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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review with Kri from Pine Enshrined Reviews.

This was the game everyone loved, and some still do actually when Covid-19 hit and I was one of the ones whom had it since release day. I regret nothing and occasionally play it still. However, not as much as I used to. Below is my honest thoughts on the game!

Escape to a deserted island and create your own paradise as you explore, create, and customize in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. Your island getaway has a wealth of natural resources that can be used to craft everything from tools to creature comforts. You can hunt down insects at the crack of dawn, decorate your paradise throughout the day, or enjoy sunset on the beach while fishing in the ocean. The time of day and season match real life, so each day on your island is a chance to check in and find new surprises all year round.

Show off your island utopia to family and friends—or pack your bags and visit theirs. Whether playing online or with others beside you, island living is even better when you can share it. Even without hopping on a flight, you’ll meet a cast of charming animal residents bursting with personality. Friendly faces like Tom Nook and Isabelle will lend their services and happily help you grow your budding community. Escape to your island getaway—however, whenever, and wherever you want.


Up to eight Nintendo Account holders can live on the same island within each game on one Nintendo Switch system, and up to four of those Nintendo Account holders can play on the same island at the same time (additional accessories required). With additional systems and games, up to eight players can play on the same island at the same time via local wireless or online play. Nintendo Switch Online membership and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features.

Platform I played on: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: March 20, 2020
Rating: E
Genre: Simulation | Virtual | Virtual Life
Number of Online Players: up to 8 players
Features: Online Co-Op Multiplayer, Offline Co-Op Multiplayer, amiibo
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Fun Factor Meter

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Now when you first get it there is so much to do. From catching all the bugs, fish or fossils to customizing your look as I did in the picture above. You can even swim in the ocean now and catch sea critters. From designing your own clothing to flag or completely redesigning your entire island. It is all based upon your creative abilities or your friends to give you ideas as well! Each season there seems to be something new to do, which helps it with the replayability and gives something fresh to the game. Don’t forget the new characters we have met as the seasons change or Nintendo introduces.

Control and Gameplay

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Controls are fairly simple and easy to get used to! I found myself using the Nintendo pro controller whenever possible so my daughter could watch me and even point to do things – I’m working on getting her a little house on the island! One way or another, eventually you will have access to the tools to make your island whatever you want it to be, and that’s where Animal Crossing: New Horizons really breaks from its predecessors — and where it shines. The customizable island is a huge advancement. I love the terraforming tools above all else: you can form hills, cliffs, land bridges, waterfalls, lakes, miniature islands, and rivers with ease. You can flatten your entire island and raise a pyramid of waterfalls decorated in skulls, if you want that Bond villain vibe. You can also build bridges and ramps to make your island’s far reaches easily accessible, and move any buildings you’d like, at any time.

Finally, you can place the things you craft and buy anywhere outdoors as well, which represents another huge leap forward in fun customization. You can make a cool mountain camp area, or a “yoga” on a cliffside, just by dropping things on the ground. The total freedom to create a custom island has me more excited than anything else in New Horizons, and I eagerly await fan community tributes to Zelda, Mario, and other pop culture recreations, along with original designs.

I lost myself in island decoration and began to neglect expanding and decorating my home. I would even trade the stocks in order to be able to decorate my island more… But the new home decorator is better than ever as well, with a brilliant new tool to easily place everything without having to handle it, a 360-degree view, and tons of cool, interactive things you can add to your house. Projectors and lamps that you can turn on, turntables and boomboxes to play music that you collect, and even animated wallpaper.

Graphics

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Polished, smooth.. Just look at these pictures to get an idea!

Sound

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Same old music I grew up loving and into the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons is not much different other than some sound tweaks. Its perfect still.

Replayability

Now you can only have one island per a console, so whomever creates the island first is the “leader” that can progress the islands achievements like upgrading nookshop or getting labels. Second player has to use same island. Misses out on all the events first player already did. Terrible if multiple kids want to play. You can’t expect someone to buy a switch for ea kid..

Crafting offers a major change to furniture, clothing, and tool acquisition in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Although you’re now allowed to customize many basic designs, it has a very grindy downside: Because every game has to be Minecraft now, the root of crafting in New Horizons is hitting trees and rocks to see what falls out. This is a slow process, made slower by your tools that you’ve recently crafted breaking down and thus perpetuating the crafting cycle. This being a pain staking task has led me to not even bother with it when I do come back – if I have to “mine” for anything I just dont haha.

Other ideas

Now I got to use amiibo in Animal Crossing: New Horizons but it was only utiulized to bring them to your campground then invite them to live on your island. It is hard and difficult to get them to want to move. I tried and gave up haha. Now for the online play, I am very disappointed in the multiplayer. As a lady that enjoys playing video games with my husband I honestly expected to be able to play full multiplayer in this game. This game does not allow full 2 player capabilities as the 2nd play is very neutered in what they can do. There is far too much controller shaking involved in trying to be able to do anything in order to give the other person a chance at playing with all items and access to the bag and shop.

We both wanted to have a full two player co-op experience and you just don’t get that with this game at all. It’s the biggest let down game moment for us since Splatoon 2 was online co-op or multi-switch co-op only. While I’ll still play my game and enjoy it I would absolutely love the game if it had a full multiplayer setup. I just feel such disappointment.

This game could’ve been perfect but it missed it’s chance.

How did Animal Crossing hold up?

An expanded, polished, next-generation reboot of a classic Nintendo game. Perhaps most importantly Animal Crossing: New Horizons is full of surprises. I cannot wait to see what’s to come: Seeing cool custom islands from the community, special events, season changes. It took too long to get to the most exciting part of my island renovation (until I cheated), but now that all of New Horizons is spread before me, I have plenty to do, big plans for my island, and so much to look forward to even when I go days between seeing my villagers.

Fun Factor Meter: 4 out of 5
Control and Gameplay: 4 out of 5
Graphics: 5 out of 5
Sound: 4.5 out of 5
Replayability: 3.5 out of 5

Animal Crossing get a whopping 21 out of 25 or 84% on Pine Enshrined Reviews.

How does the game hold up elsewhere?

Steam: Not Available

IGN: Not Rated

Metacritic: 90%