Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic - 92 average - 100% recommended - 42 reviews

Critic Reviews

Areajugones - Víctor Rodríguez - Spanish - 9.3 / 10

Animal Crossing is back with New Horizons. A game that feels big, polished and absolutely addictive. Ninteno has managed to create yet another entry in the series that has enough changes without leaving behind the feeling and philosophy of Animal Crossing.

Ars Technica - Sam Machkovech - Unscored

Animal Crossing games have always delivered a compelling version of self-quarantine, and this one overflows with quantity, without sacrificing quality, to do so at a scale series fans have never seen.

CGMagazine - Jordan Biordi - 10 / 10

Animal Crossing: New Horizons takes everything good about Animal Crossing, and improves it ten-fold.

COGconnected - James Paley - 92 / 100

If you’ve ever had even a whiff of interest in this franchise, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be an absolute slam dunk. Don’t sleep on this one for a second.

Critical Hit - Brad Lang - 8.5 / 10

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game that manages to be wholeheartedly cathartic, relaxing and adorable for every second you play despite some legacy flaws and clunky menus that may vex just a little too much

Cubed3 - Susan Gray - 10 / 10

As in the past games, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is rich with culture, community, humour and charm. There’s a reason why the series has such a dedicated fan base - and with such hype, there’s always the worry that the expectations may not match reality.
However, New Horizons exceeds expectations in every way! The perfect gateway game for many people and with added touches of magic, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect for players old and new!

Daily Mirror - Jasper Pickering - 5 / 5 stars

Long time fans of Animal Crossing will have plenty to love with New Horizons and for younger players who may be unfamiliar with past entries, the appeal will become immediately apparent in its presentation. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a must play for any Nintendo Switch owner.

Daily Star - Rebecca Stow - 5 / 5 stars

Similar to how Breath of the Wild and Odyssey reimagined 3D Zelda and Mario, New Horizons represents an exciting new milestone for the Animal Crossing series.

Destructoid - CJ Andriessen - 8.5 / 10

Honestly, 18 days is far too little time to generate a comprehensive assessment of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. There is still much I don’t know about this game, including how in-game purchases will ultimately be incorporated. But based on what I have been able to experience, it’s what I’ve wanted Animal Crossing to be for many years. While it fumbles its camping-inspired opening, New Horizons makes a nice recovery with a strong focus on player accomplishment, creating a potent sense of achievement in this idyllic piece of escapism.

EGM - Mollie L Patterson - Unscored

For now, Animal Crossing: New Horizons feels like a no-brainer for fans of the franchise, and a perfect place to start for newcomers—with the exception of ruining every other previous Animal Crossing game, should you ever want to go back to them.

Eurogamer - Martin Robinson - Essential

An impressive suite of improvements combine with a more clearly defined structure for Animal Crossing’s finest outing to date. - Francesco Fossetti - Italian - 8.5 / 10

It’s a special game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. An addictive diversion that allows you to escape from the daily routine to discover an alternative, made of flowers to plant, of strange talking animals, of a wandering disengagement between rivers and beaches.

Forbes - Dave Thier - 10 / 10

Know that if you’re overwhelmed with the world, stuck inside, or adrift in a life that you know will look totally different next week — get Animal Crossing.

Game Informer - Jeff Cork - 9 / 10

A new challenge system reinvigorates the familiar core, providing a wonderful incentive to explore all of Animal Crossing’s myriad activities. This cheerful life sim is the next best thing to an actual vacation

GameMAG - Russian - 9 / 10

Animal Crossing: New Horizons significantly expands the functionality of New Leaf, but remains the same familiar game in the genre of contemplative life simulator. It is a very competent, detailed project of amazing, subtle beauty, which must be in the collection of every owner of the Nintendo Switch.

GamePro - Ann-Kathrin Kuhls - German - 90 / 100

Animal Crossing New Horizons creates a versatile and deep life simulation despite peaceful island life.

GameSpot - Kallie Plagge - 8 / 10

Animal Crossing: New Horizons gives you more creative freedom and more to do on any given day while preserving what makes the series special.

Gameblog - Yann Bernard - French - 9 / 10

The fresh thrill of discovering an uninhabited atoll tends to fade once such wild life gets cosier with crafted items, buildings, shops and incoming residents, until it looks like a village from the previous iterations. But the larger size of this wholly reshapable island, the customization’s vertiginous level and the improved community interactions create an even more fertile ecosystem, hence Animal Crossing can slowly though decidedly stare further, towards New Horizons, equipped with an ever updating NookPhone.

GamesBeat - Jeff Grubb - 95 / 100

The best thing I can say about New Horizons is that I think it’s going to win over some players who previously bounced off the franchise. And it will do so without losing any longtime fans in the process. Those players will find more to love than ever before.

GamesRadar+ - Sam Loveridge - 4.5 / 5 stars

There continues to be nothing quite like Animal Crossing, and New Horizons proves that there’s life in the old Nook yet.

