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Animal Crossing: New Horizons review
Exceptional
by Mika

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»

Other reviews15

very good game my boyfriend gifted it to me i love him
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»
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»