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Genre: Simulation - Life / Video Game for Windows XP / Release Date: 2006-10-20 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      23.08.2012 20:00
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      A nice novelty expansion pack, but the fun wears off.

      When I used to play the original Sims, in the days before the second and third versions, I had the pets expansion pack. I really loved using it on the original Sims so when I bought Sims 2 I decided to invest in the pet expansion pack too.

      Though on face value it seems like a fairly straight forward expansion there are quite a few additional aspects that I'll run through:

      - Creating a Pet -
      This is not as simple a process as it was in the original Sims expansion pack. Just like the way you design Sims in the second version there are many steps to go through when creating a pet. Step 1 is choosing a name, gender, size and age. This is followed by choosing your breed, then selecting the coat colour and markings. The fourth step is making adjustments to the features, then adding a collar and finally step six is fine tuning the personality of your pet. Frankly this is probably more complicated than it needs to be unless you are someone who loves pets this process might seem a little laborious.

      - Pet Needs -
      Pets, like Sims, have a unique set of needs. These are hunger, comfort, bladder, energy, fun, social, hygiene and chew/scratch. As the gamer you don't have control over the pet's actions though you do have control over your Sim and therefore things like the availability of food and water and household items for the animal to use. I found things like the social bar a little annoying because it meant they needed quite a bit of attention and this could be time consuming.

      - Breeding -
      One of the coolest things about this expansion is that your pets can have puppies or kittens, and also that you can buy a dog/cat as a puppy/kitten to begin with and raise them as you would your own pet. I love this element of the game as it is really fun...the first couple of times you do it. What I find annoying about buying/adopting a puppy or kitten is that you have no idea what kind of animal they will grow into as the puppy/kitten is just a generic looking animal that could grow into the most hideous of pets. Getting your cat/dog pregnant is quite fun but the novelty definitely wears off.

      - Training -
      You have to train your pets to do certain things, like learning to be house broken. This is kind of annoying as it means when you first get the pet they wet themselves in the house and you then have to scold them for it in order to train them. I love how realistic it is but in terms of the effort involved it isn't really worth it for me.

      - Careers -
      This is another cool idea, having your pet go off to work each day and earn your family a little more money. I like the idea in theory though actually arranging for your pet to be fulfilled and ready in time for work isn't exactly easy when you don't have control over them.

      - Other -
      Pets can be taught how to do tricks, and for some jobs these are needed to progress to the next level. Again this is fun initially but the novelty does kind of wear off after a while. There are other things like added pet items, some of which are quite cool like the beds and scratching posts. You are also able to buy cages which come with animals in them, like birds and hamsters and these can be a less time consuming alternative to a cat or dog.

      - Price -
      You can get this for around £3 used and around £7 new from Amazon. This is pretty cheap for an expansion pack and one that comes with so many additional features.

      Ultimately I find this is good for added interest in your game but the initial novelty does wear off and the some of the things become plain annoying. I think they have added a lot to it and that it is almost too complicated at times. That said, you get a lot for your money with this one.

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      23.06.2012 11:17
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      Sims 2 Pets

      Sims 2 Pets

      Sims 2 is all about creating so-called sims, which you can control. You control their lives in making friends, getting into a relationship and having a career. This is the same as the first part of this game. But the biggest changes were nevertheless that Sims could be really become old and the woman really pregnant. Back to Part 1 they maintained the same age and people could only have children, after much together in a romantic way interacted (kissing and hugging). The woman was therefore not pregnant, but the phone rang asking if you wanted a child. Not realistic. In Part 2, your Sims can actually get pregnant after they have gone to bed together and allows your baby to grow up to an elderly person and even death.

      The Sims 2 Pets is an expansion pack that should be added to the original Sims 2 on the computer. You need the original Sims 2 game to have this extension installed. This game does best on fairly fast computers, if you have a slow computer, the game is very frustrating to play as it would take forever to load, because it's rather a large game.

      In this expansion pack you will be able to keep your own pets! Cats, dogs, puppies, guinea pigs, birds and fish can all be kept in your house! You see your animals growing up really such a puppy into an adult dog and will even die.

      When making your family in the beginning, you can now create their own cat or dog and as if you want. You are able, for example to change the coat color, eyes, personality and more. The personalities include how smart, independent, cowardly, hyper and lazy the pet is.

