One of our first debates was Harvest Moon versus Animal Crossing as a couple of our favorite franchises, and we’ve even challenged each other to play games in each of the series to give them another try. Recently, I did get a new appreciation for New Leaf, even if my interest is waning a bit with it now. With that, I found myself a little more intrigued than I expected myself to be at the Animal Crossing: New Horizons news at E3 this year.
I’ve wanted an Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch for so long now. As soon as they announced it, I was instantly excited. We finally got more news on it at E3 this year and they showed off an interesting trailer. It showcased some of the new mechanics of the game that, honestly, had me tilting my head.
It did give us a few new mechanics that Rachel and I had been talking about recently for the games, such as having lawns to decorate instead of just decorating inside the houses. Having customizable characters is a plus as well. Something that I was interested in was the farming mechanic. I started laughing, marveling at how Animal Crossing is adopting some Harvest Moon aspects.
Having a yard to call your own is great, I agree. As well as customizing your character. However, I wonder if they’ll still allow for a random option? I always enjoyed being surprised at how good or derpy I’d look. The farming mechanic is what made me tilt my head. As you all know by now, Harvest Moon is not my favorite game. I always preferred Animal Crossing because I found it be more chill and less “work.” You can make your own tools and, I assume, have to gather materials to make said tools. The farming itself seems fun, that I never minded too much. Although, with the real-time mechanic of the game, I have a feeling crops are going to die a lot.
It’d be nice if there was still a random option at the beginning for your looks, but I do enjoy the idea of customization. I like the different skin tones that are available! See, I always felt that Animal Crossing wasn’t as goal-orientated as Harvest Moon, which I disliked. Having played New Leaf a bit more, I do see the goals you can make but I feel that it’s more “work” and time restrictive than most Harvest Moon installments are. I’m hoping the farming mechanic will be akin to the earlier Harvest Moon games, in that you plant them, water them once a day, and there you go. Of course, I presume the farming — and even some of the tools — will be optional, so you can have your game be as chill as you want.
I find it funny how I think Harvest Moon is more “work” and you think Animal Crossing is more “work.” Maybe farming and such will be optional, I don’t know. I’m all for new mechanics and ways on improving the gameplay, but seeing something so similar to Harvest Moon made me stop and think for a moment.
Isn’t it strange? I still believe you should give an earlier Harvest Moon game a try, perhaps More Friends of Mineral Town, as opposed to the Light of Hope that I had you try before. You may enjoy the simplicity of that more. I do hope you’ll still be excited for and enjoy Animal Crossing: New Horizons, considering it’s been one of your favorite franchises for years.
I’m still excited for New Horizons and I’m intrigued by the changes. I know it’ll be a great game regardless. I’m curious how it’ll turn out though. The release can’t come soon enough.