Score: 6.5 out of 10
Electronic Arts have brought us yet another Sims title and this time we are able to experience our sim-existence as a pet. The game uses all of the game mechanics that will be familiar to avid Sims fans. For those new to genre it’s a good way to see what all the fuss is about.
The Sims 3 Pets allows players to play as either a cat or a dog, which is unlike the PC version that allows for horses, snakes and other furry critters. I feel this is a shortcut that The Sims Studio shouldn’t have taken. Often the console games are more expensive than their PC counterparts and to be limited in this way feels a bit offensive.
Creating your pet in the super awesome Sims 3 character creator is something to behold. For many this could be a major highlight as the cuteness factor is off the charts. Creating pet characters with traits that make them good or bad is lots of fun especially when you set your hand at making a particularly evil pet. If you would love to experience life as a pet causing all sorts of havoc then this game will allow you to live out that fantasy.
Sims 3 Pets does not allow you to import previously created human characters from other Sims games and this is unfortunately another negative point for me. I am certain that for many players this will be a reason not to make the purchase. It seems that The Sims Studio really missed a trick with this. Sim gamers spend ages creating characters and have gotten used to extending those lives into various add-on products. For this to be excluded feels wrong to me.
In the previous version of The Sims 3, the game concept of Karma powers was born. This exists within The Sims 3 Pets and allows the player to trigger a few special actions that will help advance their gameplay. This is a really good feature for newcomers to the series as it eradicates the frustration that comes from struggling to sort out your character’s needs.
A really fantastic aspect of this game is the introduction of Mysteries. These are quests that must be completed and they include making friends, hunting ghosts and searching for treasure to name a few. It’s a great play mechanic that the game makers have employed to get you using the features of the game properly as well as forcing you to discover new areas.
In summary this game seems to have been developed for the newcomers to the Sims franchise and although there are some mildly unique features of this title, if you are a seasoned Sims player you will probably be a little disappointed.
Available on: X360, PC, PS3, 3DS