Reviews// Animal Crossing Wild World (DS)

Posted 24 Feb 2006 16:16 by

Objective

So what's the aim if there's no planet-eating demon to destroy? Something way more exciting: to customise your town and home to whatever standards you see fit. As stated before, making money is the general means to achieve this, but making friends with your neighbours is also essential. Making buddies is a sound way of receiving gifts, and when they trust you, they'll entrust you with small errands - for which you'll be rewarded. And being sycophantic gets you a good, long way!

So it's all selling fruit and fish? No, well not if you have any pride. There are standards to be met. Your home needs to be in tip-top condition. It can't be dingy, you can't have stuff lying about, and you'd better brush up on your feng-shui, because the Happy Room Academy (HRA) will frown upon homes lacking effort. The HRA is a sort of bastard-child of Changing Rooms and Trinny and Susannah; basically, they know their "blinging cribs" from their... well, dumps. The more you impress them, the higher score they'll bestow upon you. Impress them enough, and they'll send you a pressie.

Then there's the environment to consider. At the Town Hall you can get a general assessment. Is it green enough? If not, plant some more trees and flowers. Weeds need to be uprooted - let them get out of hand and The Day of the Triffids will be upon you. One other key feature of your world is the Museum. Here you can view fossils/dinosaur remains, the aquarium, the insect house, the art gallery, and the planetarium. The problem, nay, challenge, is that it's empty to begin with. Yup, you're likely to be the sole contributor. Fish we've covered, along with bugs. So how do you get fossils? The spade is your friend.

We've covered some of the key elements of your day to day tasks, but your world can offer more detailed layers for you to investigate - you think GTA offers sandbox gaming in a living breathing world? Pah, thats nothing! ACWW's world is the real "Liberty" City.

WiFi

Fans of Animal Crossing for GameCube cried out for a true multiplayer feature and Nintendo has delivered in spades. Not only can you visit your friends' towns via Ad-Hoc mode (local wireless), but, like the glorious Mario Kart online facility, Nintendo has included an Infrastructure mode (Internet wireless). For me this feature elevates ACWW from a good game to an amazing game. If you have Internet gaming buddies, or get involved in online gaming communities (like SPOnG), you have to get into ACWW online. It's absolutely fascinating to see how different people customise their towns and homes - and the level of attention can be astounding.

If your experience of online gaming so far is one of some whiney 12-year old screaming into your headset "stoopid noob" or "take that FAG!", then you'll be pleased to know ACWW is a world away from that. The community spirit is truly heart-warming. You may visit someone's town, and be instantly intimidated by the level of upgrades they've attained. But even the newest of ACWW recruits may have something an old vet's been in search of for weeks. There's something in this game that brings out na´ve generosity, and will fill the empty husk of even the bitterest of old gamers with joy.

There's been one criticism we've read on several occasions, which we don't agree with: the reliance on friend codes. Unlike Mario Kart, you can't just log onto Nintendo's wireless network and search for open gates. You'll only find those who have given you their Friend Codes, and to whom you have given yours. Some have said this is limiting, but we think it's absolutely necessary. Who wants any old stranger turning up and spitefully taking an axe to your orchard? Plus, ACWW incorporates a text based conversation tool, so Nintendo has to protect gamers of all ages and sensibilities.

SPOnG Score: A (with WiFi), B (without)

[i]Since its awkward pigeon-holing ACWW into a genre, we won't bother. Nor does it really matter too much. What does matter is that it's strangely compelling, in a drip-fed manner. You won't want (or need) to play it for hours on end. 30 minutes a day will keep you ticking along nicely. ACWW is a little and often daily fix of heart-warming fun. We're not suggesting you'll play ACWW forever, but it should keep you going for months. Really, you can pretty much take it as far as you're willing - it's perpetual. Some might think a game with no ultimate objective, a game with no tangible ending in sight, will only harbour apathy. What's the point if you can't complete it? But the problem with games that have an ending is... well, they end.

Long after you've stopped terrorists from Nuking the West, and made those pesky Nazis think twice... again, you'll still be in your town (or someone else's) tending the flower beds and talking to your neighbours. Today's games are spoon fed to you: "Complete Objective A. Proceed to checkpoint B". ACWW is a proactive game. You get out of it what you put in, and it's all the more rewarding for it.[/i]
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kid_77 27 Feb 2006 10:01
1/18
I know this isn't out for a few weeks yet, but for those that imported...

mouphi @ GamePark (pears)
4639-2027-3286

:)
ohms 27 Feb 2006 12:47
2/18

ohms
ENDOR
3608-3853-8099

I have apples, cherries, and some coconut palms have just started growing.
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kid_77 27 Feb 2006 13:10
3/18
I'll whack you on tonight.

