On the PlayStation 2, Gamecube, and Wii,The Sims 2: Petsis a stand-alone game which ditches the goal-oriented “Story Mode” of the earlier console releases and concentrates entirely on replicating the PC experience as closely as possible. Both versions were well received for the AI and gameplay enhancements over the previous release ofThe Sims 2, but due to limitations in the hardware, a few differences remain.
- Neither human nor animal sims age over time
- Animals may breed, but rather than randomly blending traits from each parent, the puppies and kittens tend to look identical to one parent or another
- There is only one neighborhood in the game, and an upwards limit on how many decorations and household objects any given lot can hold
- Most animal-related objects are locked at first and may only be acquired by earning “Pet Points” by completing certain activities at the sim’s home