Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic 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. Dec 5, 2011
    77
    The Sims 3: Pets is very recommendable if you're a true animal lover or new to the series.
  3. Dec 7, 2011
    75
    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 30, 2011
    75
    The Sims 3: Pets is a thoroughly enjoyable title from start to finish that creates a virtual world for your pets to roam with a healthy amount of traits, skills, quests and mysteries to embark on.
  5. Oct 26, 2011
    75
    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.
  6. Oct 19, 2011
    75
    One can finally lead a dog's life. Featuring all the strengths and weaknesses of its predecessors, this addon lives up to its promise you can now complete your Sims family.
  7. Oct 18, 2011
    75
    For gamers who just want a chance to make their own pretty kitty and then watch it scratch up the furniture, The Sims 3 Pets delivers. If you want a Sims experience that builds on previous installments, incorporates your progress from The Sims 3, and actually makes your simulated world more interesting…well, better luck next time.
  8. Dec 1, 2011
    70
    It's moreish, even if it doesn't scratch the deepest of gaming itches. [Issue#212, p.99]
  9. Dec 1, 2011
    70
    A pricey, dumbed-down follow-up. [Christmas 2011, p.107]
  10. Those hoping for an entirely overhauled Sims experience will be disappointed, but it's doubtful anyone will harbour such expectations. Mysteries add some nice structure to the otherwise open-ended gameplay, but this is basically – as the name suggests – The Sims with added animals. Which, for plumbbob devotees, should be enough.
  11. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    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.
  12. Nov 23, 2011
    65
    Sure, The Sims 3 Pets is a robust package that deepens the feline and canine experience, but it doesn't translate all that well to the console space, nor does it provide enough new content to bring back fans burnt out on the core game.
  13. Nov 15, 2011
    65
    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.
  14. Oct 31, 2011
    65
    The Sims 3: Pets is little more than a re-release of last year's console port with a few endearing, inessential features thrown into the mix. The core game is still solid fun, but it is disappointing that a little more effort was not made to render this anything more than a minor revision of a known quantity.
  15. Oct 18, 2011
    60
    A decent console version that adds cats and dogs to the Sims formula, which makes it more fun. But the buggy adaptation makes the experience poorer, although this is a good game.
  16. Oct 26, 2011
    40
    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.
User Score
3.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Feb 25, 2012
    0
    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.
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  2. ERB
    Dec 7, 2013
    5
    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.
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