Glitched Africa - Marco Cocomello - 9 / 10

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is not for everyone. Its snail-pace progression may turn you off and its tedious mechanics can be an issue to get through at times. However, it acts as an escape from the world for a few hours where you can build your dream island, run around in the rain in your undies and catch a whale shark with a flimsy fishing rod. There’s a lot to love about the game but there’s also a lot to hate. One thing is for sure, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is like adopting a pet, you will be stuck with it for months and years ahead as you nurture it and love it every single day.

God is a Geek - Adam Cook - 10 / 10

A beautiful, welcoming game that is everything and anything you want it to be. This is one you’ll play all year and beyond, and it’s exactly what the world needs right now.

Hobby Consolas - David Martinez - Spanish - 88 / 100

Animal Crossing New Horizons adds new customization elements, tools, objects and activities to the classic formula. It´s not a game for everybody, but fans will love it.

IGN - Samuel Claiborn - 9 / 10

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an expanded, polished, next-generation reboot of a classic Nintendo game that’s full of surprises.

IGN Italy - Italian - 9.2 / 10

Animal Crossing: New Horizons change the game in a lot of subtly but meaningful ways, giving it more depth, freedom and a better flow.

IGN Spain - Spanish - 8.2 / 10

Animal Crossing debuts on Nintendo Switch with New Horizons, a game that draws heavily from users of previous titles feedback, but with too slow a progression in comparison.

Kotaku - Ian Walker - Unscored

I know this can’t last forever. But in the meantime, I’m going to absorb as much from my time here as possible in the hopes of taking at least a little bit of Aurora back with me.

Metro GameCentral - 9 / 10

Animal Crossing finally gets a sequel that moves the franchise forward, in a surprisingly timely release that is perfect for this year in terms of both its gameplay and its philosophy.

Nintendo Life - Alex Olney - 10 / 10

Animal Crossing: New Horizons takes Animal Crossing and not only drags it back onto home consoles, but improves upon every single facet imaginable.

NintendoWorldReport - Daan Koopman - Unscored

Even after all these years, there is a daily routine that I hold dear and makes me adore the various elements that glue this game together. It has been sharply dialed up to eleven, without disagrading any newcomers.

Polygon - Russ Frushtick - Unscored

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a respite from the current state of the world. I find my general anxiety slowly subside as I run through my town, water my plants, and build furniture for the sassy chicken gentleman living down by the beach. It’s exactly what I need right now.

Post Arcade (National Post) - Chad Sapieha - 8 / 10

Nintendo’s adorable life simulator is blissfully free of anything more stressful or worrisome than rain showers and bug bites

Screen Rant - Cody Gravelle - 4.5 / 5 stars

Tom Nook’s latest venture is profitable for fans and villagers alike.

Spaziogames - Nicolò Bicego - Italian - 9.3 / 10

Animal Crossing: New Horizons easily wins the “best entry in the series” title, bringing in much needed new content in the franchise.

Telegraph - Jack Rear - 5 / 5 stars

While a deserted island is the setting for a shedload of games, from Fortnite to Far Cry, none have ever tried very hard to live up to the Desert Island Discs dream that most of us have fantasised about at one time or another.

The Games Machine - Erica Mura - Italian - 9.4 / 10

If you’ve never played a game in the series, New Horizons is a great start. On the other hand, if you are already familiar with Animal Crossing, you will find a good amount of nostalgia but also pleasant little news, which will make this new adventure worthy of being lived day by day.

TheSixthAxis - Stefan L - 9 / 10

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect island escape, drawing you in to play day after day. All of the charms of the series’ previous games are here, but with gorgeous new graphics, DIY crafting and the eventual ability to remodel your island, you can really create the island settlement of your dreams.

TrustedReviews - Jade King - 5 / 5 stars

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best game I’ve played this year, and immediately cements itself as one of the generation’s defining experiences. Fans will be playing it for years, watching as the seasons roll by and unveil the true potential of what has been created here.

USgamer - Caty McCarthy - 4.5 / 5 stars

With real-world headlines more harrowing than ever, there’s never been a better time to go on vacation within Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

VG247 - Alex Donaldson - 5 / 5 stars

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is everything I hoped it would be, and it’s yet another stellar release that showcases a confident Nintendo at its best. It is excellent, and is easily another must-own Switch title – at least, if you can understand and embrace Animal Crossing’s uniquely lazy pace.

VideoGamer - Imogen Donovan - 9 / 10

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is beautiful and peaceful, offering safe harbour from the stresses of everyday life. There’s so much to do and so much to see, so what’s wrong with making a back seat?

Wccftech - Dave Aubrey - 9.4 / 10

I adore Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and this is quickly becoming one of my most-played games on Nintendo Switch. If you’ve ever had a love slow-paced social sims like Animal Crossing or The Sims, this game is essential.

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I hate Animal Crossing