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Animal Crossing (GBA)
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Animal Crossing (GBA)
Date: 02/11/05, updated on 16/06/11 (253 review reads)
Advantages: Events and Charm
Explaining this type of game is perhaps as strange an experience as playing the game. You have a character who moves into a house in a small town, and you play out life. do some jobs to pay your mortgage, buy some furniture, chat with the neighbours. Have a laugh at Halloween, go fishing. Oh yeah, your neighbours are talking animals. Because a Nintendo game can't be too normal can it?
After hearing about the game, seeing it was completely different. It didn't have the large town I expected but a small one. You roam around a small village catching fish and digging up fossils...and that is pretty much it. Let's get to the criticism fast - the animals you speak to are repetitive, they speak very little and play the game for a week and you've heard it all before. And yet despite the criticism, it's a highly addictive game based on collecting. You want to dig up all the fossils and you want to catch all the fish. It's like a Gamecube version of Achievements or trophies (Edit: 2011) built on the inexplicable desire to do everything in the game but on a game based on seasons, this can take a long time. So in the meantime you get some money to get a bigger house (for no reason, it's useless) and make some costumes and just roam. The travelers who come to the town to sell their wares are equally repetitive, and the holiday events in the game and a fun but shallow experience. It's a game where I have little positive to say about it but at the same time, the criticism is washed over merely due to the addictive nature of the game. The only criticism I really can't forget about is that the game punishes you for not playing with weeds in your town. It's a strange development choice that makes you not want to go back to play after a short break.
Animals send you on tasks (it is how you get your money) and they are as equally repetitive as pretty much everything else in the game. Play for a few days and you'll have done it all. And yet is has a hold over you. Still, there's no point in going on, when the charm is gone its gone and there are better games out there that have you run your own life. Harvest Moon for example. It's the type of game that will appeal to some and you can spend some time in it but there better games out there to buy and there are better games I'd advise you to buy.
It's okay, but it's not an experience to get excited about, and isn't the highlight of the generation. It just hooks you into a routine and if you want a game that hthat much of a grasp on you, get Warcraft.
Summary: Good for Gamecube, but repetitive and easy.