DaninTexas Nov 17, 2012 @ 12:44pm
Want to buy this game on Steam but worried....
Just seems I am seeing alot of people having issues with this game. I am also having a new computer coming in 2 weeks. Can I safely buy this game today - install on my current machine and have some fun with it - then install again with the new machine a couple weeks from now. Just kinda worried about all the people here saying they can't run it - I guess because of EA/Steam not playing nice. Should I give this a pass? FYI - Just looking at doing the base Sims 3 to see how it is first. Then I might do a couple of the older expansions like Pets. Thanks!
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slovenian89 Nov 17, 2012 @ 1:56pm 
I've never had issues with the base game or expansions on Steam, and as with all Steam games you can install on multiple PCs at once but you can only be logged into the same Steam account from 1 location at a time.

I'd say wait for a sale on Steam, because even if you can't get it to work on Steam...the keys will activate on Origin. You'd at least be saving some money then.
lostlabyrinth Nov 17, 2012 @ 3:54pm 
I purchased it a couple of weeks ago and it runs completely fine - the Steam version is still being supported with updates, despite the newer ones being mainly for the EPs we don't have :/.

Just remember to back up the "Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 3" directory to a USB stick or something if you plan on carrying your save data, custom content, mods etc. to your new PC. Enjoy! :)
DaninTexas Nov 17, 2012 @ 9:05pm 
Bought it and have 5 hours already with it. Fun little game. Thanks!
Motoki Nov 18, 2012 @ 8:55am 
I've also had no problems whatsoever running it here and I've got all the expansions and stuff packs that are available on Steam. I actually prefer the Steam version because they you don't have the headache of which packs do I install in which order and what patch version do I need to update to if I am on patch xyz currently etc.

As has been mentioned, you can also redeem your Sims3 keys here to get the games on Origin so worst case scenario if you couldn't get it to work here you could still redeem it for the Origin versions.

This close to the big fall and winter sales coming up I'd wait for a sale though. (EDIT: NM, you bought it already but look out for sales in the future on expansions) Plus if those newer expansions being added to the Steam registry recently are hints for a Steam release of those then they will likely put the base on older packs on sale at that time like they did when Showtime was released here.

As for those people claiming to have issues with this game here none of them have been very specific about their setups and what they have installed, what they did etc and these claims have popped up only very recently so I'm wondering if they did something like install Seasons retail or Origin on top of the Steam version of the game. Whatever they did, I certainly have been unable to reproduce any issues with the Steam version of this game and the Steam version of the expansions myself.
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Erika59242 Nov 18, 2012 @ 7:39pm 
Originally posted by Motoki:
As has been mentioned, you can also redeem your Sims3 keys here to get the games on Origin so worst case scenario if you couldn't get it to work here you could still redeem it for the Origin versions.
when you go to origin to register it doesn't always work. for me it doesnt work. i have all my EPs and SPs registered on The sims 3 website, and my profile on The Sims 3 website is conected to my Origin account. My games still don't show up there. I tried registering the EPs and SPs on Origin but it said I had to register them on The Sims 3 website, but I already had. Just in case, I went back to The Sims 3 website and tried registering the base game again but it said it wasn't valid. I don't get it. Am I missing something?
Motoki Nov 20, 2012 @ 12:42pm 
I would contact EA support at that point. If you sims3 account is linked to your Origin one and they are both the same login and password and everything and all your episodes are registered on Sims3.com it SHOULD autopopulate to Origin. If it doesn't that's an EA support issue. Sims 2 keys that are registered are supposed to add to your Origin account no matter where the key comes from.
tcurt Jan 25, 2013 @ 6:12am 
I know this is an old thread, but it's exactly what I was worrying about too. Sims 3 was just on sale again, and I picked up that main game and a bunch of expansions for my daughter. Out of habit, I always install all the kids steam games on two computers in the house - the newer main one, and an older one just for the kids. Except for not being logged in on both at the same time, this works well for us. The kids can still play games even if the parents need to use the big PC. I never think about this because this Steam Library list is the same on both computers. However, I did notice this time that only the main Sims 3 game appears in my Steam Library. How do the Expansion Packs work? Will I be able to install the game and it's Expansions on both PCs? From what I read here, it sound like I can have multiple installs just like usual, as long as only one is logged into at a time. Any common potholes to avoid? I think I already have an EA account of some sort because I bought some DLC for Mass Effect 2 a while back. Also, is all player content saved to the local machine? They don't have a cloud save or anything do they? Thanks. I just don't want to make my PC the only place she can play Sims 3.
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