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The Sims 2: Pets

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4.0

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Combined MobyScore 2 4.5


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90
PlayStation 2Console Obsession
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.
86
PlayStation 2Gamer 2.0
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.
82
GameCubeMag'64
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.
82
WiiWonderwallweb.com
Seeing as there are so many versions of this game out on many platforms it is hard to choose the best one, but I can assure you this is the best home console version on the market.
80
PlayStation 2PGNx Media
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.
80
WiiNintendo Front
Die Sims 2 Haustiere ist für alle Gamer empfehlenswert, die kein Lust auf die immer gleichen Ego-Shooter und Fußball-Simulationen haben. Es ist sehr motivierend und spaßig seinen Sim durch das Leben zu führen und all die kleinen Hindernisse zu überwinden, die einem perfektem Leben im Weg stehen. Die Haustiere sind dabei ein nettes Extra, das das Leben noch interessanter und abwechslungsreicher macht. Über mehr Tierrassen hätte sich aber wohl niemand beschwert. Auch wäre es schön gewesen, wenn die Grafik etwas detaillierter und schärfer wäre. Oft wirkt das Geschehen einfach zu trüb und langweilig. Ein wirklicher Griff ins Katzenklo ist die Steuerung. Diese ist einfach viel zu kompliziert und alles andere als benutzerfreundlich. Zum Glück haben diese Aussetzer nur bedingt Einfluss auf den Spielspaß –Wer also die nötige Zeit mit bringt und sich für ein virtuelles Leben mit Hund, Katze, Familie und Job vorstellen kann, der sollte zugreifen.
77
PlayStation 2IGN
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.
77
GameCubeIGN
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.
75
PlayStation 2GameZone
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.
75
GameCubeGameZone
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.
75
Wii4Players.de
Schade, dass ich meine Haustiere nicht selbst mit der Wiimote streicheln darf wie in Nintendogs. Trotzdem sind mir meine Berner-Sennen-Hündin Kati, Miez und auch ihre Besitzer ans Herz gewachsen. Am Spielkonzept hat sich zwar kaum etwas geändert, aber die tierischen Neuzugänge sind eine nette Bereicherung. Weniger positiv fällt die Steuerung auf. Sie wirkt trotz Einbindung der Fernbedienung gerade für ein an Gelegenheitsspieler gerichtetes Spiel unnötig kompliziert. Wenn ihr euch daran gewöhnt hat, erwartet euch aber eine umfangreiche Mischung aus Lebenssimulation und Aufbaustrategie, bei der ihr eine Menge selbst bestimmen dürft.
73
WiiGameZone
As a port, The Sims 2: Pets isn’t anything out of the ordinary. But for a new audience, there has never been a better time to try EA’s mammoth sim series. It’s just as deep and addictive as before – and now comes with a superior control style that only Wii can deliver.
72
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
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.
72
WiiConsole Monster
Overall this game hit’s the same high water mark that was achieved on the PC back in 2004. If this was another less impressive franchise we would not be so happy with its performance, but with the Sims we can’t deny that there is a great little game here. It should easily keep you and your family entertained through the long summer evenings. If you are not too worried about some additional music and the novel control scheme you could be better off with the Gamecube game, which by now is considerably cheaper. That said, if you want a game you can play wirelessly on the Wii then this still represents great value for money.
72
WiiIGN
In the case of The Sims 2: Pets, it really feels like this is a solid game that won’t get its moment in even the most remote spotlight. Its predecessors came out on last-gen systems last fall, and while the game is solid Sims action, it’s going to be outshined by My Sims; a Wii-exclusive, stylistic approach to the original design. If you’re a fan of The Sims, give this one a rental, or pick it up if you’re Sims-obsessed. The IR works great, the decent look and feel of the game is still there, and there are still dozens upon dozens of hours of play in Sims, pet, and overall world customization. The actual “pets” portion of the game is really more of an add-on to the basic Sims structure, but couple that with the other elements of the franchise and you’ve got a game that’s deep, free-form, and about as “go at your own pace” as possible. Just know there’s a stronger, Wii-specific Sims product on the way in the next few months. Most players should just wait for that.
71
PlayStation 2GameSpot
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.
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GameCubeGameSpot
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.
70
PlayStation 2AceGamez
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
PlayStation 2videogamer.com
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
PlayStation 2Silicon-Fusion.com
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.
70
GameCubevideogamer.com
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
GameCubeAceGamez
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!
70
WiiGame Chronicles
I liked the game and did become semi-addicted to it. However the game does loose it pizzazz the further you get into it. Once I reached my fire code limit and could not purchase any more items or expand my house I pretty much lost interest. The allure for this game for me was to build a super house with super stuff but eventually all I could do was upgrade, which gets boring. Plus you could play this game and never have a pet, if you wanted to.
70
WiiN-Europe
Unchanged graphically and audibly with the only “refinement” coming in the obligatory form of 16:9 aspect ratio and 480p resolution, hardly groundbreaking. If you have never played a Sims game before then this version is worth buying over the Gamecube iteration as the Wii control scheme is certainly more intuitive but ultimately it's another port with “waggle” and if your waiting for something new then you may wish to hold out for EA's “My Sims” a Wii exclusive take on the established formula which is set to add new life into this solid but tired franchise.