Got Pears (native), Cherries, Apples, Peaches, Oranges and Coconuts.

If there's anything in particular you need clothing or furniture-wise, I'll check my catalogue.
kid_77 27 Feb 2006 20:37
4/18
My gate's open if you fancy a mooch about.
TigerUppercut 28 Feb 2006 08:21
5/18
Phil.

That's a fooking cracking review, it really is. Nice one, can't sing your praises loudly enough. Thought I'd tell you here so you can bask, rather than in an email.

We're all really looking forward to more - I feel you captured the game perfectly. Again, can't tell you what a great review that is. :-)

In related news, my wife pwns you all when it comes to Animal Corssing obsession. Our GameCube has been on for 18 months. She has completed museum, three three story houses with thrree characters, staues everywhere and golden itms and f**king god knows what. I hate the f**king thing! ;-)

She picked up Wild World today. I'll get her to post her FC in the coming days.
kid_77 28 Feb 2006 10:09
6/18
Well, gee, gawrsh a-huhgh!


Cheers for the kind words... I have a certain other 'Import Review' in the works :)
TigerUppercut 1 Mar 2006 20:20
7/18
FC: 3178-9378-4844
Erica
STEFICA
kid_77 2 Mar 2006 18:30
8/18
My gates'll be open in 10 minutes
kid_77 1 Apr 2006 10:29
9/18
In tribute to the new skin...

BUMP!

;)
thane_jaw 14 Apr 2006 22:18
10/18
just picked this up and gonna add you guys to my list, my friends code is:

5412-3490-8063

god this game is cool
Nick Hoadley 15 Apr 2006 20:05
11/18
Hi guys me details are:

FC:0730-8339-7308
Name: Nick
Town: Hyrule

Only had the game a couple of days I'm hooked! People please add me if ya want :)
kid_77 16 Apr 2006 09:08
12/18
thane_jaw wrote:
just picked this up and gonna add you guys to my list, my friends code is:

5412-3490-8063

god this game is cool

What's your AC player and town names?
thane_jaw 16 Apr 2006 16:07
13/18
kid_77 wrote:
thane_jaw wrote:
just picked this up and gonna add you guys to my list, my friends code is:

5412-3490-8063

god this game is cool

What's your AC player and town names?



FC:
5412-3490-8063
Name: Jaw
Town: Smudge
kid_77 17 Apr 2006 10:56
14/18
Right I've added Nick and Jaw. Mine's:

mouphi @ GamePark
4639-2027-3286

I'll have my gate open for most of the day, so come and help yourself to whatever you like - except my ruddy turnips.
Nick Hoadley 23 Apr 2006 00:45
15/18
Well been playing for over a week now and am really hooked! Couple of things I've added ohms, mouphi and Jaw thanks guys I visited your town a few days ago ohms but you were nowhere to be seen and it DC'd after a while! Was very cool though your town is so much better then mine! I planted an orange and the tree doesnt seem to be growing do I need to water it? I can't buy a watering can, it's not available! :(
thane_jaw 23 Apr 2006 12:22
16/18
Nick Hoadley wrote:
Well been playing for over a week now and am really hooked! Couple of things I've added ohms, mouphi and Jaw thanks guys I visited your town a few days ago ohms but you were nowhere to be seen and it DC'd after a while! Was very cool though your town is so much better then mine! I planted an orange and the tree doesnt seem to be growing do I need to water it? I can't buy a watering can, it's not available! :(


yeah you need to water it daily i think. There are loads of things on gamefaqs about planting but it takes some of the magic away in my opinion - suffice to say if you've planted something you need to water it once a day.

If you can't get a watering can at the mo, you're kinda stuck, so you can either time travel (which is kinda cheap) or just check Nook's shop everyday until one pops up. It shouldn't really be too long.

I'm very busy at the mo, so AC is my only game I'm playing - generally my town will be open from about 7-9 GMT for the next few weeks, although I might be working and not about. feel free to come and help yourselves to my apples and pears. Possibly even a coconut if I can get it to grow.
kid_77 23 Apr 2006 18:45
17/18
Nick Hoadley wrote:
I planted an orange and the tree doesnt seem to be growing do I need to water it? I can't buy a watering can, it's not available! :(

I'll open my gates. Nook will have one for you to buy. If you ain't got the cash, I'll treat you :)
billson 24 Apr 2006 00:29
18/18
hello all, i bought animal crossing about 2 weeks ago and am having a great time playing it. i just lost the fishing tourney tho, the other guy (a rhino called rocco) caught a coelacanth measuring 68.4 inches! i could only get a sea bass at 40.1 inches, nuts.
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