This game is for sure my new addiction. I bought a 3DS solely for the purpose of playing this lovely gem. I actually had the first one on my GameCube and completely fell in love! Don’t let the art style fool you into thinking it’s just another kids’ game. It’s for anyone and everyone (trust me, I’m 21 years old). The point of this game isn’t reaching new levels or gaining points. The point is simply adventure. You get to spend your time just exploring this amazing, creative world all in real time.
Brief intro: Welcome to the world of Animal Crossing! You will start off on the train to your new town. You’ll give Rover (the nice cat who sits with you) your name, town name, a town layout, and answer a few other questions that determine your appearance. So, there is no creating a character for hours. You’re answers to Rover’s simple questions give you your gender, hair, and eyes.
After getting off the train at your new town, you’ll be surprised by the townspeople waiting for you. You are the new mayor of their town! Isabelle takes you to the town hall and this is where everything begins!
Review: Animal Crossing: New Leaf has got to be the best in life simulation hands down for all ages. it still has the wonderful characters and ingenuity that this series is known for plus all new adventures for you to get into. Your town is completely customizable now with new shops, new items, and ways to visits your friends’ towns and homes.
Handling items is also much easier. You can sell many items at once, hold letters you receive, edit patterns, look through your encyclopedia, see your personal card, type messages, and use special emoticons for your character, see your map with important icons visible all on your home screen at the bottom. You can also see the time and date in the left corner.
Now you can also have all your items appraised at once in the museum. If you like to save your time for other things, this is a life saver that was not an option in past Animal Crossing games.
There’s always something to do. You can dig for fossils and treasure, shoot balloons with your sling-shot to get cool items, go fishing for items and exotic fish, go shopping, make over yourself or your home, find insects to go in the museum, etc. There is so many new things in New Leaf as well, like the island you can visit and do all kinds of mini games, work at the coffee shop, and visit with a friend!
Animal Crossing is one of those classics you’ll never find a reason to stop playing. This isn’t a game you can “beat” so if you start this game with that mindset, it won’t be something you will enjoy to the fullest. It’s an open-ended game and full of endless hours of gaming. If you’re new to the Animal Crossing series, this game is a great place to start. It’s not overly complicated and you can jump right in with no prior knowledge. It’s fun and relaxing for all ages.
Official Rating: E
Score: 5 out of 5 stars!