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 (248 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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29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
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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70 of 120 people (58%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Does not work with Windows 8.
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18 of 28 people (64%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
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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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
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
66.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
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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341 of 412 people (83%) found this review helpful
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
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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388 of 492 people (79%) 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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106 of 127 people (83%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
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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82 of 100 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
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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196 of 282 people (70%) found this review helpful
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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35 of 44 people (80%) 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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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
51.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
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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48 of 83 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
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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19 of 31 people (61%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
doesnt work on windows 8
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
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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25 of 45 people (56%) found this review helpful
56.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
The Sims Medieval is a complicated beast, the idea is great and the makings of an interesting simulation / game hybrid are here but it lacks polish and content.

Sadly there is just not much reason to play, the lack of customization will annoy Sim fans and the lack of gameplay will annoy everyone else.

The Sims Medieval tries to have its cake and eat it too but sadly fails.
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