I took a glance at the specs and wasn't too sure it'd be able to handle playing The Sims 3 at all. I'd like more input on the purchase and if this laptop would be able to play the game (maxing the game is not an issue, she'd simply like to play the game semi-smoothly at minimum settings). Also, if there's a better purchase around the same price, I'd like to hear those suggestions!
Thanks for the time, help, and advice!
ps: And yes, unfortunately it does have to be a laptop
That laptop is a bit too underpowered. She needs to bring that budget up to about $500. That is a reasonable for a laptop will limited gaming capabilities. The laptop you linked to has a relatively slow CPU and the Intel HD graphics is pretty weak as well. That the "original" Intel HD graphic core, not the Intel HD 3000 (which should be good enough) or the current Intel HD 4000 graphic core.
I recommend the following 15.6" Acer with an AMD APU with the Radeon HD 7640G graphic core for $480.