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maybe 3 1/2 stars....
on 18 May 2009
Yes i've given this game 3 stars, maybe if i could use half a star that would go on too...
It's hard for me to believe i havent even been playing Animal Crossing for a year yet. I started with Wild World in July last year, then got this one on the day it came out in December (thanks Amazon!) i also joined a fantastic site and have learnt so much about the game it feels like i've been playing longer.
Now, i love WW for my DS. I love the interaction with the animals, i also love waiting for a new townie and wondering who it will be. I love the small-ness (if that's a word) of my little, private town too, and the portability of it. i havent stopped playing it since i got AC-LGTTC. But this review isnt for WW so i will crack on...
Ok, the reason i didnt give LGTTC more than 3 1/2 is for quite a few reasons really. i was quite annoyed they didnt call it the US version which is simply City Folk. And they didnt make enough changes to the game. it's still the same old AC. Which for many people, i know, is good, but they could of changed simple things like the colour of the floor in the museum or changed colours in the town hall. Made little touches like that. The City itself is ok, but not something you need to visit all the time, it's quite a small area really. Only so much you can do there. The grass! Well that has made a lot of people not very happy! It wears away, a little thing Nintendo have named "Animal Tracks" it's supposed to help you have paths to the most frequented areas like Nooks. It's clearly not been tested out properly. What the developers forget is that to truly experience AC in all it's glory, you have to explore all of the town to get your fossils, take out the weeds, water flowers, plant trees, catch bugs, fish etc. So in next to no time your town is like a desert. And this can affect bugs, like the grasshopper not appearing. Thankfully i knew this before starting my game so i could lay out paths myself to frequented areas and so i have kept quite a lot of my grass by sticking to those. I'm also taking advantage of the fact that in Spring and Summer grass grows back quicker than in the snowy Winter (although it's still slowwwww but faster if you plant flowers) so i have planted more flowers around the edges of my paths and this has helped. So when Autumn and Winter come i should have nice grass. Also the animals in LGTTC dont seem to be as nice as they are in WW. I mean they dont seem to care about friendship. Another big factor is that you cant collect their pictures in this one like you can in WW so there doesnt seem to be any incentive to make friends/talk/write to them. Although i still talk to them, just dont write so much. And they are more repetitive in this one, and they dont have hobbies really. They just ask you to find fossils/clothes etc. give you a couple of days and then feel sad if you havent managed to get them what they want. There are more things i'm not keen on but i should stop there.
And i know, it just sounds like i dont like the game at all, but i do, there are good points to it. It's probably great if you have never played AC before and dont compare it to the others. It does have good points. Wifi is still there, although i can only visit others, i cant get visitors but i think i have a dodgy disc, i'm not changing it now that Dibley (my town) is looking lovely. I dont have wiispeak but it's nice hearing other people, especially Americans :P Holidays like Christmas and Easter are back so i really like that aspect. The tool shift using your D-pad, i really love that about it. And the graphics are better but i still think WW has great graphics! You can change Tom Nooks store too, so once you get Nookingtons, every month he will ask you what you look for in a store and depending on the answer you can get the store to change so the options are - variety =Nookingtons, balance =Nookway, good hours = Nook n Go, nothing much = Nooks Cranny. So i like that and since Nookingtons is only open till 9pm, i've downgraded to Nook n Go which is open from 7am - 1am and that will be great in Summer catching all those late night, expensive bugs. :D
So, for me i do prefer WW. But there are aspects of each game that i wish was in the other. I still say get the game. I do enjoy playing it despite my negatives. That's all, if you have the game or are getting it, enjoy :)