Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic 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. 80
    Overall, The Sims 3: Pets on the Xbox 360 is a fun and addictive game where the time will fly by and you will not notice it. A few bugs do affect the gameplay from time to time but do seem to be rare.
  3. Oct 18, 2011
    80
    Charming and full of content.
  4. Dec 5, 2011
    77
    The Sims 3: Pets is very recommendable if you're a true animal lover or new to the series.
  5. Nov 7, 2011
    77
    While it's probably best suited to fans of the franchise, the game's gorgeous animal antics are guaranteed to generate warm fuzzies in all but the coldest of hearts.
  6. Nov 14, 2011
    75
    If you already have The Sims 3 for Xbox 360, Pets isn't really worth the full game price tag. If you're a true animal lover or new to the series, a good pick. Be sure to make room on your Xbox harddrive to install the game and keep load times down and performance up.
  7. 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.
  8. Oct 24, 2011
    75
    The Sims 3: Pets is an excellent title also on consoles. Unfortunately a not very user-friendly interface and many loading screens dirty work otherwise flawless.
  9. 75
    It's goofy, deeply involving fun.
  10. 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.
  11. Oct 27, 2011
    73
    Though expanding and enriching the Sims 3 experience, the adding of the Pets hardly justify the full price of this product, which remains an expansion in every respect. The loss of the horses in the console version is another mystery of this questionable marketing strategy. Nonetheless, real fans of the series and who doesn't own the third chapter can find a great amount of Sims contents and experiences inside this title.
  12. Oct 18, 2011
    73
    I still don't get how making breakfast or taking a bath can take up half the day, but the real fun in Sims 3 Pets comes from recreating all your past and current pets over the years.
  13. 70
    It's cute, and you can use the character creator to build some ruddy adorable puppies and kittens. But if you've got The Sims 3, this might feel like little more than a loveable but only semi-substantial expansion pack. On it's own, it's yet another decent slice of wholemeal life-sim.
  14. Nov 20, 2011
    70
    Animals add that extra layer of depth to your virtual life. [Christmas 2011, p.89]
  15. Nov 18, 2011
    70
    Retailing for $49.95, The Sims 3 Pets is a solid game that provides hours of creative and exploratory sandbox gameplay.
  16. Oct 28, 2011
    70
    The console version of The Sims 3 Pets makes use of its platform and delivers an experience with small changes suited for consoles. It is by no means bad, it's just that the PC version is better in most ways.
  17. 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.
  18. Oct 26, 2011
    67
    It's a Sims game. I think it's well put together, easy to control and geared for players that enjoy making up their own fun. It has a little more focus this time out thanks to the mysteries you can solve, but I didn't find the addition of pets to be all that thrilling.
  19. Oct 18, 2011
    67
    Giving the pets the same depth and personality options as your regular Sims is a welcome addition, however I am not sure that it is enough to draw in any new fans to the franchise.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Oct 21, 2011
    65
    Even if sold stand alone on consoles, The Sims 3 Pets is just an expansion pack: it won't revolutionize the gameplay of the third chapter, and some gameplay feature aren't deep as we would've liked. Add bugs and missing optimization on consoles, and what you have is a title suited just for sims maniac.
  23. 60
    Not enough new. [Issue#79, p.88]
  24. Oct 23, 2011
    60
    Very poor value if you already own last year's version, but even if you don't the console version is still badly compromised compared to the PC.
  25. 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.
  26. 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
3.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. 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! Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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 Full Review »