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Freauxzen
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
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(For the uninitiated - Why?)

Metacritic - 91

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This is an Animal Crossing game through and through, and although that comes with some time-based frustrations, that urge to just spend 'five more minutes' on your island deepens with every passing day. As your island evolves and starts to drip-feed fresh things to discover and see, you'll have the urge to check up on your toe bean-boasting critters on a daily basis more than ever before. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has perfected the gameplay loop the series is famed for, and somehow manages to keep its steady pace relevant in a world where there are plenty of genre rivals. Prepare yourself for spending many a year to come with Tom Nook and co.


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New Horizons’ early hook is that you’ve signed up for a Tom Nook-arranged trip to a deserted island (you’re no longer visiting an established animal village). Here, you set down roots and eventually build a brand-new community of animal friends. There’s a fun roughing-it together vibe throughout, which is a refreshing change of pace from being the new kid in town. The early hours almost play like a survival game, albeit one without life-or-death stakes. Even so, you’re in charge of your own fate in some significant new ways. You choose where you want to put your home, and you also get to designate plots of land for the other residents and services. I liked being able to control my island’s fate, especially since I had my own vision for how best to maximize the randomly generated landscape. Much of your island is likely to be off limits when you start, thanks to an abundance of rivers and cliffs. I was thrilled to get the tools to cross those areas, and even happier when I could place permanent solutions like ramps and bridges.


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While Animal Crossing is a series that has always prided itself on its open-ended nature, New Horizons is built around continuous progression. In past games, you arrived in towns that had already been established. Here, everything is new. You'll start with just yourself, your two neighbors, Tom, Timmy, Tommy, and the dodo brothers Orville and Wilbur. The latter two are new characters who man the island's airport. That's it. There's no museum, no Nook's Cranny, no shop for Sable and Mable. To get all that and so much more, you'll need to complete tasks and collect items for crafting.


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re: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
Nintendo couldn't ask for a better time to release this than now. It's the ultimate stuck at home for extended periods of time game. No one will miss a day checking and building their islands.


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GeauxAggie972
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Took Friday off from working at home just for this
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JetsetNuggs
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re: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
Never played an Animal Crossing before but I’m pumped to get this one.

It looks really good and the reviews I’ve seen so far say it’s great


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Freauxzen
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re: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
Someone datamined the game and found that there is one last slot for a skin left. Is it hatless or is it a possible Isabelle skin maybe? An homage they can put on all systems lol.


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P-Dawg
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re: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
Got my copy from Amazon today, and played for a few hours. I can unfortunately see myself spending entirely too much time playing this game due to corona.


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BCLA
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re: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
Shit, finished downloading this morning, got done with my morning conf call update, and went to grab my switch but my daughter already nabbed it and started her island so I guess I'll have to wait until midnight to play it


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ElRoos
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re: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
I've been playing for the past few hours. Anyone have any idea how to build a bridge?


Freauxzen
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re: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
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I've been playing for the past few hours. Anyone have any idea how to build a bridge?




You can't go past rivers on the first day. You'll get the pole the second day I think, according to reports.


Building bridges is probably weeks away.

Animal Crossing is a "slow drip" game, and probably the slowest game out there in terms of unlocking the things to do. On purpose. All of these things are massively time locked, but that's part of the game.

It's not built to play 7 hours a day and to accelerate or get further than other people (unless you time travel). It's built for like 1 hour a day plus special events. Playing more won't accelerate anything.
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re: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
My girlfriend just started and is an hour in.

This game is already as addicting as the first. Simple and perfect.


Freauxzen
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re: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
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This game is already as addicting as the first. Simple and perfect.


I haven't started yet, but I've always seen AC is like a bonsai tree in video games form. It's super meditative. You prune, you augment, you build your island in the way you want without being forced to do anything. Low intensity, or even no intensity, no needs besides simple upkeep, etc.
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ElRoos
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re: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
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Playing more won't accelerate anything.


Good point. Haven't played since Wild Word on the DS, so I always kind of forget that this is the case. I'm def the binge-gamer type, although this game has been a blast thus far.


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el Gaucho
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re: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
Did yalls vasectomy hurt?


AHM21
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re: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
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Did yalls vasectomy hurt?



Don't even care. It's a relaxing game and I haven't even played yet.


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Did yalls vasectomy hurt?

Never had the procedure, but I will have the next 2 weeks free to play games without the GF!

Instead of making the 2hr drive here, she decided to shelter in place back home. The high risk of viral implantation was not worth it. However, my only concern is her safety in the chance of looters. Luckily her EX-BF lives on the same street, she will just stay there to play it safe.
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Blitzed
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re: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Thread (March 20)
This game is my new guilty pleasure.

And I don’t even fricking care.



Freauxzen
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And I don’t even fricking care.



It's weird game, but man it's crazy interesting.

I have enough murder simulators, this is completely different and it's great.


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