Monday, April 16, 2012

Animal Crossing - City Folk/Let's Go To The City

Let's go to the city.
Review By Kael
Animal Crossing: City Folk is the next edition in the Animal Crossing series, which seems to be more of a series of updated re-treads more than real sequels. It's hard to imagine how an actual sequel would look, as the series isn't exactly driven by stories, events or characters. While City Folk adds in plenty of new things to do, plenty of content comes off as a bit too repetitive and copied from past titles.

You start off on the bus with Kapp'n driving, and Rover asking you the questions that set up your town name, your name and the way your appearance starts off. You're dropped off in town and you pick out your house, and then work for Tom Nook's store to pay off your debt and learn the basics of the game.

In town, there's plenty to do. There's stuff to dig up, bugs and fish to catch, and seashells to collect and sell. You can donate to the museum and browse, go to a little coffee bar, or create and view constellations. 

There are events such as a camel showing up to trade carpets, which sends you all over town looking for one that the camel wants. There are holidays, flea markets, and the random towns...person... that wants to trade items. Most of this is roughly the same as in previous animal crossing games. There's even more to do, like donating to the town funds, investing in turnips, and buying stuff for your house. Or buying stuff and sending them as gifts to other people in your town - you can have up to 4 other people live in a house in your town. It's nice to share the area with a family member.

Some of the activities are really repetitive, but not necessarily in a bad way. Animal Crossing is a nice game of simple pleasures. It's easy to upkeep the town, and it's fun to to come back every day for new content - Animal Crossing simulates a persistent environment. You eventually can upgrade your house, the general store, and other features of the town. The sun moves through the sky and sets for the night, there are weather effects and the seasons actually do change. 

What all this amounts to is a peaceful distraction to fill out a little bit of your day. Some people can invest a lot of time into Animal Crossing, trying to get all the furniture and rare items they want, others can simply slowly chug along - you can accomplish something in the game no matter how much time you put in.

To this point in the discussion, I feel like I'm just playing the same old Animal Crossing game. Sure there are some updates tacked on, but the core (right on down to much of the dialog) of the game is the same. I'm picking up shells, digging for fossils and catching insects and fish. I'm buying items and furniture for my house. It's the same as before and this is where I take a point away from City Folk. They really had the opportunity to add more to the town and they didn't add very much.

What they did add, however, was a nice little city block that you can take a bus to. It's not all that great, but it gives you the chance to change your hair, use your Mii, change your shoes, buy expensive stuff, and use the auction house, among other options. It's a really nice addition that gives you something to save your money for, as well as updating your character's looks. 

In addition, the Wii's online capabilities are put to good use, and this is the one game where the friend code system actually shines. While it's a shame that you have to dig around and share codes with existing friends, Animal Crossing has featured a ton of item trading and now you can have people visit your town to just hang out, or for other in-game benefits. People go online and find someone who wants to visit their town, and can quickly exchange this information to visit without having to really add people to a system list or any other messy system. 

It's perfect for Animal Crossing, even if it's grotesque for every other game. Now people exchange turnip information and can collect a fee for allowing people to trade in turnips at high prices. There are plenty of other reasons to engage in town visiting as well - if you have Wii Speak, you can chat with people in the other towns. You can check out their houses, buy from their Tom Nook, exchange fruit, etc. I think there's even some content (ie a lost cat whose mother is in a friend's town) geared for multiplayer. It's a welcome addition and a solid progression in terms of community content.

Overall, the game is mostly the same old Animal Crossing with a bunch of new features. If you're bored of Animal Crossing going into the game, City Folk doesn't do anything to cure that, but otherwise it's a quirky and solid little game, much like previous Animal Crossings.
SYSTEM: Nintendo Wii


1 comment:

  1. i think i should get this game but i have animal crossing new leaf but this one looks amazing soo do the still sell it