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...
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
Summary: It is hard to deny the success of the Sims franchise. With more than 150 million copies sold all across the world; I am actually a little surprised that the franchise hasn’t been “milked” far more than some would argue that it has been.
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)...
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.
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.