Issue 94 Tuesday 25th October 2011

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Latest Updates

Two new videos, three new preview links and 42 new screenshots added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Pets” page

Reviews tab enabled on “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Pets” page with first reviews by Gaming Blend, Digital Spy and IGN

Latest News

Latest Pets Screenshots

Since last issue I've found a lot of new The Sims 3 Pets screenshots. Go to the game page to check them out -- they're the updates of Wednesday 19th October 2011 and Wednesday 12th October.
 > The Sims 3 Pets screenshots

First Pets Reviews

The first The Sims 3 Pets reviews are in. Firstly, Digital Spy rated it four stars out of five:

In summary, The Sims 3: Pets is proof that EA hasn’t run out of ideas for new creative content just yet. There was a very real danger that this expansion could have been a stale offering since it’s the third of its kind, but the addition of horses is a game-changer, and the option to take full control of your pets breathes new life into the experience. It’s questionable how much mileage we’re going to get from The Sims 3 from here on in, but this one will keep the fans happy for some time.

  > “‘The Sims 3: Pets’ review (PC)” at Digital Spy

 Gaming Blend didn’t give a rating, but went into quite a lot of detail:

The Sims 3: Pets is well thought out, well executed and a whole lot of fun. It’s evident that the people at EA responsible for putting this pack together put a lot of thought into the animals featured, giving dogs, cats and horses their own purposes within the game and including traits and behaviors that are amusingly similar to those of real animals.

  > “The Sims 3 Pets Review: Dogs, Cats And Horses Rule The Latest Sims Expansion Pack” at Gaming Blend

IGN gave it 7.5 out of 10, a score described as “Good”:

After The Sims 3: Generations and The Sims Medieval: Pirates & Nobles, I was wondering if EA was out of ideas and had lost its touch with Sims expansions. Thankfully, The Sims 3: Pets puts the series and franchise back on track and continues to make its virtual worlds even more fleshed out. As always, this expansion isn’t going to make any non-Sims player a convert, but if you’re still enjoying your digital families, this is a good expansion to pick up.

  > “The Sims 3: Pets Review” at IGN

The Metascore at Metacritic, giving a weighted average score based currently on six reviews, stands at 78 out of 100 (“Generally favorable reviews”).
 > “The Sims 3: Pets” at Metacritic

DualShockers Interviews Graham Nardone About Horses And Unicorns In Pets

DualShockers has posted a video interview with The Sims 3 Pets producer Graham Nardone focusing on horses and unicorns:

Pets Producer Blogs Posted

A couple of The Sims 3 Pets producer blogs have been posted on TheSims3.com. In part one the direct control of pets is discussed:

In developing this new way to play, we had to imagine what it was like to be an animal. What motivates a dog to fetch a stick? Why do cats like to scratch up the sofa? Do horses actually like jumping? After spending many hours at our local SPCAs, dog pounds, horse ranches, and at home with our own pets, we got together and shared notes on how animals interacted with each other, how they interacted with us, and what we felt were some key moments we wanted to include in the game to make the experience of playing as a pet as authentic as possible.

  > “The Sims 3 Pets Producer Blog for PC – Part 1″ at TheSims3.com

Part two focuses on the limited edition pet store and Appaloosa Plains:

For the first time since the launch of The Sims 3, we’ve created completely new buildings to give this town a look and feel all its own. What was once a sleepy ranching community turned into a bustling hub of activity as city slickers arrived with their money and a taste for country living.

  > “The Sims 3 Pets Producer Blog for PC – Part 2″ at TheSims3.com

Iams Pet Starter Kit Now Available

An “Iams Pet Starter Kit” is now available to download from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand versions of The Sims 3 Store. Here’s an advert for it:

Do you love your pets? Yes? Well we do too! So do our friends at ! That’s why they’ve put together a wonderful starter kit for you and your new pet to enjoy together! Show your pet how much you love them by giving them the gift of their very own dog house, pet bowl, ergonomic pet bed, smart chew toy, pet Food and your very own vet certificate!

If it’s not officially available in your country, but you want it, there doesn’t seem to be anything stopping you from switching to the English > United States version of the website and getting it then…
 > Iams Pet Starter Kit at TheSims3.com

Losing His Home In Firestorm Inspired Will Wright To Create The Sims

Will Wright was inspired to create The Sims after he lost his home in the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm:

The process of assessing his losses and material needs after his home burned down set Wright to thinking about the value of possessions and the promise they hold of fulfillment. Having always been passionate about architecture, he began to develop an idea for a game where players would simulate daily activities in a suburban household, including building a home from scratch: The Sims was born.

  > “Inspired to make The Sims after losing a home” at Berkeleyside

EA Parodies US Presidential Candidate Herman Cain’s Tax Plan

You may have heard that US Presidential Candidate Herman Cain has proposed a tax plan that matches the default settings in SimCity 4. EA certainly have, as he’s the subject of their latest The Sims 3 parody video:

Current Poll Extended To 1st September

As I still haven’t received a sufficient number of votes, the poll has been extended again to 1st November. If I’ve received enough votes by then, that’s the date on which the results will be revealed. If you still haven’t said whether you bought Barnacle Bay, please vote now to the right of any page.
 > Go to the website to vote

Learn About Horses And Pet Behaviour In Pets

EA UK has posted a new feature on their The Sims 3 Facebook page focusing on horse care, riding, equestrian centres and pet behaviour in The Sims 3 Pets:

Riding a horse is a great new way to travel, but unlike Sims they cannot travel everywhere. Horses are not able to walk up or down stairs, use the elevators, or walk through doors. If a Sim riding a horse is commanded to go to a location that they cannot travel to, the horse will route to the furthest location they possibly can and the Sims will dismount and continue towards the destination.

  > “Horse Care, Riding, Equestrian Centres and Pet Behaviour” at The Sims 3 (UK) on Facebook

See The Producers Talk About Pets In New Trailer

EA has released a new The Sims 3 Pets trailer in which the producers talk about some of the features. It’s mostly about the PC version with the console bits clearly marked, so it’s well worth a watch:

Discuss this news on the website!

Current Poll Results
The next non-free town (Hidden Springs) has been announced for The Sims 3 Store, but did you buy the last one (Barnacle Bay)?

Yes:

50%

No:

50%

Go to the website to vote!

Results were correct when this News Email was sent

Old Poll Results
Do you hire a maid in The Sims games?

It's one of the first things my Sims do when they move in!:

51.61%

When I think my Sims are earning enough money:

35.48%

My Sims can clean after themselves thanks!:

6.45%

I've never played a The Sims game:

6.45%

 One poll choice explanation - go here to read it

Ran between Saturday 14th July 2007 and Saturday 11th August 2007

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