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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Playing God can be addicting. [Holiday 2011, p.85]
  2. Oct 26, 2011
    The Sims 3: Pets won't change the minds of those who had no interest in the series. Due to the lack of some content and performance issues, it also won't convince PC die-hards that a console version can be on par with a computer.
  3. Dec 7, 2011
    The graphics and audio are weak, but the core gameplay is still as solid as ever. There may be a lack of innovation to justify buying both The Sims 3 and this glorified expansion pack though.
  4. Oct 18, 2011
    Whether it's purposefully terrorizing humans or watching your dog head off to work in its own cab, The Sims 3: Pets is a fun and funny way to tackle a virtual life – but that's if you can get over the stuttering animations and load times.
  5. Dec 1, 2011
    A pricey, dumbed-down follow-up. [Christmas 2011, p.107]
  6. Nov 15, 2011
    This expansion brings frequent loading times, a horrible framerate and slow gameplay. Moreover, where are the horses, snakes and birds? Thankfully the dogs and cats happen to be extremely cute.
  7. Oct 26, 2011
    The pets element offers a little spark of nuance in an otherwise dated formula. And the spry animations of the pups and kittens do well to make the game all the more endearing.

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  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. ERB
    Dec 7, 2013
    I should admit It this game is fun but there are may negatives or problems in this game.The loading takes so many time and sometimes I just wanted not to go to places because it takes so many time to load if you want to go to different places in the map.That part disappointed me.And the worst of them all is that when you save and quit the game or turn off the console the save slot gets corrupted.After many hours,days,weeks,and even months playing this game it all ended because of the saving problems.That is both disappointing and frustrating to hell.But there are a few positives in this game that I like.Like the part where you can use all your points to use karma powers.The karma power allows you to grant powers in your sim or even luck to your sim.That is good.The character development in this game is great too.The best in this game is the part where you will build your house.Building a house in this game is addicting and it will probably drain some hours in your game play.Although you can only build one structure or one house in this game depending on how large your lot is.

    Combine all the negatives and positives in this game.The game gets a score of 5/10.If it weren't for the saving problems and loading problems this game should have been good.For me I kinda love this game a little and I kinda hate this game a little too.
  2. Feb 25, 2012
    This game could have been fun if not for the game breaking save bug that keeps you from saving. After losing several hours of progress - a number of times - I am ready to throw in the towel.

    If you must play this I recommend purchasing used, and not bothering with the Sims Exchange which is worthless on console anyway.