The Sims 3 [Download]

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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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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: Windows 7, Windows Vista (SP1)/Windows XP (SP2)
Processor: For XP 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent; For Windows Vista and Windows 7 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
RAM: For XP: 1 GB RAM / Windows Vista and Windows 7: 1.5 GB RAM
* For NVIDIA ION™ computers, the game requires at least 2 GB RAM.
Hard Drive: 8 GB or more
Video Card: 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0. Nvidia GeForce 6 series or better, and all NVidia G, GT, GTS, and GTX video cards. ATI Radeon™ series card 9500 series or better, and all ATI X, X1, and HD video cards; Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA): GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series
Please note that the GeForce 6100 and 7100 cards are not supported.
Other: Requires installation of Origin for gameplay. Laptop versions of chipsets above may work, but may run comparatively slower.

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 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:/

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Product Information

Release date June 2, 2009
Customer Reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars 369 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
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By Amanda Curcio on December 7, 2010
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The game is great. Runs smoothly. Reminds me of when The Sims first came out and I was addicted! Definitely recommend.

However, I didn't like the Amazon downloader. The idea is great. The average download time was 2 and a half hours, but mine took about 4 hours, and I don't think it was my new HP laptop's fault. But, the game did eventually download. You just need to go through various stages of downloading and each take an eternity. You think that once you get past the first download stage that you're done, so you get disappointed when there's about three more that take just as much time. Just don't get too excited to play when you order it, keep your patience!
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Re: Standard Download for PC

The download took as much time as I expected. It's over 5 Gb so if you have a low bandwidth then it might take you some time....but I didn't have any problems. I couple of hrs is what I expected...just make some lunch and get some other work done.

INSTALLATION ISSUE - after the download finishes, it prompts you to install. I clicked the Install button which directed me to the Sims3 launcher. I clicked the triangle "play/launch" button but I said I needed to insert a disc. Obviously, I became concerned because I had purchased a DOWNLOAD. Also - up until this point I was never prompted to enter my product key which was another red flag that something went wrong.

1) Go to Control Panel/Programs and "uninstall" Sims3 if it is there. If it isn't, then just skip this step
2) Find the Sims3 folder that you downloaded (my downloaded as the default name "The Sims 3") and find the file Sims3Setup and run it. It will ask you to select your language, type in your product key, and choose your country.
3) This worked for me and I was able to play! Good luck to those of you with similar problems

FYI - I am running Vista with all the proper performance requirements
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First of all, I've had an issue yesterday with the supernatural expansion pack which took about 2hrs on the chat with a very friendly advisor to be solved. The thing is, the registration process and installation of digital sims games is terribly confusing. So let me give a couple of hints of how to do it right from the start for everybody:

1. Download the Origin application from the EA website
2. Create an account on there and remember those login credentials for they will be crucial for the next steps in order not to mess things up
3. When you have successfully created an origin account, go to [...] and make sure to use your Origin login credentials (email and password) as those two sites are linked together, when asked for the key of your game, just use the one provided by Amazon
4. When you have successfully registered your game, it should tell you that you have successfully done so
5. Open Origin again and what a surprise, your game should show up there, ready to be installed.

Make sure to ALWAYS register your expansions and all using your origin login. If you do not, it will create a new account and your key might be lost, which happened to me last night and I had the chance to find someone sweet enough at EA to fix the problem for me.

I hope this helps. Happy simming! And big BOO to EA for making the installation and registration so painfully messed up...
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I have gone through about 6 redownloads via Amazon's downloader. Averaged about 2.5 hour downloads. Every time I download completely and click on "Install" on the Amazon Downloader, NOTHING HAPPENS. I go into the file & click on "Autorun" & NOTHING HAPPENS (it originally would launch the Sims 3 Launcher, I would click "play" and it would ask me to insert disc...for a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD). I go into the file & click on "Sims3Setup", InstallShield Wizard loads, & when it stops loading, I get an error message saying that "Sims 3 version 1.00.632 is already installed. This installs version 1.0.631. You must uninstall previous versions in order to install this version." I contacted Amazon, and they sent me straight to EA tech support. I sent them an email 3 days ago & still have not been responded to. So, I have been live chatting with EA for the past 2.5 days UNSUCCESSFULLY. They said that my issue was complicated & needed to be sent to a "Senior Advisor"...I waited 50 minutes for this Senior Advisor, got to number 1 in the queue, & then go a message saying that no Advisor was available & that the chat was cancelled. REALLY?! Amazon and Electronic Arts should be ASHAMED of themselves. A digital download should NOT be this difficult. My PC is about 2.5 years old and meets all of the requirements. So, what is the problem?? This feels like $35 DOWN THE DRAIN! I WANT MY MONEY BACK, OR A LEGITIMATE DISC!!!!!!!!
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EA's decision to try and force consumers to use its Origin beta platform continues to cause problems. I downloaded and played Sims 3 for several hours last night without any issues. Then I noticed that an update was available in the Sims launcher. I decided to install it while I went to bed. This morning, the game wouldn't start. EA prompted me to install Origin (which I had already installed for Spore--apparently they didn't think to check for pre-existing installations). Now I have a broken game, and their own help website admits that they don't have a solution for users who want to install it anywhere but the default C drive location. My C drive is an SSD; no way I'm clearing off system files to put a game on it. EA's tech support is terrible, and Origin has just compounded the problem.

In a nutshell, buy it on Steam.
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