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tujunga
 
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Alex
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11/28 8:37am
To be frank, this killed the series for me. I enjoy NH for what it is, but this is where I get off the bus. I despise the tools breaking, I despise that certain crafting materials are limited or tough to get even though they're common, like stones. It's insane you need a shovel to get stone but also stone to create a shovel. I've had times where I just have no shovel because it'll refuse to give me material and break the things I need.

What really spoiled this game for me though was the lack of furniture and the prices of things being changed up. It's harder to make money for me than before, and the things cost more, and there isn't seemingly as many thing as past games. Junk furniture will be the expensive stuff now sometimes, for why? No way to get variations on furniture, because they did not add Retail and they don't allow you to custom things yourself for the most part out of Nooks. I constantly get the same exact thing in my shop, and it would be less annoying if I could get the variations. It'll sell the Orange Tape Deck to me ONLY. But there are many other colors. It does that with nearly everything, but I come on here and people say you aren't assigned a default color you should get anything, well I don't.

There's lag in the center of my island, even when nothing was there at the start of my game.

The events are hallow or clones of each other with different items.

Villagers don't say much, but sometimes they talked TOO much in NL.

Isabelle talks too much

The game takes too long to load up or shut down

The things that improved were not enough.

I don't really care what the answers or fixes are or could be, because the damage has already been done and they've signaled they will not fix or change things drastically the way we want or hope for.

I'd rather have the series NOT die though, let it live on in future iterations and not be a bad series, so people can enjoy and we don't have to have AC become a stain on Nintendo. But I will not be participating in future games because of this one.


But all that, is just me. I hated WW, thought it was so ugly and y'all on here love that game the most, which makes absolutely no sense to me. It looks bad, sounds bad, it removed the 2nd level and gave us a bunch of useless junk that carried on into NL that they finally were smart enough to remove in NH. But it also left holes.
lol glad im not the game designer, dont ask me how to fix it all I dont know. I just know what would please myself
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I love checking in on this site and just finding posts complaining about NH. I think it's a testament to how beloved this game is for fans, and how Nintendo tried to include changes that only pleased a few.

I'll just add that after playing this game every day since May (I had a slow start after buying it in March), that I really don't get the same excitement/energy that I did for NL and GC, my two favorites. It's too bad because it's such a pretty game.

My partner is also playing it, and each of us threaten to quit it at least once a week because we just don't get alot of fun out of it. It does feel like a chore with very little payoff (he really hates the golden tools breaking; I hate the feeling that I will play at least an hour and I'm not getting much accomplished because certain things are difficult to collect). None of us care about the terraforming and island decorating, especially when you can't use most of the items. I miss the variety of furniture and the bigger rooms as I loved decorating my previous homes.

The one year anniversary is coming up, and by this time, I usually feel pretty satisfied with the game. I have almsot collected everything, completed the museum, and played a cycle of events. I'm just not feeling that now. I feel like I used this game to get through a pandemic, played out of habit, and now I'm ready to move on. I can't see myself playing it for more than a year like I did with previous versions.

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10/29 9:30pm
Yeah, the crafting is way too much, it's like another pocket camp.  The tools breaking is horrendous, it honestly makes me not even use the tools much.
The game is supposed to be relaxing, but it's become such a chore.
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My first Animal Crossing game was on the GameCube when I was 13. It was one of the most magical experiences I had ever had with a video game. I played every console iteration of the series. When New Horizons was being teased, I was the most excited I had ever been for the series. It looked like it would be the best of the best and since I have little children of my own now, I was equally excited for them.

Insert problem one, sharing your neighborhood with little kids. (My siblings and I each had our own neighborhood when we played AC in the past, we had characters in each others neighborhood, but we knew, that we had control over it.) I have no issues with sharing, but it limits the experience and divides it by 4.

Problem two, there isn't enough storage if you have 4 active players on your island. We can't individually make enough bells, to pay for upgrades so it's making the game take 4x as long as it would for just 1 person.
So I find myself grinding bells when the kids are asleep, so they don't have to experience this frustrating and slow pace.

Problem three, and this is the one that I suppose is the most upsetting. The villagers are vanilla. I do miss the extreme personalities, grumpy, glam, snobby, friendly, etc. There's only traces in the current villagers. As an adult "gamer" I only talk to them when they have something to offer me. I would talk to them, just to hear what they had to say in the past. Watching my kids play, they're not any different. They talked to the villagers quite a bit when they began and now, not at all. When I was a kid in AC:GC, I couldn't wait to see what the interesting villagers had to say next, they were so unique they were almost like, real friends...

Honestly, aside from those 3 issues. I feel like all the other problems/features are personality specific.

