With the recent release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo, I thought it were as good a time as any to jump straight back in and enjoy the relaxing, often therapeutic, monotony that is so wonderfully constructed. I knew I would enjoy the game, as I have done for countless years, but the level of enjoyment I received from this free update was surprising, to say the least.
New Leaf has always felt like a hefty game and, despite the sheer amount of content available to all, it never once felt like padding. Everything was there for a reason and, as is the mantra with the game, there’s always tomorrow to expand on today’s ideals and wishes. That philosophy has only been built upon with Welcome Amiibo. A generous helping of extra content breathes new life into what is now a 3 year old game, all whilst never feeling like it was added for the sake of being added. Animal Crossing’s game mechanics have never been revolutionary, but the simplistic, yet addictive, nature of them cleverly stops them from feeling archaic and just continues to feel, quite simply, just right.
Animal Crossing, and the escapism that comes with it, has always been a significant part of it’s appeal, for me at least. The gaming scene at the moment, taking the blockbuster heavy lineup than often appear in the run up to Holidays, is primarily designed to get the blood pumping, the fingers frantically moving, and to direct your attention solely at what is on the screen. Not saying that those kinds of games aren’t great, especially considering our recent Titanfall 2 review, but sometimes you just need to put your feet up, relax, and let the world pass you by. Considering what’s happening in the world these days, that doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all.
Do you feel this way about Animal Crossing, or do you have a different game that relaxes you? Let us know!