The latest build of Animal Crossing showcases a zen-like charm that launched the franchise to success back in 2001, while masterfully featuring in a modern game to keep the series fresh even after 19 years since it released.
Animal Crossing first launched on the Nintendo 64 in Japan with a simple gameplay: collect money for performing small tasks to pay off your mortgage. The game reached amazing success and made it to the remaining countries of the globe on the GameCube.
A Deserted Island Life
As the main character is now located on a deserted island, even the classical gameplay elements from all the other games needed to be created from scratch. In the new sequel, the narrative starts in Tom Nook’s ‘Resident services’ tent.
Everything in the title seems to obey this original formula of Animal Crossing: you start at the base level, and as you play, things become easier, and more upgrades appear. Aside from the amazing soundtrack, the settings sound immerse you deeper into the game, such as the waves crashing when you stand close to the ocean, and so on.
Although you can purchase a lot of things in the game, a significant area of it now focuses on crafting your own tools and furniture. This is a change made to he old formula. If you manage to craft all the tasks efficiently, you can have a handful of tools by the first or second day of play. The tools break quickly in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, so it is indicated that you get upgrade recipes as soon as possible.
Although crafting might be a bothersome task for some long-time players of the series, it is rather fun and helps you branch out what you are doing in the game as you play it. You can get ‘Crafting Recipes’ in a few ways during the new game, and as you play, you can unlock more and more recipes, buy them or collect them from interesting places.
The Best Designed Animal Crossing Yet
This is the first time that one of the games in the series has been launched on high-definition capable console and the graphics are now at an advantage because of the Switch’s enhanced processing power.
This time, everything comes with a shadow, and there are numerous tiny details that make the game feel exciting and fun. Everything benefits from the enhanced graphics, but the bugs might have gotten the most important redesign. All the insects are crafted in great detail, walking or flying in a realistic manner, rather than just showing up on a tree or a flower, like in the previous sequels of the franchise.
Moreover, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can place your furniture outside, which gives the house a more intricate and homie look. When taking a step back to look at the new title that Nintendo has launched, we can definitely say that it is the best sequel yet in the series.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is scheduled for launch on the Nintendo Switch on March 20th, 2020.
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