WARNING! Do not buy The Sims 2: Pets (if you have a wife)!

The Sims 2: pets (Copyright: EA Games)After buying the Nintendo Wii the weekend before last, we headed back to the store on friday evening where we bought it, near line 2 station Dongchang road. We wanted a second Wii controller all week badly to play Wii Sports: Tennis and other games against each other, and the game store lady told us she would have new ones in last week. And she did! But damn, a controller costs almost a quarter of the whole console set, a whopping 450 kuai. At least we bargained in some games with that price – one of them being The Sims 2: Pets.

Now after we bought the Wii my wife told me that she’d like to have some ‘real life’ game, and I guess no other game than The Sims comes near that request. I played the very first one a couple of years ago quite heavily for about two weeks, but when I’d realized that there was no ‘end’ of the game in that sense, I got tired of it and never touched it again. You just keep on playing The Sims, there will never be any end-boss or something else – that’s weird and fascinating at the same time.

Saturday afternoon we launched the game – and from the second the game started, my wife was hooked. We (actually: she) didn’t stop playing until the middle of the night! It’s quite more complex than the first Sims game, you have much more choices, but the concept is the same: live. Your Sim needs to eat, sleep, shower and sh*t. At the same time, you have one or more pets to take care of – you can create a family, and then add cats and / or dogs. The pets require attention, too: They also need food, and you can teach them tricks, you can scream at them when they dig around in your garden, and, and, and… What’s completely new is the ‘town center’, where you can go with your pets and get them washed, buy them cakes and meet other Sims.

The game is really great, so why not buy it? Because you (the man) will not be able to touch another game again. I wanted to finally finish Resident Evil 4 so bad, I wanted to continue saving Hyraule with my Zelda hero, I wanted to try out the insanely funny Wario Moves… But that all had to wait. I could have glued the controller to my wife’s hands, it wouldn’t have mattered – she didn’t let go anymore, until late that night.

And I can hardly blame her, having experienced exactly the same with the first part some years ago! So do yourself (and your action game needs) a favor, and never ever buy The Sims 2: Pets (if you have a wife). Trust me on that one…

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Jakob Montrasio

Moved to Shanghai in 2k5. Opened a company, wrote film scripts, shot first feature. Now in Germany with wife and daughter.

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3 thoughts on “WARNING! Do not buy The Sims 2: Pets (if you have a wife)!

  1. Jakob, I apologize. You can call me “Sean” if you like.

    Cheers, that sounds exactly what I am looking for. Several of the places I found around Pacific were pretty sketchy about pulling out their games today. Some actually said “we only sell original games” haha first time in 4 years I heard that! Maybe there is another ‘crack-down’ going on right now. Anyway, I appreciate the info. Good gaming!

  2. SHAUN!
    I am german. I am with a k. It’s written big in the logo. Please…


    Take the line 2 subway to ‘Dongchang road’. Get out of exit 3. Walk straight along the restaurants, then turn right. Walk straight along there until you see a big sign saying ‘PC MALL’ on the left side. Turn left and walk straight down that street. You will pass a big store called ‘YOLO’ on the right side. As soon as it ends, turn right, walk a couple of meters, then turn left. Walk around the round skyscraper, and find the entrance to the PC MALL in front. Take the elevator to the second floor and push the chest in the northeast corner to reveal a hidden key.

    Uh, what? I am reading too many guides for Zelda, sorry. But until that last thing, this guide will take you to a game paradise full of small booths who will offer you all kinds of games for any console. But I can’t promise that they have Madden, but if itt’s out, they have it. Go to every dealer as they all offer different games.

  3. Hey Jacob…I just moved to Shanghai from Beijing and am having trouble finding new XBOX 360 games. I know you are the proud owner of a new Wii, but could you reccomend some places where I could find some. Specifically, I NEED (not want) Madden ’08. I live in Puxi and went all over the Pacific Digital Center and didn’t find much. Cheers!

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