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The Sims
NTSC-U box art
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: B
ESRB rating: T (Comic Mischief, Mature Sexual Themes, Mild Violence)
PEGI rating: 7+
GRB rating: 15
Widescreen patch available
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-51257 & SLUS-20573 & SLUS-20573GH
Japanese: SLPS-20078 & SLPM-62514
German: SLES-51257
French: SLES-51257
Spanish: SLES-51257
Dutch: SLES-51257
Italian: SLES-51257
Swedish: SLES-51257
Danish: SLES-51257
Korean: SLPM-64540
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20573
SLUS-20573GH (Greatest Hits)
Release date: January 12, 2003
2004 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: A4B3D285, 802352AA
Windows Status: Ingame
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-51257
Release date: January 31, 2003
April 2004 (Platinum)
CRCs: 046962B0
Windows Status: Broken
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers: SLPS-20078
SLPM-62514 (EA Best Hits)
Release date: May 29, 2003
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Edge of Reality
Publisher(s): EA Games (US), Electronic Arts (EU, JP)
Genre: Simulation
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN8.0/10, Metacritic83/100
Game description: Build, buy, and live. The Sims give you the chance to create simulated people and build their homes, then help your Sims pursue careers, earn money, make friends, and find romance--or totally mess up their lives. Keep your Sims happy by decorating your home with over 150 objects in the game and downloadable ones from Test your "people skills" as you deal with family, friends, careers, and chaos. There is no right or wrong way to play the game.
The Sims is a game created by game designer Will Wright and published by Electronic Arts. The goal of the game is to control one or more "Sims" in their day-to-day lives.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • ?
  • ?
0.9.8 r4600 GSdx 4600
  • SPU2-X 4600m
  • LilyPad r4510
BIOS: scph39001, Will not boot. MyDreamName
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i5-3470 3.20Ghz
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • LilyPad svn 0.11.0
Europe v02.00(14/06/2004), INTC, Wait Loop Detection, microVU and MTVU (for going "almost ingame"), Won't boot from CD. Works with ISO, goes through menus, I can make a Sim in "Get-A-Life" mode, but as soon the game finishes loading, it hangs on loading screen (but music keeps playing with ingame sounds too sometimes). Actually, I got "almost ingame" by enabling the cheat that unlocks the "Sim Mode", but as soon as I selected it, it hangs (see last pic).
NTSC-U Windows 7
  • AMD FX-8350
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 750
1.2.1 r5875 GSdx 0 (MSVC 18.00, AVX) 0.1.16
  • Modes: HW DX11 & SW DX9
  • SPU2-X r5875 2.0.0
  • Lilypad r5875
Able to load up starting screen. Hangs on create-a-sim screen(HW DX11). Upon switching to SW DX9, I was able to get past CAS and entered the dream house level. Major graphical glitches and game freezes upon completing said level. Combatheros
NTSC-U Windows
  • I5 3330
  • XFX Radeon HD 7970
1.3.GIT-567-g270fc13 2014-09-08 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), EE/VU Clamp: Standard, EE/VU Rounding: Standard, Unchanged., Will Hang after loading screen end,tryed with gamefixes....Negative Results.
PAL Windows
  • I5 3330
  • HD radeon 6850
1.3.svn5932 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), Exacty the same above,still unchanged.
NTSC-U Windows
  • AMD A10-7850K
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
1.4.0 DX 10
  • SPU2-X
  • Pokopom 2.0
No change. emjds
PAL Windows 10 2004
  • Intel Core i5 7300HQ 2.50GHz
  • DELL GTX 1050 4GB
1.5.0-dev-3379-g9fd8d5c58 GSDX SPU2-X Europe v02.20(10/02/2006), DX11 HW, upscaled to 4K. Game only lets you pass CAS section with workarounds described in workarounds for "Known Issues". mavethee


  • Original names: シムピープル お茶の間劇場 (SLPS-20078), 심즈 (SLPM-64540)
  • Also known as Sim People (JP)

Known Issues

Create-a-Sim name menu freezes

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Description: The Sims hangs when you reach the menu to name your Sim in the Create-a-Sim menu.
  • Workaround: Make sure you are under GSdx9 and press F9 to use software mode and quickly enter the name and information for your Sim. Chances of crashing are lowered, but still has a very high chance of crashing in the next menu.

Infinite Loading Screen after Create-A-Sim section.

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Major
  • Description: The Sims hangs when you will done with creating your Sim in the Create-a-Sim menu, press Done and Loading Screen will pop up.
  • Workaround: No known workaround for that.

Dream House crashes

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Major
  • Description: Game crashes upon completing the dream house level.
  • Workaround: There is currently no known way to work around this.

Games crashes at the intro FMVs.

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: The game will crash at the intro movies.
  • Workaround: Go to Config -> Emulation Settings -> Game Fixes tab, click "Enable manual game fixes", and enable the Skip MPEG hack.

Lines around text and light effects

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: In hardware modes at higher than native resolutions there are lines around text and light effects.
  • Workaround: Go to Config -> Video (GS) -> Plugin Settings, click "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks and enable Half-pixel Offset.

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