Animal Crossing has been one among Nintendo’s best-selling franchises for years now. From the private relationships you’ll be able to create with villagers, to the town/island constructing facet, and the inventive freedom you could have, there’s one thing for everybody to get pleasure from. But with Animal Crossing: New Horizons being the collection’ fifth major entry, you’d suppose that they might’ve mounted one of many greatest persisting issues with the collection: a scarcity of endgame content material.
In the older titles, after you improve your home and donate all of the bugs and fish to the museum, you’re left a bit listless – wanting extra in that form of ‘is that it?’ approach somewhat than the compelling moreish approach. Animal Crossing: New Horizons tries its greatest to counter this, nevertheless it finally ends up lacking the mark.
Endgame-wise, you could have your staple process of filling the museum, catching all of the bugs and fish, and paying off your loans. New ones had been added to New Horizons, reminiscent of finishing all of the Nook Miles challenges in your NookCellphone. Even although they’re launched initially of the game, they do play a giant half within the endgame since there’s a plethora of duties you’ll be able to’t end inside a month or two. Completing these challenges rewards you with Nook Miles which lets you go to random Islands to gather sources and speak to villagers you might wish to recruit.
Some of those challenges are duties like speaking to a certain quantity of villagers, accumulating fruit, and constructing sure objects, whereas others are extra in depth duties reminiscent of increasing your property six occasions or shopping for 300 objects from Tom Nook. The problem with this method is that for those who’re already proud of the residents you could have and have accomplished the whole lot, there is not sufficient incentive to do these challenges past blind completionism.
The Mystery Islands themselves aren’t sufficient of an endgame expertise. Interaction on these islands is extraordinarily restricted since they’re primarily the identical as one another. Their major use is to gather sources, however that may be completed in your island. Sure you’ll be able to meet new villagers on them, nonetheless, it is pointless as there is a restrict to what number of you’ll be able to have. If you are already joyful along with your present cuddly mates, why would you must go? When you could have all of the objects, sources, and islanders you want, the Mystery Islands change into out of date.
If the system had been to take a web page from Stardew Valley and reward gamers with objects or in-game cash, it might inspire you to finish challenges. In Stardew Valley there is a group middle the place you’ll be able to donate objects full a selected part of the middle. Each part has one thing known as a Bundle the place for those who donate the precise objects it asks for, you get rewards for doing so and unlock new key in-game objects (just like the Greenhouse, which lets you develop crops from any season all yr spherical).
If Animal Crossing had been to do the identical factor by having a middle that residents might go to and loosen up, then it might hold you busy within the endgame. It could be higher if one thing akin to bundles was applied as properly, permitting gamers to unlock extra places or options that they might use. It could be a step-up in comparison with previous Animal Crossing titles.
The Island Designer NookCellphone app provides you free rein over your island, letting you customise it the way you see match. It enables you to create partitions, paths, and waterfalls. Unfortunately, this function will get boring after some time. What do you do after you’ve created the proper island for your self? The choice to demolish your island is offered, however you’d lose the whole lot you labored laborious to perform. Your home, museum, assortment, objects, and residents are all gone.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a one-island-per-device restriction. This means irrespective of how many individuals are registered on a single Nintendo Switch, just one particular person can personal an island at a time. This function didn’t assist New Horizons’ longevity. With the one-island restriction lifted, you’ll be capable of create not solely a brand new character, however one other island, supplying you with extra purpose to maintain enjoying and experimenting with totally different concepts.
The collection is thought for having real-life holidays and occasions inside the game. As healthful and charming as that could be, the truth is that many individuals could be celebrating with household and mates on these days somewhat than enjoying the game. Having occasions that aren’t simply associated to real-world holidays might additionally provide you with extra to do within the endgame. Occasions reminiscent of a mini carnival, a sports activities competition, or perhaps a hotdog-eating competitors would add some freshness to the game.
Having a minigame mode that you would play with mates on-line might spice issues up too. Activities reminiscent of fishing contests, and even tag could possibly be value including. As it stands, the multiplayer mode has been the identical for years and nothing has modified with it.
Nintendo ended up taking one massive step ahead, but additionally one massive step again. Last November, the Happy Home Paradise DLC was launched. While it did give the game an inflow of gamers to the title, Nintendo additionally acknowledged that this could be the game’s final main content material replace, so any hopes of an endgame enchancment might want to wait till the following outing.
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