My interest in NH fizzled out when having to grind for 3 extra people. The seasonal recipes and exciting furniture is too hard for kids under the age of 8 to get. So, that makes up half my island. And they love the stuff soooo much. I do too. But, spending hours in a game, waiting for the right balloon to drop the right recipe? OH MY GOSH. NO. JUST. NO.
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smb3master
 
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12/6 6:54pm
I have to mostly agree with everyone in this thread, I got New Horizons last year on launch day and was incredibly excited to play it, and it was exciting for me to play at first...but after clocking about 400 hours into the game I just don't feel the same magic as the older games had

I find myself rarely talking to villagers anymore, rarely participating in the holidays, and tbh haven't even actively played the game since December or January, the extreme grinding, forced repetitive crafting, bland villagers and dumbed down holidays really killed my interest in New Horizons for now

On the flip side, I still actively play the Gamecube version after 16 years, and boot up New Leaf occasionally after almost 8 years...heck I'm even thinking about playing City Folk and possibly Wild World again...but not New Horizons for the time being unless an amazing update catches my interest
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10/22 6:21am
Agreed, I am glad that I am not alone in feeling this way. New Horizons has been my least played Animal Crossing game out of all of them. I got bored with the game pretty quick and it is hard to put my finger on why. I think that New Horizons introduces some cool new features but it still manages to feel emptier and more grindy than the other ones.
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12/6 4:18pm
I also have to agree with the majority of people on this thread...... there is no appeal anymore to get the gold tools (they break anyway)

They also never mentioned tortimers death, ( i wasnt invited to the funeral )
What happened to brewster or resetti for that matter ( yeah we got the model but WHERE IS HE?)
All the updates were completely disappointing

So now that my museum is finished i am now only interested in completing my catologue (clothes excluded)

Nintendo you disappoint more and more everyday
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Ro
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5/3 8:27am
I've been replaying wild world and new leaf as of late and i think for me, new horizons fills my need to want to decorate everything and have a wide range if customisation but the villagers?! they barely ask me to do favours and its harder for me to find stuff to do after I'm bored decorating. They feel more like cute accessories now than neighbours hopefully an update will come in to fix or improve it ?
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TheWildShadow55
 
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12/5 7:28pm
That's a possibility considering I've been noticing better dialogue with more updates, and in the beginning they never would ask for favors or ask to do treasure hunts to begin with
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SpikeTheYoshi
 
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Justin
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11/8 1:05am
To me, this game feels like they focused too much on one aspect of Animal Crossing and not the other. They put a ton of emphasis on the decorating aspect of the game. They gave us a ton of new tools to use to mold our islands to our desires while giving us the ability to place furniture outside. That's great. The problem is the life sim aspect of the game has taken the backseat to the crafting and town building aspect.

The interactions with villagers are weaker than they've ever been. Their dialog is extremely repetitive and there's not much going on like frequent villager favors, villager visits, or activities such as hide and seek. It doesn't feel like you're building a community and relationships. Why can't villagers ask us to get fruit for them? Why can't they ask us to pick up something from another villager? Why can't they have some lore to them you have to learn? Why can't they gossip more about stuff and spread rumors?

I think another aspect that I miss is with the progression of Main Street. Despite believing there was gonna be more building after a tweet from Nintendo of America, there was hardly any buildings with hardly any upgrades. While the island had some good progression, from slowly building up the "community" to building a town worth of attracting the attention of K.K. Slider was nice, there was the whole aspect of a budding shopping district missing. Nook's Cranny had like 1 upgrade, though shopping at Nook's with the reward of future upgrades gave me incentive to shop and gave me this sense of accomplishment. Seeing Main Street gain more shops overtime was great. Even finally gaining Club LOL was a great accomplishment.

Speaking of Club LOL, I do hate how some NPC's were booted in favor of QoL improvements or other things. Like I hate that Dr. Shrunk was booted in favor of the villagers teaching reactions. We couldn't have had a mainland where he had a comedy club and gained reactions through him? Then seeing the post office being replaced by a card stand was painful. I missed seeing Pelly, Phyllis, and Pete. I missed hearing about the secret love triangle. And I miss having incentive to mail my villagers letters. Like mailing villagers letters meant they were less likely to move and more likely to send you presents. Now they're extremely easy to convince to stay and send you presents so frequently.

Then there's online....8 players was great, but this game took a step back in terms of online. Yeah, we can still do stuff like gather, hang around, take pics, and do the normal fishing and bug hunting. But that was the norm for Wild World and City Folk. New Leaf though added island tour minigames which was a huge step in terms of online play. It gave us fun little minigames that were kinda nice to play with friends. Why can't we have that back? It would make online play so much better.

Also, while the decorating aspect is great, at times, it feels like we don't have a ton of furniture to work with. There are TONS of series missing and I think its most apparent when it comes to every day household furniture. There's so many series missing, like sleek, alpine, rocco, modern wood, stripped, and the Gracie furniture. I think the lack of different chairs, tables, and beds is where its really noticeable. Another thing also...Why did they have to significantly increase the price of a number of items? They weren't that ridiculously expensive before, so why now? Its not like we can go to Tortimer Island and spend an hour bug hunting and come back with 300K bells.

