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The Sims 3: Pets Expansion Pack

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC/Mac
Edition: Standard
  • Be the pet - Wield control of your pets to chase, dig, tackle, and more
  • Determine the personalities of your Sims' pets, from intelligent, friendly, and proud to playful, adventurous, and aggressive
  • Pets can learn skills - Cats and dogs can learn to hunt, dogs can learn to locate collectibles and fetch your Sims a date
  • Sims can take their pets outside - Take Spike to the park, bring Whiskers to the library, or ride Star to the new Equestrian Center
  • Requires The Sims 3? to install & play
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Platform: PC/Mac | Edition: Standard
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0054IV0A2
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.5 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Platform: PC/Mac | Edition: Standard

Bring excitement and surprise into your Sims' lives with pets! Create the perfect (or imperfect) pets for your Sims, from fierce guard dogs to destructive kittens to trusty horses and more as you determine not only how your Sims' pets look but their personality traits as well. With a variety of new activities and social interactions, take direct control of your Sims' pets and explore new ways to mess with their lives. Give your Sims a new member of their household and discover all-new ways to play with life!

The Sims 3 Pets

The Sims 3 Pets
Many Pets to choose from
Many pets to choose from
Ride a horse
Ride a horse
Train guard dogs
Train guard dogs


Experience life on four legs as you explore the Sims world through the eyes of a dog or cat! Will you be fun and friendly or will you be more pest than pet? Dig, chase, find collectibles, learn to hunt, and more. Go outside and play or just go on the rug. Dogs can even help their owners land a date! Move up the pet pecking order with career opportunities. (Who knew there was a dog and cat underworld?) Travel the town with your owner, sniff out discoveries, find treasure, and more.

Key Features:

  • More pets mean more fun! Create a wide variety of unique dogs, cats, and—for the first time ever—horses! Build a collection of lizards, turtles, snakes, and birds. Think your Sim has what it takes to tame a wild horse?
  • Be the Pet. Wield control of your Sim’s pet to chase, dig, tackle and more. Be the perfect companion or wreck havoc on your Sims!
  • Pets have their own traits! From intelligent, brave, and friendly to hydrophobic, skittish, and clueless to gentle, fast, and agile, determine the personality of your Sims’ pets.

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Create perfect - or imperfect - pets for your Sims, from loyal dogs to daring kitties, as you determine their looks and personality traits. Then take control of these pets and experience the world from their perspective. Enjoy a little mischief by destroying furniture or impress others by mastering new skills like hunting. Choose how pets can enrich or mess with your Sims' lives and discover a whole new way to play with life!

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217 of 227 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The horses alone make it worthwhile October 19, 2011
Platform for Display:PC/Mac| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ok, I admit, deep down I was kind of excited about this expansion pack coming out. I love The Sims but lately I have refused to dish out any more money to them until EA started to make some quality content. To-date, I still don't own "Generations." I mean, come on, a mid-life crisis ep?! Their entire creative team banged their heads on their desks and that's what came out?! I play The Sims to escape real life not recreate it!

After much trepidation, I'm pleased to inform you that "Pets" definitely did not disappoint. I've been playing it for about six hours straight and this expansion has managed to rekindle my passion for Sims. It's refreshing and puts a completely new spin on how you can play the game.

What really makes this particular version of pets stand out from the others is your ability to control the animals. Finally! I know in Sims 2 there was a cheat but you could never cancel actions, only queue them up. This led to annoying little situations where your sim couldn't possible step OVER the sleeping cat to get into the shower. But this is no longer an issue. You are in complete control of your pets and, even better, the pets are almost completely self-sustaining if you turn on free will. So you get all of the pros and very few of the cons found in previous pets expansions.

The dogs and cats are very similar to that found in Sims 2. They're cute, they're fun. Aside from the fact that you can tell the dog to NOT destroy the furniture, there's not much to report. Which brings us to the horses. At long last, EA has heard our pleas! The horses are fantastic and really make the game feel "different." I really appreciated the fact that you can see the sim mounting and dismounting.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sims 3 Pets- Worth the Wait!! October 18, 2011
By NatS
Platform for Display:PC/Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've been waiting for Sims 3 pets since I first heard about it and I must say, it was worth the wait! I had trouble with the code (EA gave me the wrong code) but other than that, no problems so far. The detail in the pets is amazing, and there are so many more interactions you can do with your pet than you could have had in Sims 2. Sims 3 Pets is worth the money because you get so much with this expansion. A new town is included, as well as new furniture, clothes, hairstyles, patterns, and there's an Ice Cream truck that rides around the city! You won't get bored of this game anytime soon, that's for sure.
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78 of 90 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy! October 19, 2011
Platform for Display:PC/Mac| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Well, if you're a fan of previous 'Pet Expansion Packs' then this is something you'll definitely like. Instead of going through what I do like (since I know most people here have already done that), I'll tell you the things I don't like.

1) Warnings --> You get 1 warning if your pet is getting neglected. After that they take ALL of your pets away. Getting caught up in the story of your sim or having a baby like I did made me not socialize with my cat as much. In the end all 5 of my animals were taken away because my cat got too needy to socialize (see #3). That's a big turn off. Then when I try and adopt my pets back they say that I can't adopt for a while. So all of my animals get adopted by others and I can't see them anymore.

2) Buying Objects --> Buying your pet objects is located where the baby section is. However, it doesn't have ALL of the pet supplies in it. So I had to filter and scroll and scroll and scroll to just find a ball for my dog and horse. Why wouldn't that be where all the pet stuff is? Why is this stuff hidden? It's a inconvenience.

3) Socialize Moodlet --> This moodlet is the one I find the most annoying. I feel like I have to talk to them forever for it to increase. And for a family with a great number of pets it gets annoying. You have to go from one to the other and when you finally finish the first pet needs to be talked to again. It leaves no time for 'sim' time.

That's about it. I think it's a well done game overall. It's a lot harder the more pets/sims you have. So I suggest starting out slow would be the best.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Persistent bugs will make your game unplayable December 21, 2011
By Kate
Platform for Display:PC/Mac| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I love Sims and I've been playing it since the first games, but this is the first Sims game that I've preordered. Sims 2 was always extremely buggy for me, but Sims 3 actually worked better on my computer... until Pets.

As usual, only play Sims if you don't mind long load times. I actually rather like the excessively long loading screens because then I get some reading done or do some pilates or whatever, and I become surprisingly productive. Obviously, this isn't for everyone because not everyone is that weird.

The pets themselves look great. I love that the horses have an "exercise" status bar and the dogs have a "destructive" status bar (I haven't made a cat yet). It's funny and accurate.

Unfortunately, that's about as far as I got. Initially, the game was completely unplayable because it would crash every time I started it and on the rare occasions it didn't, the graphics for the pets would get creepily wonky and my Sims would be unable to interact with the pets. I didn't even play the game until EA came out with another patch this month, and then I thought everything was fixed. It loaded and didn't crash nearly as much and the graphics were stable. I seemed to be able to have my Sims interact with my pets.

Then I couldn't save my game. I kept getting "error code 12." I looked up a fix online that required going into "Command Prompt" and allowing the Sims 3 to use more RAM. This fixed the save issue. I'm not sure if this was responsible for what happened next or if it was unrelated, but after that I could play normally for a little while, and then my Sims couldn't interact with my pets again. Sometimes they would try to interact on their own, but it either might not happen or they would stand next to each other forever and not do anything.
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