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Zwar hat man dieses Mal auf einen Mehrspieler-Modus verzichtet, dennoch punktet der aktuelle Teil im Vergleich mit dem Vorgänger. Das "Sich-um-das-Haustier-kümmern"-Spielelement hat durchaus seinen Reiz. Es ergänzt das menschliche Miteinander im Spiel durch die tierische Komponente und sorgt dadurch für ein wohliges Spielgefühl. Dennoch sind sich die Spielumsetzungen ("Die Sims 2" - "Die Sims 2 - Haustiere") sehr ähnlich. Daher ist der Vollpreis des Titels nicht gerechtfertigt - im PC-Bereich sieht man, dass ein ähnliches Update auch wesentlich günstiger möglich ist. Das Switchen innerhalb der Nachbarschaft ist motivierend, ebenso die Erfüllung der vielseitigen Wunschlisten Eurer Sims. Freunde der Lebenssimulation dürfen getrost zugreifen. All diejenigen, die den Vorgänger besitzen, sollten sich überlegen, ob ihnen das Haustier-Feature den Vollpreis wert ist. Ein gelungener Titel ist es hingegen allemal.
The Sims 2 Pets improves upon its console predecessors in every way imaginable. The formula is definitely getting old, though, so long time fans will have limited interest. As far as newcomers go, there's plenty to see and do. The addition of pets, not to mention enhancements to the interface and overall performance, makes the Sims 2 Pets a worthwhile investment in terms of time and money.
GameCube owners won’t find a better Sims package. This isn’t the best buy for those who have played the series to death. But if you haven’t, then get on board with this animal update.
It's true that the pet-related content in the console versions of The Sims 2: Pets, while interesting, doesn't seem perfectly implemented. But surprisingly, the open-ended, unpredictable Sims 2 experience seems to work much better in Pets than in any other console game. It's perhaps unfortunate that it took this long to replicate a good PC Sims experience on consoles, but if that's what you've been waiting for, you'll find it in The Sims 2: Pets. And if you're just in it for the collection and unlocking mini-games as in the previous console Sims games, you'll find those here too.
The Sims 2 Pets isn't anything more than The Sims 2 on consoles with pets. It feels like an expansion pack, and if that's what you want, you won't be disappointed. Overall gameplay improvements make Pets a better game than Sims 2 on consoles was last year, and animal lovers will no doubt spend hours creating their ultimate cat or dog, complete with embarrassing clothes and lovable personality.
I'm disappointed at the lack of defining complexities that grace every Sim game that appears on the PC platform. It's almost insulting - console users aren't dumb, we can handle some dimension! The console version of The Sims 2: Pets could have incorporated some features from some of the PC expansions that haven't turned into console versions - we could have nabbed the attraction system from Nightlife and the ability to buy and use robots from Open for Business for example. Still, if you're a hardcore Sims 2 console nut and you cannot get this on the PC instead, then it might be worth a place under the tree this Christmas, alongside this brown, sticky package that isn't very nicely wrapped and smells a little bit like… Damn you Milo! I told you to go outside!
The crux of this expansion is that playing with animals is fun, and keeping them happy takes real work. There aren't huge changes; you still have a bathtub, but now you can also wash your dog in it. Neighbors still drop by, but now they bring their cat as well. Maxis hasn't changed the game drastically and shouldn't have to for an expansion pack that is adding a new (and cute!) perspective to an already solid game.
The addition of pets has made Sims 2 marginally cuter, but the novelty quickly wears off as you still spend the majority of your time making sure the toilet is regularly cleaned.
Les Sims 2 Animaux & Cie est un volet sympathique mais qui manque un peu de contenu par rapport à la version PC.
At the end of the day, those who loved the other console versions of the Sims will be right at home here, with what is certainly the best out of all three titles. The inclusion of pets has definitely added depth, without spoiling the foundations the franchise is based on, a good accomplishment. It's a real shame though, that sloppy presentation, loading times and clunky controls stopped this game from reaching the benchmark set by its PC cousin. I look at this title and feel that a whole lot more could have been done- its far from being bad, but by no means is it great.
Il est évident que les Sims n'arriveront jamais à offrir la même profondeur de jeu sur console que sur PC, et quand on voit que le soft est vendu deux fois plus cher, ça ne nous donne pas franchement envie de vous le conseiller. De toute façon, seuls les néophytes pourront avoir l'idée de se laisser tenter, quitte à investir ensuite dans les opus PC.
Si Les Sims 2 : Animaux & Cie devient sans difficulté la meilleure expérience des Sims sur console de salon, on ne peut toutefois pas dire que le gameplay du titre ait très sensiblement changé depuis Les Sims 2. L'introduction des animaux domestiques étant un ajout non négligeable mais pas vraiment critique ; on se retrouve avec une version plus poussée, un peu plus jolie et relativement plus fluide du célèbre simulateur de vie mais l'amende reste tout de même salée pour les joueurs possédant déjà le jeu original. Aucune hésitation, par contre, pour les nouveaux venus dans la série qui, avec Animaux & Cie, trouveront le meilleur des Sims sur GameCube.
Bonuses include the many songs reinterpreted in Simlish by famous bands such as Hot Chip and The Flaming Lips and even the possibility of meeting Hilary Duff and her Chihuahua Lola at the town square, but they aren't enough to compensate for the general lack of depth that affects this game. The focus is completely on pets, but in the long run this could keep away fans in search of a complete experience of virtual life; maybe that life isn't fulfilled by just feeding a cat new fish-shaped biscuits. The Sims 2 Pets expansion pack could be a good purchase for PC gamers, but buying it for $39.99 on consoles is the kind of choice that will only satisfy the kind of people who keep a place for their cat at the dinner table.
All the fours for you ladies and gents. Below average, below par, below expectation and way below the standard of its PC sibling. The Sims simply doesn't work on consoles and lazy translations like this that fail to make the gameplay work at all simply aren't worth your attention. Leave it well alone.