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EA's 'The Sims 4' Now Available for Mac

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As promised in January, the newest game in the EA-owned Sims franchise, The Sims 4, is now available for purchase on the Mac. The Sims 4 initially launched for PC back in September of 2014, but it's taken several months for the company to ready a Mac version of the game.

Like other games in the franchise, The Sims 4 tasks players with the creation and control of the lives of virtual characters. The goal of the game is to guide sims through life, establishing relationships, building homes, advancing through careers, and conquering goals.

We tested The Sims 4 for Mac over the weekend ahead of its launch and we didn't encounter any significant bugs, performance issues, or lag when playing the game. Performance was equivalent to the PC version of the game. Of course, some users could still see issues, but on a 2013 iMac and a 2012 Retina MacBook Pro, the game ran well. System requirements can be found here.

The Sims 4 is missing some of the content from The Sims 3 and has some major differences in gameplay, namely that it's no longer possible to travel around the world without loading screens, but it should be noted that the game's performance has been much improved by some of these tweaks to the gameplay -- The Sims 4 runs quickly and has minimal lag.

If you've been playing The Sims 4 for PC and want to transfer your saved game to Mac, that's possible with a USB drive. Simply copy the "saves" folder from the PC and transfer it to The Sims 4 folder on the Mac, and the save files will be available and ready to play once you log into The Sims 4 on a Mac.

The Sims 4 for Mac be purchased through EA's Origin platform for $39.99. There's also a deluxe version available for $46.66, which includes exclusive bonus content. Outdoor Retreat can be purchased for an additional $19.99. If you already own the PC version of the game, you can download the Mac version at no additional cost.

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Bentron

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Tip for any potential buyers. If you use Hola on chrome, set it to browsing from Mexico and go to the Origin store there. I was able to get the Deluxe version for $29 (or £18 for me), paid with PayPal and no hitches. Hope this helps! :)
 
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jwbrobst

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Just bought this for PC the other day; I'll keep using the boot camp one but I've gotta see it in 5k so I appreciate the free download for those who purchased already.

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Tip for any potential buyers. If you use Hola on chrome, set it to browsing from Mexico and go to the Origin store there. I was able to get the Deluxe version for $29 (or £18 for me), paid with PayPal and no hitches. Hope this helps! :)

That's a dang good tip.

Could've used it a few days ago! I ended up getting it for $40 with the Sims sale that just ended.
 
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Zorn

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Tip for any potential buyers. If you use Hola on chrome, set it to browsing from Mexico and go to the Origin store there. I was able to get the Deluxe version for $29 (or £18 for me), paid with PayPal and no hitches. Hope this helps! :)

Can confirm this works! I did this with the game back at release and I think paid $25 for it. Runs perfectly with Origin in the US. There is definitely missing content compared to the previous game, but also a lot of system improvements. For the discounted price, I think it's a good deal.
 
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bwillwall

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Downloading. Will update with the results.. given EA's past with Mac games I am very interested to see how this runs...
 
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virginblue4

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Currently downloading. After the disaster with The Sims 3, I am looking forward to this release as it's native to Mac, not just running in Cider.

I am also downloading the Outdoor Retreat pack.
 
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guzhogi

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I remember playing the original Sims & Sims 2. Pretty fun. What I didn't like was how many expansion packs there were. I would have to spend hundreds of dollars to get them all. It was just too expensive to play.

I also liked playing SimTower & Yoot Tower. I wish those would come out again, but in 3D, like the Sims. Plus, be able to create custom size & shape towers, offices, condos, etc.

One feature I'd like to see in all Sim games (Sims, SimTower & SimCity): make the player pay for the property, and also allow to buy expansions to said property. And don't make it conform to a rectangle. Maybe allow for triangle shaped lots for example, haphazardly shaped lots, or, in the case of SimCity, follow the edge of a river.
 
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Zorn

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Currently downloading. After the disaster with The Sims 3, I am looking forward to this release as it's native to Mac, not just running in Cider.

I am also downloading the Outdoor Retreat pack.

