Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review

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For about a month, I have had the pleasure of getting to play Animal Crossing: New Horizon. The game is a life simulation video game and is the fifth title in the Animal Crossing world. This game has been highly anticipated not only due to the fact that people have loved the previous one, but also because it was coming to the Switch. This was huge news and gamers everywhere were excited for the release of this game. And now that it’s out, lets take a look at what its all about.

Animal Crossing: New Horizon is a really fun game for all ages. It allows you to create a character and build a community on a deserted island. You start off with a tent and learn how to build different items. The more you build/learn, the more you unlock. Your little community starts off small, but you are able to invite other animals, that you meet on different islands, to move to your island.  As your island and community grow, you unlock more items and buildings. It’s really fun to create your own little island any way that you want.

 

Animal Crossing: New Horizon has so many different features and continues to add more as you go along. The game is so easy to play and is a lot fun. You can upgrade your house multiple time which allows you to have a bigger house, change the interior decorations and create your own little home however you like. Being able to create and design your island however you like is so much fun. But, that’s not the only thing I love to do in the game.

One of my favorite thing to do is to go to different islands and explore there. You can redeem your Nook Miles for tickets, among other items, and then you can take a plane to a random island. There is also a feature where you can explore your friends’ islands. It really is so cool and you never know what you are going to find! Plus, you can sell items you find and get more Bells. More Bells means a bigger house and more shopping!

On top of that, to build items, you must go scavenge for them. Each DIY project that you learn, you have to go out and cut trees or pull weeds or get sticks in order to make the DIY project. It takes you all around your island and sometimes to other islands. The more you learn and make, the more items and decorations you have for your home as well as your island.

Slight Frustrations

Now, I absolutely love this game and find it so much fun, there is one thing that I have found to be a complete waste of time. If you have played with multiple players on the same console, you may have noticed that it’s not exactly the best. For me personally, I find it very annoying, especially if you are the added party. Your little person can’t really do a whole lot of things and have to follow around the leader of the group. I don’t want to have to be limited in what I can do while playing with anyone. So, I hardly ever use that feature because it doesn’t seem worth it to me.

I also find that it can be a little tedious talking to some of the animals. Like at Tom’s Nook or the Dodo Flights. I wish there was just a skip button so you can just do what you went there to do. I don’t want to have to sit through the same dialogue every time I check in. It may seem silly to complain about this, but that’s just where I stand on the issue.

Overall, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a fantastic game and has something for everyone. I love that you can eventually change your characters appearance and upgrade you house or decorate your island. There is also the different seasons which brings some fun events like the Bunny Day event that was recently happening in honor of Easter and a fishing contest. If you have not purchased this game, I highly recommend that you do!

 

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J’Dean Meisner