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Manufacturer: Electronic Arts / Genre: Simulation / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / ESRB Descriptor: Violence / ESRB Descriptor: Crude Humor / ESRB Descriptor: Sexual Themes / Release Date: October, 2006

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      15.08.2009 22:29

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      A good adition just not quite as good as Castaway!

      As I have said previously, having had the Sims 2 for quite a while now I was looking for new ways by which to expand the gameplay hours so that I could still enjoy it, as at the moment it has become really quite boring. I have tried expansion packs before and was really impressed so this time I decided to go for the Sims 2 Pets which really looked to be quite good! Upon first playing it I really wasn't sure what to make of it, but it did grow on me and I began to like it more as I played on it. Unlike the other expansion packs I have bought I didn't feel the concept was as good.

      The Sims 2 pets is still as good expansion pack and I would recommend it if you like pets! I personally found the castaway expansion pack to be far better in terms of concept etc. The graphics, controls and interface are still very good and so there was much to offer in that front. I must admit being able to take care of and breed your own Sim pets is quite cool but it does get quite boring. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!

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      05.07.2009 04:17
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      Not the best Sims 2 expansion pack

      So after recently writing a review of The Sims 3, I decided it was time to do a review of all of my Sims 2 games since I'm not ready part with them just yet! I'm starting with the Sims 2 Pets because it's the one I have the most to say about it.

      WHAT'S IT ABOUT
      The Sims 2 Pets Is an expansion pack for The Sims 2 which allows your Sims to add a furry friend to their family. You can chose pets including dogs, cats, birds and Guinea pigs. Buy them from a pet shop or adopt a stray kitten or Puppy then breed your pets or train them to do tricks.

      ADVANTAGES
      The pets are really cute and you can customise their fur patterns and colours to make them look unique. This is a also useful option if your trying to create a pet based on your own really life dog or cat, you can achieve a pretty good likeness to your original pet.

      You can befriend strays who walk past your house. This means that Sims who can't afford a pet can still have the chance to interact with them and even become friends with them. If your sim and the stray pet build up a good enough relationship, your sim can keep the pet.

      The fact that Pets can work means that even poorer sims can afford to add a pet to their family. You have to pay for their food, bedding and toys but if you give your pets a job they'll practically pay for themselves. Teach them new tricks and skills to earn them a promotion.

      DISADVANTAGES
      I'm an animal lover and I adore dogs in particular yet this is probably my least favourite Sims 2 expansion pack. Why? Because the novelty of having a pet wears off very quickly and it just becomes boring. Your pets wont do much apart from eat and sleep and do their business on your floor. Teaching them new tricks is a tedious and long process yet unfortunatly neccesary for promotions and house training.

      There's hardly any variety of pets. Birds, guinea pigs, fish and hamsters barely have any social interactions and so are pretty pointless apart from as decoration. But despite their uselessness, they still take up your sims time by needing to have their cages cleaned and needing to be fed. Birds can even fly away which is annoying if you've wasted your sims money buying them. If there not fed regulary you'll find them dead and letting of green stink fumes at the bottom of their cage. Where is the variety? I would have loved EA to have included horses and some more exotic animals such as Lizards. Llamas references have been common since The Sims 1 so a llama pet would also have been a nice touch. If they remake this expansion pack for The Sims 3, more variety is defintley needed for it to be a sucess!

      You may decide that your sim doesnt need a pet. Unfortunately for your sim, they're almost impossible to avoid. Stray pets will wander onto lots at night and dig up gradens leaving massive mud piles in their wake. I assume this is supossed to be an amusing feature but instead it's highly irritating having to fill in the dug up holes every day. Claire the bear raiding bins in The Sims 1 is cute. The penguin that comes with The Sims 2 Seasons is cute. Random pets digging up your garden everyday is NOT cute. It's just plain stupid.

      There are far more useful expansion packs for you to spend your money on than this. The Sims 2 Seasons adds not only seasons and weather but the ability to grow harvestable fruit and vegetables and the ability to fish. The Sims 2 Apartment life gives your sims the chance to live in and rent apartments as well as the ability to become a witch and learn differnt magical spells. The Sims 2 nightlife not only adds many new downtown destinations for your sims to visit, it also improves the romance and dating system in The Sims 2. The Sims 2 Pets adds...Pets! That's it. Just Pets. This adds very little to your overall gaming experience

      CONCLUSION
      A nice idea and pets are cute but there are far more useful expansion packs to spend your money on than this one.

