Animal Crossing: New Horizons was an instant hit with players upon its release last week, but a few unhappy buyers have significant frustrations with the game. Most believe that the long-awaited came at the perfect time, offering a much-needed distraction from COVID-19’s tightening grip on the country. Millions of players are in love with the game’s relaxing atmosphere, wealth of content, and huge suite of customization possibilities. Others, however, dissatisfied with the game’s local multiplayer limitations, have taken to dropping review bombs over the title’s Metacritic page.
At the time of writing, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a critic score of 91 and a user score of 6.3. Comprised of 465 positive scores, 28 mixed reviews, and 414 negative takes, the user score is a compilation of widely-varied views on the game. As you might imagine, several of these complaints, while consisting of valid criticism, are more than a little energetic. Here are a few excerpts:
…The only player who gets any real meaningful control over the island is the one who begins the game. They get to build villager’s houses, place community buildings, etc. All players who come after them are treated like second-rate citizens, are given no control over virtually anything, and have a significantly diminished experience.
This game was ruined for me by the singular island garbage. It needs to be fixed.
We need equal values and opportunities for all players on the island! My wife is the first player, which is great but I do not want to wait for her progress. At the same time, I do not want her to have a a second class player experience if I am the founder. Fix this Nintendo!!
As I said, the one island limit is extremely annoying and a typical case of Nintendo being Nintendo. It’s one of the only things keeping me from buying Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Review-bombing an otherwise fantastic game is a tad extreme, but if people want to flock to Metacritic and vent their frustrations there, more power to them. After all, in a perfect world, Nintendo can acknowledge the criticism and somehow fix this, but I’m not keeping my fingers crossed.