      Your Sims can interact with the pets. They can they walk the dogs, bathe, play with them, love / attention, promise or punish them. The pets do everything a normal pet in real life can do. Example, they can tear up your couch, sleep on the couch, aggressive toward others and a lot of barking.

      Always remember that your pets needs to eat. If you let them starve then they will die! They also need to occasionally bathe or otherwise their hygiene is very low which in turn has a negative effect on their behavior. Make sure you have a good relationship.

      If your sims are struggling with the financial side of life, your pet can help! You can give your pet a job just like an adult! This can be a job as a guard or example in showbiz. They can also come in higher by training them and then they earn more money!

      Well this is a really good extension. Finally a time not just some silly items like nothing to add. This expansion really adds to the game and what almost literally change the lives of your Sims. A pet can be an essential part of the life of a sim. The interaction with the animals is greatly improved compared to part 1 and pets look like a real sims. They can even get a job! It makes the game more complex and realistic.

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      08.05.2010 23:07
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      Rather average expansion, not a personal favourite .

      The Sims 2 Pets is an expansion pack for The Sims 2 . It's the fourth expansion in the series, and you will require the Sims 2 base game to be able to play. You don't however need any of the other expansions, although they are compatible .

      This expansion allows your sim families to have pets - cats, dogs, birds, fish, and Womrats (guinea pigs). There are various ways to get hold of a pet - visit a pet shop, call the animal adoption service, or spend time befriending the various strays that turn up on lots .

      Pets are not too expensive to buy,but they all need food, bedding, and toys, so the cost does not stop with simply obtaining the animal. Pets can however have jobs in Security, Showbiz and Services , and so can help to pay for their own upkeep . They can earn promotion by learning tricks, which have to be taught to them by sims. Different pet personalities will learn tricks at different rates, and teaching a pet tricks can be quite a time consuming process .

      Pets have similar needs to sims - food, energy, fun . They also have unique needs depending on the kind of animal they are . Dogs need to chew, whereas cats need something to scratch on . This can result in them ruining your furniture, but you can teach them which behaviours are good and which are bad by either praising or scolding them for their behaviour.

      Pets are quite fun - there is a lot of ability to customise appearance, and you can even get adorable tiny kittens . Pets can even breed. They do however need looking after, and you can't control their actions . Left to it's own devices a pet will eat, sleep, poop, and occasionally destroy stuff - and it gets boring pretty quickly. These pets just aren't as interesting as real life animals.

      I also find the variety of animals rather small . I'm sure it would have been easy enough to have added a couple of other pet options . A Horse, for example, or perhaps chickens. I would love to have my sim keep chickens for eggs - a pet with a practical use! Maybe even some more exotic animals such as snakes, tarantulas, or lizards. And sim kids should be able to keep tadpoles!

      The one addition this game does give that is quite interesting is a new kind of sim - a werewolf. Sims can become a werewolf by interacting with a wolf on the lot, recognisable because of it's yellow eyes and distinctive howl. You'll need a high relationship with a wolf to be bitten,and once you become a wolf you can savage other sims to make them wolves too .

      The expansion does add new items - all pet related such as bowls,chew toys and kennels.

      I think this expansion is probably one of the ones I could have given a miss . It's fun having a pet for a little while, but I eventually get bored of it and the animal warden comes and takes it away again. Sim lives (at least my sims lives) are just so busy that pets take up too much time. I guess it's all in the play style, others may love the expansion, but from me, 3*

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        04.08.2009 15:54

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        All in all, a good game, unfortuntely it didn't work out well for me

        I bought this game when it first came on the market for around £20. I had heard a lot about it from other people, and it was meant to be a really good extra to the sims collection.
        For the first few of days, i was quite interested in it. I played a maximum of 2 hours a day (it was the holidays) and i enjoyed it.
        However, after the 5th day, something went wrong. Everytime i put it into the computer, it would crash everything. Once it took an hour and a half for the computer to get back to its normal speed. I could not play it anymore on my computer, because my computer always crashed before i managed to open it. After i managed to finally fix the computer, it tells me that i have recieved a virus.

        I did enjoy the game, but it had damaged my computer. Apparentley, i was not the only person with that problem as there were plenty others that i know who also got viruses from that game.

