If you’re looking to buy the Sims 4 you need to be aware that buying it through Origin isn’t currently as straightforward as it should be. EA are really pushing Origin Access subscriptions at every step of the purchasing process, trouble is that Origin Access (OA) is not available to Mac users so a lot of new Sims players are unwittingly buying the OA subscription which is completely useless to them. The trial version of the game is also not available to Mac users so don’t even bother trying to download it.
Ignore the massive adverts trying to get you to buy Origin Access and click on the Buy Now button:
You will then be taken to the next option asking you which version of the base game you would like to buy. Click the one you want and follow the rest of the instructions. Ignore the Origin Access advert at the bottom of the page.
Do you have these horrible shadows under your Sims since downloading the Discover University patch?
You can get rid of them in several ways like enabling laptop mode or disabling post processing effects. My preferred method is to edit the GraphicsRules.sgr file as it does not affect any other graphics settings. You will need to apply this fix after each patch update as the file will be replaced (or until EA fix the problem):
Right click on the game in your Applications folder and select Show Package Contents
Navigate to the Contents then Resources folder and open the GraphicsRules.sgr file with TextEdit
Hold down CMD and F to bring up the search box and enter SSAO
There should be four results of SsaoEnabled that come up
Make sure the value next to it is false for each instance: prop $ConfigGroup SsaoEnabled false