sims 2 universal patch?

Discussion in 'Games' started by mark!, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. mark! macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    "The last month has seen lots of progress in our Macintosh development efforts on Intel Macs. Final testing is winding up on Universal patches for The Sims™ 2 and Civilization® 3 Complete, and our first in-the-box Universal game, Quake 4™. Having completed a thorough test of all our older games on Intel Macs, we'll now move to some of the other titles. Some of the games most likely to have Universal updates are Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, SimCity™ 4, Call of Duty™, and Command & Conquer™ Generals. Exact details will be announced soon.

    One of the other interesting projects we've recently undertaken has been moving the SMP (multi-processor) support for Quake 4™ from the beta patch released for Windows to the OS X version. Our initial work has shown amazing results, and we hope to have the dual processor aware version of Quake 4™ Mac ready to release in late March. Historically it has been difficult for many games to get a speed boost from dual processors, but having access to a very well engineered codebase that is SMP aware on the PC has really helped in this case. Keep an eye on your favorite Mac games sites for the Quake 4™ SMP patch!

    Universal patches for Shrek 2™ and Spiderman 2™ were released in early March. These allow the games to have much better performance on Intel Macs. The Sims™ 2 Universal patch and Civ® 3 Complete Universal patches should also be available about the time you read this. These patches and other updates can be found at"

    This is taken from the aspyr site. Does this mean I can just buy SIMS 2 for PowerPC & then download the patch when it comes out?
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    That's how I'd read it. Look at it from Aspyr's point of view – while future games are likely to be universal, it makes more sense to release downloadable patches for games they currently have out rather than going to the expense of producing new disks.
  3. mark! thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    Okay, thanks, just checking. I didn't want to go get a game & then just all of a sudden have aspyr say that it isn't a patch, but a boxed universal game.
  4. srobert macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    Good catch! A high profile patch for a high profile game.

    I've updated the info on the Universal Binary Games Guide.

    Now if only they could release the Civ 3 Complete patch. It should have been released by now. Must be imminent.

    Edit: Update about the Civ 3 Complete's patch. (straight from the horse’s mouth):

  5. Cybix macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2006
    Western Australia
    great! my wife wants to grab this, and we've been holding off for UB patch. I guess we can go buy it on the w'end now :)
  6. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005
    Great to know I don't have to buy new disks. Thanks for the info. :)
  7. NatronB macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2002

    That's good news. Anybody wanna speculate how it'll play on a Mac Mini Solo w/ 1 GB RAM?


  8. Dandoon88 macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2006
    It's Not Working

    I have downloaded the Sims 2 UB patch RevD, but for some reason whenever I try to open it, I get a message saying that it failed to mount because it is not recognized??

    It may have something to do with the fact that I am in a location at the moment without access to the internet off of my MBP. I downloaded the patch onto my PC, cut it and pasted it onto my jump drive and then from my jumpdrive copy pasted it into my MBP. It is a .dmg file, but my MBP will not recognize it.

    Anyone have any ideas as to what else I can try? Is it the fact that I transferred the downloaded file from a PC first or am I missing a neccesary application for opening this patch? I have stuffit.

    Thank you!
  9. MacBookJoePro macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2006
    damn, after waiting for so long, they finally released the universal patch. I don't think there is a point now since you can dual book windows now. Plus, the sims 2 is much cheaper on windows, including the expansion packs which are 2 expansion packs ahead of macs. So... if you got a intel mac, just make the windows partition bigger and buy the sims 2 for windows.

  10. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2005
    NG9, England
    You don't need stuffit, just OSX. I downloaded the patch and mounted the image no problem. I did download straight onto my MBP, but I have had no problems in the past with files that I have downloaded on a PC and transferred over.

    Go for the obvious and try downloading again. Might be corrupt.
  11. Wes Jordan macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2006
    Geesh how did I miss this I've been looking and waiting for this for a while. Too bad they lost my business with the release of Boot Camp, they lost me in the months it took to release this patch.

    I mean come on, they haven't even posted updated system requirements:rolleyes:.
  12. Dandoon88 macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2006
    Don't install it!

    Well I got it working but it messed up my sims! It made the entire game run much faster, but it disabled the DNA process in the create a sim section. When clicking to make children between a generated the SAME face over and over regardless of how different the parents are. It also caused the glasses/sunglasses to have jagged squiggly edges. I ended up having to erase it all from my harddrive and re-install it...UB patch-free and its back to normal but ohh how I miss the fastness of it with the patch. I'm going to send them an e-mail, I don't know if others experienced the same issues or not, but REV D is still not good.
  13. mingisback macrumors regular

    May 21, 2003
    United States
    I have a 20' iMac 2.0 Ghz Core Duo and with the patch installed if just flys.

    The only issue i'm having is that the patch does not work with either of the expansion packs.

    I didn't see it documented so i called Aspyr Tech Support and they confirmed it.

    Kinda a bummer... but they said they are working on a Patch for the expansion packs.
  14. SamJ macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2006
    i dnwloaded the patch for my imac and it worked well until yesterday where the mouse stopped responding when tryin to click an object etc. since then i hve reinstalled the game and patch and it works a treat:)

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