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        07.05.2009 17:48
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        if you can only buy one expansion pack, don't buy this one.

        Anyone who played the original sims might also have purchased the pets expansion pack that went along with that. It was okay, you could train your dog or cat and enter them in pet shows, or you could content yourself with birds, or a fish etc. It was good, but obviously limited by the sims game itself.

        After releasing the sims 2, Maxis obviously saw a market for the same sort of expansion pack but with a few changes. Just like with your sims, you can now edit every little bit of your dog or cat. Fancy a cat with black patches? A dog with a bushy tail? Anything is possible with the new create a pet option. You can also choose from any number of different species, like a siamese cat etc.

        The pets in this game also act a lot more like real pets, just like the sims in the sims 2 act more like real people. The animals will eat your food, or sleep in your bed or scratch your furniture, unless of course you tell them not to. Whether you want a well trained animal who will do what it's told, or an out of control destructive pet, it's completely up to you.

        I wouldn't say this is one of the best sims 2 expansion packs, perhaps because it's not as original, it's basically the same as the first 'unleashed' game, but revamped a bit. I would recommend this game primarily for die hard sims fans who like owning every expansion pack. If you only want to buy one expansion pack, I'd go for one with more variety, like open for business or university.

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        14.05.2008 14:27
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        Great game for animal lovers

        Haven't you always wanted a pet, an animal to love and enjoy time with...? Well now your sims can have their own pet too! The main two pets are cats and dogs which are the most responsible animals to look after in this game.

        In this game, now while making your family you can also make a cat or dog according to your style or pick all ready existing breeds. When you have created your family and moved in your new home, you pet will not be controlled by you but with your sims you can tell them off for chewing up the furniture, sleeping on a bed, going to the toilet on the floor... or praise them for good behaviour, like eating their food, sleeping in their basket... this way your pets will finally learn to behave as they grow up from babies until they are adults.

        This game adds a whole new animal kingdom to your sims game which makes playin the Sims even more interesting.

        You can now purchase this game of amazon for £12.96 which is great value for this expansion pack.

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          25.10.2007 18:15

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          This game is quite good for people having lots of time.

          The all time best life simulator is back with its 4 th expansion now .First of all for playing the game you need to havethe original sims 2 pack .Other wise it is a waste of money.
          The game graphics is the same it is just that now you have pets in the game.There are various pets you can adopt now- various types of dogs,cats,rodents,bird.
          This makes the game more interesting and realistic.
          Let me tell you some thing about the original version of Sims 2.Here in Sims 2 youare person ,you are supposed to lead his life.There are girls with whome you can develop your relations and later on marry,you can produce babies afterwards.
          You have to fulfill the dream of your sim.There are various stages of life of your baby:-
          Toddler-Your kid plays around,drinks milk and starts towalk.
          Kid-You will have to send him to school and make him do his homework.
          Teenager-Your child is now grown up starts sneaking out.
          After this your child is an adult
          This feature og the game makes it all the more interesting.
          You have a goo d juke box with it.


          Sorry for changing the topic back to sims 2 pets.This game is stable and has no bugs.But the save file of this game is not compatible with the original version.You can choose your camera settings.
          This game is good bu does not have value for money.
          thanks for reading ssee ya

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          03.09.2007 16:24
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          Expansion pack for Sims 2

          This is the fourth expansion pack in the Sims 2 series following on from University, Nightlife and Open for Business. Lately EA and Maxis, the manufacturers and distributors have also produced 'Stuff Packs' with added clothing, furniture and furnishing accessories. The Sims 2 game is required to play. Before I continue, however, I am going to mention a little but about The Sims 2 for those who are not familiar with it. If you are familiar, feel free to skip the next paragraph.

          The Sims 2 (and the original version) is a God-Sim or people management game. There are no levels to complete, you set your own target for the Sim or just try and meet their needs and aspirations and keep them happy. Sims have different personality aspirations such as wanting marriage and children, a promotion, more money or many lovers. It is up to you if you want your Sim (who is played as part of a family unit that you create either at the beginning or by getting them to marry and have children) to achieve their aspirations or whether you want to set your own goals for them. The game has much more to it than can be mentioned here, as this is not the right review, so I will move back onto the Pets expansion pack.

