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Written by CriCri & Paperpin Friday, 16 September 2011 15:00
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Preview of The Sims 3 Pets - Our impressions
The Sims 3 Pets Console
The Sims 3 Pets for PC/Mac
Pets
Horses, Dogs and Cats
Minor Pets and Unicorns
What's New For Sims
Buy/Build Mode
Questions to the producer and credits
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In the beautiful venue of the "Black Room" at Hotel Diana Majestic in Milan, the showcase of The Sims 3 Pets took place last Friday, September 9th. We are very thankful to EA Italy, especially Fabio Cerutti and Luciana Boscaratto, for holding the event and to Liliana (Eden from EdenStyle) for inviting us. As usual, we had our great team of fellow mates: Daniela from DanielaSims, Giuseppe from the official forum, Simone from MondoSims, Luca from the EISSC forum and Kat from EdenstyleMagazine.
The event was dedicated to The Sims 3 Pets for console and PC/Mac, so there was a producer for each platform: Ken Ogasawara for the console version and, as anticipated, Graham Nardone for the PC/Macone. We'd also like to thank them for being so nice and for making themselves available to all of our questions. It was definitely a great day!

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But no more chatting, we know what YOU want to know! The event lasted like 4 hours or so, and yes, we were able to play the game ourselves both on console and PC (actually, being a little clueless with consoles, we only tried the PC version, but Giuseppe from the official board made quite a good overview of the game) and take pictures. We have a lot to say and show, and as the other European countries, we've been on NDA until today.

We hope you'll like our article and are looking forward to play the game again in October!



The Sims 3 Pets console

2011.09.09 ts3pets_milan_16The event started with a short preamble of Product Manager Fabio Cerutti who introduced Ken Ogasawara, producer on The Sims 3 Pets Console. Ogasawara showed us the game on XBOX360, introducing the story of poor Tiger Boy, who was incredibly sad for the death of his beloved Tiger Dog. Tiger Boy was in the graveyard with his other pets, which were trying to cheer him up.

The location led us to see a quick overview of the new Mystery feature, which is exclusive for the console version, and some of the new Karma Powers.
Tiger Cat, in fact, was trying to solve a mystery by catching the ghost of a Sim, so we had the chance to see a few new mystery quests in the Mystery Journal: The Pirate Treasure, The Dog Says For Summer, Just 9 lives to live (for cats only), Necessity is the mother of invention.

Also, we saw a few dog tricks while the cute white puppy of Tiger Boy was trying to relief him by playing around. Eventually, with the use of the Divine Intervention Karma Power, we brought Tiger Dog back to life and everyone lived happily ever after.

If you're into console and liked The Sims 3 for this platform, you'll love this new game (which is NOT an expansion for the base game but a standalone product, which basically includes all the features of The Sims 3 Console). There are also exclusive traits and 100+ breeds (but no horses).
You can find Giuseppe's review of The Sims 3 Pets Console here (Italian only).



The Sims 3 Pets for PC/Mac

2011.09.09 ts3pets_milan_20Right after the brief demo of The Sims 3 Pets Console, producer Graham Nardone introduced us to the quiet and lovely venues of Appaloosa Plains. The game started with a pre-made households (but we don't know if it will be available in the final game as well) which was made up of three Sims (two adults and a little girl) and four pets: a cat, a dog, a horse and a unicorn!

The wife was trying to ride her horse, but she wasn't really experienced in riding so she jumped on the animal backwards! That was really fun to see!
ts3 ep5_preview_pannellosimMeanwhile, her husband was at the dog park with their cute Scooby Doo dog (we REALLY mean Scooby Doo, same breed, same look) and their girl was in the cat jungle with Garfield (her red-striped cat) and her green bird. Last but not least, their unicorn was wandering around on the hills.

This demo quickly introduced us to some of the new features, like the Collections, the interactions between Sims and pets, some of the new skills and stuff. Then, we were allowed to play the game ourselves, while producers were available to answers any eventual question.