There's just so much that disappoints me after a year. I hardly play daily now and that's shorter than City Folk, which I played daily for a year and a half. This game I've only played daily for a few months, coming back for a few mins every week or so.  New Horizons feels largely unfinished in some ways and sacrificed so much of the life sim aspect for the design aspect.
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TheWildShadow55
 
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I ESPECIALLY agree with that furniture bet, the HHA is constantly nagging me about how I need to have more matching furniture so I'm like...GIVE US MORE MATCHING FURNITURE!!!! I don't want every room in my house to just be ironwood furniture just to get 100k like no
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Yeah, I feel that way too. I think for me it’s because, as a kid, I always loved talking to my villagers, doing quests for them, even just hearing dialogue. The dialogue in WW was more interesting than in new horizons, but I think the fact that I was a kid plays a role, too. Every villager felt unique to me, and while I experience that in NH to some degree, it’s not the same. Most of the suggested updates I’ve seen, such as adding the museum/gyroids or new Nook expansions, wouldn’t actually improve this issue either. I think what’s missing is unique dialogue like the kind Sable had in WW (yes it was in NL & NH too, but not as much), but for more characters and maybe even involving interactions between them. Like it would be cool if like, just to throw out an example, after participating in like your 5th fishing tourney CJ tells you something new about his friendship with Flick or even something about Chip. And there could even be like whole questlines between different characters that occur gradually, so they can’t be rushed through unless you’re really trying to. The depth of dialogue in WW was fine as a kid, but as AC is gaining more of an adult audience, I think having deeper interactions between characters, instead of them all kind of existing separately from each other and only really interacting with you, would be really cool to see. It feels like the AC games from NL to NH have been gradually moving towards villagers just kind of being there and special characters just offering their one service to you and the main goal being to decorate your town, which like. it’s great that there are more customization options but it does feel like something is missing when it’s supposed to be a game about living in a town with a bunch of animals but said animals are only there for aesthetic purposes/to sell or buy stuff and do not have any depth to them.
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NH to me feels like something in late beta to me.  My number one gripe is the hollow villager interactions.  Heck in WW some villagers had some serious snark to them, which I actually liked.  It felt like you were talking with a neighbor.  Another gripe is the lack of furniture.  For crying out loud, NL had over 1700 pieces of furniture, whereas NH barely breaks over 800.  And don't get me started on the sets.  Nintendo, I want the robo set, as well as the astro set back you jerks!  Also, why only one shop upgrade so far?  I'm pretty sure most, if not all of us, would have unlocked what would be the equivalent of T&T Emporium by now.  But I guess since there's such a lack of furniture, there would be no point to have a 3 floored shop.

Yeah terraforming is something different, but holy cow that part makes it feel more like minecraft with the animal crossing name tacked onto it.  I find myself playing NL more often nowadays.  I'm able to play that on my lunch break at work, relax a bit before I get back to the grind, unlike NH that makes playing it feel like a chore.
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TheWildShadow55
 
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I agree with the last part of what you said, I'm taking an extended break from NH because there is virtually nothing left for me to do besides getting rare bugs, and that truly isn't enjoyable considering how much I have to grind on nook miles islands for them. That, and for the past few months I've been enjoying the game less and less, making it just feel like a daily chore instead of something to look forward to, hence why I'm so burnt out of it. A lot of my irl friends who play ACNH share our same sentiment!
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I came on this site to validate my feelings on NH with other people who have been beloved AC fans for years. Finna sell NH today. It just doesn’t do it for me, i’ve tried to get into it like I did with the previous games….and I just can’t. ACGC, ACWW, ACCF, and ACNL were all better games with heart and soul feeling 2 them. ACNH just isn’t it. Even my boyfriend who has never played an AC game in his life got bored very quickly. Very disappointing honestly. Regardless, AC will always hold a very special place in my heart.
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11/22 12:22am
I've been an Animal Crossing fan for many years.

I want my money back with New Horizons. I highly doubt Nintendo will be doing any major updates with this game at this point anymore. I know this has been said many time before but I expected a FINISHED game when I purchased it.
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One of the biggest problems I have with ACNH is the fact that in order to play with other people, I have to shell out an additional $35 annually. I get that it isn't a lot of money, really, but for one thing, it adds up. For another, it was something I didn't have to pay for with the other games. I can't even play with my kids, unless we are literally sitting right next to each other so we can use the local play function. If you're more than five feet apart in different parts of the house, you can only play together via online, which we don't have access to because since my fiance and I split, I don't have the income to pay Nintendo for the online function.

They've also really stripped the game down. I finished the fossils already. Holy cow! Never finished them that quickly before. The gyroids are gone. Resetti is gone. Gracie is gone. Half the amiibo cards I invite to the island can't come. Brewster is gone. The fossils, fish, and bugs are considerably less than they were in other games. And I've reached a point where if I see Gulliver, I ignore him now because he's been to the island so often, and I'm tired of digging up communicator parts for the umpteenth time. And now I have to pay bells to send mail? Seriously?

I wouldn't mind the crafting so much if you ever reached a point that your tools stopped breaking. That's just annoying.

I don't *hate* the game...I like the terraforming and the ability to decorate the outdoors with furniture, but it definitely has lost more than it has gained, and that is sad.
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^I agree with you overall, and definitely have gripes with this game, only thing is that for the mail in past games you did have to pay. You just paid for the paper itself and then sent it later. Now you pay for it and send at the same time. Honestly I'm really glad that they brought back sending letters to other players from CF.
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