The Sims 2: Pets Impressions - Pet Gameplay, Tricks, and Console and PC Differences

The Sims 2 has gone to the dogs. Literally! Get our impressions of the next Sims 2 game with pets.

If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're already familiar with The Sims and its sequel, The Sims 2. Both games let you take control of little computer people as they lead virtual lives, meeting and greeting virtual friends, cooking and eating virtual meals, and making virtual trips to their tiny little bathrooms. The Sims 2 expanded on the original Sims game by adding plenty of new features, such as genetics, which lets you build up families of your little "sim" characters and have children who bear strong resemblances to their parents. Now, the world of The Sims 2 will be expanded just below eye level with man's best friend (dogs), as well as man's fairly good acquaintances: cats, aquarium fish, and hamsters.

Your little computer people will go to the dogs in the next Sims 2 game.

As we saw, cats and dogs can be created from scratch in both the PC and console versions of The Sims 2: Pets. You'll be able to choose breeds and tweak and deform facial features, fur colors, and fur patterns; you'll even be able to layer different fur patterns onto your pets if, for whatever reason, you wanted to make a cat with purple tiger stripes layered under a neon tabby pattern. The PC version of the game will let you accessorize your pets somewhat with neck gear (such as collars and kerchiefs) and a few other accoutrements, but for those who want kitty to look extra precious, the PlayStation 2 and GameCube versions of the game will let you get your dogs and cats extra dressy with hats, body garments (such as sweaters and hoodies), and tiny shoes. Yes, tiny shoes.

Once they're created, your pets can be added to your household in the same way you add normal family members, and they can interact with family members using a variety of new social options, which include petting, scolding, and performing tricks. All characters in Sims games have a need for social interaction, including pets. However, since pets themselves can successfully keep sims company, The Sims 2: Pets will let you create the ultimate "crazy cat lady" who gets along just fine living alone with her 12 cats. However, pets will also have needs, just like sims, including hunger, bladder needs, and other, pet-specific requirements; for instance, cats will need to scratch things.

This is fine if you purchase a scratching-post item for your house, but it's not fine if Mittens decides to express his identity on your expensive armchair. If left unsupervised, cats and dogs will be able to completely destroy furniture. Fortunately, the PC version of the game will have a feedback training system that's conceptually similar to EA's previous pet-simulation games, the Black & White series. Like in those games, in Pets you'll be able to give your pets positive and negative reinforcement, so if Fido keeps knocking over the trash can, you'll be able to scold him until he stops (though if you're less concerned about hygiene, you may instead opt to praise him when he eats the garbage or licks plates clean). And yes, you'll be able to take the opposite approach and actually praise your pet for destructive, unsociable behavior. You won't be able to create an underground dog-fighting ring in The Sims 2: Pets, but you can definitely train your pets to be complete jerks that destroy your neighbors' valuable furnishings.

In addition, you'll be able to adopt new pets either by rescuing them from your local animal shelter or by receiving them from a generous neighbor, who can give you a kitten or puppy from their litter. Once your pets are fully grown, they won't just be a part of the family; they'll actually be able to bring home the bacon, too. The Sims 2: Pets will offer honest-to-goodness career paths for your cats and dogs, such as a guard-dog career or a future in showbiz. Unfortunately, hamsters and goldfish will be hampered by the proverbial glass ceiling, which, now that we think about it, is also a literal glass ceiling, since these critters will spend most of their lives in glass cages and an aquarium, respectively. Though they won't be able to join the workforce, your hamsters and fish can still provide hours of entertainment, provided you don't constantly scare the daylights out of them. (Then again, you may find the actual act of terrifying your hamsters to be entertaining in and of itself, but we're not judging anyone here.)

Pets have needs and wants, just like any other living being.

While the PC version of The Sims 2: Pets will have enhanced social interactions and will let you draw upon the huge body of content already available for the core game through free downloads and previous expansion packs, the console version of the game will feature special downtown lots that will let you purchase new toys and clothing for your pets, as well as meet other pets and pet owners outside the home. The console versions of Pets will also include lots more collection-based gameplay and both versions will offer plenty of new household objects to play with. Both the PC and console versions of the game are scheduled for release later this year.