Appaloosa Plains

As you will see from the many screenshots we took, the town looks very peaceful and quiet. It has this country-western feeling that fits perfectly with horses, we wished we had more time to see all the households and explore every corner of the neighborhood! Graham Nardone told us that all the venues and rabbitholes were given a new look for this town, and in fact some of them look really good (the hospital for example is very nice).
The community lots and public places of Appaloosa Plains are pretty mainly grouped together, meaning that in one lot you can find more than a rabbithole. Here's a list of some of the new arrangement of the town.
  • Science facility + Hospital
  • Supermarket + Bistrot
  • Business and Journalism headquarters + Restaurant
  • SPA + Library
  • City Hall + Police station + Military base
Also, even the professions' headquarters have been renovated and of course will be included in Appaloosa Plains if you have Ambitions installed. Obviously, you can also place these renewed lots and venues in your old neighborhoods to give them a new look.

The Sims 3 Pets brings in four new pets-related community places: the dog park, the cat jungle, the Equestrian Center and the training field.
The dog park is a very little lot, with grass, flowers and a cute bone-shaped pool, where dogs can jump in and swim. Graham tried to show us the "big dog splash", that is, when the animal jumps in the pool, splashes a lot of water around that can soak a Sim. We had a goodts3 ep5_preview_Appaloosa_11 dog, so no water ;)
The cat jungle, instead, is a big place with bushes, trees and many cat objects (cat condos and other feline-related stuff). These lots are not a prerogative of each animal type, meaning that dogs can go to the cat jungle and vice-versa. They would just find getting along with each other a bit harder than usual, but they'll be fine.

As for the Equestrian Center, it is a rabbithole and your Sims can go there to enter a competition, buy a horse or "offer" it as a stallion! The training field, instead, is a playable place where you can train with your horse, if you don't have enough room to place obstacles at home.
You can get an idea of what the neighborhood looks like by giving a look at our pictures of Appaloosa Plains!

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Pets

Pets are the big deal of this EP and basically everything introduced is for and about them. And it totally worths it. In particular, horses look amazing and are really really well-done. They look very realistic.
Cats and dogs are cute too, but maybe we're a bit used to them (they somehow resemble the pets of The Sims 2) and we find their eyes a bit too cartoonish, maybe for the huge pupil. Also the fur looks a bit too fake. Nonetheless, there are so many customization options and breeds that you can really make the pet of your dream. Really, we can't even begin to explain how rich is the Create a Pet in Advanced mode.

But before that, let's explain the basics.
ts3 ep5_preview_adozionetelefonoThere are many ways you can adopt a pet, it just depends on the animal you want. As for cats and dogs, you cannot buy them. Yep, they're not on sale, nobody trades in pets in The Sims! What you can do, instead, is adopting a stray pet by creating a relationship with the animal and gaining its trust. It's a bit tougher than the other ways but it gives much more satisfaction!
You can still adopt a pet through your phone or computer, or you can simply go to the Map view and check if one of your neighbors has kitties or puppies to give. There's a new orange tag that shows in which lot you can find pets for adoption. Graham told us that you can also receive phone calls from people who have animals up for adoption and we guess there will be something similar on the newspaper as well.
As for horses, you can adopt a wild horse (in the same way of cats and dogs) or you can buy one at the Equestrian Center. Yes, you can purchase and sell a horse (making quite a lot of money). The more your horse is trained and has good traits, the more money you'll get from selling it. Also, if your horse has foals, they can have their genetics and skills passed down, so you can get your "horse farm" with great animals to sell.

Anyway, no matter what kind of pet you buy, there's a limit to the number of animals and Sims you can have in your household. The overall number of members per family has been increased from 8 to 10, with a maximum amount of 8 Sims or 6 pets. This means that as long as you stick with that limit, you can create a household with 8 Sims and 2 pets, 4 Sims and 6 pets, and so on.

