First Impressions – Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Long time readers of this log will know I am not always playing the most hyped games, at the point of their releases. In fact, it can take me a couple of years to pick these well received games up and Animal Crossing: New Horizon is no exception. I’ll be honest, I was meaning to pick it up shortly after its release but unfortunately it was sold out everywhere and sp I completely forgot about it. Thanks to a work colleague, I was reminded in April of its existence and so I finally picked it up. It quickly became clear that New Horizons is going to be a bit of a time sink, so today I thought I would share my initial thoughts on it.

The last time I played an Animal Crossing game was back on my Nintendo DS with Wild World, so it has been a while since I dived into this series but I have to say New Horizons does a great job of keeping that chilled feeling that I had playing Wild World. I loved the fact that so many characters from the older Animal Crossing game made it to the latest entry in the series, especially Blathers.

Pretty much from the get–go, it was clear that you will get to play New Horizons at your own pace, which will definitely make it one of the games on my Switch that I will play in between the more story heavy games. One thing I really liked was the Nook Miles system, as it feels like it gives a nudge in a certain direction and rewards you for completing mundane tasks, such as pulling weeds. It adds this feeling of progression and gives me that ‘just one more’ feeling, as I try and complete the various tasks.

One of the main tasks of the game is to establish a community on the island. This means it is up to the player to choose locations for buildings and how the island looks. I love the concept, but I have found that some buildings and objects are a little picky about their placement. I remember the bridge taking a few tries to place down. I have also enjoyed the crafting system, as it is simple but offers a huge amount of variety in the items you can add to your island. As for my island, so far I have a shop, camp site and a museum with an upgraded island services building. I am currently trying to help Tom Nook get K.K Slider to perform on my island. I feel like I am making good progress, especially as I am not manipulating any clocks.

Overall, I have really enjoyed my time with Animal Crossing: New Horizons so far. With its very relaxed gameplay, I can completely understand how it became popular during the pandemic. I feel like it will be a game that I will dip into regularly. At the moment, I haven’t quite hit ten hours of playtime, so I have a ways to go before I reached the playtime of the hardcore players but I may get there one day!

I would love to hear your thoughts on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and if you have any tips for a beginner, like myself. Let me know in the comments below and I’ll talk to you soon!

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