Featured

Game Review – “The Sims 4: Cats and Dogs” Expansion Pack

By  | 
Our sim’s lives are now “fulfilled” with the addition of some fluffy, four-legged critters to The Sims 4 in the latest expansion pack; you guessed it — “The Sims 4; Cats and Dogs”! I thought the content from The Sims 4 Toddlers Stuff was cute… Hold on to your leashes, it’s about to get *ruff*.

 

Explore Brindleton Bay

Brindleton Bay is the new world to explore with your new family members. It is a quaint, seaside village with ample places for your little ones (and this time I’m talking about the four legged ones) to roam and explore. There is a mysterious lighthouse with a creepy back story to expose and it’s even better to visit with a lover, after dark. If you know what I mean…. The whole place gives me a Fisherman’s Village feeling, something that would be good to add some weather to? Maybe? (Hint Hint…)

 

 Create Cats and Dogs

Like, Create a Sim (or CAS), Create a Pet is the new way to create your little angels (or monsters) and put them in your game. In fact there are three ways to add a pet to your household, including adoption and stealing strays from the streets — but this is definitely the most creative and fun way to do it! The Create A Pet mode is super exciting for us long time players, as it adds the Colour Wheel from The Sims 3 (you know the one…) so you can create, pretty much any kind of animal ever. Or at least paint them to those colours.

There are 170+ pre-loaded breeds in The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs which are mentioned here, but you can also mix two breeds together to create a hybrid, or make something completely unique and custom. Just like The Sims 4 Create a Sim, you can push and pull pretty much any part of your cat or dog to change them just like play-dough. Want longer ears? A longer tail? A bigger booty? Just push and pull to your puppy loving heart’s content.

My favourite part about the Create a Pet are the individual traits you can give your pets to bring out their personality more than any other Sims game previous. By adding three traits, you will make completely different pets every time. Complete with their own secret fears, obsessions and quirks.

 

Become a Vet and run a Clinic

There is a new “career”. I have added the quotation marks because it is more of a “Dine Out Restaurant Owner” experience rather than a “career” per se. But this doesnt make it less fun at all! There is a pre-built vet in Brindleton Bay (and a lot of new content by creators on the Gallery) to start with, simply save up your simoleons and purchase the lot and *voila* you are now a fully trained Veterinarian. Yep! Isn’t that the life? Treat illnesses such as “Blazing Tootsies”, “Derpy Doggy” and “Prismatic Poop Plague”! It is similar to the “Get to Work” Doctor career, in some ways — put the loved one on the Exam Table, Collect Information through examining the pet and then treat as required. Or you can put them through the surgery machine and give them the chop!

 

Bond with your Pets 

There are many ways that The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs cannot be compared to it’s predecessor (The Sims 3 Pets); such as the fact that this pack is strictly Cats and Dogs. No birds, no deer, no horses, turtles, snakes, UNICORNS. Only Cats and Dogs (and Raccoons and Foxes… which are just Cats and Dogs really.) But anyway…

In The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs, you can’t control your pet, or even check on their well being. This means we aren’t able to see their skill levels, their age, their relationships, etc. I know there was some scepticism, about this within the Sims Community, but I am loving it. It’s not like I can click on my cat at home and expect to see how bad she needs to pee! This also gives Cats and Dogs the freedom to be themselves, this can also mean that they will cause trouble when they are given the chance, just like in real life. Awww….. Of course there is a way you can “check” on your Cats and Dogs, and it’s by simply asking them “What’s Wrong” and they will basically tell you what they need, then and there. Simple!

 

I am really enjoying this pack so far, and I was very nervous to play the Vet career, mainly because I am a sook when it comes to going to the vet (yep… not my cats, me.) but I can say I am having a ball with it. When I first installed the expansion, I made my own kitties and the noises that were coming out of me were not human and not to mention the reaction that came from my real cats — they were watching the whole time. Cuteness Overload!

The new objects and lots are just amazing and I am having fun just playing this game again. You know they’ve got a winner Expansion Pack when it’s fun to play the game again. Oh, and I didn’t even mention the new Robot Vacuum which is just one of the 300 objects added to build and buy mode! Vacuum + Cat = YouTube Sensation!

The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs Expansion Pack is now available in stores or on EA Origin!

 

 

Alexandra Eve joined Resident Entertainment in 2016 as our Sims writer. She has always enjoyed the Sims series and as one of the biggest fans of the game, we think she is the best choice out there to cover The Sims. She has been playing video games since her father introduced her to the Commodore 64 in the early 90’s. She enjoys retro games, family games, puzzle games, some role playing games and also, Simulation Games. Her favourite games include Pokemon, The Sims, Animal Crossing, Kirby and Lego Games.