Sacramento’s ABC 10 News – Sims 3 Pets E3 Impressions

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Yes, Sacramento’s Channel 10 News (ABC)what is up with the news reviews lately? – have added their own impressions on the Sims 3 Pets game & also have a video Q & A with Producer (for console) Michael Cox.

It seems that from what was shown at the demo @E3, that there is a bit of disappointment.  Seems that not all breeds of dogs & cats are available in the game (even though there are over 100).  It was mentioned that they are missing such common & popular breeds like the Pit Bull.


They also mention the fact that Pets are not just narrowed down in real life to only Cats, Dogs & Horses.  It also seems that small animals will not be included. Although this may be preliminary – seeing as the PC version is not as far along in the development process as the console game – it is more than likely fact.

Below is the short article & further down is the Q&A Video.


Ask almost anybody and they’ll probably tell you “Life is better with pets”.  What about simulated life?  Are EA’s Sims better with pets?  If the demonstration Electronic Arts gave is any indication, the answer to that would also be a “yes” (mostly).

The Sims 3 Pets, which will be coming out on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC (with a mobile version coming out on the Nintendo 3DS) this winter.  With Pets, players can not only have their sims adopt a feline, canine, or equine, but also create the beast seemingly from the ground up.  On top of that, players will be able to play as the pet itself — experiencing not only the simulated life of the humans that populate the game but the animals’ lives as well.

The Xbox 360 version includes Kinect support with voice commands.  PC and PS3 (with Move) players won’t have voice support even though both platforms could support it.  Furthermore, horses only exist on the PC version.

The game, though, raises some small complaints based upon what was shown at the demonstration at the 2011 E3 Expo.  While there are a number of different breeds of dogs and cats (the horses were not show, only mentioned) — not all breeds are included in the game.  Sure, there are probably more breeds of each than the programmers wanted to include, but even common and popular breeds like Pit Bulls are absent.  Also, real life pets these days are no longer commonly restricted to just the three genus that are included in the game.  Pet lovers that would like to adopt ferrets, chinchillas, rabbits, and others are being left out of the fold.

There is much more that could have been done with The Sims 3 Pets, but the game still seems like a good addition to EA’s very popular The Sims 3 line of games.