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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 .
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.
Summary: The ownership of pets, we're often told, is one of the secrets to a long life, and that's a secret that Electronic Arts has taken full advantage of in extending the life span of each of its Sims games for the last 11 years.
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.