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Pros: Creating and fawning over your own virtual pets is even more mesmerising than bullying around little computer people. Cons: Technically and conceptually it’s still obvious this was all designed for the PC first and foremost.
A lot of new content for an expansion, but not for a standalone game.
We assume The Sims 4 is currently being planned, but if it is we do hope that the PC doesn’t end up the sole focus once again, because the idea’s too good to be wasted by these unsatisfying ports.
In Short: Very poor value if you already own last year’s version, but even if you don’t the console version is still badly compromised compared to the PC.
The lack of horses means no customised Twilight Sparkle, but creating your own cats and dogs is still a task we found ourselves dedicating worryingly long hours to.
The temptation of course is to create a favoured pet of past or present – and not just visually but in terms of personality too.
These are role-playing style quests that have you looking for hidden treasure, busting ghosts and, of course, making friends – both four-legged and two.
There was a similar idea at work in the PC only expansion World Adventures and we hope and assume it’ll become a feature in all future Sims games.
And yet we still find it hard to unequivocally recommend The Sims 3 Pets to anyone, given the finicky console interface (even with Kinect voice controls), glitchy visuals and slow load times.Neither version, we were upset to find out, features pet pigs.