Monday, March 20, 2006

Game Review (Animal Crossing: Wild World - DS)

Animal Crossing came out on the Gamecube in (2002?) and i got it in 2003. It was an awesomely unique game somewhat taking the idea of the Sims, but putting it in real time and making all the characters animals. Certainly unique, certainly fun, and was a blast to play each and every day, although not for a long period of time. You play as a male or female human in your own town without a house. Tom Nook makes you a house and you have to pay it off ( extremely similar to the Gamecube version ). After you pay it off, you get upgrades, but it's not TOO easy, but it's not TOO hard.

Graphics: 9/10. Yummy. It looks better than the Gamecube version to me ( many many many MANY would disagree with that ) but it looks far better to me. Less blockiness, and great animations like the Gamecube version. The graphics are cartoony and very different from most games out there.

Sound: 8.5/10. A bit annoying at first, I got this game at about 5 PM and the music was very annoying and just continuously played a weird beeping pattern, but it wasn't THAT bad. The town animal's quick talking high pitched ( or low depending on animal ) voice is still there, you can still make a "town tune", it's all good.

Control: 8.5/10. Sure is easy. you basically use the D-Pad, and stylus or X,Y,A,B buttons, and it's fairly easy to get used to. I would reccomend the stylus way, though, because it just seems more convenient.

Fun: 9/10. Anybody who played the Gamecube version will find Wild World similar in a lot of ways, different in a few ways. you can now make a town flag, and the best addition: WIFI. You can play near or far with your friend ( if you have a friend code ). So if you can convince your friend to get a DS and this game, you're in luck because it's just like an online 3D chat site. Not just one friend, though, there can be 4 people in one town ( including you ) so you can all buy, sell, trade in eachother's town, and you can also just sit around and talk or meet eachother's neighbors in their towns. This is certainly a great game, one of the best DS games out there, may not be the best "hours-on-end" title for the DS ( I personally can't think of one except for maybe Mario Kart DS ) but it is amazing if you play in 30 minute to 1 hour spurts. Pick this up, whether you play Wi-Fi or not, it's a blast.


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