Being a pet owner has its ups and downs. The upside: being
the beneficiary of a pet’s unwavering companionship, loyalty, and love. The downside
is being on the receiving end of a pet’s fecal evacuations over its lifetime. But
now gamers have the chance to have others deal with their crap (or love, whatever). The Sims 3 Pets isn’t just attempting
to replicate the pet owner experience by allowing human Sims to have pets. The
game will also allow players to have the pet be the Sim. So, the power to pee on the carpet and chew on the
couch cushions can all be yours!
In a recent demo on the 3DS version with EA, we were shown
many of the new features Sims 3 Pets adds to the series. The game starts out
with the Sim creator, where the player has the option to choose between a
human, cat, or dog Sim. The creator allows players to choose between a variety
of breeds, fur colors, patterns, and accessories. So, creating a blinged-out pink
Akita wearing a top hat and steam punk goggles is something that is not
unattainable. Looks aren’t everything though. Unique to pet Sims, personality traits, life
goals (called wishes), and relationship dynamics with Sims living in the same household
are also chosen.
Personality traits range from aggressive to friendly, with some
traits that change up the gameplay in new ways. For instance, the hunter trait
allows the pet Sim to dig up special items which can then be used or sold, with
more valuable items being found at higher skill levels. Wishes range from building
relationships with other Sims to being a revered crime fighting pet.
Once dropped into the Sims world, gameplay works as usual,
but with a few changes and new features. Players will be able to participate in new
activities with their pet Sims, such as traversing pet park obstacle courses,
visiting veterinarians, and playing games like fetch. For the 3DS, the control
method for selecting objects in the world has turned away from the stylus in
favor of the 3DS’s new slide pad, allowing for greater system stability while
using the 3DS’s 3D effects. The slide pad now controls a cursor that is used to
highlight objects. Other options such as managing inventory, customizing Sims,
and using Karma powers is handled using the touch screen menus. Sims 3 Pets
also works with the 3DS Street Pass system which allows Sims to be downloaded
via the Sims Exchange.
Sims 3 Pets adds a new perspective to play from with the
addition of the pet Sims. There are a plenty of new activities and features for
those who always wanted to have a pet or be a pet. Sims fans will be able to
get their hands on Sims 3 Pets when it hits stores on October 18 for the 3DS –
look for our full review then.
Oct 3, 2011