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The Sims 3

The Sims 3 (all versions).

Application Details:

Version: All
License: Retail
URL: http://thesims3.ea.com/
Votes: 78
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.9-staging

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What works

  • Launching with a few specialties, see What does not work/Workarounds section
  • The intro video and the loading screens, especially the interactive ones where you can earn extra lifetime points by correctly clicking on objects in an interactive image

Used settings: Full screen, 1920x1080p, highest graphics settings

  • Creating a new family, with several details changed manually. No lags, went quite well.
  • Moving them in (= aerial perspective of a city, Twinbrook tested)
  • Interacting with objects and other sims, i.e., giving commands and working with the queue
  • Zooming into apartments and back out to aerial perspective
  • Buy mode
  • Build mode
  • Saving and loading
  • All timelapse modes (Pause, normal, fast, faster, fastest)
  • In-game dialog windows (opportunities while working for example)
  • Changing options, especially changing graphics preferences

What does not

The numbering here correspond to the numbering in Workarounds section (see below):

  1. Sims 3 Launcher doesn't launch
  2. A direct launch with the original binaries doesn't detect the installation CD-ROM
  3. ALT-TABing out of the game will leave a black screen when switching back to the game

Workarounds

Referring to the What does not work section (see above):

  1. Circumvent the launcher by launching via TS3W.exe binary, in the same directory as the normally executed TS3.exe
  2. Usage of a No-CD fix is required to launch the game
  3. None known, try not to switch out of the game

What was not tested

  • Online features. I doubt it will work with a fixed binary, so I didn't log in.
  • Cheats
  • Mods, if there are any

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

Tested on AMD Radeon RX580 8G OC with Mesa 18.3.6, kernel driver amdgpu on kernel version 4.19.54.



selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Jul 09 20205.9-stagingYes Yes YesGoldSki-lleR 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"Mar 07 20205.2Yes Yes YesSilverAlex S. 
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64Jul 10 20194.12.1-stagingYes Yes YesGoldAlex S. 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 01 20183.21-stagingYes Yes YesGoldAlexandr Oleynikov 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Oct 07 20183.17Yes Yes NoSilverFiku Miku Foo Foo Foo 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
22160 The Sims 3: Sims3Launcher.exe doesn't show web site when started second time NEW View
23807 Unsupported texture formats: DF16, DF24, RAWZ: format unrecognized(909198916) NEW View
30988 Multiple .NET applications using System.Windows.Forms.WebBrowser crash with Wine-Mono (libgluezilla needed for Mono.WebBrowser/Mono.Mozilla support)(Ragnarok download manager, The Sims 3 Launcher) NEW View
33261 Sims 3 pause key (`) doesn't work with Spanish keyboard UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Notes
THE GAME WORKS AMAZINGLY WELL!
How to install in Linux:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8hRxlyeyIo
Old gameplay in Linux:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxaEwRoNsWQ
New gameplay in Linux (recorded with GLC)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfusLZHwQ58

Thankyou Jake Ward
  • If you make a new starter on your desktop, then type "xgamma -gamma 1" (w/o quotes) as the command to run. Quickest way to reset gamma.
  • You should leave the game set to fullscreen and set the "Screen Size" option to the resolution you chose in winecfg. The game will change your screen's brightness, which is annoying, but attempting to run it windowed inside the virtual desktop causes odd problems. Although this is dependent on your video card and I myself did not get the problem.

  • "Enable Advanced Rendering" may not work for some. It's worked fine in 1.1.21, but had some odd problems with it in 1.1.23. Sometimes the screen, starting at the top left corner, would become tinted with a colour, usually red, purple, or white. This hasn't happened to in the slightly older wine, only 1.1.23.

  • Lighting and Shadows is slightly buggy at higher settings. Specifically, there is a lot of flicker at times with certain shadows.

  • SAVE OFTEN. There still seems to be another memory leak, even with the patched source. Try to save once or twice a day, game time. Depending on what you're doing, the game may crash often or may only crash rarely, but it will eventually crash. Large events, frequent travel, and build mode all seem to cause this to occur faster. *Please note this may be fixed in newer wine versions

  • Downloading content doesn't work, but the launcher itself does, and can be accessed easily from within Sims 3 (the "Open Launcher" menu item). If you have access to a windows PC with the game installed, you can download content, such as the Riverview town, there and then transfer the .Sims3Pack files to your Linux install. Put the .Sims3Pack files in My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads\ ('My Documents' being the path you set My Documents to above) and the launcher should be able to install them. *Please note this may be fixed in newer wine versions

  • If the Sims3Launcher crashes of an error such as "Unhandled Exception: System.AccessViolationException: Attempted to read or write protected memory" it's probably a truetype font problem. See appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=3754 for details on how to fix.

  • Seting OffscreenRenderingMode to fbo in regedit, the texture problems seem to have disappeared altogether


To use the launcher you need to install dotnet20 via winetricks!

Receiving the following?
fixme:actctx:parse_depend_manifests Could not find dependent assembly
L"Microsoft.VC80.CRT" (8.0.50727.762)
err:module:attach_process_dlls "MSVCR80.dll" failed to initialize, aborting
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for
L"\\Program Files\\The Sims 3\\Game\\Bin\\TS3.exe" failed, status c0000142

Fix by installing vcrun2005sp1 with "winetricks vcrun2005sp1"

If you have nvidia card and are having brightness issues, after entering the game, use the command 'nvidia-settings -l' (in terminal) or just launch the nvidia panel to solve the brightness problem. If the problem appears again, just repeat the command.
For ATI on Ubuntu 10.04 x64 the following works fine; Go to System->Control Center->ATI Catalyst Control Center->Color and click the Default button. The colors now change back to normal.

Bug 18991 (crash loading a town) fix:
env WINEPREFIX="~/.wine" TZ="America/Bahia" wine "TS3.exe"
Note: It might be best to change America/Bahia to your own TimeZone


Note that Greg Noe was able to download content (at least the Rivertown) by launching the Launcher from within the game, killing the TS3.exe process (launcher won't let you download while the game is running), and then just downloading like usual.

Fix Brightness/Gamma After Exiting the Game
Simply type the following into a terminal which should fix the brightness/gamma change the game performs: xgamma -gamma 1

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