• Eden Geddes

The Greatest “Beta” Game

Updated: Oct 27, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the fifth installment of the Animal Crossing series released by Nintendo. The game itself is a huge advancement, being available on the Nintendo switch has greatly improved the game’s quality and graphics. In the game you start off by purchasing a deserted island package. You are sent to an island with two other animals, Tom Nook, and the nooklings (Timmy and Tommy). You are given the mission to turn the deserted island into a five-star getaway that others will dream about. This game takes the Animal Crossing general idea and expands upon it to give the player even more freedom as they play.

However, there are a few issues that have arisen with the game. While there is a generally large amount of content in the game, Nintendo has left many pieces out and plans on slowly adding them into the game throughout three years of updates. While some of the updates have come out, it has just left the game feeling incomplete. There are still many things to do and it is very easy to dump hundreds of hours into the game, as I myself have 500+ hours in it, features that were in past installments got left out. It feels like paying $60 for an incomplete game, which is a little unfortunate especially to hardcore fans. Although, I would still argue that the game is plenty worth it. If you are able to put so many hours into the game then you definitely got your money's worth.

I completely recommend the game now to people new to the franchise, it is a great game to start with and if you don’t know of past features you won’t feel like you are missing out on anything. On the contrary, if you’re a returning player and haven’t picked up the game yet, I would recommend waiting until the game is fully updated. Overall, I do really recommend Animal Crossing: New Horizons, I’ve really enjoyed playing it!

Rating: ⅘ stars

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