Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. For an expansion pack, there is plenty to do and see and it adds a completely new level of variety to your Sims' already busy life.
  2. Rarely does an expansion (or companion, in the case of the PS2 and GameCube) see content integrated so well into an existing game. After a few minutes playing Pets, you'll feel as if the animals have always been a part of your gaming life.
  3. This isn't the best buy for those who have played the series to death. But if you haven't, then get on board with this animal update.
  4. The expansion only changes the game on a strictly superficial level, although it does this extremely well.
  5. The Sims 2: Pets adds some moderately interesting animal companions, but offers a surprisingly strong Sims 2 experience.
  6. I'm disappointed at the lack of defining complexities that grace every Sim game that appears on the PC platform. It's almost insulting - console users aren't dumb, we can handle some dimension!
  7. 70
    Overall gameplay improvements make Pets a better game than Sims 2 on consoles was last year, and animal lovers will no doubt spend hours creating their ultimate cat or dog, complete with embarrassing clothes and lovable personality.
  8. 70
    Maxis hasn't changed the game drastically and shouldn't have to for an expansion pack that is adding a new (and cute!) perspective to an already solid game.
  9. The addition of pets has made Sims 2 marginally cuter, but the novelty quickly wears off as you still spend the majority of your time making sure the toilet is regularly cleaned. [Nov 2006, p.65]
  10. The question is, would you rather simulate real life or just live it? [Jan. 2007, p.110]
  11. Apart from the animal stuff, the core game has also undergone some tweaks, like a greater sense of ownership of your surroundings. It doesn't make Pets more fun, though; the lack of sufficient rewards and direction neuters the whole experience and makes it a chore to play.
  12. 60
    The Sims 2 Pets expansion pack could be a good purchase for PC gamers, but buying it for $39.99 on consoles is the kind of choice that will only satisfy the kind of people who keep a place for their cat at the dinner table.
  13. If you can play this on a computer, do so. If you already own The Sims 2 for GameCube and are considering paying full price again to get the Pets feature, don't.
  14. If you want to play The Sims, go out and buy a PC and the game too. It may be a lot more expensive this way but for the true Sims experience I would recommend it.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. ghbergnc!!!#%%^%
    Jul 12, 2007
    9
    This game is very fun to play sometimes, some features from some of the previews games of sims have been taken away.
  2. AlexC.
    Nov 16, 2006
    10
    This game rocks! Although I wish the dogs did not dig holes and that you can still get a job when your mad.
  3. RiverT.
    Nov 5, 2006
    6
    It's a pretty cool game except some of the regular features are no longer there. Like having kids. (Which I couldn't even do in the first "Sims 2" So please help me with this. Full Review »