Animal Crossing: New Leaf transports players to a delightful world filled to the brim with interesting characters, all with their own unique and intriguing personalities.
The game sees you assume the grand task of being the town Mayor – which isn’t a responsibility that you should take lightly. Once you’re given this assignment it’s up to you to transform your town into your own idyllic version of paradise. How you set about doing this is entirely up to you, which is one of the wonderful things about Animal Crossing. You’re never really coerced into doing something. It’s up to the player how they decide to tackle things.
There’s an array of charming activities to participate in in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. These tasks include fishing for different species of fish, fossil hunting for items to donate to your town’s museum, bug hunting – which can prove to be frustrating at times, but fun, and also the new task of deep-sea diving. You can either sell your wares or donate them to the relatively sparse town museum where the curator Blathers is extremely appreciative of your hard work.
In reality Animal Crossing: New Leaf is all about customizing your town, your house and your character as well as interacting with your fellow villagers. This particular entry to the acclaimed series doesn’t disappoint on this front. You can visit the Able Sisters to get your character looking dapper in his or her new threads. You can visit Tom Nook’s reasonably priced establishment for home furniture and decorations, or if you’re looking to get away for a bit then you’re welcome to visit the luscious Tortimer Island for some luxurious sun and fun.
I’ve briefly dipped into previous Animal Crossing titles but unfortunately they haven’t captured my attention as much as I would have liked. This is possibly due to the lack of structure and goals, though this genuinely isn’t a bad thing in Animal Crossing’s case. If you’re looking to lose yourself in an idyllic paradise of your own making – where you can carelessly start your time-consuming virtual life – then Animal Crossing: New Leaf is most certainly a game for you. The changes to the game are negligible, but for £35 you honestly won’t find better value for money elsewhere.