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Pets Released: Exchange, MySim Icon, Training Paper 3 and Hilary Duff
Something that can't go unnoticed is the release of an expansion pack for the Sims 2 on PC. Pets is out on PC, PlayStation 2 and GameCube. The handheld and mobile versions are to follow soon. To celebrate the release, EA has issued a press release, in which the key features and the celebrity line-up of the game are mentioned. New release dates for the handheld games are also given: the DS version will be out 2 November in the US, 27 October in the UK, and 3 November elsewhere. The GBA game will officially hit the shelves on 9 November in the US, and 17 November in the rest of the world. The PSP edition is the last one of the Sims 2 Pets to be released, at 30 November in the US and 15 December in other parts of the world. Check the right hand side of the site for the updated countdown towards all these dates. Read on for more news from the official site all about the new expansion pack.

Of course the release of the PC expansion pack also opens up new features for the official site's Exchange, which now also has a section for pets. You can upload and download created furry animals from the website, and several people have already put up their pets on there. Check out the latest Pets to get them from the Exchange.

Pets MySimPage Icon (Enabled) Pets MySimPage Icon (Disabled) Something that also comes back every expansion pack, is the icon for the MySim Pages, showing the registered and unregistered games of a user. You can see those icons on the left - the grey one indicates that you don't own the expansion pack, the coloured one shows the game has been registered. Don't forget to register your Pets PC game if you want the coloured collar to show up on your MySim page automatically.

There's also a third issue of the Pets Training Paper. This final issue describes some more breeds for dogs and cats that appear in the game. There's also a quick overview of the features for each of the different platforms. Read the third issue to recap what all the games are about again.

EA also announced a little while ago that Hilary Duff would make an appearance in the game on PC, PlayStation 2, GameCube and NDS. Fans with the PC expansion pack can now download Hilary Duff and her dog Lola from the official site's exchange. The download will disappear after 31 December 2006, so if you want to have it, make sure you also keep it safe for the future. There's a special page about Hilary Duff in Pets, where you can also find instructions on how to find her in your console or handheld games. Links to the two downloads are also available from that page. Hilary and Lola also have their own MySim page and a Blog about the special appearance.
Written at 03:48 on Thursday, 19 October 2006 by ChEeTaH.

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