Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review

Originally posted on July 30, 2013

Let me preface this review by saying I had never played any Animal Crossing game. So this was a new experience for me. Plus, I had did not have a 3DS. The first thing that I need to play the game was a 3DS. Needless to say I did get the game and the system if I am writing this review.

As a newcomer to this game I read the IGN Wiki. After knowing what I need to know(i.e. Money), I started the game. The reason I bought the game was kinda due to peer pressure. Most of the people I knew were playing the game. All of the IGN staff, game informer, kotaku, and gamespot. I caved to this peer pressure and got the game. I love it. You could almost say I am a addic. You really need only 15-30 mins to play.

Starting a new life as mayor of your own town sounds like day for me. In the city of Cobra-La there rules a despot of a mayor named MXAGhost. Yes, I named my town after the ancient city in G.I.Joe the Movie. In my rule the city has grown to immense proportions. Our fair town that is located in the southeast corner of the city, where the river cascades to the ocean below, the citizens gather in joyous revelry. For the past two weeks the town has been taking donations on a public works project the will elevate the local populace to a burgeoning metropolis. Finally after all the bells have been totaled(most coming from the mayor himself). The commemoration is complete for this glorious addition to the city: a drilling rig.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, there is nothing too small to celebrate. From the smallest flea to the largest whale shark. When you first turn on the game, you must name the town and choose the layout of your town, and you continue making important decisions when you settle in at your own address. Through mistaken identity, you’re granted mayoral status, and the citizens willingly prop you up to be their leader as they follow your every utterance. No mere puppet, you shape the town as you see fit. Ahhh…sounds fitting for a mayor that loves money. There are types of laws you can inact. Ordinances shift the behavior of your people, demanding that stores adjust their hours to meet your needs or that everyone sprout a green thumb to keep the town looking beautiful. Second, you have Public Work Projects. As mayor, you decide which public works projects to create. These include signs, fences, and fire hydrants, along with larger structures such as bridges and fountains. Build enough, and more options are open to you. Most of these projects cost upwards in the thousands of bells. The animals who live in the town may throw a few hundred bells into the pool, but you have to fork over tens (and sometimes hundreds) of thousands of bells to make up the difference. Since I do not play with any friends no one can give me any bells towards projects. This could be the one flaw in the game.

Making money the game is fairly simple. Either fish, catch bugs, collect shells, or digging fossils. The real money is in rare fishes and bugs that are worth a pretty penny, so your fishing rod and butterfly net is the fastest way to move from rags to riches. If you want even more money you need to travel to the island. For the measly sum of 1,000 bells you can roam the beach in search of rare fish (including sharks!) and insects resting in the trees.

This game can really suck you in. From catching bugs to building public works, this game is amazing! What do you think? Did you like this game or not? tell me in the comments below. This is your friendly neighborhood MXAGhost writer… Signing off for now!


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