Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS

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  • Summary: There are no points or levels, just a myriad of sights and sounds, places and activities...all ready to explore. Spend your time passing new ordinances—or going fishing. Hang out at a coffee shop or visit a tropical island. It's up to you. Your game is what you make of it—and personalizingThere are no points or levels, just a myriad of sights and sounds, places and activities...all ready to explore. Spend your time passing new ordinances—or going fishing. Hang out at a coffee shop or visit a tropical island. It's up to you. Your game is what you make of it—and personalizing your world is part of the fun. Create cool patterns for clothing or furniture, build new structures in your town, design gardens and museum displays, and so much more. Time passes in the world of Animal Crossing just as it does in real life. Celebrate holidays and see the seasons change. Meet new visitors or get gifts from your neighbors. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. Aug 26, 2013
    100
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf represents not only the pinnacle of the series, but also the ingenuity of the life simulation genre.
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    97
    It’s not something that you can marathon, it’s not something you can “beat,” and going in without those expectations will ruin it for you. Its portable nature, plus all of the extra features that they’ve been adding since the first game on the GameCube make this not only the best game in the series, but also a perfect starting point for newcomers.
  3. 90
    The definitive version of one of the best feel-good franchises ever.
  4. 90
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a beast of a game, featuring hundreds of hours of open-ended gameplay. If you were turned off by the lack of structure and real goals in previous Animal Crossing games, nothing here will change your mind.
  5. Jul 12, 2013
    90
    New Leaf is a truly magical game. It is the best entry in the series yet.
  6. Jun 4, 2013
    84
    New Leaf has an addictive bent unmatched in most other titles, and it will keep those even mildly interested coming back for days and days.
  7. Jun 4, 2013
    70
    A new leaf has not been turned. Rather, an old dog is on display. Faithful, loyal, and hard to dislike, but you know what it can do already.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 145
  1. Jun 9, 2013
    10
    Much different than the previous DS version I popped in the old game today to see the difference, and "Animal Crossing: New Leaf" is so muchMuch different than the previous DS version I popped in the old game today to see the difference, and "Animal Crossing: New Leaf" is so much smoother and better in every way! The whole game seems happier and Nintendo really listened to its fans. It may sound silly, but being able to sell all your items at once or have the owl appraise all your items at once saves a ton of time and is so convenient! No game is perfect, but this is so close! 9.9/10 Expand
  2. Jun 28, 2016
    10
    This game definitely changed the animal crossing series. The changes are something that will probably stay for future games and still to thisThis game definitely changed the animal crossing series. The changes are something that will probably stay for future games and still to this day I am hoping for another animal crossing game here soon Expand
  3. Jan 26, 2015
    10
    I have logged 440+ hours on Animal Crossing: New Leaf! It is AC at its best, I have played all AC games to date.

    Pros: + You're the mayor
    I have logged 440+ hours on Animal Crossing: New Leaf! It is AC at its best, I have played all AC games to date.

    Pros:
    + You're the mayor this time!
    + Animals and their personalities
    + Fish, fossil, furniture collecting OCD!
    + customize town
    + Real time = extension of own life
    + mini-games
    + visiting other towns
    + streetpass integration

    Cons:
    - friend codes still a thing
    - repeating dialogue
    - flat terrain (compared to previous installments)
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  4. Jan 29, 2014
    9
    Animal Crossing New Leaf is one of the best 3DS games that i enjoy playing

    the game has one best new thing on it and that public work
    Animal Crossing New Leaf is one of the best 3DS games that i enjoy playing

    the game has one best new thing on it and that public work project and being a mayor
    but making 2nd villger you woon't have be a mayor and just do sorts normal animal crossing fum
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  5. Jun 29, 2013
    9
    I became a fan of the series in late 2004 when I played Animal Crossing on the Nintendo GameCube for the first time. I was fascinated that aI became a fan of the series in late 2004 when I played Animal Crossing on the Nintendo GameCube for the first time. I was fascinated that a game that includes weed picking and seashell hunting as part of the regular gameplay, and wondered how and why I found it to be so strangely addicting. Fast forward almost nine years later and here we have the fourth installment in the series. While it doesn't stray far from the Animal Crossing formula it does add that nostalgic feeling that I feel was lost in the second and third games. You're still in debt to Tom Nook, but it feels less forced. You're still doing chores such as killing and weed pulling, but now with projects and things to add to your town instead of it being the same forever. Your main street grows and adds on as you continue to play, and you can't help but feel satisfied as you watch your town flourish into something beautiful and completely your own.

    If I had to say something negative about this game (or rather something "less positive") it would have to be the placement of public works projects. You can almost never place them exactly where you want, and symmetry is very hard to create. That being said, I definitely recommend this game to anyone. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, and that's ok, but those who have liked the game for sure will fall in love with this one. This is the best one since the GameCube, and in many ways it's even better than that.
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  6. Dec 11, 2016
    9
    This is a very addicting game! I have put over 130h into the game, and still havent discover or did everything the game has to offer! BewareThis is a very addicting game! I have put over 130h into the game, and still havent discover or did everything the game has to offer! Beware It's be be pretty repetitive, as you'll have to do the same task for a couples of days to get enough money to do what you wanted, but since It's meant to be played by little session time, It's not a major problem. This game is very friendly, very easy and let you do things your way. Must play for any 3DS owner! (PS: the game was just updated to add new feature, most notably the amiibo, which means that you can now have freaking Link in your village, and acouple of others! It's good and refreshing!) Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2017
    0
    Most boring game I've ever played. There is barely anything new you can do each day and nothing you do is engaging or fun. Terrible game,Most boring game I've ever played. There is barely anything new you can do each day and nothing you do is engaging or fun. Terrible game, wouldn't recommend. Expand

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