posted by SteelBubblez (NEW HAVEN, CT) Aug 7, 2013
Member since Aug 2013
I've played every Animal Crossing game from "Population Growing" to this, and I must say that this is an improvement with minor flaws.
> Customization: As the mayor you can declare "public works projects" by talking to your secretary, Isabelle, from your desk. This lets you make things like bridges or lamp posts - things of that nature, but you can also unlock cool buildings like the cafe or police station from past games. Of course you fund 99% of the projects yourself as your fellow townsfolk aren't keen on donating their hard-earned bells, but it adds a bit more depth to the game.
> New Money-Maker: You can swim and go diving for underwater goodies after tirelessly playing minigames to earn the wetsuit at the island!
> Few New Buildings: There's "Club LOL" where you can get emotions, a shoe store, and a plant store.
(I hate to admit that that's as innovative as the game gets in my opinion.)
> Reoccurring Annoyance: New villagers can move DIRECTLY in front of your house, two squares in front. This completely ruined the experience for me and drove me to return the game out of sheer frustration, but I know that what happened to me may simply be a rare coincidence.
> Lack of Physical Customization: You STILL can't customize your character's psychical features, other than your hair which, unless you use a chart online to match the hairdresser's questions with the style/color you'd like, can completely ruin your character until you can change it again.
> Repetitive: Can still get repetitive, but I suppose that's up to the player.
All-in-all I'd say it's a step forward, but not by much. I don't say this to put the game down as I was hooked on it for a good month and a half, but it just doesn't add much. In short, it's not that different from the other games, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but they could have done a lot more with it in terms of exploration, customization, collectibles, etc.
There is more variety in this game so you don't get bored waiting for certain things to happen. Being able to visit Tortimers island within the first few days after starting the game is great. The more mini games you play/win the more are unlocked. It also seems that different ones are available depending on the day. While you're on a mini game island you can shake trees and find fruit to put in your storage bin to take home with you and plant or sell. One of the great things about the recycle shop is the ablity to put unwanted items for sale in the flea market. Also, each day they have one or two items that they will give you a better price on(usually double the usual). The clothes designing is much easier, as well. The clothing shop is divided between clothes/designs and accessories(which may include shoes). One of the things exclusive to the 3ds version is the ablity to spend 2 playcoins on a fortune cookie that, once eaten, the fortune can be turned in for a prize that may not be available any other way. I've only been playing for about a week but I don't think I'll ever trade this one in. I may play it less over the years but I don't think I'll ever give it up completely.
I'll be honest. I was rather disappointed in the Animal Crossing City Folk game for the Wii. I felt that the city features were overblown, and little felt nearly as intuitive or expansive as the DS title Wild World. Plus, I just liked the touch or d-pad use on the DS title more.
Regardless, I was very excited to play a new Animal Crossing game, and New Leaf looked to add a bit more to the game to sweeten the deal. I pre-ordered it right away and was excited for it to launch.
It was immediately clear to me that New Leaf would mix much of what was good about City Folk with the intuitive controls of both the Wii (analog stick) and DS (stylus control). There's so much more to do in this entry than the previous two!
First of all, the main draw is that you can become the mayor of the town! This means that in addition to upgrading your private house to amazingly huge proportions, you also have the role of rebuilding the town and funding projects to bring back different town centers such as the police HQ or Mr. Resetti's Reset Center.
You also have the ability to essentially take up an 'ordinance' suggested by the townsfolk. Examples of what these laws do include anything from extending the store and animal activity into the wee hours of the night, or increasing the buy/sell prices of the local shops, allowing you to rake up the bells! It's a nice way to customize the game features to your liking.
Outside of the new mayoral duties is the ability to visit 'main street' which includes basically every building from City Folk. New tools include the megaphone which allows you to yell the name of an animal into the mic in order to locate them, and the scuba suit that allows you to dive into the ocean and fish up all sorts of creatures and lost objects.
All the new features make this game the ultimate Animal Crossing game. If you're a fan of the series, it's amazing. For everyone else, I must say that the game is very casual, so keep that in mind and don't expec