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The Sims 3 Pets: Hands-on!

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 14:25

Click read more below to read our hands-on article about The Sims 3 Pets! It includes a lot of screenshots, comics, animations and videos!

Enjoy!


The Sims 3 Pets: Hands-on!

We were invited to play The Sims 3 Pets at EA Netherlands. I had already seen and played The Sims 3 Pets on Gamescom 2011 and during the Sims 3 Pets Producer Tour. But I couldn't resist going to EA to play it once more. This time it wasn't an event like the other events. Several fansites were invited, but all the fansites got their own time slot, one computer per fansite, two hours to play and three people per fansite. I had asked my team members if they would like to join, but only ChEeTaH could make it. So I went to EA together with ChEeTaH. And of course Junior was with us as well.

I didn't have a clue what to do this time. I didn't feel like trying to find the unicorn. I understood several fansites had been trying to find it. I gave it a try for a few minutes but no more than that. Thought it was pretty useless since there was such a small chance at finding it. Instead I focussed on just one household and the neighborhood itself. And I don't regret that choice. Instead of a large preview we usually write, we now have a small story and snippets of what happened, along with a lot of funny screenshots, some animations and this time we also have a few videos! Enjoy. And be sure to comment when you're done reading. Wink

The Marshall's home:

The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains homes

So I decided to choose the Marshall household. Two adults (a man and a woman), their foal/horse GooGoo, puppy/dog BaBa and kitten/cat Oopsie-Daisy! All pets were babies when we started playing. But I soon decided to age (ahem, yes, I cheated) the cat and dog because they were limited in their interactions. Something else I should mention, I noticed that all the pets hated each other. Not sure if anyone else played with the household before me, but I didn't like this so I cheated friendship between all of them. This just unlocks more fun interactions.

I aged Oopsie-Daisy first:

The Sims 3 Pets: Oopsie-Daisy the cat aging from kitten to adult cat

And then it was time for BaBa as well:

The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog aging from puppy to adult dog

BaBa loooooves eating!

The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog

BaBa is a cute dog. She likes getting the newspaper:

The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog

BaBa also loves sitting on the chairs:

The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog

But BaBa also loves to chew on this toy. It helps the destroy meter, both dogs and cats have this, and if you do not fulfill this desire, they will destroy stuff like your Sim's furniture!






Like I mentioned before, BaBa and Oopsie-Daisy weren't the best of friends...

The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog and Oopsie-Daisy the cat The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog and Oopsie-Daisy the cat

But that soon changed after I did my best I cheated to improve the relationship. Wink

The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog and Oopsie-Daisy the cat The Sims 3 Pets: BaBa the dog and Oopsie-Daisy the cat

Cats and dogs love to destroy things... Should I do it, or not?

The Sims 3 Pets: Oopsie-Daisy the cat and the sofa

Gotta love cats...

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Just look at how small kitten Oopsie-Daisy and puppy BaBa are!

The Sims 3 Pets: Oopsie-Daisy the cat

Some more screenies of birds. We were able to choose between a couple of birds. We tried two different ones.

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Oopsie-Daisy sure loves playing with the bird toy.

The Sims 3 Pets: Oopsie-Daisy the cat playing with the toy bird

But you know. Not just toys... Cats and birds. What can I say about this? Well Oopsie-Daisy thinks the cockatoo tasted like chicken. Ahem!

The Sims 3 Pets: The Adventures of Birdie Marshall

OH HAI! I CAN HAZ BIRDIE TOY?

The Sims 3 Pets: Oopsie-Daisy the cat playing with bird toy The Sims 3 Pets: Oopsie-Daisy the cat playing with bird toy The Sims 3 Pets: Oopsie-Daisy the cat playing with bird toy The Sims 3 Pets: Oopsie-Daisy the cat playing with bird toy The Sims 3 Pets: Oopsie-Daisy the cat playing with bird toy The Sims 3 Pets: Oopsie-Daisy the cat playing with bird toy

Save meeee, please! Someone, aaargh! Translating: Bird toy trying to fly away!