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warrenbiscayne
warrenbiscayne

Is this going to come out for the X-box Console?

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

In the screenshots, is that Tiger Woods petting the dalmatian?

huntergirl430
huntergirl430

I loved Sims 1 for pc. i have sims 2 for GC and DS. I cant wait for this game. im getting it as soon as it comes out!! i should've pre-ordered.

Castlevania1986
Castlevania1986

The pets one still isn't better than the nightlife , open for business or the university ones. Those are the best expansion packs. Why someone would be interested in playing a game about animals is not my kind of game. The Sims is one expensive series, even used ones cost the same price as brand new. I can't imagen why people would demand a pets version of the game when all you can do is play with a pet where is the real fun in that ? Now partying, running around the campus naked, or just enjoying your virtual lives in the other expansion packs ? Thats what I like to call fun. I highly doubt that I will ever play the Pets version since I have pets in real life why should I care about virtual pets ? But in the other Sims games there are just some things you can't do in real life such as offering a person poisen food that might kill them unless you want to go to jail. Perhaps the pets version is more suitable for kids or girly girls that like to say "this or that is cute" *throws up* as for me the night life and University ones are the best ! Wether your character is the bully who doesn't want to get a life even after college, or your just some hard working bastard that doesn't have time to go to parties in The Sims 2 nightlife. If only The expansion packs would come to the consoles. That would work out for everyone. Plus its better to control your Sim than using a mouse to click on the area you wish to move your character. One thing for sure I've played so many violent games in my life that doesn't uses the word " cute" to describe the gore and action but more like "hell yeah!." I can never see myself playing The Sims 2 Pets unless I was strung out on drugs.

ravendiamondwng
ravendiamondwng

I love my bf!! He preordered Pets for me! I can't wait to get it, especially after taking the time to watch the trailer! I'm so psyched!

yauzyang
yauzyang

i can't wait to play this game!!!!!

JMswimchic06
JMswimchic06

If you check out the Sims 2 website, Pets was the most demanded expansion pack idea. Gosh, I stopped going to the BBS there because every other post was a "we want PETS!". Now they have been quieted and the Sims 2 crew can create an original expansion pack, and not a rehash (although, rehashes aren't neccesarily a bad thing. for example, if you enjoyed Unleashed, but can't have the Sims 1 and 2 on your computer, Pets will give you the chance to continue to play Unleashed, just slightly different). Oh well, I'll probably get it jsut to create new and weird pet breeds. Oh, I can just see the wonderful creations now!

Alyssa539
Alyssa539

Me either....I dont have nightlife or open for business or university.....TIs sad I know :(

Crianna
Crianna

God the Sims 2 and everything else on my computer already takes up alot of space, imagine how much space this will take lol, and i don't have any money to even get nightlife lol! or university for that matter

Alyssa539
Alyssa539

Im going to have to get a new computer......AHHHH

Yuna7780
Yuna7780

woah. people are talking about this game soooo much on the official website. i'm excited. but i need to get Open for Buisness still. lol!

Nulify
Nulify

what a long live game

azndrumer1
azndrumer1

even though this is for the ps2....lol...i knew that.....

azndrumer1
azndrumer1

awwwww!!!! how cute.....now if only i could get the sims to run on my computer...lol....

major_mayhem_01
major_mayhem_01

HannahSpring stated: "I really don't understand why you people whine about something you don't like". Then why do people have the right to rave about somethings they DO like? Reality check buckwheat! What's next for the Sims? Sim Stupidity? Forget it....apparently there's enough of that already.

maineeevent
maineeevent

you should be able to have exotic animals like monkeys lol well this game should still be awesome

cartoonmaniac
cartoonmaniac

Finally, they got one of these out for TS2. This will be a good addition to the Sims 2, i'll probably get it myself as soon as I have enough extra money for it. To all that are complaining about it already having been done with the original Sims game, they know it has. All over their main forum for game ideas, and what the fans want, there has been a big want for Pets to come back in TS2. They were just answering the Fans of their game when this was made over. - Agreeing, if you don't like it, just don't play it.

