I brought this game not expecting too much, as id previously owned the DS version and not been to keen. I was pleasantly surprised; it plays more like the original PC versions of the Sims games.
Basically you 1stly design your Sims, body type, hairstyle etc and then design the pets they can keep. (out of cats and dogs) There is a wide variety of cat and dog breeds already, but you can adjust them if you wish to make a one of a kind pet. Once you are done designing the inhabitants it is time to decide if you would like to move into a prebuilt home or design your own from scratch. I prefer to build my own, although the Wii controls do take a while to get used to. You can decorate the walls, carpets, pick doors and windows and also pick from hundreds of furniture and furnishings. Then you move in the Sims and the game begins.
The basic statgogy of the game is to look after your Sims needs and wants and to make sure they look after the pets- which is harder than it sounds! The 1st time I played I made the mistake of having 2 Sims and 3 pets in my 1st family which was abit of a handful! So perhaps beginning with one pet may be better, as you can always buy or breed more later on.
You can take the Sims and the pets to the park area, where you can meet other pets and owners and also visit the shops and buy supplies for the animals. The more you keep the Sims and pets happy the more is unlocked here, so its an incentive to keep playing.
Obviously the Wii doesn't have the same gaming capacity as a desk top PC but this is a good version of the PC game The Sims. The graphics can be a little basic at times, but I have no complaints. The Wii controls are interesting but fine once you get used to them. (I play using the standard controller.)
I would recommend this game and you can pick it up quite cheaply now too.
I think the main thing to notice about this game is the graphics. It has probably the best graphics for any game on the Wii but admittedly if you have ever played the sims on the PC (which is unavoidable lets face it) then you will really find this game frustrating.
Notably, a nice feature is being able to control your sims in a third person style - being able to navigate them without the need to point and 'click' you can direct them towards items which will highlight, and give you the option to choose which action you wish to do. Obviously this feature means you can not control or direct any of your other sims, but if they are at work for the day and you are just controlling 1 sim then it's really useful.
This certainly isn't a game you would load every day and look forward to your next career move.. that is PC territory. Wii needs to accept its limitations and remain an arcade multiplayer console, games like the Sims really don't get along well with such a control system. My hands ached after about 20minutes of play...
Overall... sadly, avoid. I gave it 2 stars for the graphics, as it was a surprise for the Wii but it just fell over every other hurdle.
****The sims 2 Pets-for wii****
I wasn't sure what to expect when i got this game as my friend had given me it because she didn't like it!!!!Previously i loved playing the sims,was i gonna feel the same about this version?
Unlike sim titles for the pc this one can be played on its own. On the Wii version of the game you use the nunchuck to control the camera and the Wii remote to controlall the other stuff.
As you can tell by the title the game focuses on pets.These can be acquired in a number of ways:create a pet-like create a sim but for pets.There are a wide range of breeds to pick from (cats and dogs).Taking in strays,buying them from the pet shop and breeding.To get your pets to breed they must like you and once they have had puppies/kittens they can then be sold for the green stuff.
Pets can also have a career but i haven't tried that out so i don't know how successful it it
Being honest i didn't really like this game.it was such a disappointment and really like the gamecube version.
I got this game in the package with my Wii and I have really enjoyed it so far.
As a 20 something female it took me a little while to get used to the controls as they are very different to the PC version. Perhaps this is only because I've played the PC version before though. On the Wii version you use the nunchuck to control the camera and the Wii remote to control everything else. To view the information screens the main game has to be paused, and to view the screens that inform what skills a sim needs to gain before their next promotion requires 4 clicks, and another 2 to get back to the main game!
After an hour in the tutorial house getting used to the control system I struggled a little in 'create a family' to make my people how I wanted them. After about 10 hours of gameplay I am now very happy with the controls and find them almost instinctive.
There are adults and animals but no children. At the beginning of the game there it very little that can be bought in the town centre, but as you use the shops they expand and develop until they will provide you with a huge variety of pet related products.
I both love and hate the sims for the fact that the game has no end, I think that this version on the Wii could be far better than the PC version here though as there is a finite number of expansions the shops can do, and the game keeps track of how many promotions you've had out of a maximum number. For this reason it would be possible to reach a point where all the game targets have been reached. It won't be the kind of 'end' that makes anyone feel that they need to stop playing, though it could be an 'end' for someone looking for one.
As much as I love this game my husband finds it boring, perhaps this is a difference between males and females or our personal tastes but I still love it!
In The Sims 2: Pets, Players can create pets for their Sims to love, train, play with and take to the park. Create-a-Pet allows players to mix, match and create the perfect dog or cat for their Sim. Labradoodle? Shnoodle? Puggle? Choose breeds and customize your pets. Put your pets to work in a variety of different careers including Show Business, Security and Service. Hang out in Central Park, the community center where you can interact with other Sims while shopping for various pets accessories. Play "doc" as your run the town Pet Care Center! Gain status based on your Sims pet care skills, from performing examinations to healing, playing and training.