|Release: June 9, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Comic Mischief|
All this gameplay is wrapped in a lovely package. Strolling around town presents the illusion of walking along rolling hills, which is complemented perfectly by the 3D display. The player's field of view seems to have been reduced a bit as a result, but one becomes used to that compromise fairly quickly. The graphics are delightfully detailed, with subtly fuzzy textures on the villagers and insects that can be identified at a glance. The animation work is also great, giving life to the villagers and the bugs and fish that the player catches. The textures on some of the returning carpets and wallpapers don't look as sharp as those on the new stuff, but impressive sights like the museum's aquarium section make up for that small oversight.
Animal Crossing's music is solid as usual, with a variety of background tunes playing depending on the weather and time of day. The sound effects are improved in this version, combining with the graphical improvements to breathe life into the town. Running around in a storm is a great way to experience the new effects. Hearing the sound of the downpour overlaid with the player's splooshy footsteps and the occasional crash of thunder really brings one into the experience. As usual, there's no voice acting, with all characters speaking (and sometimes singing) in a garbled non-language. This may annoy some, but it's become a beloved series tradition at this point and works better in Animal Crossing than it does in, say, The Legend of Zelda.
It can be difficult to explain Animal Crossing's appeal to the uninitiated. What's fun about a game in which the major goal is to hang out and do whatever you want? It's all about the charm, detail, and good old-fashioned love that Nintendo has poured into its little village. Animal Crossing: New Leaf gives players more ways to customize that village and interact with its many inhabitants than ever before. It's the pinnacle of the series, inviting people of all kinds to take a load off and spend a little time diving for scallops, re-upholstering furniture, installing a new fountain near the town square, and joining up with their friends for a bug-catching contest. Pick up this game, and be prepared to spend far more time with it than you anticipated.
Date: June 4, 2013