Friday, April 3, 2020

Eric vs. 365 - Day 278 - Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is pretty much a perfect game for the current nonsense we're living through. Stay at home! Social distancing! So let's just build a new virtual society of cute animal neighbors and take a break from the real world instead. It's brilliant. Read more and watch gameplay here.

I'm not a huge Animal Crossing fan, to be honest. I loved the original release on GameCube, because it had NES games you could unlock which felt like an actual reward instead of just collecting virtual crap, but none of the other games had anything worthwhile like that so I fell off of them pretty fast. I played the DS version a while, and the Wii version briefly, but neither of them were quite as satisfying as the GCN original. I didn't play any of the others.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons still doesn't have anything as wonderful as actual NES games you can play in-game, but it does do a better job of giving you a constant stream of objectives in order to keep you hooked. The Nook Miles concept is great because you always have something to do. I've also enjoyed what amounts to be the tutorial - getting K.K. Slider to come to your island - very much because every day I wake up and new stuff is going on. A new villager arrived. A new shop opened up. The bridge I paid for yesterday is built. The museum is also freaking crazy nuts in this one and filling it with everything is immensely satisfying.

For this Animal Crossing: New Horizons video I was originally planning on waiting to make one until my village was more organized and perfect, but that could take weeks so I wanted to get a video out sooner. I think I will make an update video at some point, though, because this game is just too damn interesting not to.

This video turned out pretty good anyway. I showed off my two-headed T-Rex, that I freaking love, and I caught two oarfish on consecutive casts, which is kind of amazing. I'm still trying to get rid of a couple of villagers that I freaking hate, but that will happen eventually, I guess. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the hero we needed in these trying times. Buy it.