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The Sims 4

The Sims 4.

  • Current up-to-date version available on Origin

Application Details:

Version: Origin
License: Retail
URL: https://www.ea.com/games/the-s...
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.20-staging

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Basic modes tested:

  • Sim Creator
  • Build Mode
  • Live Mode

Expansion packs tested:

  • University
  • Get Famous
  • Seasons
  • Cats & Dogs
  • City Living
  • Get to Work

Game packs tested:

  • Realm of Magic

Stuff packs tested:

  • Tiny Living Stuff Pack
  • Vintage Glamour Stuff
  • Holiday Celebration Pack

So far I've played for roughly 4 hours and the game works fine. Glitches are primarily graphical and aren't a huge inconvenience (see What does not work section).

What does not

  • Right click to drag camera doesn't work properly in fullscreen or windowed fullscreen mode. (Set the game to windowed mode and use your window manager to set it fullscreen)
  • Some graphical glitches (especially related to the controls in the bottom left corner of the screen). Seems to be this issue (https://answers.ea.com/t5/Tech...) but a repair does not fix it.

Workarounds

These installation instructions are expanded upon DeadTOm's instructions based on what I did: https://appdb.winehq.org/objec...

1. Startwith an empty wineprefix (make an empty folder, enter the folder from your terminal, and run `export WINEPREFIX=$(pwd)`)
2. Run `winetricks corefonts arial vcrun2010 vcrun2013 dxvk d9vk`
3. Download the Origin installer.
4.
In a separate terminal, run `while true; do inotifywait Origin; chmod
u+w Origin; done` (Make sure you have inotify-tools installed or this
will error out)
5. Run the Origin installer.
6. Open Origin and download Sims 4.
    At some point during the download you may get a "We've encountered a problem" modal. If the downloads are still continuing, leave the modal up until the downloads complete, as you may get MANY of these. Make sure the inotifywait loop is still working and sending out responses.

7. After the downloads have completed, click "Close" on each "We've encountered a problem" modal that appears. The more expansion packs you have, the more of these will appear
8. After this, Origin will use up an enormous amount of CPU time and disk I/O reading your game files to verify them. Let it do this - it can take a fairly long time. Once it's completed this, it will ask you what language you'd like to use and will then finalize the install.  You will need to be online (and have the inotifywait loop mentioned before running) for all of this.
9. Disable Origin In-game before playing.

What was not tested

Not yet tested:

  • Owning a pet
  • Acting (going to studios, etc.)
  • Going to university
  • Living in an apartment
  • Maxing out a career path
  • Anything on the magic path

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: Other
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowManjaro LinuxNov 16 20205.20-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumSteven 
CurrentKDE Neon 5.18Sep 12 20205.17No, but has workaround Yes YesSilverAlex Lowe 
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 20 20205.0.2Yes Yes YesSilverTyson Roberts 
ShowFedora 32 x86_64Jul 21 20205.12-stagingYes No NoGarbageJonas Thiem 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Aug 04 20205.0.1Yes No YesGarbagePhobosK 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
39689 The Sims 4 crashes on start (exception in MSVCRT) UNCONFIRMED View
42467 The Sims 4 Origin crashes CLOSED DUPLICATE View
43992 Sims 4 won't start, wine skips .dlls CLOSED DUPLICATE View
44041 The Sims 4 instant-aborts claiming Origin doesn't run UNCONFIRMED View
44999 Python 3.6.5 crashes due to unimplemented function api-ms-win-core-path-l1-1-0.dll.PathCchCanonicalizeEx. CLOSED FIXED View
49600 Newest Sims 4 crashes at every launch with slightly different error, critical section/threading failure? CLOSED WORKSFORME View

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