Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review
Animal Crossing: New Leaf marks my first time playing an Animal Crossing game. My only experience with the series beforehand was watching a cousin play around in the GameCube original. I’ll admit, I was never intrigued by the series, but it’s hard to ignore because of the attention it receives from the Nintendo community. Over the past few weeks, I have lost a lot of time to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and now, I believe I understand why this series has won so many fans’ hearts.
Unlike other Animal Crossing games, Animal Crossing: New Leaf puts you in the role of mayor. As the mayor, it’s your job to meet and greet citizens, decide on town projects, host holiday events, and more. I like the idea of being the mayor as I believe it gives the player something to work toward, and an additional reason to come back day after day. Of course, all the traditional Animal Crossing elements make their return, as well.
For the obsessive-compulsive, there are a ton of daily activities that need to – and probably should – be completed. From shaking trees to picking weeds and watering flowers; these things will no doubt become part of your daily routine. There are a variety of other things you can do on a daily basis and include the following: fishing, planting trees, harvesting fruit, hoarding seashells, and selling stuff to the local Re-Tail shop. There is never a lack of things to do in your Animal Crossing town; however, some people may become bored of the game’s repetition.
Also, like previous Animal Crossing games, in New Leaf you get to furnish your very own home. This includes traditional furniture, awesome Nintendo items, and remodelling. A lot of furniture may be gifted to you from other citizens, some may even come from shaking trees, but you can also buy – and sell – items from Re-Tail’s Flea Market, or buy from Nookling Junction on Main Street. There are a seemingly endless number of combinations, so it’s fun to redecorate on a whim, or even just to create your perfect household.
Main Street is another big aspect of Animal Crossing: New Leaf and will slowly evolve as you play. Stores like Nookling Junction will receive many upgrades, which encourages the player to play New Leaf every day. Main Street is also home to a museum, which will gladly accept donations of dinosaur fossils, bugs, fish, and even famous art. There is always something to do on Main Street, including the creation of Pro Designs, one of my favourite Animal Crossing: New Leaf activities.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf also has an Island that you can visit. In New Leaf, this Island is home to the former mayor, Tortimer. Tortimer has decided to live on this Island after retirement. You will meet Tortimer after making some progress, and it is only then that you can visit Tortimer Island. There are even more activities to do on Tortimer Island, which include hunting for rare bugs and fish, but also some fun mini-games that are called Tours. There are a large number of tours in which the player can participate. You can go bug hunting, fishing, gardening, unravel labyrinths, and more when you’re on Tortimer Island. These tours are a nice distraction from the main gameplay, and can offer some serious replay value with their multiple difficulty settings.
I’ve only scratched the surface of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but for the $40 you’ll spend to purchase the game, you’ll definitely receive value as hundreds of hours are waiting to be consumed. The greatest feature of Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the ability to visit friends’ – and even strangers’ – towns. I had some fun visiting fellow Twitter mates, trading fruits, receiving presents, and having chats. This feature will undoubtedly keep the game popular and alive until another Animal Crossing game is released.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a gorgeous looking Nintendo 3DS game. It is arguably the best looking Animal Crossing game to date, which includes some nifty 3D effects. I like how the game’s rolling world pops in 3D, though I will admit that I mostly played with the effect turned off. One aspect of Animal Crossing: New Leaf that I found myself enjoying more than I initially expected is the game’s music. The game is full of relaxing music tracks that soothe the brain, plus there are different themes for the different hours of the day; a small, but impressive touch.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is an interesting life simulation video game that will definitely appeal to Animal Crossing fans, and the casual Nintendo 3DS owner. While I tend to grow weary of this type of game, there is no denying the powerful charm of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. There are days and days of activities and upgrades waiting to be completed, so you could easily be playing this game every day over the next couple of years. Gamers that can’t be bothered with this kind of experience could easily skip Animal Crossing: New Leaf; however, this game is recommended to Animal Crossing fans and those interested in The Sims-like simulation games.
8/10 – Great
Received a Review Copy