The Sims 3: Pets Preview (PC)

The Sims 3 had continued the trend of previous The Sims games by offering numerous expansion packs, but for the most part, none of the expansions for the third game had the same impact as those released for The Sims 2.

Whilst The Sims 2 had such useful expansions like University and Pets, The Sims 3 gamers haven’t had anything truly substantial. World Adventures and Ambitions added some interesting content, and Generations and Late Night included some lifestyle additions, nothing really had the same impact as, say, University.

Pets can be as evil...

Finally, one of the expansions from The Sims 2 makes its way to The Sims 3: adding Pets. The Sims 3: Pets for the PC will be a hefty expansion to The Sims 3, while the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Pets will be full games unto themselves.

Having had some hands-on time with the PC version of The Sims 3: Pets at E3 2011, fans can be assured that Pets gives them everything they expect. For one, players get to choose from cats, dogs and horses, and each of them are fully customizable. While there are preset breeds such as Siamese cats, players can go wild and make unearthly animals. Players may create “tiger dogs” by adding tiger skins onto the dog model, or make evil cats and horses with all-black skins and blood red eyes (including red sclera!) That’s right, make your own Ringwraith steed!

Pets act like any other Sim in this version, with their own needs and personality traits. They can even get their own jobs and even solve mysteries like a modern day Benji. Sims can also use their pets – especially horses – in their work, training them to do activities such as racing and hurdle jumping.

...or as friendly as you want.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games lack horses, but now pets become the stars of their own stories, with various scenarios. As a bonus, the Xbox 360 version is Kinect-enabled, with players able to use vocal commands on their pets.

The Sims 3 fans have been clamoring for this expansion, and regardless of the platform, they’ll be getting everything they could hope for in The Sims 3: Pets.

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By Illusive_Serb (SI Veteran Member) on Jun 30, 2011
I have terrible secret to confess. I... I play Sims. THERE! I said it!
By lichlord (SI Core) on Jun 30, 2011
theirs no shame to that living a fantasy/virtual life is quite common we all want to be/able to things wich we can't

of course do know where your Real life is :)
By James_Day (SI Newbie) on Jun 30, 2011
I disagree with Jonah, I think World Adventures added something new to the franchise.

You are right though in that this is absolutely the expansion fans have been waiting for. The fact your pets can have jobs and quests, and that horses can replace your mode of transport sounds great.

Wish we didn't have to wait until October though :/
By Illusive_Serb (SI Veteran Member) on Jul 03, 2011
Pets have jobs? I... I'm sorry, that's just... That's a bit retarded. I mean I'm ok with the paranormal part of The Sims, but, come on... Seriously... Ok, Horses can race and do that jumping thing, and dogs can find illegal goods and rescue Sims after earthquakes and be a seeing dog for blind people, but what about cats? What can they possibly be? Eccept, maybe, cat burglar?
I don't know, pets should be pets, not people substitude... Pets are an expence, a luxuary, not an income bringers...
By James_Day (SI Newbie) on Jul 04, 2011
@Illusive_Serb What about police dogs, rescue dogs and animal actors, they bring in money for their owners.
By Illusive_Serb (SI Veteran Member) on Jul 04, 2011
Cats can act? Besides, those dogs are hevyly trained. They don't go around running and sniffing around town, and then wait for a car pool at 11 AM sharp.
And if follow that logic, we can also include those people who force their little kids to "act" and "sing", but I'm sure The Sims is against child slavery... Eccept lemonade/cookie slave empire :D
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jul 06, 2011
Cats do indeed act.
By Illusive_Serb (SI Veteran Member) on Jul 06, 2011
JonahFalcon - "The cat lady" :P
Ok, fine, cats can act... What else can they do? As we all know, cats are easyly trained animals, who DOESN'T eat your face when you die xD ...
I mean ok, it will be fun. But we can alreay own entire town, have highly payed jobs, AND we get to have pets with jobs. You can allways use MOAR money. Espetially since new Sims expansion/stuff pack comes out every month. And that's a lot of stuff to buy with pet earned simeleons :D