Thursday, March 26, 2020
Should I buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
Over the years I have given a lot of game recommendations on this blog. Now I need a recommendation myself. I have never played an Animal Crossing game before, except for like having a look at one on a friend's Nintendo DS. Now the latest game in the series has hit the Switch, and is apparently a bestseller. Many reviewers specifically recommend it to pass the time of containment during the corona virus crisis. But I am not sure whether it is the game for me.
Now I can see the attraction of a "life sim" game with gathering and crafting. Gathering and crafting was something I used to do a lot in MMORPGs. And I'm okay with the colorful, cute graphics. The one thing I am worried about is this: Isn't the game a bit too boring? As far as I understood it from the reviews, there isn't really any challenge or strategy at all involved. You just gather whatever you feel like, whenever you feel like, and over time your island grows thanks to a slow grind.
I don't need games to be violent or have combat. But I do like games to have a purpose, a non-trivial goal, a possible achievement. And I don't know if "Nook Miles" or "Bells" are that. What do you think? Do you think I would like this game?