The Addictiveness of Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Very few games compel me to play them every day. Sure, there are times when I’m obsessed with a game for a few days, but rarely do I log on every day consecutively for weeks at a time.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is one such game. This is my first experience with Nintendo’s long-running life-simuilator, and it’s got me hooked. For Animal Crossing veterans, some of the experience will be familiar: you collect fruit, seashells and various flora and fauna in your attempt to accrue enough bells to stay out of debt with Tom Nook.

The kicker this time around is that you’re the mayor, and as such you can build public works and enact ordinances to change how your town functions. I typically play Animal Crossing on the bus to work at 8:00 am, but the shops don’t open until 9. With the “early riser” ordinance, I can force the shops to open at 8. The only downside is they close a little earlier, but it’s better than having to wait until lunch to sell my pockets full of goodies.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf isn’t typically the sort of game I play. It’s cutesy and there’s no combat, but it’s deep, addictive and a heck of a lot of fun. Because the game keeps track of the clock (a long-running feature of Animal Crossing) this is a title you can play for years on end if you want. In terms of value for your money, there’s few games that can offer that.

Who else is playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf? What did you name your town? Does anyone want to come visit Assville?

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mitch@gamersushi.com Twitter: @mi7ch Gamertag: Lubeius PSN ID: Lubeius SteamID: Lube182 Origin/EA:Lube182 Currently Playing: Stardew Valley, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords, Battlefield 4, Tom Clancy Double Feature: Rainbow Six Siege and The Division

One thought on “The Addictiveness of Animal Crossing: New Leaf”

  1. I don’t have a 3DS, so I am sorely upset that I’m missing out on it. Everyone on my friends list was psyched about it. My girlfriend at the time was playing it every waking moment. Nintendo is making me want a 3DS more and more with each first-party title.

    As for me, I’m an Animal Crossing veteran. I sunk so much time into the GameCube version. The moment I got home from school I ran upstairs to boot up the game and play to my heart’s content. I freakin’ loved the NES games, especially Balloon Fight and Excitebike.

    Since I have a really good laptop now, I recently started playing Animal Crossing on a GameCube emulator, and it’s pretty nostalgic. As a big Game Grumps fan I was compelled to name my town Athens.

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