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“Animal Crossing: New Leaf” is a life simulation game developed by Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 and Monolith Soft. This game is the fourth game in the Animal Crossing series and was released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
The player finds himself in a village populated by anthropomorphic animals and is mistakenly named its mayor. As the mayor, the player can customize their village by putting in bridges, benches, fountains, etc. The player does this by having Public Works Projects, which requires both the player and villagers to raise money for each project. The mayor can also pass Ordinances which are laws that will affect their village. These Ordinances will make the village wealthier, make shops stay open earlier or later and lastly encourage citizens to plant more flowers.
New locations have been added in this game such as the Re-Tail shop which will buy items 20% higher than Tom Nook’s old stores and will allow players to design their own furniture. Another new location is the Café, where the player can drink coffee and even work. Additionally, there is a Gardening Store that sells saplings, flowers, and gardening tools. At Nook’s Homes, the player will be able to upgrade their home as well as their home’s outward appearance. Lastly, there is Club LOL, an entertainment venue. Players will also be able to be able to customize themselves and their houses more with the ability to buy different pants and shoes and hang furniture on the walls.
The other villagers have also been upgraded, now able to plant flowers, enter buildings, shake trees, etc. In “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” there are 313 different villagers with the maximum amount of villagers in your village being 10. Two new personality types for the villagers have been introduced to the series.
The game also features activities from the previous games in the series such as bug catching, fishing, buying and selling items, talking to other residents, and renovating their home. Like the previous games “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” is played in real-time with varying species of wildlife and special events depending on the time of day and season.
However, this is not to say that the game does not have its share of problems. For example, there are only four ordinances and only one ordinance can be active at a time. Some of the old quirks of the previous games are gone, such as Resetti (the mole who shows up whenever the player doesn’t save and gives them a long winded speech for doing so) showing up (though this can be rectified through a Public Works Project). Another example is that Blathers (the owl who works at the museum) no longer gives commentary on the bugs, fish, fossils, or paintings you donate to the museum.
Rating 4/5. “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” is a great inclusion to the Animal Crossing series, but these games aren’t for everyone and these new features won’t be enough to change people’s minds. If you don’t enjoy going around doing ordinary tasks then this series isn’t for you. However, if you love the Animal Crossing series or life simulation games then there will be plenty more for you to do in this game.
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