The Sims 3 [Mac Download]

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ASIN B004ZUFKEC
Release date June 2, 2009
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2.9 out of 5 stars 238 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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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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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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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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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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By Converted on October 7, 2012
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This is a piece of crap. The game doesn't even load. I am unable to do anything past creating my sims. This game is completely useless. Don't waste your money.

**** Edit
I contacted Amazon and let them know about the issue with the game not preforming like it should. They immediately (within one business day) refunded me, apologized, and were extremely helpful with customer service.
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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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