The Sims 2 Pets is the fourth expansion pack to the
sales-record-breaking The Sims 2 game. This expansion pack allows your Sims to
create your own pet, breed, sell and even adopt lovable animals by phone. If you
are already familiar with The Sims 2, which you of course need to run this
expansion pack, then you can dive right into the furry fun!
To begin, you will have to obtain a pet. This can be executed by means of
five routes - making friends with a stray animal, buying a pet from a store,
making a phone call and adopting, opening up the catalog to purchase caged
animals, or creating your very own cat or dog in The Sims 2: Pets' elaborate
creation editor. Create-A-Pet is similar to Create a Sim, and you may customize
a cat or dog by choosing patterns and colors of coat, adjusting body shape,
facial structure, and personality, which determines playfulness, neatness, and
Pets have three life stages: Puppy/Kitten (which lasts three days), Adult
(which lasts 25 days for cats & small dogs; 21 days for large dogs), and Elder
(which lasts 5-10 days). Pets are able to breed, and doing so will produce a
litter. Speaking of breeds, you can create your own new lineage of
animals. When two pets mate, like human Sims, their DNA will mix and match, and
may wind up with new breeds that are not actually terrible to look at. You can
"register" the new breed with the SimCity Animal Agency, and you'll be able to
buy those too at will.
Pets have wants and requirements similar to your human sims including social
and playtime desires that can be met by going to the park, needs like food,
something to chew, a scratch able surface, a place to potty, and time to rest.
Just as in real life it is your sim's responsibility to keep a pet happy by
feeding and watering it, playing with it, showing it love, going to the park, or
teaching it tricks such as sit, stay, and fetch. Sometimes animals need to be
scolded for actions such as chewing a favorite shoe or scratching up the
couch, but with the right training, a chew toy, and a scratching post, those
irritating habits should no longer affect your belongings. A well-trained dog or
cat won't go to the bathroom in the house, will only eat pet food, will stay off
of your bed and won't destroy your furniture. Teaching commands is only one
method of interacting with your pet out of a plenty of choices. You are able to
play games with your pet such as razzle/fetch as well. Additionally, giving
your pal some love is also a relationship booster. Animals love it when you
stroke their fur, rub their bellies, and give them treats. I should mention that
pets cannot be directly controlled like sims (although one can view their action
queue). Instead, you have to have a Sim interact with a pet to get it do various
things. However, you also will likely get sick of the short range of
interactions that actually exist - there are only 2-3 ways to play, and show
love to your pet.
Beyond that, your pets can also follow one of three career paths: Security,
Showbiz and Services. Yeah, cats and dogs can now have jobs, although not nearly
to the extent of humans. There is also an opportunity to open a pet shop if you
have The Sims 2: Open for Business expansion pack installed.
One of the new additions to The Sims 2: Pets is the chance for Sims to be
transformed into a Werewolf, who can in turn make your Sims suffer from
lycanthropy. Unlike vampires from The Sims 2: Nightlife, being a werewolf
doesn't quite have the same game-changing impact.
Of course, as with any Sims expansion, by having older expansion packs will
increase the value of the expansion. One notable mention is the great
integration with existing custom content, which is a great thing as older
expansions had problems with Custom Content.
Overall, The Sims 2 Pets is a very good addition to the game play and will
offer a rich experience to the fans of the series. If you are a dedicated Sims 2
player then this is a must, if you are a Sims 2 hater I doubt 'Pets' will change your
, The Sims 2 Pets CDROM PC
, The Sims 2 Pets CDROM
System requirements: 1.3GHz CPU, 256MB RAM (512 MB RAM is recommended if you are running with a few expansion packs installed), T&L-capable video card with at least 32 MB of video RAM , Win98/ME/2k/XP, at least 1.5GB free HDD space /Requires The Sims 2, The Sims 2 Special DVD Edition or The Sims 2 Holiday Edition to play/
Note: Before you install the game, don't forget to disable CloneCD, Alcohol 120%, VirtuaCD, etc. Also, if you have any "hacked" / third-party objects/patches in your game, you MUST remove these BEFORE attempting install of Sims 2 University.