We are a a little late in reporting this one but here goes. Veteran scene group Razor1911 (RZR) have released a cracked version of popular life simulation game The Sims 3. The same title was earlier leaked by RELOADED (RLD) but speculation was rife that it was a beta, pre release copy of the game. According to Razor1911’s NFO, RELOADED’s release is indeed a pre release beta version of the Sims 3. The same has been stated by Electronic Arts, the game’s publisher. However, from what I have so far observed, there are no drastic differences between the two leaked versions of the game.
The main difference between RLD and RZR versions seem to be that RELOADED’s is the Digital Download version of the game while Razro1911 is the version distributed through physical media (it is mentioned in the EULA). There is a small version number change in the two releases as well - RZR seems to carry a newer build number. Additionally, RELOADED’s release contains the SecuROM DRM (which they have cracked) while RZR version only contains a DVD check (which too has been cracked).
The following is quoted from the Razor1911 NFO:
Reloaded release is not final.
If you compare the file located in:
x:GameBincode_version.txt you will get these informations
Razor1911: description=Version: 0.DL-0.0.11195 Changelist: 625803
Reloaded: description=Version: 0.DL-0.0.11190 Changelist: 624575
If you compare the versions of TS3.exe you will get these infos:
Razor1911: 0.0.0.11195 (April 30. 2009 04:55:28)
Reloaded: 0.0.0.11190 (April 23. 2009 07:53:19)
And in the greetings section of their NFO, RZR have mentioned “Playing beta games is like having sex with a condom!” - a phrase clearly aimed at the RLD release. Despite version number changes and protection changes, game content in both the releases seem to be more or less the same. But is the RZR version really the final version of Sims 3? Who knows - It’ll only be confirmed once the game is officially released on the 2nd of June.
Getting back to EA’s comment on leak by RELOADED, this is what they told AFP several days ago:
It's not the full game. Half of the world — an entire second city — is missing," said spokeswoman Holly Rockwood in a statement.
This statement is sort of misleading – as far as I know the second city will be available as DLC – it’s not bundled with regular copies of the game unless it’s a pre order special edition. I don’t think it has anything to do with piracy or leaked copies (then again I might be wrong).