The Sims go back in time and get medieval! The Sims Medieval™ takes The Sims into the Middle Ages with all new features, new graphics and new ways to play. For the first time, players can create heroes, venture on quests, and build up a kingdom.
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Release Date: May 27, 2011
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The Sims go back in time and get medieval! The Sims Medieval™ takes The Sims into the Middle Ages with all new features, new graphics and new ways to play. For the first time, players can create heroes, venture on quests, and build up a kingdom. In an ancient land of adventure, drama and romance, players will be able to get medieval like never before.

FEATURES

  • A living world of Sims in an age of adventure, drama, and romance
  • Enhanced graphics, lighting, animations, and more lifelike Sims
  • Create heroes, build up their skills and send them on epic quests
  • Quests drive your kingdom’s story - Good or evil, cruel or kind, romantic or warlike
  • Kingdom Ambitions – Choose a ambitious goal for your kingdom and work to achieve it. Will your kingdom be the most wealthy, most enlightened, a conqueror or a peacemaker? The choice is yours.

ONLINE DISCLAIMER

INTERNET CONNECTION, ONLINE AUTHENTICATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT REQUIRED TO PLAY. YOU MUST REGISTER THE GAME WITH ENCLOSED SERIAL CODE. GAME USES CONTENT ACTIVATION CONTENT PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY BY SONY DADC AUSTRIA AG. BY INSTALLING THIS SOFTWARE, ANY SECUROM CONTENT PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY THAT PROTECTED YOUR BASE GAME WILL BE REMOVED AND REPLACED BY CONTENT ACTIVATION. SEE END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT AVAILABLE AT www.ea.com FOR DETAILS. GAME CAN BE PLAYED ON UP TO FIVE COMPUTERS; USERS CAN MANAGE WHICH COMPUTERS ARE AUTHORIZED OR DE-AUTHORIZED TO PLAY GAME. VISIT http://activate.ea.com/deauthorize/ FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DE-AUTHORIZATION.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, with the latest Service Pack
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent for Windows XP; 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent for Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Memory: 1GB RAM for Windows XP; 1.5GB RAM for Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Hard Disk Space: At least 5.3 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games
    • Video Card: A 256 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c
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70 of 91 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
I'll right a review that might actually be helpful for you, let aside that half of the sodding negative reviews are mainly because of Windows 8. EDIT: It says in the descriptions "OS: " and proceeds to list the only OSs you can use, you butthurt ♥♥♥♥♥ (not saying this to the reader, just to the people who are complaining because they didnt read the bloody description).

I havent played this game in a while but I'll try to remember the most I can. First off, if you have Windows 8 go play Europa Universalis IV or Crusader Kings II, two empire-building games that are by far some of the best of the Grand Strategy Genre. (TL;DR version below the wall of text. I do however advise everyone to read that, for I put some things in there that I left out of the wall of text)

Now that we can actually start, let's begin. This game is alright. Not the best, it has its faults; the fact that you have to diplo-annex other nations and you cant take them by force, being the biggest drawback. Otherwise, it's a very nice experience for a Sims game, bringing in a concept that I wish were in the Sims 3: Religion. Most people would complain their little asses because of it, but I find it a very alluring concept, especially for a game that allows you to be a King with no explanitory cause. I also quite liked the fact that you can assign a council of jobs to your Sims, and switch between them and your king during missions. Bringing up missions, however, is something I myself had a little problem with. Throughout the entire game, you HAVE to switch between Sims during missions until you get a Free Play mission, of which I usually just cheated straight at the beginning. Playing the missions without my own Sim, I found myself being bored out of my mind at the linear pathway, which just doesn't work for a Sims game. Also, theres a wide variety of customisation for your castle and kingdom.

Sorry if I left anything out, because its been a few months at most since I've played the game. Overall, however, I would recommend the game, especially if youre one of the die-hard Sims players that simply do not get bored at not shoving sims into small confined boxes and then leave them there to die, like most people who play the Sims do. I dont use an arbitrary scaling system for games, since they simply shouldnt have them. But if I did, I'd say itd be around a 7 or 8 on a 10 scale.

TL;DR Version
Pros :
-Customisation
-Religious System
-Wide variety of regions to explore
-Isles you can discover and claim for your kingdom
-Kingdom Council system and overall pretty cool mission ideas
-Parents eaten by a whale trait
-You can build up your town using the peasants taxes, or use them to your own greed
-Law making system
Cons :
-Linear story
-Limited Annexation of other Rulers
-Draconian system of missions and limited freedom to do what you please
-It's EA. Theres probably microtransactions for the style of silk you want.
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51 of 75 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
This game has been abandonned by EA no further products will be made for it. They have left out updating their DRM for steam such that it will no longer play on windows 8 due to an incompatibility between the DRM and the OS even though it works fine with Origin. Unless this is fixed you are stuck having to download origin and download your steam game from there. This needs to be looked into as all you will get out of a purchase on steam is a CD Key. After some basic testing I can confirm the game does work when used through Origin
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
great game but for it to work you have to use origin so dont get it on steam get it on origin
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Game is not setuop to not work with Windows 8.1, however, I was able to play the game through Origin using this solution - https://steamcommunity.com/app/102820/discussions/0/648814845292513057/; it didn't work for me.

