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Overall, the Sims 2 Pets is a well designed game that fits in nicely with the other Sims titles. It may be hard work to maintain your pets discipline as well as keeping an eye on what is required to make sure your Sims are all living happily, oh and then there’s the matter of keeping the house neat and tidy, but these are all repetitive tasks that we all face daily, and this is what makes The Sims series some of the best simulation games in the history of the industry. Pets just takes a good idea and adds to it, many will know what to expect from the series by now, and fans will obviously love it, although those new to the series are going to either adore or detest it, there’s just no middle ground with this one.
Gamer 2.0 (Dec 01, 2006)
It’s harder to dislike the Sims 2: Pets than it is to refrain from making animal sound puns throughout a review of the game. The Sims has remained a powerful franchise for one reason alone – pure and simple fun. The console version of this franchise remains tight and good-looking, and the years have been kind to players as unnecessary bits and pieces have become simplified and naturally meshed into the fabric of the gameplay. Sims 2: Pets provides all the cuteness and gimmick of Nintendogs with the added bonus of cats and quality Sims gameplay. Ultimately, there’s something completely satisfying and entertaining in creating a real-life house in a Sims world and finding out what truly does happen when pets stop being polite and start getting real.
PGNx Media (Oct 25, 2006)
The Sims 2: Pets isn’t without its flaws. Nonetheless, the addition of pets is a logical transition in The Sims franchise that ends up working very well with the core game. Aside from this, the game manages to improve the AI to be more spontaneous and more closely resemble the PC version of the game. Overall, The Sims 2: Pets is definitely worth the price of admission.
IGN (Oct 18, 2006)
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.
GameZone (Oct 30, 2006)
You won’t be blown away by the inclusion of pets. It’s a nice edition – the more in your Sim house, the better. But they don’t do nearly enough things, nor do they offer enough gameplay elements, to make them more than a sideshow attraction.
Game Chronicles (Nov 12, 2006)
While it’s not perfectly implemented, The Sims 2 Pets for PS2 manages to replicate the PC Sims 2 experience on a limited scale. If you’re a console gamer intrigued by the Sims games but don’t own a PC, Sims 2 Pets for PS2 may be fun for you to try, especially if you also enjoy virtual pets. Otherwise, the PC version is definitely your better bet.
GameSpot (Oct 17, 2006)
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.
AceGamez (2006)
The Sims 2 Pets isn't bad. It's ideal if you never owned The Sims 2 on before, as it gives you pretty much all of that prior play that you missed out on with some pets thrown in, but for those who already own The Sims 2, for the small amount of extra content you get, a full price release is a little steep. 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.
70 (Oct 25, 2006)
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.
70 (Nov 21, 2006)
For those who like animals and Big Brother, this is a sure crowd pleaser. For the remaining people (that can't be many surely: pets AND Big Brother remember), it will just be another game about ruining people's lives without actually making the mistakes in your real life.
1UP (Dec 07, 2006)
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 Sims was a hugely addictive game. The Sims 2 was a significant improvement. However, it just doesn't mix that well on the PS2, and really isn't as good of an experience when comparing the PC to the console. If you can play the PC version, it is a much smarter investment to purchase The Sims 2: Pets as an expansion pack rather than this stand alone PS2 version.
DarkZero (Nov 03, 2006)
Still, despite its flaws, the game manages to stand up fairly well. Building houses with the PS2 joypad is slightly awkward at times, but on the whole the game is a reasonably faithful translation from the PC version. It demands a lot of time, patience, and even outright drudgery at times, but if the near-constant promise of new unlockable material is enough to hold your interest, you’re in for a treat.
60 (Oct 19, 2006)
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.
Gamekult (Oct 23, 2006)
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 PlayStation 2.
60 (UK) (Oct 31, 2006)
So, a tricky one then, with our recommendation varying depending on several factors. If you haven't bought a Sims game yet and for some reason are incapable of playing it on your PC, then this is the best version to go for. It's the most accessible and has the most features. If you already have the Sims 2 on PS2, it depends on how much you want to buy the same game again, but with dogs and cats. If you're after a purely pet-based game, then something like Nintendogs would serve you far better. And if you've been woken up several nights in a row by dogs in the house opposite barking at three in the morning, then the game's lack of options to drown animals will just leave you feeling disappointed. Trust me.
GameSpy (Oct 27, 2006)
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.