Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Switch) Preview

By Pikasue 05.03.2020 1

Review for Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch

After much speculation, excitement, fear, and frustration, it's finally here! Cubed3 received a golden ticket to beautiful HD beaches, fruit trees, furry/feathered/scaly friends and new... Horizons?

Nintendo serves up grand tour of the stunning new world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons ahead of next week's release. How does the new Switch experience hold up?

As plane flies over a remote island, incoming inhabitants get a sneak peek of the possibilities of a brand-new home could entail. At the start, pick the layout and meet the initial neighbours. What's immediately clear is the nice balance between control and gated progression. Simply set-up where you and the others can camp, but start from scratch in a tent.

From the outset, Animal Crossing: New Horizons seems like the perfect balance between old and new. The textures and visuals are stunning - from the beautifully rendered feathers, fur, and scales, to the sparkling water. Even the delicate wind effects scattered about a glorious sunset; it's truly a paradise to behold.

However, there's no such thing as a free lunch! As per the other games in the series, start off with a sizeable loan - and multiple ways to pay it off. Those familiar with the previous iterations know the drill: plant, sell, harvest, buy and so on. There are new ways to explore the island - providing a great gating system to your experience.

Screenshot for Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch

A great addition to New Horizons is the added expressiveness; even when looking through the inventory. Animals will be seen sweeping, fishing, and bug catching. The cast and world feel truly alive this time round - from holding yoga poses, to simply sitting and contemplating life. Where the other games promoted hustling and keeping busy by collecting bells, there is a refined balance between work, play, and relaxation time. A truly refreshing island experience.

A game where players work, you might ask? It's amazing how much fun can be had crafting, creating, and designing, as well as harvesting, planting, and collecting. It sounds exhaustive but doesn't feel like work. As per the previous entries, this appreciates your hard work fishing, bug catching, and fossil appraising by showcasing the spoils in Blathers' museum. The improved textures and lighting really come to the fore here.

It doesn't stop there - the creativity that the game affords is astounding - even to the point where paths and islands can be forged. This paradise is really yours to create. The pacing feels right, and each hint doesn't feel too forced. There are often times where a new path becomes available, serving a new way of interacting with the island. The hunger for more will grow with each day.

Screenshot for Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch

Final Thoughts

Invite your friends over and/or play solo - the opportunities are endless. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is truly the summation of the best parts from previous instalments. It's only just beginning. Who knows what wonderful experiences await newcomers and seasoned campers alike!

Developer

Nintendo

Publisher

Nintendo

Genre

Simulation

Players

1

C3 Score

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Comments

Other than Breath of the Wild 2, this is my other most anticipated game. I seriously can't wait to play it, it's the sort of game I really need in my life at the moment. Only 14 days left though!

It's looking and sounds great, I love all the new things they've added in and the quality of life changes. Just so many nice improvements across the board.

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