Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  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 28, 2011
    90
    The best expansion released since the series first launched in 2009.
  3. Oct 18, 2011
    85
    The innovations, the realistic depiction of animals and the cuteness make this addon an absolute must-buy for The Sims 3 fans.
  4. Nov 15, 2011
    83
    Who doesn't love animals? Judging by the fact that every edition of the Sims franchise has received a pet-themed expansion, everybody loves a furry friend. Cats, dogs and horses are let loose in the new residential area of Appaloosa Plains. Pets shake up a Sim's life, but the expansion pack feels very familiar to all Sims players. But if you still enjoy your life in Sunset Valley, there's no reason to turn your back on Pets. [Nov 2011]
  5. Oct 20, 2011
    82
    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.
  6. Nov 26, 2011
    81
    Set to doom a generation of pony-mad girls. Perfect if you have love in your heart and Sims 3 on your Steam account.
  7. Oct 20, 2011
    81
    if you aren't interested in animals and pets, this is not for you. But if you do, this is the perfect add-on with endless possibilities.
  8. Nov 29, 2011
    80
    The best thing that happened to The Sims 3 since the game's launch. A must-have for all the fans. [December 2011, p.92]
  9. Nov 16, 2011
    80
    The phenomenon that is The Sims keeps going strong. And with the addition of Pets, the game is becoming more addictive than ever.
  10. Oct 24, 2011
    80
    Proof that EA hasn't run out of ideas for new creative content just yet.
  11. Nov 30, 2011
    75
    Horses and controllable cats and dogs give The Sims 3: Pets a good deal of heart.
  12. Nov 9, 2011
    75
    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.
  13. Oct 18, 2011
    75
    Pets puts the series and franchise back on track and continues to make its virtual worlds even more fleshed out. As always, this expansion isn't going to make any non-Sims player a convert, but if you're still enjoying your digital families, this is a good expansion to pick up.
  14. Jan 9, 2012
    70
    The most detailed Pets expansion for the series. Horses, in particular, are an exciting inclusion. [Jan 2012, p.60]
  15. Nov 22, 2011
    70
    Although EA hasn't surely revolutionized the game's core concept, The Sims 3: Pets proves to be an engaging and fun expansion that will surely entertain any fan of the franchise.
  16. Nov 19, 2011
    70
    If you are a The Sims-fan this is a no-brainer and you probably already playing this. For the rest of us, not already commited to this game, the expansion adds to the already massive micro management of The Sims 3 which in turn disturbs the flow of the game and at times becomes rather tedious, almost a chore. Don't let the cute furballs fool you, this is The Sims 3 and if your not into this game before then this expansion, solid as it may be, will not make you a believer.
  17. Nov 7, 2011
    70
    This incarnation of Pets is mostly retread of what was introduced in animal-themed expansions for The Sims 1 and 2. The developers simply expanded on some ideas and trimmed a few annoying shortcomings.
  18. Oct 25, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Jul 19, 2012
    0
    I've been a fan of The Sims for over a decade, and this flavor of expansion has always been my favorite. While fun, it certainly does notI've been a fan of The Sims for over a decade, and this flavor of expansion has always been my favorite. While fun, it certainly does not excuse the cost; it's priced like a full game, called an expansion, and has the content of a $15 DLC. I'd highly recommend only buying this game on sale or when the price drops because, other than the price, pets in The Sims are really fun. Full Review »
  2. Feb 11, 2012
    10
    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. UnicornThe 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] Full Review »
  3. Feb 6, 2012
    0
    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 forSo 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. Full Review »