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        30.06.2009 11:12

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        Your sims can now have pets

        The Sims 2 Pets, you must have The Sims 2 in order to play this game. Your sims can now have pets! You can either use the phone to adopt a pet or go to the shop and buy your own, you can also create your very own pet when you create the family. The pets that you can have are dogs and cats, however in the buy mode you can have a hamster, you buy the cage then have your sims click on it to buy it, you then get to pick which one you want and name it, you can also have fish and birds. For different types of pets you can do/buy different things for them. Cats need to have something that they can scratch so they do not scratch the furniture and dogs need something that they can chew so they don't chew the furitnure. You can take your pets for a walk, wash dogs, teach cats to wash themselfs. You can learn your pets tricks, and get them a job. To get your pets to be house trained you praise them for doing something good, and tell them off for doing wrong things. A great expansion pack that will gve you more fun on the Sims.

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        27.06.2009 21:20
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        A lively, feel-good game with character

        I used to be obsessed with those little computerised characters who ran across the screen living the perfect lives you could create for them.

        When I was about ten I had the first Sims 1 game and then gradually built up my sims worlds by buying the different expansion packs. When I was around twelve or thirteen the Sims 2 came out so i had to ditch Sims 1 and buy a load more expansion packs for the new Sims. As well as having Sims 2: Pets, I also had the Christmas expansion pack, Open for Business and Glamour Life which were all just as fun.

        I am an animal lover and when I saw Sims 2: Pets I just knew I had to buy it.

        With the Sims 2: Pets you basically create a loving friend for your Sims. In doing so you can play about with their appearance, choose their breed and buy all their weird and wonderful toys and pet delights. The pets have personalities just like the sims. You can then expand their skills by teaching them tricks and commands such as 'Sit' and 'Rollover'. You can even take them for a run in the local parks!
        The sims additionally improve their ways of life by the opportunities that the new careers in pet care offer; such as becoming a dog walker or a vet.

        The variety of pets the sims can have include dogs, cats, parrots, guinea pigs and hamsters.

        The annoying thing about this game is that the pets have minds of their own and can be incredibly hyper and hard to control. (They can trash your sims houses pretty quickly!) When it comes to adopting a pet there is a fairly limiting choice of breed.
        I think it would be better value if the Sims 2 was combined with the expansion packs (definitely this one) to avoid splashing out at least £15 a pop for all the add ons.

        Overall, I do believe the Sims 2: Pets is one of the most worthwhile expansion packs for Sims 2 with a lot to offer. If you don't like spending at least an hour in front of a computer screen, however, this game isn't for you.

        Price: Probably around £5 to £10 now but I bought mine for £20
        You can buy this game at play.com, amazon, WHSmiths, GAME

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        21.03.2009 21:05

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        advantages outweigh disadvantages

        This expansion disk to 'The Sims 2' adds a whole new dimension to the game, There are plenty of new interesting items to choose from and of course the addition of pets added to the game gives it a new twist. Gamers can create their pets and have them the way they want them which makes it even more appealing. The outstanding graphics, shown especially with the pets in the game add realism to the game and though the game is not very challenging it never becomes boring.For new users, the learning curve is low and you can also find detailed information in the Game Tip Encyclopedia located at the book icon at the bottom of the screen, so you do not have to be especially familiar with the sims, however you will need the original disc to run it as this is only an expansion. The only bad point is the installation process can take a while and requires a lot of disk space also there is no multi-player option. This game is a must buy for any fans of the sims.

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        17.03.2009 17:19
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        Sims 2 Pets is one of the best expansion packs

        I am a huge fan of the entire Sims series and had always thought that pets were missing from the games so my prayers were answered when this game came along.
        The basics of the game are that you adopt, buy or create pets and then welcome them into your sims' homes. You then feed them, care for them or let them run riot. You can train your pets, breed them and then sell the puppies or kittens to your neighbours.

        The expansion pack also gives a lot of new items specifically for the pets but there are also new items for the house that can be used by the sims suchas wallpaper, flooring and seating. This is a great exapansion pack, much better than bon voyage or the university but it does have some drawbacks.

