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The Animal Crossing Update is Everything I Need

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons update released a day early on November 4 and introduced tons of new content that sucked me back in to daily play.

New Horizons is the only game I have for the switch, and I only bought the console to play the game. I logged hundreds of hours during the stay-at-home orders of the pandemic, but my playtime dwindled over the course of the school year because I had hit a point in my island where no progress was being made, and nothing new had been introduced.

When the free update was announced, I could not wait to visit Brewster’s cafe, go on tours with Kapp’n and decorate with the new furniture. For the first time in months, I played the game for hours on end and enjoyed every second of it.

The same feelings I felt the first time I played came back, and my stress was temporarily relieved as I escaped into the game.

There is still so much to explore with the free update like new furniture, the gyroids, the co-op on Harv’s island, cooking, group stretching, and pro decorating. I expect to continue spending my free time playing New Horizons and taking everything in for quite some time.

If the free update isn’t enough, there’s also the Happy Home Paradise expansion available for purchase. The expansion lets players go to work to design vacation homes for villagers and adds more excitement to New Horizons.

Overall, the update is all I need to keep me satisfied while playing and I see myself engaging much more with the game for at least a few months.

Emily Rubin

Kennesaw '22

Emily is a senior at Kennesaw State University.
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