The Sims 3 Pets: Desperate bird toy

Lazy cat is lazy... But yeah, Oopsie-Daisy loves this scratch post. I think I would too if I was a cat!

The Sims 3 Pets: Oopsie-Daisy the cat loves the scratch post The Sims 3 Pets: Oopsie-Daisy the cat loves the scratch post

While playing, I spotted a nursery upstairs. So this family has plans for the future? Anyway I finally came across the unicorn! Yes! The unicorn. In plush form! Hahaha. No I didn't see the real unicorn. But since I didn't get pictures of this last time, I decided to show you the cute plushies:

The Sims 3 Pets: Unicorn Plushie The Sims 3 Pets: Giraffe Plushie

And while I was there, Estela Marshall appeared, a ghost horse! She floated from the nursery down, through the walls and ceiling, to the kitchen and then outside. She went into the barn and started to possess a haystack!






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Estela the ghost horse and GooGoo seemed to know each other:

The Sims 3 Pets: Estela the ghost horse and GooGoo The Sims 3 Pets: Estela the ghost horse and GooGoo

Somehow the Sim is revolted by the ghost horse. Hello, have you looked in the mirror today? Leave the poor horse alone!

The Sims 3 Pets: Estela the ghost horse

So GooGoo the horse did a lot of running around town. I'm not really into horses, although you might think otherwise after seeing all the horse images in this hands-on report hahaha. But I just wanted to say that I do think it looks amazing.

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GooGoo the horse was feeling sleepy:

The Sims 3 Pets: Estela the ghost horse

But even ghost horses need sleep sometimes!

The Sims 3 Pets: Estela the ghost horse

Maybe this ghost horse wasn't ready to die. Because Estela was also eating hay in the barn!

The Sims 3 Pets: Estela the ghost horse The Sims 3 Pets: Estela the ghost horse

Funny thing is, Estela the ghost horse also appeared during the day.

The Sims 3 Pets: Estela Marshall the ghost horse The Sims 3 Pets: Estela Marshall the ghost horse The Sims 3 Pets: Estela Marshall the ghost horse The Sims 3 Pets: Estela Marshall the ghost horse The Sims 3 Pets: Estela Marshall the ghost horse





After some time I found out why Estela appeared in the nursery. It's because of this urn/box:

The Sims 3 Pets: Horse Urn Box

I spotted a couple of tiny animals in the wild. A bird and a chameleon!

The Sims 3 Pets: Chameleon The Sims 3 Pets: Chameleon

There are strays as well...

The Sims 3 Pets: Stray Dog

Besides the birds at home, we also added some other minor pets, such as the squirrel:

The Sims 3 Pets: Squirrel The Sims 3 Pets: Squirrel The Sims 3 Pets: Squirrel The Sims 3 Pets: Squirrel The Sims 3 Pets: Squirrel

Mister Squirrel having fun on the treadmill:






There are three different kind of turtles you can choose from. Here is one of them, the pond turtle:

The Sims 3 Pets: Turtle The Sims 3 Pets: Turtle

Appaloosa Plains, the new world in The Sims 3 Pets on PC/Mac, is a beautiful green neighborhood.

The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains

I love the houses in this town!

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Some even have a Victorian feel to them.

The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains homes The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains homes The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains homes The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains homes

That goes for the community lots as well.

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This is a wonderful neighborhood for animals. And you can see the houses match the neighborhood. There are barely any modern homes. Barely. There are a few though:

The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains Modern Homes The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains Modern Homes

Decoration around the neighborhood:

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The cemetery:

The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains Cemetery The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains Cemetery

The pet cemetery:

The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains Pet Cemetery The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains Pet Cemetery The Sims 3 Pets: Appaloosa Plains Pet Cemetery

Llamas are not welcome at the water bassin:

The Sims 3 Pets: No Llamas allowed!

