I absolutely love Animal Crossing, and I hate to say anything bad about it- but I have to be truthful. This game feels like half of a game. It's a great way to zone out and not really pay attention for a while, but it's not the Animal Crossing game we've all known and loved since Population Growing came about on the Game Cube. It actually almost feels like a step down from AC:PG. If it wasn't for the excellent graphics and expanded catalogue, one might even be able to say that it was.
There is a lot about this game, both good and bad- so I'm just going to go ahead and list it all by those two topics. Take from it what you will.
No open world, you're limited to just tapping on characters pictures/profiles to visit their houses and running around the district shopping center.
No time progression, you sit at your desk and write your journal for the day and time goes straight to the next day.
With no time progression also comes no seasons- at least from what I can tell. So far I have had a few villagers with seasonal desires (Fall related ones I might add) pop up.
With Home Designer Dress Code, you get one shirt to wear which you must wear for the entire game (again, as far as I know). You can add accessories and change pants/skirts.
Catalogue is extensive yet has no search option, making some items very difficult to find as you get more into the game and more items become available.
Where your character goes at night is a mystery. You have no house to call your own or decorate how you want.
Complete character customization allows choice in everything from hair color to skin tone, eye type and more when you start the game.
Furniture placement is super easy using the touch screen, no spending limits on furniture or other items.
You can design facilities in town, such as restaurants, shopping centers, a business building and more.
Characters wishes are pretty easy to fulfill, and you most likely can't go wrong regardless of how you design their house.
Everything in the "bad" list is what bothers me the most. I have always loved these features of Animal Crossing games, and it's difficult to consider it a true AC game without these abilities.
It drives me absolutely crazy to not have my own house, but after a creative idea (or not) I've decided I'll try to find a more "favorite" character and build an extra room house and pretend I'm their roommate. We can all dream I guess!
Though there is a lot missing from this installment in the franchise, I can't say that I haven't spent a better portion of the last several days playing it. It is addicting, but probably something that's better suited for more off and on play.