Summary: Animal Crossing is a hard series to assess because, to this day, I still struggle to understand what I like about it. Actually, I still don't know if I actually like it or not. When I played Wild World , I obsessively absorbed myself in it every single day, sometimes making it my first activity of the day. It was over a month before I realized it was compulsion, not enjoyment, driving me. Even so, every Animal Crossing excites me.
Excerpt: Creating personal experiences is one of the main focal points in the Animal Crossing series. Each previous title has had you move into a village full of animals and live your life among them, running errands, furnishing your home, and discovering what each new day brings. Its sandbox-oriented format means you can spend each day doing whatever you want, whether it is befriending your neighbors, designing clothes to wear, or fishing for sea bass.
Conclusion: It’s not a complete overhaul of the series, but it’s an entry that intelligently pushes Animal Crossing into new areas of control and creativity. New Leaf has already passed into that rarefied place whereby play isn’t just a matter of getting from A to B before moving onto the next challenge; it’s a compulsion, a daily routine as normal as brushing my teeth or feeding my rabbit (if I actually owned one).
Conclusion: Animal Crossing New Leaf is a more robust version of the games that preceded it. There is a deeper sense of satisfaction when your efforts are improving an entire town, not just your own house and endless collections.
Home Is Wherever You Are – Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) Review
10 July 2013
Excerpt: isn’t a game you can review in a traditional sense, there’s no end point, there’s no real or right way through the game and it can take literally years to play through everything the game has to offer. The game may come on a card the size of a coin but there’s an entire world to explore here, one I hope to spend the conceivable future exploring.