70
WiiDeaf Gamers
Those of you who are itching to play a version of The Sims on your Wii console might find some value in The Sims 2 Pets, after all it's a good game, just as good as the previous console versions in fact. It's just disappointing that the game is exactly the same as previous versions of The Sims 2 Pets. In fact what it does do is prove EA are correct in taking a different approach, in the form of My Sims, to cater fully for the Wii. If more versions of The Sims (not including My Sims of course) are to appear on the Wii they need to take full advantage of the control scheme that the console offers and not simply be carbon copies of versions that have appeared on other consoles.
70
WiiGameSpot
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 works much better in Pets than in any other console game. It's 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 of minigames as in the previous console Sims games, you'll find those here, too.
67
PlayStation 21UP
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.
67
GameCube1UP
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.
66
GameCubeNGamer
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.
65
GameCubeJeuxpo.com
Les Sims 2 Animaux & Cie est un volet sympathique mais qui manque un peu de contenu par rapport à la version PC.
65
PlayStation 2GamingTrend
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.
65
WiiNZGamer
In the end, The Sims 2 Pets may not win any new fans due to its complex micromanagement and lack of instant accessibility. Yet for those who never tried The Sims 2 first time around, this is an opportune jumping-in point; and despite the ‘Pets’ addition to the title, this is ultimately a solid iteration of the The Sims 2 - possibly as ‘PC-perfect’ a clone as we’ll get in this console cycle.
64
PlayStation 2DarkZero
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.
62
WiiComputer Bild Spiele
PC-Besitzer kennen es, Konsolenbesitzern ist das Phänomen nicht so geläufig: Das Spiel ruckelt. Nach jedem Klick auf einen Menüpunkt, aber auch zwischendurch gibt es immer wieder störende Aussetzer und sekundenlange Nachladezeiten. Davon abgesehen ist es ein nettes Spiel, aber ohne spezielle Funktionen für die Wii-Steuerung. Umfangreich sind die Möglichkeiten, den eigenen Charakter zu gestalten, sowie die diversen Tiere und das Haus. Das macht vor allem der sicher anvisierten weiblichen Zielgruppe zwischen acht und 18 Jahren Spaß - andere Spieler könnten es eher langweilig finden, Haarfarbe, Kinnform oder die Augenstellung langwierig bis ins Detail festzulegen. Grafische Qualität und Sound sind durchschnittlich und von solider Qualität. Alles in allem nicht hundsgemein, sondern "befriedigend".
60
GameCubeNintendo Life
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.
60
WiiNintendo Life
Fans of The Sims will probably enjoy this game and the inclusion of pets is a big enough addition from previous version to warrant a purchase. The sheer level of detail and the amount of unlockable content will keep those who embark on the quest totally engrossed but whether you will be able to keep your cool while playing this game is another thing. As a whole, games are meant to be entertaining but I’ll go as far as to saying that I found The Sims 2: Pets a stressful experience constantly being bombarded with things to deal with and never getting to explore the areas of the game I found personally intriguing. While the hectic feel to the game is meant to build the action and create the learning curve I found this limiting the scope of the gameplay and causing for a somewhat exasperating experience.
60
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
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.
60
PlayStation 2Gamekult
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
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
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.
60
PlayStation 2GameSpy
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.
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GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
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.
60
GameCubeGamekult
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.
60
GameCubeGameSpy
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.
60
WiiJeuxvideo.com
Autant d'attente pour découvrir une version identique aux autres opus consoles, voilà qui est assez décevant. La Wii ne se démarque absolument pas des autres adaptations du jeu, mais comme il s'agit du premier épisode des Sims sur ce support, certains joueurs y trouveront peut-être leur compte, à défaut de pouvoir en profiter sur PC. Au prix où le titre est proposé, autant se rabattre sur l'opus GameCube, identique, deux fois moins cher et compatible avec la Wii.
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WiiFZ
Har du redan The Sims 2: Pets på någon annan konsol (förutom Nintendo DS) eller PC kan du nöja dig med det, men gillar du Sims och har en Wii är det här ett säkert köp för hela familjen.
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Wii1UP
The customization features alone are sufficient, especially in the cats and dogs department. But we expected this. What we didn't expect is a game asking for $50 and giving you nothing new. The upside is that this port works as Sims 2 Lite for newbies to the series; experienced users will look at this as nothing more than a mediocre entry. Overall, the experience leaves us feeling a little used and dirty...kind of like when our dog tracks mud all over the linoleum floor.
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GameCubeCubed3
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.
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WiiThe Wiire
As a stand-alone game, The Sims 2: Pets is mediocre and leaves much to be desired. Its shortcomings are painfully evident when one considers its place among the best-selling PC games of all time. Compared to the PC version, the game is awful. But, as policy here at The Wiire, the game is entirely evaluated and graded without a thought of the PC version. So let me take this moment to say this: buy the PC version, as the Wii version is nothing more than a mouse simulation in the air with an additional analog stick.