Did they confirm this? I thought we were waiting to find out if this was native to OS X or being somehow emulated.
 
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Benny-

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Has anyone tried this on a late 2014 13" MB / 8GB RAM? I know that it will scape the minimum specs but I'd rather hear from someone's experience.
 
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AliveButDreamin

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Tip for any potential buyers. If you use Hola on chrome, set it to browsing from Mexico and go to the Origin store there. I was able to get the Deluxe version for $29 (or £18 for me), paid with PayPal and no hitches. Hope this helps! :)

Can you explain how to do this?:)
 
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Bentron

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Can you explain how to do this?:)

Sure! First you need to download Hola from http://hola.org. Next, using Google Chrome (Hola doesn't work with Safari) set Hola to 'Browsing from Mexico". Go to the EA Origin website. It should automatically go to the Mexican site. Find the Sims 4 (it is on sale in Mexico at the moment, hence the cheap price), add to cart. You'll either need to log in or create an account depending on if you've used origin. When paying, just pay using paypal to negate any bank/card issues. The game should then be found in your 'My Games' in Origin. Hope this is useful, let me know if I can help with anything! :)
 
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trellaine

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Sure! First you need to download Hola from http://hola.org. Next, using Google Chrome (Hola doesn't work with Safari) set Hola to 'Browsing from Mexico". Go to the EA Origin website. It should automatically go to the Mexican site. Find the Sims 4 (it is on sale in Mexico at the moment, hence the cheap price), add to cart. You'll either need to log in or create an account depending on if you've used origin. When paying, just pay using paypal to negate any bank/card issues. The game should then be found in your 'My Games' in Origin. Hope this is useful, let me know if I can help with anything! :)

Hmmm I'm in Mexican store. $23.32US or $$29.99US

But will the game itself be in Spanish ?


Thanks
 
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Bentron

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Hmmm I'm in Mexican store. $23.32US or $$29.99US

But will the game itself be in Spanish ?


Thanks

The price depends whether you want the basic game or the deluxe version (comes with extra content), they are $23 and $29 respectively.

Nope, when downloading you choose the language you want.
 
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trellaine

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Okie dokie. Thanks for the tip.

I usually play games on consoles but this interests me.

Can this be played on different macs? Like download onto my iMac. Then play on MacBook?

Or do I have to stay on the computer I download it to?

Sorry for newb questions.
 
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Bentron

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Okie dokie. Thanks for the tip.

I usually play games on consoles but this interests me.

Can this be played on different macs? Like download onto my iMac. Then play on MacBook?

Or do I have to stay on the computer I download it to?

Sorry for newb questions.

It's linked to your Origin account. You only buy it once, then you can play on any PC or Mac. So you COULD play it on multiple macs, but it is a big ol' download, 8.6 gb. So if you have the patience (and a decent download speed) to do it twice then you'll be absolutely fine to do so!
 
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thebeatsalive

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No Cider

I purchased it on Origin. I cannot see any signs of Cider in the package. Looks native.
 

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roadbloc

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I'd sooner **** in my hands and clap than play that POS game again. Hindered by ridiculous feature strip and lousy Origin DRM. 0/10 EA.
 
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Woohoo!! As a Veteran The Sims and Sims 2 player, I felt badly let down with Sims 3. It just wasn't enough of a family life simulation anymore with the huge open world and all the mini-game gimmicks. In Sims 2 I could get lost for hours in the life stories of my characters (I still can!), in Sims 3 I never got into the zone due to constantly being "interrupted" by opportunities and individual out-of-the-house activities. While Sims 1+2 felt like intimate family life, in Sims 3 I'd be zoomed out most of the time trying to track all family members throughout the city and would have to quickly select one action with Sim A on the beach, then zoom out again, rush to Sim B at the house, quickly get him sorted, then meet Sim C outside his workplace, select one action, back to Sim A... And so on. It didn't help that my MBA was stuttering to death under Sims 3's NASA computer requirements.

So I'm super-excited for Sims 4! It's at 32%, yay! :)
 
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