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  • Summary: Create a variety of cats and dogs, add them to your Sims' homes to forever change their lives, and care for neighbourhood pets as a veterinarian with The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs. The powerful new Create A Pet tool lets you personalise cats and dogs, each with their own unique appearances,Create a variety of cats and dogs, add them to your Sims' homes to forever change their lives, and care for neighbourhood pets as a veterinarian with The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs. The powerful new Create A Pet tool lets you personalise cats and dogs, each with their own unique appearances, distinct behaviours, and for the first time, expressive outfits! These wonderful, lifelong companions will change your Sims' lives in new and special ways. Treat animal ailments as a veterinarian and run your own clinic in a beautiful coastal world where theres so much for your Sims and their pets to discover. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 8, 2017
    90
    There’s enough in The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs to make this one of the best expansion packs you can get to date.
  2. Nov 15, 2017
    80
    The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs is an excellent — and much-needed — addition to an already fantastic game. The Sims has always been about living one’s best life and this grants more ways to accomplish that. This is the perfect game for any animal lover and the amount of customization in creating and interacting with pets makes for a joyous time. The new Brindleton Bay neighborhood makes for the perfect setting to get acquainted with these furry friends. Aside from some needed technical tweaking, Cats & Dogs is barking proudly as a must-have expansion for The Sims 4.
  3. Nov 13, 2017
    80
    The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs was the expansion I was most looking forward to, and it did not let me down. With the robust creation tool, the numerous new items, and great ways to play and interact with your pets allows you to make new memories and adds a new layer of depth to the game. With the exception of the veterinary job, this expansion is full of items and great new gameplay potentials, and in my opinion is one of the greatest expansions for The Sims 4.
  4. Nov 17, 2017
    80
    The Sims 4: Cats and Dog is one of the best expansions yet to come of this generation. These are the most realistic pets we have ever faced and the customization options are infinite. We love Brindleton Bay and the new vet clinic, it's worth the shot.
  5. 80
    There’s not a lot about this expansion that reinvents the wheel; the franchise has been around for almost two decades now, and each iteration essentially gives you flashier and more refined ways to enjoy old systems. The animals are realistic, have their own inscrutable temperaments, and sometimes live to frustrate; that’s their charm. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t love hanging out with cute critters, and Cats & Dogs is yet another great addition to a consistently high-performing saga.
  6. Nov 29, 2017
    80
    The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs bravely reintroduces a game mechanic from The Sims 2: the player won't be able to control the pets. This feature might be seen as a step back in the evolution of the franchise but it is actually a good design choice that adds more realism and focuses player attention towards the interaction between the Sims and their beloved little friends, creating a well-crafted simulation experience.
  7. Dec 13, 2017
    70
    Ultimately, the expansion is about the bond between human and animal, and with evolving relationships, dog training, and plenty of toys, it’s hard to put down. It may not have the bells and whistles that some players expected, but Cats and Dogs still gets my recommendation if you’re a pet lover.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 6 out of 7
  1. Jun 26, 2018
    8
    My favorite thing about this pack is the fact that each household plays and feels different depending on the type of pet you add to yourMy favorite thing about this pack is the fact that each household plays and feels different depending on the type of pet you add to your households. The cats and dogs are very detailed, vibrant, and have very unique and distinct personalities. My frisky cat is always running around the house, jumping onto counters and whatnot, while my lazy cat doesn't do much of anything besides meow when she needs attention. My playful dog will come beg to play fetch with my sim while my stubborn dog ignores discipline and continues peeing in the house. My glutton dog will eat his entire bowl of food in the morning and then beg for more food while my sims are eating breakfast, while my loyal and smart dog will stay by my sims side and learn to behave quickly. The new world added in this pack is beautiful and adds a lot of activities for the pets themselves, chasing birds, digging holes, exploring bushes, mud piles and fish piles, cats can even roam and jump around the environment. The vet aspect is also a lot of fun, your pets will occasionally get sick and you'll have to take them to the vet to care for them, you can also run a vet, and depending on the type of player you are that can be a good or bad thing. All in all there's a lot of thought and detail put into this pack. The three main new features, the cats and dogs, the new world, and the vet, are all so tightly knit together in such a deep and meaningful way that makes each and every last detail with these pets just as enjoyable as when I first got the pack. This pack feels like an expansion for your sims, these pets expand your sims lives in very subtle but impactful ways, these pets feel like real pets, and I love that. I would recommend this pack to anyone who wishes to expand their sim families with a little furry twist. Expand
  2. Jul 1, 2019
    3
    Did they really have to add the part about dogs peeing all over the house and eating cat poo out of the cat pan? And drinking dog pee? I thinkDid they really have to add the part about dogs peeing all over the house and eating cat poo out of the cat pan? And drinking dog pee? I think some of the programers have some kind of problem. Otherwise, I guess it is okay. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2017
    3
    Not much to see here. Sure you can have fun designing your own pet but they don’t actually do much of anything. You can’t control them so theyNot much to see here. Sure you can have fun designing your own pet but they don’t actually do much of anything. You can’t control them so they are really just objects. This EP is one of the weakest yet and is of extremely poor value. More of a stuff pack. Expand
  4. Dec 16, 2017
    1
    If you love Sims 4 so much you spend hours and hours playing it every single day, then you might enjoy this. If not, then don't waste yourIf you love Sims 4 so much you spend hours and hours playing it every single day, then you might enjoy this. If not, then don't waste your money buying it.