        The animals can take a long time to train so you need to nearly devote one sim just to the training of the animals. It's also very time consuming if you have a lot of other sims in the house. There is also a limit to the number of sims and animals you can have so if you want lots of kids you will be limited to only two pets

        This is still one of the best expansion packs and I love designing the pets and making my own breed of dog! Definitely one for sims fans

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        07.02.2009 22:25
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        i like this so much

        the sims 2 pets is the best and it is very good and it's better than the sims .
        and the reason that i am wrighting about the sims 2 pets and when you go and play it and all day i used to play it all day every week and day.
        it is really fun if you have played the sims. whitch is really good too.
        it's about a sim or a person of you. you can be a kid or a adult.
        then you go to a town a pick a pet a dog or a cat rabbit's and there is more
        than that .you bring your pet at home you feed it and you care for it and love it and you bring it to life and keep it as it is real. like i had loads of pets.
        they where all so pretty and sweet then all i did is care for it all day nothing else. did i menshon that you can go to work and you can have a maid everythin and all day. everything is brillentSO HAVE FUN

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          06.12.2008 16:05
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          great game

          The product I am reviewing is "the Sims 2 pet's expansion"
          About a year ago I loved playing on the Sims 2 games.
          I paid £14.99 for this game from play.com
          Id purchased : The Sims 2 University, The Sims 2 Nightlife, The Sims 2 Open For Business, The Sims 2 Family Fun Stuff Pack, The Sims 2 Seasons ,The Sims 2 Bon Voyage and of course last but not least the Sims 2 pets .

          The thing that appealed to me the most about purchasing the expansion and stuff packs were the fact they offered great new furniture, hair styles, clothes, dialect, houses, cars and many other things my Sims could experiment.
          Buying the expansion packs made playing on the Sims 2 so much more entertaining, when you buy a game and you play it religiously after so long you get bored of it but with the large choice of expansion and stuff packs available you always had something new to add onto your game which made it less boring and repetitive.

          So what are the features that the Sims 2 pet's expansion pack has to offer Sims 2 users?
          Get Your Paws on The SimsTM 2 Pets Expansion Pack!
          The main feature of this expansion pack is that you can create the perfect pet for your Sims to train, play with, and love throughout their lifetime.
          You can pick everything from the colour of the pet, the collar it's wearing their personality.
          There's a large selection of popular dog and cat breeds available. But you can also create your own cat or dog by changing their features, colour, body type etc.
          Your Sims can teach their pets tricks, take them to lots to meet other pets, or buy them toys, beds, and much more.

          You can add dogs, cats, birds, or guinea pigs to your Sims family. Whether its kids cuddling kittens, adults watching TV with a drowsy Calico, or elders spending a sunny day in the park with their faithful German shepherd, your Sims will share a lifetime of special moments with their pets.

          Your Sims can teach their pets tricks like shake, fetch, roll over, and more. Unruly pets might topple the trash or scratch the sofa, but Sims can change their pets' ways with the right training.

          Skilled pets can have careers of their own and earn a living as Movie Stars, Rescue pets, or members of an elite Security Pet Corps.
          I loved the features of this expansion when I played on the Sims 2, it means my families can have pets and have more opportunities such as owning pet shops, owning all sorts of different creatures, the game gives the Sims more job opportunities and pets can earn money which can help increase the family's income.

          It's a great expansion pack, not my favourite as I loved bon voyage the most but it's defiantly my second best as it has so many new features to offer Sims users.

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            10.11.2008 20:17

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            I would recommend it

            I really enjoy this addition to the Sims 2 game. In this add-on, you can create pets for your Sims, and this includes dogs, cats, hamsters, birds and fish (I think that's it!). It does also add other animals into the game, such as penguins when its snowing (only with the Seasons add-on for the snow) and skunks (avoid or they will stink on your Sim and ruin their hygiene!).

            When the Sims have their new pet, they can teach them tricks and play with them, take them for walks and even get them pet jobs of their own so they can contribute towards the family wealth. When you create the pets at the "make a family" stage, you can even choose from a wide variety of breeds for your pet, and if you don't like these, you can make up your own. If you decide to buy a pet for an existing family, you can call up and purchase one, and you get a choice of breeds (and how well trained they are). The better they are trained though, the more they will cost your sim family.