Create a Pet

Last but not least, you can create a new pet in the Create a Sim! In the main view, the button to launch the Create a Sim (there is no Create a Pet officially, it's just a "players way" to call the screen where you can create an animal) now shows also a little dog, and when you enter the CAS you can choose which animal to create. Remember you can only make adult or elder pets there, no kitties or puppies or foals.
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NOTE: If you make a new family with one or more pets, the difficulty level will be increased as well as the funds of the household.

And here's the great part. In the CAP (let's call it this way for the sake of clarity!) you can customize your pet in every detail, from the nose to the tail, from the ears to the different eye colors (and you can choose the color of the inner part, the outer part and so on. It's richer than the Create a Sim). The main tab allows you to choose a name and a surname for your animal, gender and age. There's a name generator which gives amusing combinations, we had a great time creating random names! And this works for Sims too!
Then you can choose the breed and the body shape from the pre-made options, traits and voice. The breeds we've seen aren't the final ones, but still there were 50+ of them for cats only! As for the body areas, there are tons of sliders from the head to the ears, from the paws to the tail.

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Anyway, if you find this all is not enough (and we grant it's already a lot), you can enter the Advanced Mode (see pic above) and customize whatever you want. Literally.
The advanced options reminded us of the Create a Pattern tool, as there are layers, stickers and several sliders to choose from. For example, you can edit the mane of your pet as you prefer, say if you want to put a black spot on your cat's tail, you can choose the tail area, select the spot and drag 'n drop it on the part of the tail you prefer. It's really great, you can also choose the color, opacity and so on. We were really impressed.
There are also several mane styles, like stripes, dots, skeletons...! Here's a quick overview of the different styles we saw, but it can really take hours to create the pet of your dream. It's amazing!

And now the other big news of the game, pet traits! There are 30 of them, and some are exclusive of a pet type. Each pet can have up to 3 traits, but they can also lose some. Here below the full list!
avventuroso
Adventurous: 
Adventurous Pets are very curious and love to explore.



aggressivo
Aggressive:
 
Aggressive pets aren't inherently mean, they usually just have a bad attitude when interacting with other pets. A bad attitude that usually leads to fights that is...

agile
Agile:
 
Agile horses are nimble, strong, and love to jump. They make awesome Show Jumping competitors but get bored if they don't stay active.


coraggioso
Brave:
 Brave horses have an extra helping of courage to help them deal with the chaos of sprinklers, fireworks, burglar alarms, and other terror-inducing everyday objects.

stordito
Clueless:
 
Clueless pets tend to forget what they're doing and are easily distracted. They don't learn skills and traits too quickly, but they do get along well with Absent-Minded Sims.

distruttivo
Destructive:
 
Whether destroying furniture or digging holes in the yard Destructive Pets are sure to cause chaos wherever they are!


veloce
Fast:
 Fast horses are the speed demons of the animal kingdom. They love to gallop and have a natural talent for racing, but they need plenty of exercise to stay satisfied.

amichevole
Friendly: 
Gli animali amichevoli non solo vanno più d'accordo con gli altri animali, ma di solito hanno una relazione migliore con i loro Sim.


geniale
Genius:
 
Genius pets are always thinking on their paws (or hooves). They learn skills and new traits quickly and get along well with other Genius pets and Sims.


odiasaltare
Hates jumping:
 
Some horses prefer to keep their hooves on the ground. When a horse hates jumping, it will refuse to jump more often and do worse at Show Jumping and Cross-Country competitions. It may even take its anger out on your shiny new jump training obstacles!

fobiaacqua
Hydrophobic:
 
Hydrophobic dogs have a natural aversion for anything that relates to water. When in the water, they are definitely not happy.

cacciatore
Hunter:
 Pets with the Hunter trait are excellent at stalking and catching prey.


frenetico
Hyper:
 Hyper pets are super active and never like staying in one place. They are able to build energy much more quickly and have a slower energy decay.


