Summary: If you were thinking that The Sims 3: Pets would allow your existing sims to frolic with virtual puppies and kittens, Electronic Arts has a little surprise for you. Rather than allowing console devotees of the popular series to import their sims from the original release into this newest outing, EA has released The Sims 3: Pets as a stand-alone game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Pros: Extensive customization options for all pets, "Mysteries" add hours of fun to the core gameplay, Six new karma powers
Cons: Pets limited to cats and dogs, You can't import sims from the original game, Some frame rate and load time sluggishness
Excerpt: Last year’s 360 port of The Sims 3 was something we never thought we’d see on consoles: a true re-creation of the same free-form life-sim experience PC users have been enjoying for more than a decade, with no mandatory goals to distract from creating and controlling (and, okay, tormenting) households of little computer people.
Pros: + Pets are surprisingly fun (and gross) to play as., + Sticks with free-form structure of last year’s Sims 3.
Cons: ? Would it really have been so hard to include horses (which are in Pets’ PC version)?
Excerpt: As a more ‘hardcore’ game focused website, we do like to make fun of the casual side of things whenever the opportunity presents itself, but I’ve come to the realisation that I don’t mind them. That is to say, I’ve played an awful lot worse. That sounds a lot more grim than The Sims deserves, actually, as it continues to be the perfect chill out, brain off, peaceful game with no risk of a rage quit.
Conclusion: Effectively a reasonable expansion pack for a peculiarly charming game, The Sims 3: Pets manages to bring a bit of fresh air to the general Sims 3 experience, without sacrificing that core experience. Be that as it may, the fact that this is a glorified expansion with a full-fat price tag is a hard one to swallow. And unless you're a diehard Sims fan, you'd be better off holding out for the inevitable price cut.