The Sims 2: Pets
It-s no secret that there-s no Sims game complete without the expansions. But when they get released for consoles and beyond the PC release of the titles, things are different. Here we'll talk about The Sims 2 Pets, simulation games are incredibly popular, and The Sims games are the king of simulation games.
Every platform got a different version of The Sims 2 Pets, but here we'll be more centered in the Nintendo DS release. So, let's talk about this cute title.
About the game
The Sims 2 Pets is an adaptation of an expansion pack for the PC original game. But unlike your average Sims games, here you're not playing a life simulator. Not even a life simulator with pets. The Sims 2 Pets for the DS is more like a veterinary simulator, where you'll have to take care of a lot of animals.
You'll choose and customize your character and the house they live in, but the main aspect of the game is the veterinary element. It's smaller than the original The Sims 2 game for the DS in terms of customization and play hours.
Taking care of the animals
The title is a little odd. If you played the original The Sims 2 for the Nintendo DS, you-d expect something of the same quality here. Truth is, that-s not really the case. At the same time, when you think of a game about taking care of animals on the DS you immediately think about Nintendogs.
Unlike Nintendogs' version of dogs, The Sims 2 Pets aren't that pretty nor realistic. In both games, you have to take care of their needs and heal them up. Sure, the veterinary element is completely missing in Nintendogs. But after Playing The Sims 2 Pets, it was probably for the best.
The Sims 2 Pets is a bad game, there-s no other way around it. The animals are spooky and there's only dogs and cats. Taking care of the animals is quite boring and repetitive, with simple tasks that you'll have to take care of over and over again.
It's a weird mix of a game, you can see elements of a nicely developed game but they are scarce. The story mode has a lot of possibilities and in itself is not terrible, but is ruined by the terrible game mechanics. It tries to mix a game like The Sims 2 with the mechanics of Nintendogs. But it gets the worst out of each one, failing completely to see what made them great in the first place.
Graphics and visuals: The graphic aspect of this title is not completely terrible. But the animals look horrible, some of the worst looking animals in the Nintendo DS. Taking into consideration that you'll spend a lot of time looking at animals in this game, that's terrible. Not only is it terrible, but it cast a huge shadow over everything that could possibly look good in the game.
Gameplay: As mentioned before, the game takes elements from two completely different simulation games and mixes them together. But they take the worst elements of each one. The veterinary job implies a few simple mini-games you'll have to perform over and over again. It's not innovative and the whole game UI is terrible. I use the stylus a bit too much to be comfortable to play.
Sound: Usually the soundtrack is great in The Sims games. That's not the case here. With a pretty dull soundtrack and low-quality melodies.
Download The Sims 2: Pets
Remember how in 2002 there was an expansion pack for The Sims called Unleashed? It had pets in it - really oddly animated pets. Well, here's your chance to buy it again, this time for The Sims 2. Also, for no reason at all, Hilary Duff is in it! Why? Because kids like Hilary Duff! Yay!
To be fair, this is probably the expansion pack Maxis were least unwilling to make -in fact it probably only required minimal whipping at the hands of EA to produce. This enthusiastic approach to The Sims 2: Pets has resulted in a decent release, and looking past the mindless inclusion of Simlish covers of Pussycat Dolls songs ("flerpdee wah wah krakawaka woo woo" being an improvement over their actual lyrics), there's actually a lot of genuinely great content to be had.
The Sims 2 engine, which no longer restricts movement to tiles, means that dogs and cats can move about with a modicum of realism instead of running only at 90-degree angles like some demented autistic creature. The ability to customise your human characters has been applied to the pets too. Dogs can be big or small and of a wide variety of breeds, and if recreating the household pet is something you want to spend your time doing, you can tweak things such as hair colour, type, patterns, patches and even those funny moustache bits some dogs have.
There are a few other pets available, such as rodents and birds, but as is the case in real life, these amount to nothing more than interactive furniture. The cats and dogs count as family members, and while you can't directly control them, they have needs (such as the need to chew and scratch things). Through scolding and praising they can be taught behaviours, and through relentless training they can be taught commands - both of which are skills they can use to further themselves in their chosen careers. These aren't like people careers (and not as Log seemed to think, "driving tractors and stuff"), but animal careers, such as being a guide dog or a movie star.
Sims fans would love this regardless of quality - what's really impressive is that Maxis have gone beyond our expectations of a Sims 2 expansion, to please players more than just enough to pry open their wallets. The detail lavished upon the original Sims 2 has filtered down to every aspect of this add-on; dogs piss in the kitchen, cats drink the mess, puppies struggle with stairs, cats destroy sofas, dogs beg at the dinner table -the needless detail will surprise you.
And if selling puppies down the pub is your kind of thing, you'll be well catered for here too. Breeding cats and dogs is as simple as patting them on the head in such a way as to not only suggest to HI them that you want th.mi tomake babies, but also which you want them to do it with Aftei a romp in a kennel, the little ones emerge with the ombined traits of their parents - often creating new breeds, something not scientifically , but full nonethelc' And yes, you can sell them. But no you can't make cat-dogs.
So while it's a Sims 2 expansion, I and while it's about pets, it's a well-I made, superbly polished addition I to the original game. And there I aren't many EA expansion packs I we'd dare say that about.