then "New" and answer "No" if asked if you want to save any changes. Click "Resource" then "Import" and click the file that you saved to the desktop. Click on the file and click "Edit." Press "CTR+A" to select everything then "CTRL+V" to overwrite the contents with the information you copied earlier.
Click "File" then "Save as" and save it as a package. The newer splash screen will now be replaced by the original splash screen.
Tips and warnings
- Always make a backup of any files that you modify in order to revert back in case anything goes wrong.
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