indipendente
Independent:
 
Independent pets not only prefer to be on their own, but have more fun when playing on their own rather than in big groups or other social situations.

pigro
Lazy:
 
Lazy pets just love to lie down or stay in one place as they get tired easily.


amanuotare
Likes swimming:
 
Contrary to popular belief, not all breeds of dogs like to swim. However, when given this trait, dogs just can't get enough satisfaction from taking a dip!

fedele
Loyal:
 A dog is a Sim's best friend" is a saying that certainly holds true! Loyal dogs love spending time and interacting with their Sims, and even seem to learn skills faster than other dogs.

ordinato
Neat:
 
Neat Pets are naturally clean and love to be bathed.



nervoso
Nervous:
 Nervous horses see danger everywhere and can be startled by the most insignificant things. They tend to get along well with Neurotic Sims, who have the same problem.

rumoroso
Noisy:
 Noisy Pets are very vocal and provide a special accompaniment when Sims are playing instruments.


nondistruttivo
Non Destructive:
 Non-Destructive Pets are very gentle, and never destroy furniture or dig holes in the yard.

obbidiente
Obedient:
 Obedient horses are more willing to do what a Sim wants than other horses. They'll usually go along with a Sim's wishes, even if they don't know that Sim very well.

irascibile
Ornery: 
Ornery horses are stubborn and don't deal well with Sims. They don't like to be approached by Sims they don't know - or even Sims they do know, for that matter.

sozzo
Piggy: 
Piggy Pets are voracious eaters who donít mind munching garbage or drinking from the toilet.


giocoso
Playful:
 
Playful Pets always want to have fun and have a happy-go-lucky attitude.


orgoglioso
Proud: 
Proud pets think they're better than others and make their own image a top priority; they can't stand having low hygiene.


tranquillo
Quiet:
 
Quiet Pets do not make much noise.



timido
Shy:
 
Pets with the Shy trait prefer and are the happiest when around their Sim. Being around other pets and Sims make them a bit nervous.


volubile
Skittish:
 
Skittish Pets have a nervous disposition and are easily startled.



senzaallenamentoUntrained: 
Untrained horses aren't accustomed to having saddles and Sims on their backs. They need to spend some time saddled and being ridden by a trusted Sim to accept any rider.


Pets also have lifetime rewards but NOT aspirations.
  • Never Nauseous: Pets become immune from getting nauseous and vomiting.
  • Vomit Machine: Here's a great way to get your owner's attention. Gain the ability to vomit at will.
  • Best Behavior: Save your furniture! Save your house! This reward will make it so your pet will never scratch or bite furniture, roll in puddles, or get into the trash and kitty litter. Of course unless you really want them to.
  • Steel Bladder for Pets: Never again worry about those fretful accidents. Pets with Steel Bladders lose the urge to pee.
  • Fertility Treatment for Pets: Puppies and kittens galore! This guarantees large litters for your pet.
  • Beloved Animal: Your pet gains more social fulfillment from interacting with humans.
  • Alpha Pet: Your pet is gifted with heightened senses when searching for prey or collectibles. Results from hunting are greatly improve
  • Attitude Adjustment: Have you ever wondered how your favorite pet would be if they were loud instead of quiet, or neat instead of piggy? Go ahead and choose new traits for your pet.
  • Pet Hygienator: Landgraab Industries' latest solution in high technology pet hygiene. Use it to keep your dogs and cats squeaky clean and free from fleas.
  • Super Smart Pet: Your pet becomes super smart and can learn skills much faster while making praising and scolding much more effective
  • Bottomless Pet Bowl: Give your pet a pet bowl that provides high quality sustenance and never needs refilling
  • Self Cleaning Box Stall: Every pet deserves a clean place to live. Give your horse a box stall that never needs to be cleaned.
  • Clone Voucher for Pets: The Pet that purchases this reward gets a Clone Voucher. Redeem it at the Science Facility to have a young clone of your Pet join your household! You cannot purchase this reward if your household is full.
  • Young Again potion for Pets: This potion will magically turn back the time on your pet's life. Here's to starting over!
You can also set your pet's free will and life span (thanks to SwwTSR and SimTimes.de):

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About free will you can turn free will on/off for pets and choose another option for sims. For example, on for pets and off for Sims.

