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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: 10 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Oct 18, 2011
    83
    A great fetch that celebrates why we love cute, little animals so much.
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Nov 20, 2011
    70
    Animals add that extra layer of depth to your virtual life. [Christmas 2011, p.89]
  6. Nov 30, 2011
    65
    The Sims 3: Pets doesn't add much to the series aside from cats and dogs, but it's hard to resist the charm they bring with them.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Nov 2, 2011
    9
    Sims 3 pets has some very good cases to solve in the mystery section. These wont just take 10 minutes to complete they are stretched out and require a lot of good hunting around doing variable quests and will be interesting for all Sim fans. Even though the graphics remain alike to the sims 3 the game plays well and there are loads of challenges to do that will take a good few weeks to complete. As well as these you will also gain a hunting skill (cat) and digging skill (dog) which can be used to find all sorts of things and play a big part in quests and challenges! Pets also act in a very realistic manor following their owner and also causing chaos etc. Anyone who is a fan of sims will have plenty to do and will be accompanied by there pet to help them out. This is a good and challenging game most of the time even though most will say it's just the same as sims 3. What them people fail to realize is that games like Call of duty are almost identical to the ones that come out the year before with a different storyline but in a same style every year. Expand
  2. Jun 18, 2014
    7
    I am a sims fan myself and I enjoyed this game because there are loads of ways you can interact with objects and other sims which opens up a variety of things for your sims to do. There are tons of exciting challenges you can complete to unlock karma rewards such as new karma powers or upgrades for previously unlocked powers. Bad points about the game are things like glitches, bugs, the rare crashing of the game, only allowing the player to only pick 2 varieties of pets and terrible frame rate. Bugs ( major glitches ) include things like: freezing sims(mostly at around week 7), falling through the floor and random people freeze along with veicles that can ruin the save data. You can only choose from cats or dogs unlike the PC version which let's you pick horses and guinea pigs as well as cats, dogs and unicorns but you can keep a fish in both versions. Overall I recommend this game to people who are fans of the sims franchise, but I reccomend to get it if you find it on offer for about £20 or 25 dollars Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2011
    6
    This time of year isn't just about the most hardcore of shooters, the action-adventure games and the sports franchises. Before being swept up in the haze of releases these next few months - I decided to slow it down a bit and pick up the 360 version of Sims 3: Pets. I have always been a Sims fan here and there - and this was the perfect chance to jump into a stand-alone edition of an add-on pack that people have been waiting on for ages now it seems. Being able to actually control the pets doesn't seem all that exciting at first - and then you realize that there is a lot more to it than making sure your furry friend goes outside to use the bathroom. Your pets can have jobs (cats become cat burglars, dogs become police dogs), hunt and dig, terrorize your neigbours or make friends the very same way your Sim can. Not to mention the additions made to the game - you're basically getting the same console version of The Sims 3 released a year or so back, but you're also getting some additions in the form of new Karma powers, an entirely new neighbourhood (which is gorgeous, by the way) and new items, objects, etc. In closing - I've enjoyed this quite a bit, and it's bound to get lost in the fray of games released this season and most likely written off as casual by most gamers - but the ability to have my dog distract my horrible neighbour while my cat terrorizes his furniture and floors.. is just too fun to pass up. Expand
  4. Dec 27, 2011
    6
    I love the Sims 3, but the pets expansion was not worth the money. This game had a lot of frustrating glitches, the graphics weren't as good as Sims 3, and I feel that they put so much emphasis on the "pets" and forgot about the other aspects of the game ( I cannot read to my toddler ). But overall, I do like it. Being able to create your own pet was cool. Expand
  5. Jun 3, 2014
    6
    The game is quite buggy and has a ton of lag issues. In addition to this the controls are bizarre and confusing. The house building is sort of fun, but other than that there's not much to do really. You get bored awfully fast, especially when you don't have full control over the game, because of, like mentioned before, bugs. Expand
  6. Oct 31, 2011
    4
    Adding pets to the Sims 3 game makes it an expansion pack, and $49.99 is expensive for this buggy expansion pack. There is so much that EA could do to improve their games, and their reputation, but instead they continue to release buggy, lazy games. Guess they are too busy focusing on how to milk the DLC and don't have time to work out the bugs. Disappointing! Expand
  7. Dec 4, 2011
    3
    Hey, dog! Lets go for a walk! Dog! Stop bitting on my leg, I know we're trapped in a plotless pixeled hell! But we gotta- -leg tares off- DOG! In other words, no, this game is far from being good. It's just boring, wierd, and the lost goes on. Expand