The Sims 2 Pets
By Anise Hollingshead,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Cuddly but unsubstantial Sims 2 add-on.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The behavior is up to the players. Sims can act kindly or rudely. They can be mean or nice to other sims and they can be bad pet owners. It's entirely up to the player, but the game makes it funnier to act out.
Positive Role Models
Actually, it all depends on the player. But if someone is a bad pet owner, what kind of model is that?
Ease of Play
The game is easy to pick up and play.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters can have sexual relations with other characters. This isn't shown graphically, but is referred to as "woo-hoo" in places like double beds.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The Sims can drink and smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this has a "Teen" rating because it builds off the original Sims 2 game, which has the same rating. Families that already own Sims 2 are probably aware of the sexual content, but families that may be contemplating buying these titles together need to be aware of the sexual situations and crude humor. Parents may want to read the reviews of the original Sims 2 games and expansions.
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Based on 8 parent reviews
Cute and Fuzzy!
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Sims are great! now even better!
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What’s It About?
THE SIMS 2 PETS is yet another expansion in the crowded Sims 2 world, giving Sims 2 players the ability to add pets to their families. These pets are cats, dogs, fish, birds, and womrats (fictional rodents similar to guinea pigs). Along with the pets, other new items in this expansion include toys, buildings, and accessories for the pets.
Is It Any Good?
Unlike the Sims, these pets cannot be directed. They serve more as an added method for Sims to improve various areas of their lives through their interactions with the pets. The Sims can train, play, feed, and take care of their pets in myriad ways. The more the Sims interact with their pets, the more the pets evolve.
These pets are not only cute and sociable; they can also be moneymakers. Sims can earn money through their pets by hiring out their services for careers such as acting, or by selling them. However, the money earned is relatively small. This is an entertaining addition to the Sims 2 world, but the $30 price tag seems a little steep considering the small amount of actual content.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about pets and caring for them. Does this game reinforce any behaviors of good pet owners? Why did you choose a particular pet to play this game? How are the pets' behaviors similar to real pets? Different? Why do you think the Sims pets evolve the more you interact with them? Do you think giving extra attention to real pets makes them smarter?
- Platforms: PSP, Nintendo DS, Windows, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Release date: December 5, 2006
- Genre: Simulation
- ESRB rating: T for sexual situations, crude humor
- Last updated: November 4, 2015
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