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Animal Crossing: New Horizons review
Exceptional
by Ísak Agnarsson

Game of the year for me, im sure it wont be beaten by FFVII or any other game this year. Already spent 65 hours since it came out 12 days ago.

Probably the best Animal Crossing yet with the most freedom so far, you can build everything, create anything, invite amiibos like in New Leaf and so many things like create (literally) your own island.
The only downside is the advertised multiplayer is very lackluster and fundementally flawed but as an Animal Crossing game where usually you play solo and sometime visit a friend to his island to trade, this is absolutely perfect.

Edit after 160 hours: Now there are definetly downgrades like less shops, way less furniture sets and its really hard to find furniture compared to New Leaf which is still a way superior game. But if i want the freedom in building my town/island then its nice to switch over to Horizon but it gets boring after a while, unless you're consistently building, since there's not much else to do. 

Even when you have 10 villagers the interaction is lackluster compared to earlier titles and the villagers feel very underdeveloped and have very repeative dialog that either revolves around what you're wearing or a stupid one liner that everyone says. They all kinda say the same thing and i noticed it right away but didnt care until same repeativity was active 100 hours later lol. Still having fun but i can clearly notice frustrating patterns to the repeative gameplay. As a matter of fact my interest in New Leaf has resurrected, that game has everything except as much freedom in building.

Also there are bugs and crashes which is very concerning, depending where you place furniture outside and then engage in conversations, i had to move my house and a few items in order to stop crashing in the same place. 
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»
«Can’t stop playing»
«Time-tested»
«Sit back and relax»

Other reviews14

I love the implementation here, allowing me more flexibility in designing the island and some of the new additions. Despite me liking it a lot for a few months, I found myself wishing it was more engaging. After a certain point I found I was logging in just to say hi to villagers that would repeat the same lines. There's just not enough variability to the villagers dialogue, nor is there a way to engage with them in the game other than giving them gifts or the occasional errand. Also, did they ever fix the first villagers house issues? Your first few villagers will always have a bland house so it's not beneficial to keep them even if you love them.

It's a good game, and I can't complain about many months I got out of it, but it leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe I'll check it out soon just to see what's going on.
«OST on repeat»
I played this every single day during lockdown, enough said. It makes past versions seem a bit lacking due to the ability to decorate outside but New Horizons is also taking its sweet time with releasing all the NPCs.
«Can’t stop playing»
«Sit back and relax»
Exceptional in some ways, mediocre or even frustrating in others
«Sit back and relax»
Seriously overhyped. Boring, tedious, bad building sim.
«Disappointment of the year»
«Waste of time»
As much as I enjoyed the first handful of hours, this game made me extremely frustrated throughout the island resort grind. The big draw to New Horizons is the progression. On this deserted island, it's very easy to see the progress you're making and gives a sense of pride to your new home. About half way through, the grind begins. The game is no longer about progressing your island, but about grinding for turnips, buying and selling, and going through tedious chores. What makes me the most angry is the blatant lack of quality of life. Giving fossils/bugs/fish/art to Blathers is so incredibly slow and if you already have all the fossils, you're still forced to go through lengthy dialogue to get worth out of those fossils. I also had my roommates play on my Switch and they were frustrated because they didn't have as much power on the island as I did. Going to a friend's island feels like it would be shorter to just drive to their house to see it. Again, really enjoyed the beginning, but because of the purposefully slow gameplay and poor multiplayer, this is a game that I left as soon as I reached my goal.
Yes
«Can’t stop playing»
«Sit back and relax»
It just wasn't for me. The idea of complete customization is novel, but the wait times and excessive grinding make it slow and frustrating. If I had a hacked version that removed the grinding and wait times, I would probably enjoy it. I put it down shortly after the credits rolled. 
«Disappointment of the year»
«Waste of time»
I have played it for 200 hours, and will play it for 200 more hours. incredibly charming and cozy, a perfect escape from the hellworld we live in.
«Can’t stop playing»
Although this review probably won't help, I just wanted to make it because I'm in love.

This has become my favorite game of all time. 
I never played Animal Crossing before and to be honest, I didn't know a lot about the franchise. However, getting to play this every day, has been the highlight of each day that it's been out for me. It gives me something to look forward to and that's more than I have ever had with any game before getting bored.

The different villager personality types is my favorite part about this game. They feel more unique than compared to any other NPCs in the same genre as Animal Crossing. Their dialogue isn't painful to read at all, in fact I talk to all of my villagers every day and I fully enjoy it. 

The downsides of this game for me are mostly do to with the loading screen whenever going to different islands. It becomes pretty bad whenever you invite more than one person to your island too since the loading screen takes a while. I like that the loading screen is cute though, but I can't imagine what it is like to load in 8 people. 

With how big this game is right now, I'm excited to see more updates that come out for it.
«Sit back and relax»
The game for me
«Can’t stop playing»
«Sit back and relax»
8/10

I don't know what I can add that hasn't been said. Its an incredibly chill game that gives you a reason to play daily, but doesn't punish you harshly for not doing so. You set your own goals, with no pressure to make any of them by a certain time frame. Also, there's a robot ostrich.
«Sit back and relax»
This game is just so fun. An easy game to pick up for a little bit and play even if you're a busy person. 
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»