            This add on was a lot of fun and I'm pleased I bought it. It makes the game feel more real. The game runs really well as long as you have the right specifications on your computer.

            I would definitely recommend it for all Sims 2 fans!

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            06.11.2008 08:37

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            A good buy for any Sims fan!

            Once again, another expansion pack for the Sims 2. Anyone who's played the sims one, will notice this expansion is very like The Sims: Unleashed, and yet has differences too. It basically allows you to adopt a pet into your Sim family.
            Although you can't directly control the pet, you can influence it to do things, and it can even get hired by a film company!
            The overall game play feels smooth, but at first I didn't realize the things you can do with the pets, and it felt a bit shallow.
            After playing for a while though, you realize there's a lot more to do than you think, and if you have the seasons pack, the pet can interact with the season.
            The graphics and game play haven't changed much, but there's some new objects to sweeten the deal.
            Overall, an expansion pack worth buying, and something a Sims fan wouldn't want to miss.

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            03.11.2008 17:11
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            A great game, brilliant fun to play

            This expansion pack is really worth the money as it adds a whole new element to the game. however, you don't get very many new objects or furnishing styles with the pack, apart from the obvious pet related things.

            One problem that I had with it was that it has the same problem that I have experienced with some of the smaller add ons- red flashing walls due to the video card. None of the suggested solutions are any help, and I eventually had to but a new video card. So don't try to run this on an older machine or laptop!

            The pack itself is fantastic though. The pets are absolutely adorable and breeding them is loads of fun- the puppies and kittens are so cute.

            Training the pets is fun too, since you can't control them you have to praise or scold them for certain behaviours. But make sure you keep an eye on them- they could destroy your furniture or pee all over the floor and if you don't notice then it's too late to scold them!

            You can also turn your sims into Werewolves, which I found quite complicated to do but they are quite a lot of fum once you've created them, and much simpler to handle than vampires.

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              17.09.2008 21:55
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              Skip it unless you really really love pets

              Alright then. You like the Sims 2. You love it, in fact. You wanna add some adorable pets to your little sim families. That makes sense. You asked EAxis for it and they delivered... what did they deliver? Well, exactly what you asked for, pets! Absolutely nothing else!
              Sure, there are a few extra things in this EP but not very many, to be honest. Its theme revolves around having a very limited amount of... pets, limited to a dog and a cat of different breeds. Making the cat and the dog is quite fun as you can add up layers on its skin to nearly five-hundred, if I am not mistaken. You also make your pet have a personality but it's quite basic, you get to pick from things between "finicky" and "dirty". There is another problem with it. When you make pets, you make sure your breed is either a small breed or a big breed and these pets cannot breed with each other, so if you were looking forward to crossing a chihuahua with a pitbull then you won't be able to, unless you make the pitbull abnormally sized.
              You can't control pets, which can be a good thing, but when your entire family is sleep and your pet isn't time won't fastforward it as it tends to do in this game when your characters are in non-playable mode. Pets have quite basic needs and they're easy to mantain. They also have careers that don't pay as much as Sims' careers but if you want your dog to have promotions you will have to spend time training them, something definitely not ideal for a family that is just starting and lacking on funds.
              EAxis said that you could adopt pets of the street and while you do see a few strays it is nearly impossible to adopt them. Even when you try and make friends with them they will probably leave halfway through whatever you're doing. The more a pet likes you the more they come around but I've never actually been able to make a pet like me that much. The kids like training pets but it doesn't give them any benefits and it feels a bit like a waste of time when you're doing it since only your pets are benefiting and not your Sims.
              Also, if you go on holiday and you have a pet you need to get someone to house sit for you, something which could be expensive.
              Not all is bad, the pets are quite cute and toddlers can play with them and if you like persevering and giving yourself a challenge then there's plenty of that here, especially if you want them to breed. A pet should have from 1-5 puppies or kittens but they usually have one or two at the most, I think this might depend on your computer specs.
              There is also a big catch to this game, although it has been fixed with the patch, but if you do get it, make sure you get the patch right after you install it. The faces of your sims can turn the same in lots. That's the biggest bug and the most annoying to control. It is also unchangable so if you don't realize it and click on "save" then you're in for a surprise when you load your game again.
              I'd say skip it unless you really really want to have some virtual pets. At least they're easier to take care of than real animals, right?

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