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Game Review: The Sims 4 “My First Pet Stuff” Pack

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The 16th Stuff pack to arrive is “My First Pet Stuff” and I was lucky to receive Early Access from EA Games through their EA Game Changer Network, to bring you my thoughts about this new stuff pack first.

The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff comes with a variety of items that stemmed from “Cats and Dogs” Expansion from November last year. 

Care for a New Pet

If your sims aren’t quite responsible enough to look after a cat or a dog, you can now adopt 4 new “small animals” in an elaborate cage! There are hamsters, rats, hedgehogs and the Sim’s “Voidcritter”, the Bubalus (which is a purple, platypus/water buffalo/thing).

These small animals, while contained to their habitat are quite mischievous. They require the basic ingredients for life – hunger, attention and activity. You will need to feed the critters, and you can also get exclusive treats from vets to control their little lives. The new pets almost feel like a “virtual pet” inside a “virtual world” and I spent way too long observing their behavior and waiting for them to go on adventures.

Being held captive might seem like a burden to your pet’s lives, but don’t worry! They have their own agenda. They might be throwing dance parties, building a rocket-ship, donate their bodies to science or even run off to another place while your sim sleeps. Notices of their activity will pop up to let you know — after they have had their fun.

 

Dress Your Cats and Dogs

I really can’t say much about the Create-A-Sim additions to this expansion. There is one recoloured shirt for each family member and then ONE colour hamster suit. The new hairs are okay, however, I feel like there is something missing. Of course the star of the pack are the new Cats and Dogs outfits which are pretty cute. You can now dress your pets to match your sims with new outfits to complement the base game Sim’s outfits.

Decorate with Pet Prints

Here I was thinking that it was going to be “animal” prints, like leopard spots, or zebra, etc and aside from one rug (sort of…) the furnishings are pretty much “left overs” from The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs Expansion. A new desk, lighting and activity table completes the kid’s bedroom set from the previous expansion. I am very happy with the new Fish Tank Rounded Coffee Table.

Let’s talk real for a minute here. You like to watch sims suffer? Maybe even KILL them? This might be the kicker for this Stuff Pack.

One thing that isn’t mentioned in the pack description is the new Death and Ghost state. Which will excite every Sim Sadist! I don’t want to spoil too much, but your sims have a chance to catch the new, and super contagious disease, Rabid Rodent Fever. In it’s three states, your sims will suffer a terrible illness brought on by a bite from one of these new, adorable and self-protecting creatures. The death is brutal, and the ghost for this death is something that nightmares are made of.

I have mixed feelings about this pack, mainly influenced from the words of the community, but I have to say honestly — the small animals and their interactions, in conjunction with the new and exciting Sim’s Death really makes this pack for me.

If you have a weird attraction to small rodents, and/or like to torture your pets by making them wear clothes; then pick up “The Sims 4 “My First Pet” Stuff” Pack. It is now available from Origin.for The Sims 4 Base Game and Cats and Dogs Expansion.

 

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.