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  • Summary: Players take creativity by the reins and play out the stories they want to tell whether it’s the single guy in the dog park picking up women or the criminal overlord and her evil cat. Across all platforms, The Sims 3 Pets players will be able to create, customize and control over a hundred different kinds of cats and dogs like the Australian Shepherd and the Maine Coon, and can breed and share them with friends providing endless possibilities to create new and exciting breeds. Each platform brings a new world for players to explore from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions where players will unlock achievements by solving mysteries around town, the Nintendo 3DS with new lots to unlock to the PC/Mac version where they’ll be able to take their pets on play dates or meet other Sims at the dog park, cat jungles and even a horse ranch. With The Sims 3 Pets, players will be able to create, control and play with life with their pets. Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
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  1. 90
    The best add-on for The Sims 3 so far. Pets bring a lot of extra playability. Pet lovers hardly find anything better to play. Unicorn included! [Dec 2011]
  2. Oct 18, 2011
    The innovations, the realistic depiction of animals and the cuteness make this addon an absolute must-buy for The Sims 3 fans.
  3. Oct 20, 2011
    While The Sims 3: Pets won't convert new players to the Sims Franchise it's an absolute must have for fans. The pets are a really nice addition to the gameplay and the new neighborhood also add some nice stuff like the ranch or the dog park.
  4. Oct 24, 2011
    Proof that EA hasn't run out of ideas for new creative content just yet.
  5. Nov 9, 2011
    Pets is worth the admission price. It's a must have for animal lovers and you get a lot of cute animals and a new skill for your character.
  6. Oct 25, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Jan 9, 2012
    The most detailed Pets expansion for the series. Horses, in particular, are an exciting inclusion. [Jan 2012, p.60]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Feb 11, 2012
    The best add-on for The Sims 3 so far. Pets bring a lot of extra playability. Pet lovers hardly find anything better to play. Unicorn included! [Dec 2011] Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2011
    I really enjoy this game. I love Sims 3, and adding pets takes this one step further. It's cool that you can become a pet yourself, and still enjoy the game through it's unique style. It really like this game. Expand
  3. Nov 29, 2011
    There are three main pet types introduced into Pets; Dogs, which can learn the new skills Hunting and Tricks, Cats which can learn Hunting & Horses which can learn Racing and Jumping. There is no careers introduced at all for pets however Sims can join the HorseMan or Women Profession. There is also many new ways for them to earn money such as hunting, performing in animal shows or competing in racing, jumping or cross country events at the equestrian centre. Pets provides new clothing, hairstyles, and decorative options, but of course those are in every expansion. There are new traits and lifetime wishes for Sims and pets alike such as; Loves cats and Equestrian. There is also a large amount of pet traits included for the pets with a different variety for each animal. For instance Horses can have traits such as Nimble and Untamed which are specific to them or traits like Playful or Lazy which are open to all pets. Dogs also have a large variety including traits like Faithful and Hydrophobic. Cats do not have any traits available for just them but can have traits like Clueless, Hunter and Neat. Alongside the major three types of pets there is a variety of minor pets available such as birds, snakes, lizards, rodents and turtle that can be purchased, caught by an animal or found in various spots around the neighbourhood. Cats can catch critters whereas dogs will dig up gems, metals or even a special object, the better a pet is at hunting the more chance it will have of sniffing out rare objects! Every few expansion packs there is a new lifestate or creature added such as the vampires from Latenight or Simbots from Ambitions, but in pets the new creature is a magical unicorn. The unicorn can only be obtained by befriending it and asking it to join your household. Unicorns have the ability to teleport, start fires and have the power bless or curse Sims. If a Unicorn and horse mate together there is a chance that the foal is a unicorn.

    The New town introduced with Pets is called Appaloosa Plains and is a western, ranch style town. Along with the town Pets also comes with a large variety of new build and buy objects. Players can also build their own barns and stables with new objects like hay stacks and box stalls for horses. A number of lots throughout the neighbourhood also contain premade barns and stables.

    There is also a variety of new npcâ
  4. Feb 12, 2014
    The pet customisation is perfect, so much to choose from. They even added horses which are a lot of fun.
    It's really great, but for me the
    pets kind of "get in the way". They quickly become a burden for some reason.
    I do, however, recommend buying this.
  5. Jun 17, 2013
    The fact that you can have pets is a good plus, but having to pay for the whole game and not make it expansion? That was a bad move. That being said, I play this game more than any other game I have in my library. The Sims has this great idea and makes it work. I give it 6 broken toilets out of 10. Expand
  6. Jun 27, 2012
    The animals a car. Sadly I don't think they put enough effort into it - their trailers were misleading and the general gameplay addition was lacking. They could've done a lot more. Expand
  7. Feb 6, 2012
    So this is still a DLC right? Then why the hell is it $39.99?! Thats $10 more than the original game.... Why should you have to pay more for something that could have been added to the game in the first place, and pay more than the original game. EA needs to serioulsy check themselves. Expand

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