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The Sims 3 [Mac Download]

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
Mac OS X
Teen Origin
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews) 86 / 100

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  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
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  • ASIN: B004ZUFKEC
  • Release Date: June 2, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
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The freedom of The Sims 3 will inspire you with endless creative possibilities and amuse you with unexpected moments of surprise and mischief. Create millions of unique Sims and control their lives. Customize their appearances and personalities. Build their homes - design everything from exquisitely furnished dream homes to quaint cottages. Then, send your Sims out to explore their ever-changing neighborhood and to meet other Sims in the town center. With all-new quick challenges and rewarding game play, The Sims 3 gives you the freedom to choose whether (or not) to fulfill your Sims' destinies and make their wishes come true.

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Create like never before.
New seamless neighborhoods in 'The Sims 3'
New seamless neighborhoods.
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New create a Sim functionality and personality traits in 'The Sims 3'
New create a Sim and personalities.
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Extreme home customization in 'The Sims 3'
Extreme home customization.
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Key Game Features:

  • New Seamless, Living Neighborhood
    • Explore the ever-changing neighborhood—and take your Sims to meet friends in the park, go on a date at the bistro, visit neighbors’ homes, converse with less-than-savory characters in the graveyard and more. Who knows what might happen?
    • Admire the natural beauty of the beach, the mountains, and more.
  • New Create a Sim Functionality
    • Create any Sim you can imagine with easy-to-use design tools that allow for unlimited customization of facial features, hair color, eye color, and more.
    • Fine tune your Sims’ body shape from thin to curvy to muscular.
  • New Personality Traits
    • Create over a million different personalities with traits such as evil, insane, kleptomaniac, romantic, and more.
    • Influence the behaviors of your Sims with the traits you’ve chosen. Will you create a neurotic romantic with a heart of gold, or a geeky super-genius with an evil streak?
  • New Unlimited Customization
    • Everyone can customize everything—design and build your dream house and decorate it to fit your Sims’ personalities.
    • Customize everything from floors to décor, shirts to sofas, wallpaper to window shades.
  • New Gameplay That’s Rewarding and Quick
    • Face short and long-term challenges and reap the rewards.
    • Your Sims can pursue random opportunities to get fast cash, get ahead, get even, and more.
    • Choose whether, or not, to fulfill your Sims’ destinies by making their wishes come true. Will your Sims be thieves, rock stars, world leaders? The choice is yours.
  • Get Connected and Share Your Creations with The Sims 3 Online Community
    • Get free bonus content—download Sims, outfits, furnishings, houses and more.
    • Create and Share Sims, houses, movies and more with anyone.
    • Join The Sims 3 community to share ideas with fans of The Sims from around the world.


System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor
RAM: 2 GB
Hard Drive: At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games.
Video Card: ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100.
Additional Info: This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards. 
There are known issues with the following integrated video cards:  NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256, NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 and Intel HD Graphics 3000 384. Please check EA support forums for further information.

INTERNET CONNECTION, ONLINE AUTHENTICATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT REQUIRED TO PLAY THE SIMS 3 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PRODUCT. ACCESS TO ONLINE SERVICES INCLUDING SIMPOINTS AND DOWNLOADS REQUIRES AN INTERNET CONNECTION, EA ACCOUNT AND GAME REGISTRATION WITH THE PROVIDED SERIAL CODE. REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO ONE EA ACCOUNT PER SERIAL CODE AND IS NON-TRANSFERABLE. EA ONLINE TERMS & CONDITIONS CAN BE FOUND AT www.ea.com. YOU MUST BE 13+ TO REGISTER FOR AN EA ACCOUNT. MAC USERS MUST UPDATE TO THE LATEST VERSION OF THE SIMS 3 LAUNCHER TO ACCESS ONLINE SERVICES, INCLUDING [FREE] SIMPOINTS AND DOWNLOADS. EA MAY PROVIDE CERTAIN INCREMENTAL CONTENT AND/OR UPDATES FOR NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE, IF AND WHEN AVAILABLE. The Sims 3 digital download PRODUCT uses SecuROM digital rights management technology provided by Sony DADC Austria AG. For more information about SecuROM, visit http:/faq.securom.com/.

EA MAY RETIRE ONLINE FEATURES AFTER 30 DAYS NOTICE POSTED ON www.ea.com.


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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
111 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked great June 25, 2011
By mjm
Verified Purchase
I have never reviewed an item on Amazon, but my experience was so different from the other two listed here that I had to put in my two cents. I've wanted the Sims 3 since it came out, but my old Mac's video card wasn't up to the job. As soon as my new Macbook Pro was up and running, I went looking for a copy I could download. Since these reviews scared me off Amazon a bit, I tried another site first, but it just sent me in circles and I never got the game. Finally, I decided that Amazon was my only choice for immediate download, and decided to risk it. And you know what? It worked perfectly. Absolutely perfectly. A 5GB game downloaded in 1.5 hours, it installed flawlessly, and I've been playing it ever since, like the good little Sims addict I am. FYI, I'm on a Macbook Pro, 2.3 GHz, 4GB of memory and an Intel 3000 video card.

