Excerpt: Famously, when game designers first put forward the idea of The Sims to Electronic Arts, the publisher doubted the idea was viable. The go ahead was eventually given and EA hasn’t looked back. There have been many spin-offs, resulting in the franchise being one of the biggest selling of all time.
Excerpt: Having a pet in video game form has become all the rage. Since Nintendo unleashed Nintendogs everyone and his dog (excuse the pun) wants in on the action, so it's no surprise that the legendary Sims series wants in.
Conclusion: It's true that the pet-related content in the console versions of The Sims 2: Pets, while interesting, doesn't seem perfectly implemented. But surprisingly, the open-ended, unpredictable Sims 2 experience seems to work much better in Pets than in any other console game.
Pros: Improved AI offers a mostly authentic Sims experience on consoles, pets add an interesting new dimension to the game, new clothing, lot, and household objects and options.
Cons: Pet management is difficult to schedule into a regular sim's day, limited neighborhood size and only one downtown lot.