Animal Crossing: New Horizons is finally out! Released on March 20, Nintendo’s immensely popular social sim is the fifth game in the main series, coming eight years after its predecessor.
The Animal Crossing series puts the players in the shoes of a human in an animal world. While this sounds terrifying, it’s not actually that bad. The open-ended gameplay, akin to other simulation games like Sims, means that there is theoretically always something to do. In New Horizons, you decide to ONCE AGAIN trust that loan shark Tom Nook with your hard-earned money. You buy a vacation off of him, essentially, where you get to develop a community on a deserted island. At this point, I am not sure why there hasn’t been some sort of backlash to Tom Nook’s economic manipulation and domination over the Animal Crossing world, but I suppose there’s too much fruit to pick. Plus… Y’know, it’s fun to try and catch sharks.
You can be who you want to be in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The previous entries in the Animal Crossing series have been praised for their level of customization, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is no exception. Much like the previous titles, you can customize your human villager before you jump in. There’s a variety of skin tones, hairstyles, eye shapes, and more. Unlike the previous games, you don’t have to answer a quiz to get “assigned a face”, and it seems like you may be able to customize this at any time via a mirror in-game. YouTuber JammerProHD has rightfully pointed out that this does not bode well for Harriet, Animal Crossing’s hairdresser.
Still, Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ gender-less customization options bring a wider variety and openness to creating your villager than previous titles. There are also ways you can customize your furniture, too! HyperX has a great article on that here, to help you get started. I know I’ll be using it!
There’s a lot to do on your new island!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is teeming with mundane yet wholly enjoyable activities for you to do every day. And it is important that these get done every day to keep your island growing!
There are exploratory tasks such as collecting bottled messages on the beaches, searching for fossils to dig up, and finding a mysterious rock with money under it. Okay, the last one does sound a little odd.
Then there are productive tasks you can do. These include farming resources from trees and rocks, fishing and helping out the other villagers with their own daily tasks. These all get you Nook Miles, the newest currency in the Animal Crossing universe. With these, you can pay off Tom Nook. Or, you can buy new premium items for your island and more cosmetic items for your villager. I know which one I prefer.
Cross Animals with up to eight friends!
In a time of self-isolation and growing quarantine, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect game for those who want to explore the outside world together. It features four-player local multiplayer and eight-player multiplayer with Nintendo Online. While I am not sure exactly how big the islands are, I can imagine eight villagers at once might make it a bit crowded. Still, Animal Crossing is a much-needed relaxing escape from today’s world which you can get lost in for hours.
Never having played one before, I am excited to jump into the world of Animal Crossing. Make sure you keep an eye out on Gamezo’s Review page for reviews of this and Doom Eternal soon, also released March 20th.