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Sims 2 Pets (ps2)
on 4 December 2006
The Sims series originally started life on the PC but it has evolved immensely in the past few years and new editions are now available on other game consoles such as the Playstation 2, GameCube, Xbox and the Nintendo DS. The Sims formula has always been about imitating real life, controlling the Sims and their lives to complete the specific goals within the game while interweaving fun and humour.
The latest edition is an improved version of Sims 2. It incorporates a host of delightful pets for the gamer to care for. At the beginning of the game you have to choose a character. There is a variety of attributes to choose such as gender, personality and aspirations as well as being able to customise the way your Sims look to create a totally unique Sim that only you can control.
Once you have done that you can then choose the pets that you wish to add to your virtual family. There are a range of cat and dog breeds. The player is able to morph their appearance and personality to create a truly unique pet. There is a vast number of details and choice in the attributes that you can add to your Sims or their pets in this game. This is a really enjoyable part of it. This is what makes The Sims range very different from any other game on the market. The player can control and change the characters very easily whether you are an experienced Sims player or a complete beginner.
Once you have made your virtual family, you can then move them and their furry friends into a house in the neighbourhood, either by building your own or by displacing another family. Only then does the game truly begin.
The main idea of the game is to fulfil the needs and wants of both your Sims and their pets such as hunger, hygiene, energy etc. Sims also need to gain relationships and acquire skills to help them advance their career. These form part of their wants throughout the game. You can do this using a wide range of options such as reading a book, cooking a meal or playing a game. These activities have very quirky and well-animated outcomes, just like the other Sims games.
This game gives you all the fun and options found in other Sims games but with the added feature of having pets to nurture and love. However, it does not actually allow you to control them. However, the player has to fulfil their wants and needs by influencing them through the Sims you have created such as teaching them skills, feeding them and playing with them. This is a little disappointing as you would expect to be able to control them, although the way these loveable creatures interact with the Sims and their surroundings, more than makes up for this minor disappointment. This game also allows you to travel to a charming little town square where you and your pets can socialise and buy pet supplies from a variety of stores. The more you visit this town and buy pet-orientated items, the more the town develops. This means that more options become available to you and your pet.
The Sims currency is simple, at home you can earn simoleons from work to buy items around the home and you can earn pet points by fulfilling your pet's wants and needs which you can spend in the town square. Don't worry if you do not have enough pet points to buy your next purchase, because there is an ATM machine where you can convert simoleons to pet points. Genius!
Overall this game is much more challenging than other Sims varieties, as you are now not only looking after your Sims but their pets as well. While the original formula and experience has stayed the same, the game has improved a great deal. The controls are much better and easier to handle. The speed at which the game loads is much faster too. This game may be criticised for being a bit dated as the formula has stayed the same but I think this game will appeal to new Sims players and the more experienced ones. One word of warning though; once you start playing this game, you will find it hard to put down. This game will keep both the young and old amused for hours. At price of only £19.99, it is well worth the money.
By Samantha Penn