Cat pond and dog pool:

The Sims 3 Pets: Dog Pool The Sims 3 Pets: Cat Pond

Some objects I spotted and wanted to share with you... On the kitchen counter there was a bag of food, and something that looks like a leash? Oh and the Marshall family had this hyper modern litter box as well! And just look at those cute paintings!

The Sims 3 Pets: Bag of pet food The Sims 3 Pets: Dog Leash? The Sims 3 Pets: Litter Box The Sims 3 Pets: Paintings

That pretty much concludes our hands-on! We hope you enjoyed it. If you are looking for a more informative preview about The Sims 3 Pets on PC/Mac, check out our Gamescom 2011 PC/Mac Pets preview or the Pets Producer Tour preview!

I would like to thank EA Netherlands for inviting us to play the game. I was already excited, I hope this hands on report helped our readers to get even more excited as well! The Sims 3 Pets will be in stores on October 18 in the USA and October 21 in the UK!

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Kathryn (not verified)

Love this! I can't wait for when it comes out! XD

Rosana
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Me too! Only a few more days! Wink

Anonymous (not verified)

Great Pictures. I can't wait to play in Appaloosa Plains. So the cat really ate the bird?

Rosana
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Thanks! As for the cat/bird comic. Yes, it really happened. I wasn't trying to be cruel. But I was curious if the cat could actually eat the bird and also curious about who would win the fight. There was a fight, the cat won. The bird disappeared and the cat had another memory, and a moodlet that said "tastes like chicken". I couldn't find the bird anymore, it wasn't in the inventory or anything and the bird tree also had "empty" when you hovered it with the mouse so. Yep, the bird was really gone.

Lori Cook (not verified)

This has Made me so much more Excited thank you for sharing wish I could have joined you in the Netherlands if you ever want extra help to try the EP out.. :junior:

Rosana
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I am glad that I can get you even more excited! I am too btw. Are you offering your help in general? Haha anyway if you'd ever feel serious about wanting to help out, we are still looking for people. If you like, you can also join our forums (hint hint). Wink :junior:

Anonymous (not verified)

Bring it on!!!!!

Rosana
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I take it you liked the screens and everything? Wink

Jensen A. (not verified)

Thanks a lot for sharing these great pics.
I feel like "Smallville" when I see the rabbitholes. I have to start to build a fitting laundry and fire department for this town.

Rosana
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My pleasure!
Creating some matching community lots sounds like a good idea. I think I'm going to make a few myself as well. :D

Anonymous (not verified)

:balloons: :junior: :doh: :unsure: :uhm: :-\ :yuck: :( :droopy: :P XD :DHappy

Anonymous (not verified)

Happy:D XD :woot: Wink:P :droopy: :( :yuck: :-\ :uhm: :unsure: :doh: :junior: :balloons:

loveSims (not verified)

It was amazing! Now I realy can't wait

Rosana
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Only a few more days now! :D

Shell (not verified)

:woot: Lmao that was the funniest preview I've ever read, poor Birdie Marshall, but interesting to know not even birds on a perch are safe from cats lol! How cute were Oopsy-Daisy, GooGoo and BaBba lol, love them!! Loved the ghost horse as well! LOL to the comment about the lady being disgusted over the horse, you're right she's much more disgusting herself in that outfit lol!! I've never been a horse person myself, but horses are definitely going to be the first pet I'll be playing, then followed by dogs lol!! Sooo cannot wait to play this!! XD

Rosana
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Haha thanks for your comment, lovely to read this sort of thing. Also glad most people can see the humor of the Birdie Marshall comic. Wink

I think my first family will have a large group of cats! I love cats so, makes sense. :lol:

Paul
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I think you had the time of your life, as well at the preview as writing this article. Nice!

Rosana
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Yes. it was lovely to play the game, obviously. :P Also a LOT of work to get the handson post together, but definitely worth it! Glad you enjoyed it. :woot:

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