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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review

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  • Release date: 6/9/2013
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Genre: Simulation
  • Content rating: ESRB E
  • Features: up to 4 players
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review

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Nintendo Game Review - Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a simulation game, which was developed and published by Nintendo and later released in June 2013. For those who already have it, there are updates available for free with new features and improved amiibo functionality.

Graphics: 3

Animal Crossing: New Leaf has pretty low-quality graphics. There is nothing particularly outstanding about the 3D design. The numerous characters have quite an unclear animation, there are not any distinct features that give the game an authentic, high-quality appearance. The background, including grass, trees, houses and other props, are also pixelated. Nevertheless, the game is free of bugs that can cause any visual glitches. Vibrant colors scheme also contributes to graphics rating.

Gameplay: 4

The game is centered on exploration and adventure. You control the main character who ends up being the mayor of a small town as a result of mistaken identity. While serving in this role, you get to explore the town, meet your neighbors and help solve community mysteries. You also get to participate in a variety of group activities including fishing or going swimming in the nearby ocean.

One of the main game objectives is maintaining the main character’s life. By participating in the community activities, you earn bells. These can be redeemed and used to purchase different things, including home accessories and clothing. The bells can also be used as income to offset loans and pay the bills.

Something particularly interesting about the gameplay is that Nintendo designed it to be in real time. If, for example, it is the evening of Christmas Eve in real life then the same applies to the game, which helps to make the simulation more authentic and realistic.

Controls: 2

There is a very minimal active control for you as the player in this game. It mainly features point-and-click actions with Nintendo 3DS handheld console. It might therefore not be the best pick if you are looking for an adrenaline rush. Fortunately, it makes up for this passive control system by giving you the freedom to control and customize different aspects of the game. You get to choose furniture to decorate your new home as well as having the opportunity to determine their physical appearance.

Replay Value: 1

The game is essentially a rag to riches story. You start out as a nobody living in a tent and end up the beloved mayor in a palatial home with all the latest fashions. With all this already achieved, you will not have a lot to work around the town, so there is no point for you to decide to play the game again. For these reasons, it has very low replay value.

Conclusion

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a great video game for fans of simulation gameplay. As you continue improving the main character, you get to go on fun adventures, solve mysteries and generally bond with your fellow townsmen and women, which makes the game very captivating. Unfortunately, you have to deal with the fact that this is one of those games you cannot enjoy over and over again.

Conclusion

Grab your copy of this game and get the chance to relax by living in someone else’s shoes.


Pros : Well-developed plot.
Interaction with multiple characters.
Supports multiplayer mode.

Cons : Passive gameplay.
Low replay value.


Graphics 3.0

Gameplay 4.0

Controls 2.0

Replay Value 1.0


Average : 2.5




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