Excerpt: As someone who's never had much trouble resisting the charms of The Sims, I approached The Sims 3 's latest expansion pack with some apprehension. But I was surprised—and delighted—to discover that The Sims 3: Pets ($39.99 for Mac and PC) extends Electronic Arts' popular franchise in a direction it has never before dared venture: straight into your heart.
Excerpt: It's not easy being a horse, especially a horse working at GamesRadar. Lunchtime is the loneliest. Everyday my cordial offerings of healthful oats and fresh carrots are ignored by my human co-workers. As soon as noon arrives, it's always burritos this, or hamburgers that. The average equine only lives about 30 years. But I swear! The way the fast food loving staff at GamesRadar eats day in and day out, they'll all beat me to the grave. But I digress.
Pros: The deep horse creation mode, The thrill of jumping, Making humans serve you
Cons: Dogs. Who likes dogs?, Cats. They're not as cute as you think, Human Sims. Without horses, they'd be useless
Excerpt: I pity the PC-less fans of The Sims series. Not only have they been subjected to some pretty half-hearted attempts at porting the series to home consoles, but they’ve also endured a myriad of problems with few decent titles on consoles. 2010’s The Sims 3 was probably the closest in terms of gameplay and attention to detail, but was marred by a host of technical issues.
Pros: Still The Sims, but now with: mysteries, cats, dogs, inventing, etc…
Cons: Nearly all of the same problems from the first game, and more; glitchy AI
Expansion adds fun, four-legged perspective to popular sim.
Common Sense Media
17 January 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Pets is an expansion pack to The Sims 3 . Players need the base game in order to play this expansion, which greatly enhances the presence of animals in the virtual Sims world. This expansion adds incremental new content, such as the ability for pets to mate. However, the level of sexuality and violence in the base game trumps anything new in the expansion.
Summary: I really enjoyed my time with Sims 3: Pets. This game was much more than I expected it to be and created a feel that doesn’t leave you longing for the PC versions. The drawbacks of the loading screens so often and long really does make the game hard to sit with at times but can be cut back by downloading the game to your hard-drive.
In the end this game is worth your time and should not be looked past if you have enjoyed the Sims previously.
Pros: Extensive customization options for cats, dogs, and horses, Horses can enter races or contests for profit, New town with new facilities, Pets are fully controllable, Allows for many low-maintenance pets
Cons: Pets have a limited impact on the world around them, Expansion likely to appeal more to existing players than newcomers
Conclusion: The Sims 3: Pets is a worthy addition to the franchise's contemporary generation, and it walks a comfortable middle line between the wacky pet careers of The Sims 2: Pets and the disappointing animals found in The Sims: Unleashed . Here, almost everything works as it should, and the pets themselves add a dose of realism that probably should have shipped with the first game in 2009.
Pros: Extensive customization options for cats, dogs, and horses, Horses can enter races or contests for profit, New town with new facilities, Pets are fully controllable, Allows for many low-maintenance pets.
Cons: Pets have a limited impact on the world around them, Expansion likely to appeal more to existing players than newcomers.
Excerpt: Everybody needs a friend. For a long time, if you did not have any human friends you could create some Sim friends to play with. But even those friends need friends of their own. And if a dog is man’s best friend, then The Sims 3: Pets is your Sim’s best friend.
Excerpt: I wake up pretty early every morning, shower quickly, get dressed in a hurry, and ship off to work for eight or nine hours. Sometimes I don’t even have time to eat. Sometimes I don’t brush my teeth. Work becomes life and life, work. When I get home late at night, I’m usually too tired go out, let alone do something extracurricular. Maybe I’ll watch some television. Maybe I’ll read a book or browse the internet a little.