Olivia says: “Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best addition to the series. I played this game the most during 2020, and there are so many little details hidden for players to find. This game lets me relax and accomplish daily tasks, boosting my mental health. I absolutely love the crafting system and making cute points of interest on my island. The first several months were the best, because after the game was released its popularity was on par with the launch of Pokemon GO.
“The game starts off slowly rather than moving to a town full of shops and preset animal villagers. Previous games never let you have enough inventory space, and you weren’t able to decorate outside your home. Building an entire island from scratch is really satisfying after weeks of building and decorating to show off to your Animal Crossing friends.”
Bastet says: “I’ve been a big fan of the Animal Crossing series since New Leaf, and I was so excited to get a main series game after all that time. The timing of New Horizons was perfect. We just went into quarantine and were able to pick it up before we went into lockdown, and it honestly carried me through the lockdown. Sure, the game was missing features that have since been added, (i.e. diving, art, etc.) but it had enough of the basics to keep me and my friends happy and entertained. The increase in clothing options made my goth fashionista heart happy. The default of referring to players with they/them pronouns is something I strive for in our real life, and seeing it flawlessly executed in New Horizons made me cry happy tears. New Horizons had the feature to visit your friends’ islands with up to eight people, and this feature meant so much to me and my friends. We were heartbroken, missing each other constantly during lockdown, and this helped numb some of the pain. The times spent on Discord island-hopping and laughing with my friends saved my life.”
Badlex says: “The majority of my time during the spring was spent doing three things: Working extended hours at my job, trying to maintain my well-being while helping my family and playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
“New Horizons was the only new game I played in 2020, and play it I did. For several months. Hours and hours of time poured into building relationships with my villagers, covering my home with turnips and visiting friends that I would not be able to see otherwise. I was never a fan of the Animal Crossing franchise before this point, but thanks to one of my best friends, Anthony, I was able to experience the wonder and amusement that could only be provided by a game that allows you to fill every inch of your island with mannequins while you try to consolidate your rocks into one location as to avoid venturing across your entire island to find that dang money rock hiding in the orchard with your trees.
“In short, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best game that I’ve played in 2020, and one of the best games I’ve played in general. Who knows, maybe now that I’ve reminisced on the game, I may just visit my island again, say hello to whatever old neighbors are there and begin plucking the 4,500 weeds that have grown since I last played in June.
I hope Teddy is still there. I’ve missed Teddy.”
Pandit says: “My second favorite game was Animal Crossing because of all the cute animal villagers!”