If you've played any of the previous Animal Crossings games you'll know what to expect. A game that revolves around your new life in a village of anthropomorhic animals.
Animal Crossing is such a relaxing game. You can spend time fishing, catching bugs, arranging a perfect garden and designing new clothes.
Outwardly, theres not much difference from the past games, you still start working for Nook as a brief introduction to the game. The town itself looks familiar only this time it has cliffs and water falls which add a little extra something.
The graphics are simple and charming as always, but I feel as though this adds to the game's appeal. There have been slight moderations to the interface, you can now cycle through your tools without having to open the menu with the left and right buttons (which is greatly appreciated) and you when it comes to designing you can design the front, back and arms seperately (which is again greatly appreciated).
Holiday events make a welcome return from the gamecube version, with more to look forward to than in Wild World you'll be able to obtain unique items on certain dates. The animal photograph feature from Wild world has been removed sadly so now the animals don't seem as important as they used to and you'll find yourself not caring when they move away.
The city area of the game, which I was expecting to be some sort of huge online hub, is nothing more than a few extra shops arranged around a fountain. Most of these shops were available in some other form in the past, Shampoodle having been in Nook's final shop however is now open from the get go.
The Wii Speak feature is a neat little device but the sound quality is questionable, although I was speaking to people in the US so distance might have been a factor. It still beats using the remote to type. You can also use a USB keyboard if you're not feeling talkative or confident.
Theres enough here to keep everyone busy, although if you've invested time in Wild World you may find yourself reluctant to start anew again, you can transfer your character and catalogue but not bells or items. While not having changed dramatically from its former incarnations there are enough little tweaks and extras for you to fully enjoy the experience. You'll soon lose yourself all over again!