I had already installed the game on Steam; I installed it again on Origin, and repaired it and was able to play with no issues!

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To play this game with Windows 8

Install the game on Steam. Make a sims3 account at thesims3.com and link it to origin. Redeem your CD key on the sims3 site, this will add sims medieval to your origin account. Open your origin and find the sims medieval game, right click it and click repair game. After it repairs and updates, start your game from Origin and you can play.

The game is only installed once to your hard drive, even though you use Origin to repair files and play the game but you install the game with Steam.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
I enjoy Sims Medievel more than SIMs 3...go figure.
It is because of the Medievel setting IMHO, it makes the SIMs more interesting.
You do alot of quests, but you can still do whatever you want, as there really is no time limit on the quests.
Now there is a time limit on some of the duty tasks, but still...you get a lot of time to do what you want.
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418 of 543 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
Game does NOT work on windows 8 if you have the latest patch. EA has no plans to fix this. Do NOT buy if you have windows 8 or later.
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115 of 141 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2014
This is a game that I both enjoy, and dislike simultaneously. I enjoy it because of the great medieval theme involved here, and the creative way you add to your kingdom, make new characters, and some of the fun interactions and capabilities of the characters.

While this game is a nicely themed re-envisionment of the Sims franchise, it does have some downfalls. The main one being it's not as free and open as the Sims franchise has been known for. The only time you get to actually play the game, is during a quest. The quests provide nice motivation for your characters, like saving the town, thinning the thieves, or maybe hunting down the source of all those goblins. But you must make progress on your quests or a magical constable comes and arrests you and puts you in the stocks for a few days. I found this kind of rediculous and immersion breaking, as well as completely negating the whole 'free and open' style the Sims had from the beginning.

You are not free and open to do what you like in this game, you must progress on the quest or have consequences. The basic needs have also been twiddled around, there are less of them, and the personality trait system has been truncated. The character motives now affect how well you can succeed at anything you attempt to do, and also affect quest progress and success/failure. It's actually difficult, and somewhat dissatisfying to try and balance the needs, daily living, and progress on the quest simulatenously.

It does, however, have it's charm and is still an enjoyable game, which is why I still recommend it. The primary purpose for this review is to give people information they need to make a better informed buying decision, knowing that this game is far more structured then the rest of the franchise is. With this in mind, if you are looking for the classic Sims experience in the Medieval era, this is not your game. If, however, you would enjoy being faced with puzzles, challenging quests, and gradually building up your kingdom through questing and careful management of one (or more, depending on the quest) character's lives, while still progressing regularly on the quest as much as possible, then you will find this game interesting. This game seems more directed at people who want less open and free style gaming, and are more interested in adhering to their chosen quest line and taking on the challenge.

The decision is up to you, it's still a good game, just not quite in the way the rest of the Sims franchise is. I personally haven't found myself playing it as muc has I thought I would, I keep finding other games more interesting, but I do enjoy it when I get around to playing it.
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96 of 116 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2014
for everyone who decided not to buy this game because they have windows 8, same happened to me when trying to open through steam, i then went to thesims3.com, typed in the CD key for the game on "Redeem Game" which then put the game onto your origin acount, i ran a fix on the game through origin and checked for updates, and it runs completely fine, no lag at all. I hope this helps some of you who may have already purchased the game and unable to play it through steam at first. Good game apart from a little akward to rotate camera and still trying to figure out how to rotate items but apart from that its a lot different from any other sims game ive personally played before
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210 of 313 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
It was the perfect concept. I loved it. However since upgrading to Windows 8 it no longer works and the story is Maxis/ EA has decided not to fix it for us who now use 8. Not fair and cruel. I have been a long standing customer since the original sims as in sim tower and sim city. Now I feel they do not value my loyalty to them.
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50 of 68 people (74%) found this review helpful
179.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2013
The Sims Medieval starts you off with a Patrick Stewart sounding voice telling you that you are the Maker, the god of these lands and your task is to influence and control the inhabitants of your world to great success. The unfortunate reality is however that you are not the god of your Sims, the game is, and the game does not want you to do things it doesn't tell you to do.

Medieval has all the aspects of a regular Sims game. You mold your characters appearances and dress them. You build their homes for them and guide them through their daily lives of both the mundane and the extraordinary. All of this has been toned down significantly however. You only have limited tools to shape your Sims with, their wardrobe is fairly small. The houses are all presets and you have only a few items with which to decorate them.

In The Sims Medieval you create Heroes rather than ordinary Sims and besides their usual capabilities each Sim also has a profession which defines their lives and goals. The Monarch for example will have to write laws, hold court and occasionally hunt a boar whereas the physician will have to collect leeches, heal the sick and cure the lame. Each day you are given new tasks to complete and failing to do so will hurt your Sims focus and could lead to all manner of dreadful things happening to your game.

In a regular game of The Sims you might have to go to work or have other daily responsibilities that need to be completed for the good of your Sim and in Medieval these chores have become the focal point of the game. Each campaign lets you pick from a number of available quests, which quest you select decide which hero or heroes you get to play with and both the overall campaign as well as the individual quests take place on a timer creating a very hectic feel to it all. Should you tarry too long, complete the quests inadequately or just spend too much time making friends with the locals you may fail the campaign and be forced to start the whole experience over from scratch.

Each campaign is a self-contained adventure and at the beginning of each one you have to create your heroes all over again devoid of any skills or friends they might have had in your previous campaign.

Playing through Medieval in general feels much a like the daily chores on which the game seem to focus so much of it's attention. Everything is repetition and completing a quest only gives you a momentary relief because you know that come the next campaign you will have to do it all over again.

A little respite is gained from the various choices you get to make, both at the beginning of quests and during the course of completing them. A powerful witch has encroached on your lands, do you send your Monarch to marry her? Your Knight to slay her? Or your Wizard to steal her power? And once you begin you have a number of key events throughout the quest that offers you different options as how to proceed although not all of them leads to different outcomes. All of this adds a nice little buffer in between you and the chore of knowing you have to do the same quest multiple times throughout your playthrough however much of that respite is lost when you realize that you are not going to defeat the Dragon that threatens your lands, you are going to send your Knight off to do it and then he'll send you a postcard back telling you how it went.

Graphically it is much the same as the Sims with a pleasant cartoony look to it. The sounds are dominated by the usual cute Sim gibberish and are equally enjoyable.

All in all The Sims Medieval is a nice idea that gets mucked up by some dreadful execution. If you are the kind of guy that can't get enough of taking out the trash and doing the dishes then this is probably the game for you, for the rest of us, it is a game to avoid.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
61.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
I honestly don't know whether to rate this game up or down. It is a great game, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't run on Windows 8 or 8.1.

From what I played of it in Windows 7, its different than Sims 2 and Sims 3. It runs more like a weird quest9based game set in Medieval times. You have a kingdom and you complete quests to advance said kingdom with various types of characters that have set jobs. Though, if you want to just play around with the characters there is a freeplay option available. You do have customizable characters, however there are not as many options as Sims 3 but there are more options than Sims 2.
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32 of 45 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Who had the idea to make the SIMS a fantasy-ish RPG?
I don't know.
Why does it work?
I don't know either
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
This CAN work on windows 8! Quite easily! EA has released a patch. All you need to do is take the serial key you get from steam and download Origin- You can put in the serial key and download it from Origin- Patched and ready to play!

Now about the actual game- The normal Sim player might not like this title, its different than the normal game in that you can't just play willy nilly. You accept quests and go through that quest as the hero's you've selected! To me it comes across as a 'choose your own adventure' type quest system where you go do different objectives and get to chose between different options at different points. This can have huge impact on the quest- Heck- Even the HEROES that you pick for the quest will have a influence! Some quests can be completed using Say- your Monarch and the Knight. While the same ques can be completed using the Spy and the Wizard for a totally different quest line.
This adds more depth and replayability to the game I belive.

Do NOT come into this game thinking its Sims 3 with mediveal influences- No. Its its own type of game using a simmilar interfase and interactions, but it plays much differently. I've gotten several friends to play this game and once they've gotten past the fact that its not Sims 3 they have all loved it.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
102.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2014
Yeah, it is fun, crazy quests, good music, you can duel to the death and use magic... even heal sims with leaches! It's fun. Pirates and Nobles is a great expansion.
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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
When I first DL this game I wasn't to sure if I would like it but I was pleasantly surprised. The Sims Medieval is similar to the regular Sims play however building is different. You cannot add to the castle or other building but instead you navigate through quest in order to unlock new locations. I also like how it has implemented some of the terms that would have been used during this time (like complimenting a women’s ankles). Very nice game to play and relax.
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22 of 35 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
doesnt work on windows 8
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105 of 193 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2014
Does not work with Windows 8.
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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
Good game but I was expecting it to be more like Sims 3 be able to do anything you want but in this game it's like doing things task by task to go to next chapter.
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26 of 45 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2014
This game will not work on Windows 8, so if you are buying this game and you have Windows 8 it will not work on steam. However, you can redeem the code on origion and origin lets you change wich version of the game you use. So you just have to change the game to a older version and it will work.
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52 of 97 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
Gut wrenching to discover AFTER my purchase that it does not work on windows 8... there could have at least have been a warning. Furthermore there are no plans to rectify the issue.
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