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The Sims 3 gets Pets, new standalone expansion

It's another Sims game, this time featuring player-controllable pets. The Sims 3 Pets will let you create your own breeds, and even offers unique 3DS and Kinect features.

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The Sims franchise just keeps on expanding. EA announced the latest addition to the popular franchise: The Sims 3 Pets. On the PC and Mac, Pets will be an expansion pack, but on Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo 3DS, it will be an entirely standalone game.

"For the first time ever, players will be able to play as their pets and see life through their eyes," Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims Studio, said. Yes, the Sims franchise is no longer contempt with simulating human beings.

Pets will let you create and control "over a hundred different kinds of cats and dogs." And in a risque direction for the franchise, you'll be able to share pets and breed with friends.

The Xbox 360 and 3DS versions add platform-specific features. The 3DS version takes advantage of the system's built-in pedometer so that players can convert their steps into Karma Points. StreetPass will allow players to gift pets to other 3DS owners automatically within range. The Xbox 360 version adds Kinect support, so that players can "take control of their pets and Sims by voice commands, like telling their Sim to be romantic or feeding their dog." We're not exactly sure what the voice command for "be romantic" is, though.

If you want to find out, you'll be able to this Fall.

From The Chatty

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    June 4, 2011 3:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, The Sims 3 gets Pets, new standalone expansion.

    It's another Sims game, this time featuring player-controllable pets. The Sims 3 Pets will let you create your own breeds, and even offers unique 3DS and Kinect features.

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      June 4, 2011 3:02 PM

      Sounds pretty interesting. The stand alone Sims games on the consoles were enjoyable and it's neat to see the series branch out like this.

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      June 4, 2011 6:35 PM

      Sims?

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      June 4, 2011 6:58 PM

      sims + spore ?

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      June 5, 2011 7:10 AM

      "For the first time ever, players will be able to play as their pets and see life through their eyes,"

      Except for the Sims:Unleashed. and the Sims 2: Pets.

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        June 5, 2011 7:40 AM

        But the pets weren't playable, hence the "for the first time ever"

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      June 5, 2011 7:23 AM

      The Sims 3 Lawn Ornaments expansion is the one I'm "wicked" excited for.

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        June 5, 2011 7:55 AM

        "The life and times of Gnome Chompski before the zombie outbreak"

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      June 5, 2011 10:12 AM

      That cat looks fucked up without teeth, especially when hissing...

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        June 6, 2011 1:26 AM

        They're keeping the teeth out so that they can sell them as DLC on the EA Store.