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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: 7 out of 179
  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. Sep 6, 2017
    10
    The last 3 games had a few flaws but this entry in the game...has now flaws in my opinion! It's a fun game with new additions that make theThe last 3 games had a few flaws but this entry in the game...has now flaws in my opinion! It's a fun game with new additions that make the game perfect! Expand
  3. Jul 21, 2013
    10
    As an avid Animal Crossing fan for 10 years, I remember the beauty and joy of playing AC on the GameCube. Sadly, that originality slowlyAs an avid Animal Crossing fan for 10 years, I remember the beauty and joy of playing AC on the GameCube. Sadly, that originality slowly diminished over the years as the DS and Wii versions were basically a copy of each other. But this completely changed with New Leaf. It brought back that amazing feeling the original gave me. Unlike most video games, where you binge through the story until you beat it after a week, New Leaf is made to be played for an hour or less a day, every day, for months. I have had my copy of this game for over a month, and i've played it every day. It's sad to say that i've spent over 100 hours on it already. Actually no, i'm fine with saying that, because this game is truly wonderful. It truly is an endless game, there are new things to do every day and there's always something to look forward to; like paying off your next mortgage, starting a new public works project, or celebrating holidays by getting exclusive furniture. What also makes New Leaf a hit is the much better online play. In previous version, connecting with people was a hassle. This is because Animal Crossing was behind it's time, it was really hard to find new people to play with online back in 2005. But now with bustling AC communities on the internet, getting friend codes is so easy. Overall, this game will give you an experience unlike any other. If you don't have this game and you have a 3DS, go out and buy it right now. Expand
  4. Dec 21, 2013
    9
    I am willing to give this game a 10 because not only is it extremely relaxing it may look childish but it has hundreds of hours and things toI am willing to give this game a 10 because not only is it extremely relaxing it may look childish but it has hundreds of hours and things to do. I can safely say this game is a game you must buy if you own a 3ds in fact it was the first game I got when I bought it and I have not had doubts about it since. The music is very nice while being relaxing and there is stuff to do every day. Expand
  5. Aug 15, 2017
    9
    The magic in this game is hidden. New Leaf offers various activities that can last 2 hours per day. The idea of the game is more large scaleThe magic in this game is hidden. New Leaf offers various activities that can last 2 hours per day. The idea of the game is more large scale in terms of time because it is a game that uses real time for events. Never mess with this feature and you will develop bonds with villagers and spend countless hours doing "nothing" which is actually not a bad thing in this game. Just play it, you'll love it. Expand
  6. Sep 15, 2017
    9
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf is an excellent fourth outing for the cutesy Nintendo life simulator series. Traditionally, Animal Crossing gamesAnimal Crossing: New Leaf is an excellent fourth outing for the cutesy Nintendo life simulator series. Traditionally, Animal Crossing games draw you in with a basic premise: create a character, move in to a new village, make some animal friends, and live your life. While the series has moved on from some of the more vulgar conversations that one could have with animals on the original Gamecube title, New Leaf does offer so much more that blows every other AC game in the series out of the water.

    Basically, there's just so much to do. You've still got fishing, bug catching, and everything else you should be familiar with if you've ever played an AC game. The difference in New Leaf is that now your villager is the mayor. You decide what projects to take on and fund. Essentially, the entire village's appearance is now at your fingertips. Clothing design at the Abel Sisters has improved, having added a QR code reader to download user-created content online. There's also compatibility with another AC game on the 3DS, Happy Home Designer.

    Nothing is perfect however as you will have to wait a long time to unlock all of the shops and building materials. Simply put, you will need to put in more work than ever before to get things to look exactly how you want them to. Unfortunately, by the time you actually have everything that you want at your disposal, you may have already lost interest in the game. There's also the issue of Amiibos and Amiibo cards. They are all ridiculously expensive and there are a lot to collect. All this aside, I highly recommend Animal Crossing: New Leaf to fans of the series and newcomers alike. I suppose the best praise I could give to this game and the series in general to sell it to anyone is very simple: this is the best game to just sit down and relax with. Play it.
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  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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