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Game Review: Animal Crossing New Horizons

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Are you ready for the most feel good and relaxing game of the year? Then you need Animal Crossing New Horizons. 

A brilliant installation of a classic Nintendo game, Animal Crossing New Horizons takes you, Tom Nook, his tanuki nephews, and other favorite Animal Crossing characters to a deserted island to live the island life. You start out with minimal items and just a tent to live in, but as you play the game you upgrade to a house and get new items that help you explore previously inaccessible areas of the island. You can even visit your friends island and connect with other players in whole new ways.

This version of Animal Crossing very much has a Minecraft feel to it in which you have to collect materials to craft tools (which can now break), furniture, and more instead of just purchasing them all. This kind of game rewards the player for being creative and exploring. It also takes Animal Crossing into the modern world by giving your character a cell phone with apps related to all the activities you do. Like a Wikipedia-type app for tracking all the bugs and fish that you catch and a reward system app that gives you points for completing certain tasks.

Despite all the additions and changes that are far from what the original, or even the last installment of the game, was like, it still has that classic, feel-good Animal Crossing tone. It's a game that you can play for hours, and even when you get bored there will always be something new to do tomorrow because the game follows real time and changes day to day.

And in the future, the game will continue to change and adapt for game-play longevity with the implementation of DLC and other updates. So, if you're looking for something to fill your spare hours right now and bring you peaceful joy, Animal Crossing is the game to play.

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