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The Sims 2: Pets Reviewed
7:06 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gaming Groove recently released a new review The Sims 2: Pets, an animal filled expansion for the popular life simulator. The introduction of pets to the lives of busy Sims brings new gaming options including the chance to build your own pet and even send your faithful friend off to work on a new pet career path. Gaming Groove gave the expansion a score of 8 out of 10.

From the review:

The Sims 2 Pets introduces four domesticated species into the game: dogs, cats, birds, and a hamster-like critter called a "womrat." There are also wolves and skunks, which aren't really pets, but we'll explain their role a bit later. The main stars of the expansion are dogs and cats. These animals are "almost Sims" in their own right: they can have personalities, interests, motives (needs), and memories. They can have careers, learn new skills, and make money. They can "WooHoo" and produce offspring, which inherit their parents' genetic traits. They can even grow old and die. But pets are not quite Sims in that the player can't directly control their behavior, and this affects the game play dynamics. We'll explain the implications of this later.

When you create a new Sim family, you can now choose to create up to six cats or dogs. In the "Create-A-Sim" studio, you can customize the look of your pet. You can choose to edit everything from the size and color of their eyes, to the length of their snout, to the markings on their coat. You can also select from a variety of pre-made breeds of dogs and cats and customize to your heart's content. You can also select their (astrological) sign, which affects their personality. The personality matrix is broken down into the following traits: intelligence (genius to doofus), activity (hyper to lazy), friendliness (independent to friendly), courage (aggressive or cowardly), and neatness (pigpen to finicky). Pets do not have aspirations, wants, or fears. Of course, you can choose the name, sex, and a biography for your pet. Note that you can only create adult dogs and cats; puppies and kittens cannot be created this way.
The full review is available at the link below.

Gaming Groove: The Sims 2 Pets Review
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