The first reviews are in for Animal Crossing: City Folk and it appears that while the game hasn’t delivered any new innovations, it is still a lot of fun to play, particularly for those who have not expereienced the previous versions on other platforms. Readers have given the game high marks, though site editors have been a bit more critical. Here are summaries of the top reviews:
Gamespot.com says: Animal Crossing: City Folk looks, sounds, and plays a little too much like its predecessor on the DS to be worthwhile if you already own that game. The visuals are cute and colorful, but dated. The cheery audio isn’t as impressive on the Wii in 2008 as it was on the DS in 2005. Furthermore, the gameplay is largely unchanged and, unless you’re at home with your Wii at all times of the day, it’s better suited to the DS. With all of that said, City Folk is every bit as engaging and entertaining as its predecessors and so, if you managed to miss out on those and have an hour or so to spare every day for the next year, you’d do well to move in. 300 Gamespot readers have rated it a 9 out of 10, while their 7 editors give it a 7.3.
Wii Fanboy reports: Animal Crossing: City Folk, despite lacking large strides in the innovation department, still manages to be an impressive well of fun gaming activity. Fans of the series will see this game as exactly what they want: more of the same. Score: 8/10.
IGN declares: Animal Crossing: City Folk wasn’t made for Animal Crossing fans. It was made for those that missed out the first two times. And for those people, you’ve got yourself a fine product. To those that helped make the first two games a success: maybe Nintendo will thank you some other way, because City Folk is only for you if you want to go through the same things all over again. IGN readers have given the game an 8.6/10 rating, while their editors give it a 7.5.
Here’s the IGN video review: