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.
User reviews: Mixed (284 reviews)
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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43 of 59 people (73%) found this review helpful
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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18 of 19 people (95%) 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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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
I'd like to think I would give this game high marks, but it doesn't seem to load on my computer. It downloads and installs well enough, but no matter what I do, the game doesn't display. It doesn't even give me the courtesy of a black screen. It just plays in the background while I surf the internet and never shows up.
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95 of 178 people (53%) 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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13 of 21 people (62%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
If you're looking at this game, you probably already have a "The Sims" floating around your library somewhere, right? Well, this sort of ISN'T a traditional Sims game. You don't build anything. You can buy furniture, but you can't build buildings... unless i'm missing something... in that case, please tell me in the comments, the Blacksmith's layout is horrible and the Inn only has ONE room.

Anyway, as i said, If you have a Sims game, of any kind, DON'T get it. Unless of course you really like actually playing the SIMS part of the game. Then by all means, get this.

If you don't, or havn't played The Sims at all, go ahead and try it. But don't base this title on the whole series... please. It's actually quite good.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
66.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
This is a great game, always something to do, but your always doing a quest, very little free play I think.
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6 of 9 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
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
this game sucks!!!! i would not play this if i were you even if your a big fan of the sims. th game limits you to a tutorial that you cant get out of and you lose if you dont do what the game wants you to. the whole aspect of freedom and doing what you want its completely out the window in this game. 0.5out of 10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
I cannot access it. It will not work for me
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
It has not been able to work whatever i do. It works in the background but no new screen pops up to play it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
it dont work
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
It sucks! it wont even let me go to the start menu! it just turns on and doesnt have audio or video and doesnt even respond to say its on! it just says when i try to launch it afterwards that its already running! Screw this game! i want my 9.99 back!
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Does NOT want to work for Windows 8 They need to fix this!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
it wont let me start the game or delete it it says app already running but its not running anyware
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360 of 443 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
37.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
COMSUMER WARNING
DO NOT BUY IF YOU HAVE WINDOWS 8 OR ABOVE, MAXIS/ EA IS CURRENTLY REFUSING TO FIX WHAT THEY HAVE BROKE WITH THE LATEST PATCH SO IT IS NOW SCREWED, THIS IS THE ONLY WARNING YOU WILL GET.
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404 of 517 people (78%) found this review helpful
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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108 of 131 people (82%) found this review helpful
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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