          This pack is in a double sized DVD case and houses 2 discs. This is a bit unnecessary as you can get two discs in a regular sized case. There is also a small 14 page black and white booklet. With my version I also got a red leather and metal Sims 2 Pets key ring free. Whoopee doo.

          It is recommended before installing the game that you back up your existing version of the game in case you wish to uninstall Pets for any reason. When installing it is recommended to install the game in a different place to the original Sims 2 game, as it would over-write it. The game requires 47mb of free space to be installed, and will take just under 15 minutes to complete. You then play the game using Disc One. Although my PC meets these specs it does run slow at times, especially on Community lots where there are lots of people and animals.

          I expect the premise was based on the popular 'Unleashed' expansion pack for the original Sims games, so once again our Sims have pets. You can get a variety of cats and dogs and even develop your own breeds. Also you can purchase birds, fish and guinea pig like womrats. Don't forget to feed these pets and clean out their cages and tanks. Sims can also increase their 'fun' and 'social' needs by playing with the pets. You also don't want to keep your Womrat in the bedroom, he'll keep everyone awake. Cats and dogs can be created in the Create-A-Pet section when you create a new family (same as Create-A-Sim). You can choose breeds and coat colours and even customise their appearance and personality (like a 'human' Sim). Alternatively some pets can be bought over the phone through the Pet adoption agency, although breeds and colours are limited and personality traits already present. For caged animals you need to buy a cage (obviously) or tank and then just click on it to stock it. The cost of the animal is deducted from the Sim's bank balance.

          Cats and dogs require training to develop skills such as not sleeping on the furniture and not peeing inside (unless you don't mind of course!). They can also get three different jobs in the Security, Showbiz and Service fields. There is limited scope with these career paths, a bit like those of teenagers or retired Sims. The pets will need to learn skills to progress through their careers, which their Sim owners will have to teach them, such as 'stay' or 'speak'. As well as training, pets need food bowls and a pet bed plus toys to meet their needs of 'chew' (dogs) and 'scratch' (cats) which are in addition to the usual needs of 'bladder', 'comfort', 'hunger' etc like the human Sims. We players cannot control any pets directly. We can view their needs and skills, but we cannot direct them to actions or cancel actions, commands have to come from the Sims (which we control anyway). Sims can also 'give love' (stroke or offer a treat) to their pets as well as 'teach' them tricks and skills and 'Take for Walk' (dogs only) and 'play', 'yell', 'praise', 'scold' amongst others. 'Praise' and 'Scold' are useful controls to train pets not to pee on the floor, roll in dirt or destroy the furniture (which will happen - cheaper furniture can get easily broken beyond repair by over enthusiastic dogs). If a pet is not cared for properly it can be taken away by an animal control officer, or they may run away if unhappy. There are also animal trainers for Pets with behavioural problems of a speedy solution to skills training.

          The game is compatible with all previous expansion packs, but you can't have Cats and Dogs in 'University' neighbourhoods, only caged animals. There is the opportunity to unlock collars and accessories for cats and dogs as your relationship builds with them. Although I have gained these items, I have no idea where to find them in the game though. You can also purchase pet beds and other accessories for your pampered pet. One unique little quirk in this game is that Sims have the opportunity to become a werewolf, although as yet I have not made this happen. I believe they have to be bitten by a wolf or a large dog.
          New furnishing items in the game include wine racks, clocks, phones and other electrical items, there is also new wall and floor coverings as well as new decorative items such as flowers, pictures and some towel rails (decorative only, they can't use them). There is also some fun and funky furniture such as new dining chairs and tables. As far as build mode is concerned there is more scope for diagonal or octagonal rooms in this pack.

          Overall the game does add something to the Sims. You don't need to add pets to every household, it is just an additional challenge if you wish. If you don't have any pets you may have a few strays visiting but that is a minor nuisance. Of course if you are not bothered about your Sims having pets then you can give this pack a miss! Unlike Unleashed with the original game, which gave Sims the chance to grow their own vegetables and other items as well as the Pets, this version does not give us anything much new other than the animals.

          I paid £14.99 (delivered) for my game from Play.com. The RRP is £19.99. Even though the game has been out about for a while now prices have not really changed. Ebay may have some good deals however.