You can edit your pet's appearance anytime, by clicking on the proper option in your pet's menu. You cannot change traits or body shape, but you can refresh their styles and colors.
Last but not least, pets can die of old age only. They will have tombstones and you can see their ghosts at night. Let's take a closer look at each kind of animal!



Horses

ts3 ep5_preview_03Horses are the most awaited pets ever. Players have asked for them and finally here they are! As we said before, they look really good, and it's great to see them in the game. Of course, they're very big and when you click somewhere when using a horse, it may look a bit weird to see such a huge head :D
As many of you already know, pets' needs are different from Sims', and each pet has their own. Here's the list of horse needs:
  • Hunger
  • Thirst
  • Training
  • Bladder
  • Energy
  • Social
There's a number of interactions for horses, they can walk, run, eat, play and so on, but they also have special skills: jumping and racing.
You can train your horse at home, if you have enough room to place obstacles, or you can go to the training field and train with your animal. As they improve their skills, they can enter competitions and win money and trophies. These take place in the Equestrian Center, so you can't see them in action but will be notified the results. There are MANY competitions and shows you can enter, and many of them are named after a popular character of the game.

There's a lot of things you can do with your horse, you can even use it to go around the town instead of your car/bike. They can also befriend other pets, even cats or dogs. They're very sweet and can be easily startled, so be careful what you do and where you take them. They also suffer from being saddled for a lot of time and if their hooves are too dirty.

You can build a stall or a barn for your horses, if you have enough room in your lot, but it's not mandatory: horses only need their hitching posts where they can drink, eat and sleep (they sleep standing of course). The post is also used by horses to woohoo and have foals.

As for the feeding part, horses eat hay and vegetables, so you'll have to keep an eye on your garden, especially on carrots (which, for the record, are the new harvestable of the game). Horses also love licking salt! And keep an eye on the hay stacks in your yard, as dogs, cats and Sims love plaing with hay and breaking stacks!

Dogs

Dogs are a Sim's best friends. They're loyal, sweet and playful and Sims love them. They're great companions and would do anything to make their owners happy. Dogs make friends with Sims much easier than cats, and their relationship is long-lasting.

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Dogs have different needs from cats and horses and there are two sizes of dogs you can create:
  • Bladder
  • Energy
  • Fun
  • Hunger
  • Social
  • Destruction
Dogs, as well as cats, can be ordered to guard the house or an object, but they have even more abilities. Dogs can hunt and play tricks! We'll cover the hunting part in the next paragraph, as even cats can hunt, but dogs do it in a different way: they can dig and find bones and old treasures!
As for the tricks, dogs can stand, sit, roll over, shake, talk and play dead. Sims can go to the stadium and enter a trick competition with their dogs.

Also, dogs are the only pets that can swim and they love doing that! They also love walking with their owners, and they just go insane when Sims take the leash out of their pocket (yes, when they go for a walk they have a leash).

As for pets items, there are some objects that are identical for dogs and cats. We saw a doghouse and a cathouse which look exactly the same, but dogs cannot enter into a cat's and vice-versa. It may be helpful to change the color of each pet house ;)
The same thing happens for bowls, they look the same but cat will not drink or eat from a dog's and so on.

Dogs can have puppies and you can put them up for adoption if you don't want to keep them. We know there are some interactions between toddler and puppies but we didn't tried them as there weren't toddlers in our household.

Moreover, dogs can have fleas. It's also quite easy to have them if you spend a lot of time outside! Pets cannot get sick but they can have itching everywhere!