As for the game itself, I find it a great jump up from Sims 2, though it's very similar. This one has fewer loading screens and the world is definitely a bit more detailed. I'm trying to resist buying all the expansion packs right away, but I somehow doubt I'll succeed.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I expected, and that's fine by me. September 6, 2011
Verified Purchase
The Sims 3 is exactly what I expected it to be, a childish but fun game involving an open world scenario where there is only an end goal if you want one. Graphics are fairly good for an older stylized game and the music is definitely better than expected.

There has been a lot of concern with this particular Mac download version of the game from Amazon, so I documented my experience below to hopefully give others a baseline to compare too.

INSTALL EXPERIENCE

Specs on my machine:
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MacBook Pro
15-inch, Mid 2010

2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 512 MB
160 GB Intel SSD

Mac OS X Lion 10.7.1
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Downloaded The Sims 3 for MAC from Amazon on September 6th, 2011. Download took about 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete.

The entire install process went through without a problem, the Amazon game downloading software unpackaged the .DMG automatically and all I had to do was double click the install icon.

Once I had entered my license number it then took about 1 minute to install the game. I then launched it from my Applications folder.

It started immediately and asked if I wanted to download the update that was released on September 1st, 2011: [...] which I did and the update download took about 10 minutes and it installed in another 5 minutes.

The game started itself and asked if I wanted to download and install another update, which I did. Downloaded in 20 seconds and installed in 30 seconds.

Finally the I was able to launch the game and it works spectacularly on my machine.
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120 of 133 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Downloaded easy - CD Key was slight problem September 21, 2011
By im
Verified Purchase
I downloaded Sims 3.

It was my 1st time buying a game online off amazon to download.

I downloaded it and then it asked me for the CD-key/Activation Key.

I was not given it in an email so I was searching around my emails from amazon. Amazon should have given instructions to you on where to locate it at first.

I did manage to find the Activ./Key which would be in your account under your purchases for recent things or whatever and the cd-key will be in the description of your purchase history.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Beautifully! September 25, 2011
By Kenny
Verified Purchase
I wanted to come on here and write a review for the Sims 3 Mac Download solely because I took the risk and it worked out great. I was very nervous about downloading the game onto my new Macbook Air 11-inch (500gb hard drive, 4gb RAM) due to many of the reviews saying the game glitches and freezes.
I did have one issue, when first starting. My game froze after I did Create a Sim. This was BEFORE I downloaded the update, however. After I restarted my laptop, I launched the game again, downloaded the update (wirelessly, took about 30 minutes) and installed it, and the game worked perfectly and has been since.
I would definitely recommend this download to anyone interested in the Sims who doesn't (like myself on a Macbook Air) have a disc drive, or if you're just looking to download and play the game quickly. I let the file download (via WiFi) overnight, so I can't say exactly how long it took, however it was a good chunk of time. I would recommend plugging into Ethernet if you can. Other than long download time, this game is FANTASTIC. Must have!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This game does NOT work on a Mac February 20, 2013
By D. Lam
Verified Purchase
I wish I could give this game zero stars. I downloaded this and Sims supernatural. The Supernatural version said I needed to update my version, so after researching, I found other people having problems with the launcher not updating the base game. The EA web site directs you to a "super patcher" to update the game manually, but all the links are broken. Several calls to EA later my problem was not fixed and they never addressed the broken links on their own site. Amazon developers contacted EA and got a different story, with a potential workaround which did not work either. After much jumping through hoops, I had to (strongly) request a refund.

I intend to stay away from all EA Mac downloads. I've downloaded other games from Amazon without issue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good
Published 2 days ago by eva
5.0 out of 5 stars Sims 3
Let's get real here, who can't spend a good 8 hours playing this game? Sims 3 rocks and so do their expansion packs!
Published 28 days ago by Helen
3.0 out of 5 stars Game is great - MAC is not friendly
The mac is just not friendly to the Sims. The drivers for the video graphics do NOT allow you to update and that is what is required for this game.
Published 1 month ago by Mary A. Tufts
3.0 out of 5 stars Sims is the greatest game ever
Not nearly as good as the original, but what can you expect? Love this series, and the gameplay was still alright, but I wish it was more like the original.
Published 1 month ago by Kate Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it's just me
Maybe it's just me but I've always loved this game. This third edition is no different! I will always have a cure for boredom as long as I have this game!
Published 4 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the sims
I've always loved the sims, and this version of it did no disappoint. I think I enjoyed Sims 2 more b/c of the EP's but I still liked this one a lot, can't wait for part 4.
Published 4 months ago by Laura Castillo
2.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Recommend For Mac.
I like the Sims, don't get me wrong, but there are so many problems with SIms 3 for mac I don't think it's worth the money, unless EA fixes the problem (don't hold your... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Demandors
1.0 out of 5 stars Ticked and want a refund or amazon to fix this
Tried to download again and it keeps saying will take 243 hour , 299 hours, 146 hours then after downloading for two days it FINALLY gets to 1.4 gb of 6. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kaleli34
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a Charm
Downloads quickly, very little lag or glitches, but unfortunately uses up so much space that while running you can't multitask.
Published 10 months ago by ABW
3.0 out of 5 stars Installation took a while...
It was lagging a lot once I bought more expansion packs and froze a lot and was not able to save my game. Good way to pass the time though!
Published 10 months ago by TexasSmile
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