Review Roundup: Animal Crossing: New Horizons is As Good As You Expect it to Be

Nintendo’s highly anticipated title, Animal crossing: New Horizons, is only a couple of days away and the hype has broken all boundaries!

With only a couple of days left before the game is sent out to the wild, early reviews have been popping up across the internet and as you can assume, the game is amazing! Animal Crossing: New Horizons implements new mechanics, fuses them with fan favorite ones, and it makes the game even more addicting.

The choice of picking an Island destination was a great call from Nintendo, as it brings a new level of creativity to the players. In addition to creativity, there are so much to do, create, and design in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. However, I do see some reviewers state that the game takes a little while to start up; before you start getting to the fun part, you will have to put some work in.

Down below are some of the most respectable gaming sites in the industry, check out the highlights for their reviews on Nintendo’s latest title — Animal Crossing: New Horizons :

VG247 100

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is everything I hoped it would be, and it’s yet another stellar release that showcases a confident Nintendo at its best. It is excellent, and is easily another must-own Switch title – at least, if you can understand and embrace Animal Crossing’s uniquely lazy pace.

Nintendo Insider 100

Above all else, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an unbeatable feel-good experience and an essential purchase for anyone that owns a Nintendo Switch. As heartwarming as it is wholesome, Nintendo has delivered meaningful changes that help to structure your peaceful island existence. Every day has the potential to offer something new, and, thanks to that, it will be a game that many will enjoy investing countless hours (and Bells) in. Oh, and heroically leaping across rivers with the Vault Pole will never get old.

Nintendo Life 100

Animal Crossing: New Horizons takes Animal Crossing and not only drags it back onto home consoles, but improves upon every single facet imaginable. There’s more to do, more to see, more to change, more to mould, and more to love; fans and first-time players are going to find themselves losing hours at a time gathering materials, creating new furniture, and making their island undeniably theirs. Every moment is unashamedly blissful, with excellently-written characters that truly feel alive and an island paradise that gives infinitely back more than you put in. Back when Animal Crossing: New Leaf hit the shelves all those years ago and created a whole new generation of fans, many people were wondering how Nintendo could possibly top it, but here we have our answer. This is a masterpiece that has been well worth waiting for.

Game Informer 90

New Horizons has a lot to see and do, and much of the joy comes from discovering it on your own. I still get a kick out of the real-time elements, such as how a construction project that takes a day to complete takes a real day’s time to finish, or how the various merchants keep actual store hours. That little hook keeps me excited to check back in later when I end each session. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has something new to experience every day, and, best of all, it’s built on a foundation of joy and earnestness that’s all too rare. If the tradeoff is that I have to craft a few fishing poles, I guess it’s worth it in the end.

IGN 90

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an expanded, polished, next-generation reboot of a classic Nintendo game that’s full of surprises.

GameSpot [Provisional Score = 80]

New Horizons certainly has a slower pace than other Animal Crossing games, partially because you have to work to get things up and running on the island at the start. And while I’m impatient to discover what upgrades might be coming my way (and I need to mess around with Island Designer more), I still feel as though I’ve done a lot on my island. I’ve crafted tons of furniture, upgraded my house seven times, picked thousands of weeds, and done far too many drastic outfit changes. I’m as excited to see what random events await me each morning as I am to decorate my island and make it my own, and that’s sure to keep me coming back for the foreseeable future.


Aurora Island started off as an escape, a way for me to run away from the people and things that were weighing me down. It became so much more than that in just a short amount of time. I found community here. Not a community shackled together by economy or industry, but one connected by mutual compassion. That doesn’t mean everyone is blithely ignorant of reality or brainwashed into mind-numbing positivity, but there’s an undercurrent of tenderness for your fellow animal that inspires each and every action we take. I know life is waiting for me back on the mainland. I know this can’t last forever. But in the meantime, I’m going to absorb as much from my time here as possible in the hopes of taking at least a little bit of Aurora back with me.

If you want to learn even more about Animal crossing: New Horizons before the game launches this week, then I’d suggest checking out the latest New Horizons centered direct!

The new direct is now available to watch in full detail, and Nintendo seemed to go all out with the stream. They detailed a ton of new features for the game, and with Animal Crossing fans itching to get their hands on the game, this direct will help ease the pain of waiting, just a little bit. If you’re late to the party no fret, watch the full direct for the upcoming title right here!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is set to release exclusively for the Nintendo Switch this Friday, March 20th. Are you excited for the upcoming entry in the franchise? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Metacritic