Cats

Finally cats! We love them, Graham loves them, Sims love them! They come in only one size, but are fully customizable as any other "major pet". Here you can see our SimsCri catwith purple stripes and different eye colors. So sweet!

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And here there are their needs:
  • Hunger
  • Bladder
  • Fun
  • Energy
  • Social,
  • Scratching 
Cats cannot learn tricks but they can go hunting, and in a different way from dogs. Cats, in fact, can stalk and catch preys, that they can eat or store in their inventories to give as a gift to their owners. Preys can be birds, snakes, rodents, lizards, turtles, fishes and bugs.

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NOTE: If your cat is particulary hungry, he can eat his pray getting a positive moodlet "Tastes like chicken".

Cats are very sweet, we saw a kitty showing some love to her owner, it was SO cute! We were all like "AAAAAAWWWWW" (Graham included, of course). They can be very clean and neat, but they can also jump on the furniture or hide under sofas and tables. We'll definitely play with them a lot! Many items for cat recall The Sims 2's, but there's a new cat carrier we really liked! There's also a cute interaction between pets and Sims, where the owner uses a laser light and the kitty tries to catch it.

Cats can have kitties and of course, you can put them up for adoption.

Misc.

  • Dogs and cats can have litters, while horses only have a foal per time.
  • Horses cannot walk on the stairs.
  • Puppies and kitties cannot walk on the stairs, while adult dogs and cats can.
  • Cats cannot jump on a tree.
  • Cats cannot learn tricks. They're for dogs only.
  • There are no pet careers.
  • Pets have memories!
  • When pets meet special creatures, depending on their traits they may get startled or not, but they'll get along anyway.
  • Celebrity pets will probably be famous as well!




Minor Pets

Together with cats, dogs and horses, The Sims 3 Pets also features minor pets, that you can adopt but cannot control. There are several kinds of minor pets: snakes, birds, lizards, turtles, fishes, rodents, available in several breeds (there are spawners for them in the buydebug). We didn't have enough time to play with them actually, but we did see you can keep your birds in your inventory when you go out, for example.
Some of them can also be kept in a terrarium, here's what they look like:

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And also, there's a new ant farm your kids will probably love (we find the ant size a bit creepy but whatever!). You can also watch "ant in action" here.

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There are also wild animals which you cannot adopt: deers and raccoons. You can interact with them but won't be able to add to your family. We didn't meet them though. Together with them there are also stray pets like cats, dogs and wild horses.

Unicorn

Beautiful, shining and magical: the unicorn is the new special creature of The Sims 3 Pets. It can be considered as a wild animal but despite raccoons and deers, you can adopt it and add it to your household.
We played with a family that already had a unicorn so we cannot actually explain how you can find one, but we guess it will be similar to any other wild pet.

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The unicorn we saw was the same of other demos: a two-sided animals with a "My Little Pony look" on one side (white with pink and blue stars) and devilish on the other (black with red flames). Anyway, you can edit your unicorn's look anytime, by clicking on the Edit Saddle option (just like a horse).

Being a magical creature, the unicorn has superpowers (which can also be influenced by its traits) and when it walks, it is followed by some kind of stream of rainbows and twinkles. The horn of the animal changes its color depending on the animal's action: if it's starting a fire, it will be red. If it's blessing the flora, it will be green and so on.

Unicorns have the ability to: start/extinguish a fire, bless or curse a plant, bless or curse a Sim, teleport (even with a Sim on its back).
Their motives are the same of horses, but instead of the green bars, theirs are shining white. They can also have little ones, even with horses.

We had much fun with our unicorn as it started to act quite silly during the game: the garden was on fire and guess what? It started rolling over the ground! We also had the chance to see it peeing...pets are blurred out too!





What's New For Sims

Although this expansion pack is mainly focussed on pets, there's something new for Sims too. First off, new clothing and hairstyles! You can have an overview of the new CAS contentbelow:

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And if you're not satisfied with your Sim's appearance, you can now go to the hospital and get a plastic surgery!

