As most of the Nintendo-playing populace has already known, the latest installment of the Animal Crossing series finally made its debut last March 20, 2020. Seeing that the franchise has already gained a substantial following in the past years, Animal Crossing New Horizons has already been making waves leading to its release. As a Switch player who has never played an Animal Crossing game in her life, I was not entirely convinced to get a copy of the game.
But lo and behold, curiosity got the best of me and I eventually yielded in getting the game. It was probably one of the best purchases I ever made for a game especially considering that I have not been able to put down my console for the past week. Thus, I confess. I am probably addicted to the game and I do not see myself being cured of this addiction for at least another year. Below are the reasons why.
Animal Crossing Opens New Horizons
It is no secret that the Animal Crossing series has always geared towards building relationships and making friends with other Animal Crossing enthusiasts. Just like other games, Animal Crossing paves the way for people to enjoy playing with a group of friends, the same being equipped with communication features and cooperative gameplay.
The creation and design of customized clothes and items and the ability to share the same with others only give more reasons for gamers all over to world to build a creative and active community if several Facebook groups and Discord channels on Animal Crossing are any indication. For someone who values community just as much as enjoying the game, the overall gameplay of Animal Crossing might just be what you are looking for.
Animal Crossing Rekindles Relationships
As people grow up and lead busy lives, it becomes increasingly hard for old friends and acquaintances to keep connected. Considering, however, that the Animal Crossing games have already spanned generations, it is not hard to imagine how the children of the past now play the game as adults of today. Aside from the nostalgia of childhood, the game provides an avenue where old friends and schoolmates, who have not spoken to one another in years, actually communicate and bond like the old times.
Just last night I received an unexpected, but very welcome, chat message from someone in elementary school asking me if we could visit each other islands and register our characters in our “Best Friend List”. I, of course, immediately responded and chatted with her happily while playing the game as if we just saw each other yesterday. Playing the game also brought back my circle of online friends when we were still actively playing Pet Paradise last year. While we kept in touch after the peak of our playing hours with the mobile game has lapsed, the release of Animal Crossing New Horizons gave us a new game that we will undoubtedly spend as much, if not more, hours than we did when playing Pet Paradise.
Animal Crossing as a Vacation Site
True to the words of Mr. Nook’s promotional and marketing materials, Animal Crossing New Horizons provides for a relaxing getaway and escape from the real world especially during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Without downplaying the gravity of the worldwide health crisis as a result of the massive spread of COVID-19, playing the game allows people to escape, even for a moment, the harsh reality of the crisis the world is facing now. While it may sound absurd, playing Animal Crossing may provide some sort of therapy to curb the impact of the current societal crisis particularly on one’s mental health.
In any case, I digress. I am now deeply addicted to the game and I cannot wait to unlock and see what else the game has to offer. Slowly but surely, taking it one day at a time. I am sure that more things are waiting for me in the game and I cannot wait to share all my discoveries one step at a time. I will be back for more I am sure – and this is my confession.
PS. Add me: SW-4255-4431-6139. I’d love to play with new friends. See you in the game!