    This pack does not really bring anything new. They've basically just reused everything from the Retail pack to make a vet clinic so it doesn't really feel like a new experience to play as a vet. There are no new careers, only one very uninteresting new aspiration. What you can actually do with your pets is so limited that it doesn't really give that much new content to the game.
    I've played Sims since the very beginning and own absolutely every single pack ever released for Sims 1, 2 and 3. I even played Sims Online for ages. The Sims 4 series has basically just been a major let down with every new pack being more disappointing than the last.
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  5. Jun 12, 2018
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I love the animation and how most of this pack is organized, but as you might have seen my score is quite low, the lowest I could possibly give in-fact. This is due to one of the most important features (being able to control your pets) being ripped out of my hands, I may sound bitter (which I am) but that's because when I heard that this expansion pack was coming out I was elated. I had been wrestling Sims 3 for years trying to be like the famous Youtubers and make my own warrior cats challenge, I begged my family for the VERY expensive pack (and the actual game) and after a while they agreed, I couldn't be happier, I was already planning the storyline and names for the cats, but when I saw my favorite Youtuber review the pack my smile dropped. She couldn't control the pets, I thought it was some joke, because she had gotten it before the release date, so I thought maybe the ability to control your pets just wasn't in the game yet. So when the day came I was hoping, crossing my fingers and I let the pack load and install, when it was done I made myself a family (as that was the first time I had played sims 4) and a beginning cat, when we had finally moved into the house I went to the cat and tried to click on her, nothing, you can't even see their needs. Like a few other comments have mentioned the fact that you can't control them make them an object. A.FLIPPIN.OBJECT! And guess what?! Your cats and dogs can't hunt either, and if they go anywhere near the 'special bushes' around Brindleton Bay your cat or dog will get beat up by a squirrel, A FLIPPIN SQUIRREL! I am not impressed Ea, because I'm sure without meaning to that you've ruined my sims 4 pets experience, I don't even use them, as they're a hassle and you always have to ask them "what's wrong?" and my pets don't seem to notice the food dishes or litter boxes right in front of their faces. If you want this pack get it, but if you're hoping to control the pets and make a series then don't waste your precious money Expand
  6. Nov 18, 2017
    0
    Published by one of the most hated companies in the gaming industry that treats its players like scum, do not buy this game under anyPublished by one of the most hated companies in the gaming industry that treats its players like scum, do not buy this game under any circumstances EA doesn't deserve a single cent of your money. Expand
  7. Dec 23, 2017
    0
    The Sims 4 has always been about finding new ways to re-work and re-sell old content at a higher price, and this trend continues with The SimsThe Sims 4 has always been about finding new ways to re-work and re-sell old content at a higher price, and this trend continues with The Sims 4: Pets - whoops - I mean Cats & Dogs. I suppose the inevitable Horses game pack will cost another $20.

    When asked if the pets would be playable, one of the producers said "define playable". Excuse me? Playable like they were in the previous game you worked on, a$$hole! Naturally, they said because of the way the pets' AI works, there was no way they could make them playable. Okay.. well, how did they make the Sims themselves playable then?

    Excuses: it's always about excuses with this franchise now. I know it's not fair to "review" a product without playing it, but The Sims 4 has been such a huge slap in the face to its fans, I felt the need to say something, especially as things seem to have only gotten worse since its inception.
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