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Spicy news: Sims can now woohoo in the hay sheaf! Watch our video below to get an idea of what it looks like (there is also a country woohoo music that we haven't been able to record).

Traits

Also, 4 new traits were introduced to affect the relationship between Sims and animals:
amanteanimaliAnimal lover (incompatible with Cat Person, Dog Person, Equestrian): Sims with the Animal Lover trait love all members of the animal kingdom and have special benefits when interacting with Pets.
gattofiloCat Person (incompatible with Animal Lover): Sims with the Cat Person trait are happiest when they are surrounded by multitudes of felines.
cinofiloDog Person (incompatible with Animal Lover): Sims with the Dog Person trait have a an extra special relationship with their dogs.
equestreEquestrian (incompatible with Animal Lover): Equestrian Sims love horses, and horses love them back! The mutual equine affection makes these Sims naturals at handling and training horses.

There is no "Hates animals" trait, as people at EA didn't want something bad to happen to pets.

Lifetime Aspirations

There are also new aspirations, obviously animal-related:
  • The Cat Herder: You love all things feline related. So it's no surprise that your only goal in life is to befriend as many cats as Simlishly possible! In a past life, you may have possibly been a cat, which would explain why you have this undying love for them! -> Become friends with 15 cats
  • The Fairy Tale Finder: Why settle for a regular pet when you can have one of the most enigmatic, charismatic, and mythical animals to ever exist? The sheer presence of a Unicorn inspires an aura of tranquility and mysticism. Not many Sims can say they've seen one, let alone have one be part of their family. So if you ever come across one - it'll be worth your while to make that unicorn a member of your family. -> Adopt a Unicorn
  • The Canine Companion: You know that saying, dogs are a Sim's best friend? Not only do you believe it - that is the motto you live by. But why limit yourself to just one best friend. You want to befriend as many dogs as you can to not only show the world that dogs are a Sim's best friend, but how they are the most amazing animals in the entire world! -> Become friends with 15 number of dogs
  • The Ark Builder: There is no such thing as having too many pets. The more pets you have, the happier you are. The same can be said for your pets as well. It brings you and your pets joy when another animal joins your growing herd. Some Sims may think this is an unhealthy obsession, but to you, Sim or animal, they're all part of your growing family. -> Have 2 cats, dogs, horses, birds, lizards, turtles, rodents, snakes, butterflies, and beetles
  • The Jockey: Lightweight and agile, the Jockey is the driving force when it comes to Horseback Riding. To reach actual Jockey status, one must dedicate oneís life to serving and being one with their horse and their various trainers. The path to becoming a full-fledged Jockey is not an easy task and requires intense training, competing in rigorous competitions, and the will to win. -> Reach Level 10 of Riding Skill
  • The Animal Rescuer: You have a soft spot for animals of all shapes and sizes. To see one being mistreated, abandoned, or neglected breaks your heart. That is why you've made it a personal mission to adopt as many pets as you can to help make their world a little brighter. -> Adopt 6 Strays
  • The Zoologist: While being able to obtain pets through various ways, there is no greater self-satisfaction for an avid animal lover than to go out into the wild, and bring home a native of the animal kingdom. Animals born and bred in the wild have different challenges and responsibilities as opposed to regular house pets, but that won't discourage you one bit! -> Collect 20 pets in the wild. (Minor Pets Only)

Lifetime Rewards

Then the lifetime rewards (too bad we forgot to check their prices):
  • Raised by wolves: Gain more social fulfillment from interacting with pets.
  • Animal expert: Can't seem to ever get tired of your pets? This reward makes it so dogs, cats, and horses live much longer lives. Pets kept in a terrarium and birds are also less likely to die. Dogs, cats, and horses live much longer lives. Pets kept in a terrarium and birds are also less likely to die.

Misc.