Kounji
Kounji

Hmm its kind of sad that they come out with remakes of old expansions. I wish they would just completely come out with original expansion packs for the sims. There are so many more ideas out there but this will obviously fill some niche

petit_chocobo
petit_chocobo

I've always wanted to know what happens when you cross a Doberman and a chihuahua, this game is going to be weird in an awsome way!

HannahSpring
HannahSpring

I really don't understand why you people whine about something you don't like; don't play it then! I'm going to buy this EXP as soon as it's out.

Chotart
Chotart

"Stop Complaining... Don't Like It ? Don't Play It!!" I agree with this..

fabio_r_21
fabio_r_21

wow it looks nice! but it has only one problem, this happens to me in all the sims games... it's boring sometimes, only the first weeks, or in the first month I get all the enthusiasm

Candy898
Candy898

this looks like a good expansion pack to me. i'm buying it.

bildo2020
bildo2020

hmm...sounds like *coughsimsunleasedcough* im sorry but since they have pretty much done the whole pets thing in the simes 1....they should just give this to people who own Sims: unleased! or at least give them a discounted price or something...i dont wanna buy essentially the same game...blah

vlsi0n2156
vlsi0n2156

Sound and looks good to me :). The Sims 2 (series) grabs so much time lol.

loading123
loading123

lets see what the dumb pets might bring in this new release...could they be more dumber? or this expansion may be a hit. Adding pets to sims might be a good idea...but willl this effect the easiness of sims controlling because there are pets now.

simoleon2078
simoleon2078

Sounds great pets will have needs and wants, more understandable than the sims unleashed version of TS1.

Cloud_Strife_90
Cloud_Strife_90

I have tried the first Sims pet expansion, and that was boooooring. The only new things in the Sims 2 are a career, and the 3d graphics. And why don't they have Ferrets in the pet expansion, Ferrets RULE. Beside I think we all expected more pets.

supersohail
supersohail

This is what people were bragging for a long time?

Glynn300
Glynn300

SOunds wikid i have all the sims games and this is a must buy!!!!!

TheRussianRoket
TheRussianRoket

So, what is left to explore for the Sims Franchise? Freudian alter egos?

oliver_475
oliver_475

The PC version will probably be a blast! The ps2 version i don't really trust after ea's the sims 2! It was so unbeliverbly crap!

bulldawgs50
bulldawgs50

The Sims 2 is the best-selling PC game ever. Get over it. Can't wait!!!

Senshi_89
Senshi_89

The Sims This Game GOin' 2 Be Kool

JayMe12345
JayMe12345

If they are going to do rehashes (what a weird word) i bet they wont do Makin' Magic - they threw that one together whilst the sims 2 was out... But Makin Magic was still very creative.. got a bit beyond the real life element.. but thats why its a game... with makin magic i thought they just wanted the original sims totally surreal i bet they will do another surreal one for when the sims 3 is on the edge of release

jeff2374
jeff2374

Yeah the next one will probably be a rehashed vacation.

mRta03
mRta03

I Think The Pets Can Have Babies And Grow & Die Like Sims.. The Official Trailer Shows That :D

mRta03
mRta03

Stop Complaining. Don't Like It ? Don't Play It ;)

tchiseen
tchiseen

I wonder if you can kill your hamster and eat it? that'd be cool. unleashed was actually my favo exps. for the last sims. i skinned my own cat..... er... meaning i created my own pet and imported it into the game. hope this expansion has something like that, like the BodyBuilder from the original, cept for pets. i found in the sims 1, much as in real life, the animals had much more personality then the sims, even though their actions were more limited.

bigalthesixth
bigalthesixth

This game looks like the best expansion ever.

zoelevi12
zoelevi12

Oh boy! I can't wait!!! I wonder if the animals can ride in the car...

zoelevi12
zoelevi12

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