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The Sims 3: Pets
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Pets is an expansion pack to The Sims 3. Players need the base game in order to play this expansion, which greatly enhances the presence of animals in the virtual Sims world. This expansion adds incremental new content, such as the ability for pets to mate. However, the level of sexuality and violence in the base game trumps anything new in the expansion. There are also a variety of new virtual household items to buy with in-game money, most of which are designed for players' pets to interact with.
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What's it about?
THE SIMS 3: PETS transforms the Sims 3 experience by introducing a brand new perspective to the game. Players can literally manage the lives of their cats and dogs in a way that is almost as deep and complex as the masterfully sophisticated human simulation element of the game. The game allows players to see the world through the eyes of their four-legged companion, increase their skills and attributes, and explore new places throughout the virtual world. It adds an entire new dimension of play to an already robust and sophisticated game.
Is it any good?
The Sims 3: Pets is a fantastic addition to the Sims 3 game for any pet lover or for players who want a new and exciting twist to this fascinatingly complex simulation title. It adds a much deeper component to the game than many of the other expansion packs that focus mainly on adding new areas to explore or a bunch of new virtual trinkets. With this expansion, players get to explore the Sims world they've come to know so well in a completely new way. Players will also have to learn brand new nuances and intricacies of managing their pet's well-being in addition to continuing to focus on their humans.
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