Sims have the new Riding ability, which helps them with equestrian competition, and there are no new careers for them. Also, only teenage or older Sims can ride a horse.
Last but not least, there are new kinds of music: country, r&b, songwriters.

icona ep5And oh, before it's too late! The game's icon should look like this (we don't know if it's the definitive one, we took it from collections and buymode)!



Buy/Build Mode

Many things were added to the Buy/Build Mode. First of all, the new Essential for Animalscategory (this is translated from Italian), where you can find all the items your four-legged friends need. There are bowls, carriers, toys and houses, all divided into tabs for each kind of pet. There are also new building items like barn doors and other stall-related objects.

ts3 ep5_preview_buymode_pets ts3 ep5_preview_08 ts3 ep5_preview_04

As for Sims, there are some new items as well (we love the ice-creams truck!). We saw (but we didn't check each category, not enough time!):
  • 2 desks
  • 2 counters
  • 2 wardrobes
  • 2 end tables
  • 3 dining tables
  • 1 coffee table
  • 1 sink
  • 1 toilet
  • 2 bathtubs
  • 1 fridge
  • 1 computer
  • 1 dishwasher
  • 2 single beds
  • 1 double bed
  • 2 dining chairs
  • 2 armchairs
  • 1 fence
  • 1 gate
  • 2 columns
  • 2 double doors
  • 6 normal doors
  • 7 windows
  • 3 arches
  • 3 fireplaces
  • 6 trees
  • 4 bushes
The big deal of the B/B Mode, anyway, is the return of collections! You can now create your own folders with your contents divided as you prefer. There are no pre-made collections, so you'll have to create new ones from scratch. There are many iconsyou can choose from and can edit the folder anytime.

ts3 ep5_preview_collezioni

Of course, we couldn't miss the Buydebug. Since there's a new folder for the pet stuff, the buydebug's is now placed outside the grid, on the top right of the folder area. There are many items like the Pet Hygienator, minor pets generators and much more. There are also the new gnomes, amd in add to magic gnomes there are also 3 gnomes that can help you keeping wild animals or unwanted pets away from your yard.



A couple of questions to Graham Nardone

2011.09.09 ts3pets_milan_13During the event we had the chance to ask a couple of questions to producer Graham Nardone about what he thinks of the game so far. We asked for his 3 favorite (and in his own opinion fundamental) things in an expansion pack, and he replied that his main focus is always to fulfill players' requests and bring new concepts for the game.
We also asked him what, in his opinion, is still missing in The Sims 3 and his answer was that he doesn't think there's really something missing, but they always look forward to see where they can take the game, what's already in and what they can add.

Pretty politically correct, but we definitely appreciate his taking some time to answers some "no gaming" questions :)

Pros and Cons

Positive things:
  • The Advanced Mode in the CAP is great!
  • Horses look fantastic.
  • Unicorns as the new special creatures are totally new and never seen before.
  • The new town and renewed lots look great.
  • The "lovely" interactions between pets and sims
  • The cooperation born during the even among the Italian sites is great!
Negative things:
  • Dogs and cats' manes for hairy breeds looks too fake.
  • The haystacks are too "attractive" for Sims and pets, that couldn't stop from messing around with them!
  • We hope that the AI realizes that horses and unicorns don't really fit in Bridgeport.
  • We had some time to play the game, but it's never enough!
  • Our Pc... it was not so powerful as others
  • The distance from towns where we live and Milan, each time we spend about 200/300 euros to take part at previews!

Credits and acknowledgements

We'd like to thank again EA Italy, Fabio, Luciana and Liliana and our colleagues Daniela, Simone, Luca, Kat and in particular Giuseppe, for making the day so enjoyable. A special thank also goes to Ruth and Piero :)
We hope to see everyone again very soon!

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2011.09.09 ts3pets milan 23 Final notes

Please remember that we have played a beta version of the game. You may find something different in the final game and Graham repeated many times that it's still under development.

Happy Simming!
 
 
 
 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2011 00:33