– [JAMES] Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been out for a bit now and I think that it is no secret that this game has been an absolute smash hit. Critics love it and sales have been through the roof, despite shipment of physical copies in many places being delayed due to Coronavirus. I gues the moral of the story here is “buy digital”. Anyways, I, personally, have been absolutely adoring this game. It has helped take my mind off of a lot of the stressful things in my life and, through a combination of both Discord and ACNH’s well-done online features, I’ve been able to hang out with and, just, chat with friends that I haven’t been able to actually hang out with in quite some time. This game has also allowed me (see: inspired me) to start livestreaming again and, in that process, it has reminded me of why I love making YouTube content in general. Now, that’s all pretty big stuff. And, trust me, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, critically speaking, is a great game! But, it’s also not a perfect one, critically speaking. I wish that you didn’t have to unlock hourly music, I think that the game’s pacing would be much improved if the first 2 days of events were just smushed together into 1, and the removal of series-staple things such as Gyroids and The Roost should…well, those removals should just be baffling. But they aren’t. What’s here is so fun, so polished, and, overall, just so incredibly well done that I ended up mostly not caring about those removals. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is absolutely a game that I – and I’m sure many others, too – desperately needed right now, especially while we’re all locked down in quarantine and watching the world fall apart around us. So, what I’m wanting to get at in today’s Master Trainer video is this: Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out at the perfect time. So, in a time when people are being physically forced apart and where the only people actively choosing not to stay indoors to save others are either those on the frontlines of the pandemic, people with crappy bosses, or idiots on spring break, Animal Crossing on Switch has managed to bring people together in ways like never before. People are starting to live vicariously through this game but not unhealthily so. Thanks in part to Reddit and Twitter, I’m seeing people have virtual weddings, birthday parties, and even long-distance date nights through this game. It’s allowing people to have some semblance of a routine life go on even if its not actually in the real world. And, right now, I feel that this is especially important. For me at least, this game has provided something with routines and human interaction in a time when those are increasingly hard to find. And, I know that others have had experiences like this as well. In fact, I’ve actually had people recently add me as friends on my Switch who until both this pandemic and this game happened hadn’t talked to me since high school! And we’ve reconnected! And it’s been awesome! It’s a social experience like no other. Also, look, I know that this isn’t leading to a particularly long or deep video and I know this is me just praising the game like some sort of rabid fanboy – which I promise I’m not. This is just something that I felt really needed to be said in video form. So, I guess that now would be a good time to answer the question that I’ve been asked countless times since 20 March 2020: Should you buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons in 2020? And the answer is: yes. Absolutely yes. Even with the omissions of old series staples the additions of new huge pieces of content, such as terraforming and Nook Miles, more than make up for that. ACNH, even without updates that we’re apparently getting down the line, offers enough that longtime fans and series newcomers alike will find a ton to love. There’s a reason why this new Animal Crossing has been topping sales charts this past week. This game is truly something special and, as someone I assure you thinks he’s far from being considered a rabid Animal Crossing fanboy, it truly is the perfect game for the perfect time. So, on that note, thank you very much for watching and remember to subscribe for more great content, that’s maybe most likely not all like this, but yeah. I’ve also been doing Animal Crossing live streams over on the Stuff We Play channel and I should also be uploading stream highlights soon here as well, along with your regularly scheduled Pokémon content and some other cool, new, weird projects I have in the works with friends! By the way, let me know down in the comment section below what your favourite Animal Crossing memories are! So, anyways, if you excuse me, I need to now go hunt… for a coelacanth.