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            28.08.2007 13:11
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            An OK expansion pack, didn't add as much stuff as I thought it would.

            OVERVIEW
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            The Sims 2 Pets is the 4th expansion pack for the game The Sims 2. This pack adds, believe it or not pets! It also adds new places to go, new objects and new clothes.

            CONCEPT
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            The Sims 2 is a game where you take control of a virtual person (a sim) and guide them through their live. You have to buy them a house, find a job, get married and have children. You can control more or less every aspect of their lives. You can make them rich and happy or make them really poor and unemployed, it is entirely up to you.

            NEW OBJECTS
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            There are loads of new objects in this game, most of them being pet themed. For example there are new paintings and statues which are of animals.

            As you can own pets obviously thee are objects included for you to look after them. There are dog houses, food bowls, chew toy, catnip mouse and scratching post to name a few.

            GETTING A PET
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            Once your sims have decided they want a pet, they have to decide which one they want. There are birds, wormrats (sort of like hamsters), fish, cats and dogs.

            Birds, wormrats and fish are acquired by placing the appropriate cage or tank and then stoking it. These pets require minimal looking after so are a good option if you already have lots to do!

            Cats and dogs are the main pets included in this game. To get a cat or dog you can either; phone the pet adoption service, go to a pet shop or create one when you create a family (mentioned later on). When you phone the pet adoption service you can choose either cat/dog, kitten/puppy and then you have the choice of about 3 animals. Once you have chosen the one you want, some one will bring your new pet over. The pet shop works in a similar way, you arrive and choose either a cat or dog. You then get to choose if you would like a kitten/puppy or cat/dog, and you are also given the option of about 3 to choose from. Once you have made you choice you can take them home with you.


            CREATE A PET
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            The other way of getting a pet is to create one when you create a new family. This has to be one of the best features of the game. It works in the same ways as you create a sim. You can choose exactly how you want to make your pet look.

            At first it is very complicated. You can create layers of fur with different patterns textures and colours making it look any way you want. After a bit of practice you will be able to make anything! If you do find it difficult to start a pet from scratch you can choose from a number of breeds already there. You can either use it as it is or customise it exactly how you want.


            PET JOBS
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            If you have a cat or dog you can make them get jobs! There are 3 career paths to choose from. They are; security, showbiz and service.

            LOOKING AFTER & TRAINING
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            Once you family has finally chosen which cat or dog they want, they will appear with their own wants and needs. Just like sims their wants and needs will decrease and they will become unhappy. Their wants and needs are; Hunger, Comfort, Bladder, Energy, Fun, Social, Hygiene and Chew/Scratch.

            Pets also need to be trained. If you don not train your pets they will of course start to misbehave. They scratch furniture, go to the toilet inside, eat sim food instead of animal food, sleep on the beds etc. Whenever you see your pet doing something they shouldn’t you can scold them and if you see them doing something good you can praise them. If you continue doing this they will learn which behaviours are good and which bad. Of course if you want to you can praise them for bad things and then they would misbehave all the time!

            Pets can also learn tricks. Just get you sim to teach them and after a while of practicing they will be able to do them on command. Some of the tricks are required to be promoted if your pet has a job.


            WHAT I THINK
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            I think this is a good expansion pack but I was expecting more from it. I don’t know what, but when I got it and played it I was a little disappointed by what it can do. It is great if you are an animal lover and want your sims to have pets, but it only really includes cats and dogs, the other animals have limited interactions with them. I think it would have been much better if there was more animals to choose from.

            Other than the actual pets it only adds a few new objects and clothes, so that was a little disappointing to.

            The best part of the game has to be the create a pet part. If you have got the time and patience you can create almost any type of cat or dog you want, you can even make them bright green if you want to!

            CONCLUSION
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            An OK expansion pack, didn’t add as much stuff as I thought it would.

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            After years of trying to create less complex, mini-game orientated spin-offs it seems EA are now keen to see the PC and console The Sims games converge. This new iteration is an expansion pack on the PC but a full price, stand alone game on the consoles. As the name subtly hints the main addition to the game this time round is a number of four-legged friends, plus fish and birds (although itÆs really cats and dogs that get most of the attention). You can also create your own personalised pet via a complex customisation tool thatÆs just as versatile as the one for humans and on the PC version you can even send your four-legged friend to work!