Meeting up with Friends! (Via Animal Crossing)

Even though we are all on lock down and are not able to see people in real life, there are lots of ways we can still talk and interact with people.

This past week I have been spending basically all my free time playing Animal Crossing and I’ve been able to spend lots of time with old friends and new.

I really love this aspect of Animal Crossing because it really helps fight the loneliness of being on lock down. I am thankful I am living with my boyfriend so I am not totally alone in this whole craziness but sometimes you need to talk to other people lol.

Please enjoy some cute screenshots of me and my friends living our best island lives in Animal Crossing. 🙂

Animal Crossing Switch Predictions

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Now that Nintendo has FINALLY confirmed an Animal Crossing Switch game, I thought I would share some things that I hope/predict will be in the game.

1. Integration with the Mobile App

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This is something that will most likely be in the game, I don’t know how it would work exactly but something tells me it will be a thing. I would love if they somehow connected the mobile campsite to a Switch campsite.

I thought the addition of the campsite in the New Leaf game was super cute, and if it was a reason to keep Harvey around in the game then I would be all for it.

I also think that because they are doing some kind of integration with Pokemon Go and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee that they would also want that for Animal Crossing. Nintendo want to keep their mobile players as well as entice them to get a Switch, so having the mobile version and the console version work together in some way would probably be some kind of advantage to them.

2. Bigger Towns!

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With the Switch, I expect nothing more than a bigger town. The towns we get in the game are usually quite big but it’s nice to have more space, more space to put public work projects, more space for more villagers, just more space for everything…

I would also love if the beach area was expanded so we could have more things there, I’m not sure what things but I think it’s nice to have a bigger beach area to wander around.

Something else that would be great as well is a bigger town plaza and shopping area. Personally, I find the town plaza can be a little small for events with Isabelle standing around and Redd and his stall. So it would be cool to have maybe a bigger plaza area.

As for the shopping area, I loved the way they did it in New Leaf, and visiting the City in Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City was fun but there’s no harm in making it bigger…

3. Bring Constellations Back!

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Something we don’t get to do in Animal Crossing: New Leaf is add constellations to the sky. While this is not something I usually did it was still a nice touch to the game and I know people miss it.

That being said I do really love the sky in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It was one of my favourites.

4. More Holidays!

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This is something I hope for every time there’s a new Animal Crossing game. I love special events in the game and they are always great to play alone or with friends.

I know some regions get more holidays than others but I think it would be cool if you could celebrate all holidays everywhere. Just so you can get some cool items and maybe learn a bit more about a country’s culture.

It would also be if we could make a few of our own holidays, like you can with Sims 4 Seasons, but I think that’s just me being too hopeful haha. Though I think it would be cool if you could choose what kind of celebration you had on your anniversary of becoming mayor.

5. Still the Mayor?

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I assume with this new game we will still be the mayor, I feel like the game will have the same basis as New Leaf but will just a lot more features. I don’t want a complete rehash of the previous game but things like being mayor would be nice to do.

I would also love if we got more tasks to do while being mayor, I think it was interesting how before you could really do anything in town you had a checklist to complete when you first start the game and I like that kind of thing.

I’m not saying Animal Crossing should be an entirely task-based game like some but every so often a request given to you because you are the mayor would be nice.

6. Happy Home Designer Interior Design

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It might be safe to assume that for the Switch game they are going to change the way you design the inside of your house, using the features of Happy Home Designer. I think this is something they actually did add to the New Leaf version of the game so why not make it a thing on the Switch? It’s a lot easier than walking around the whole of your house to move a bit of furniture.

7. Customise Your Character!

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I would be seriously surprised if this new Animal Crossing game did not let us customise our character. What I mean by that, is being able to change the skin tone of your character and what their face looks like.

In previous Animal Crossing games, you didn’t get to decide what you’re character looked like, it was chosen based on some questions you answered in the beginning. But since the addition of Happy Home Designer, we have been able to choose what our character looks like as well as their skin tone. So I hope this is something we can do in the new game.

Especially because I have been using the same Animal Crossing character for as long as I can remember so it would be great if I could just create them in the beginning rather than having to use an online face guide.

8. More Stuff!

I guess to end this blog post, I should say we just want more stuff. More of everything.

More items, more holidays, more clothes, more fruit, more collectables…the list goes on.

One of the things I love about the Animal Crossing series is that the basic game will always be the same, and all we want is for it to be improved upon and made the best it can be.

I feel like there were more things I could have added to this list but those are all the ones that I can think of for now.

I’m excited to find out more about the game as time goes on. I am hoping for a summer game release like they did with New Leaf, I think it would be a good time to release the game just because they have a lot happening in town in terms of bugs/fish and the fireworks shows. Plus it means not having to wait almost a whole year for it to be released. The earlier it’s released in 2019 the better!

Until then, I think I will just have to be content with the other Animal Crossing games we have so far…

~ Courtney x

Overcooked 2 First Impressions!

Today I am sharing my first impressions of Overcooked 2! Though before we get into this I just want to say that I already had good impressions for this game because I had so much fun playing the first one.

In Overcooked, you must work as a team with friends/family to help save the Onion Kingdom from being destroyed by a hungry meatball monster. In Overcooked 2, you must once again come together to defeat the Unbread!

Cheesy, yes but also, great.

The past couple of days I have been able to play a lot of the game with my niece, with her help I have made it to the end of world 4, which I assume is maybe around halfway.

One thing I can already tell you is that with Overcooked 2 you definitely need someone else with you to help you complete it. With the first game, I was able to complete the story mode all by myself by switching between two chefs. But because of how fast-paced Overcooked 2 is, and with complex levels, you will definitely need another person. It’s not as easy to switch between characters when you’re trying to pass food between rafts, conveyor belts and other obstacles that are thrown your way.

So if anything I think it’s good that it really amps up the difficulty to get you to play with people. I already can’t wait to introduce my family to this game. We played the first one at Christmas and it was hard for them to grasp then, so I can’t wait to see what’s it like with additional controls thrown in.

I also love that when it comes to the final levels in each world that there’s another layer to them. I don’t want to give away spoilers but it’s crazy how fast things can change when you least expect them, you really have to think on your feet to keep up the momentum of the level.

The game also adds some new side levels given to you by Kevin, the Onion King’s dog. Seems a bit random but I have been enjoying the side levels, they are a bit tricker than the main level but once you have a system it works flawlessly.

Aside from the main story, I have also had the chance to play online with people. You can only do online multiplayer in a VS mode or in an Arcade mode which doesn’t really lead anywhere. Though it can be fun if you don’t have people to play locally and you want more players.

One thing that makes this online play difficult is that with Nintendo Switch, you can’t talk to one another. Which is a downfall when one of the main points of the game is to have good communication.

The game provides a little menu where you can use preset messages in game, but who has time for that when everyone is running around and doing their own thing anyway?

The arcade mode is especially hard to figure out what’s going on when you can’t communicate, the first time I played, everyone ran off to do their own thing when the level started and I had no idea what to do, so I tried my best to contribute in some way but ultimately I don’t know if I did anything.

It’s a lot easier to play online in VS mode, but only because you only have to cooperate with one person, and you somehow develop a sort of system with the other person based on where you’re positioned at the start of the level. For example, if you are near the ingredients and the chopping boards, that’s your job, the other person will cook etc.

So if anything I would say it’s probably easier to stick with the local play, especially because it is way more fun.

I think you can play the main story mode with friends online, but only if you have Nintendo Switch friends who also play the game, I currently don’t have many Switch friends or know anyone who has the game so haven’t been able to test this out yet.

But overall I would highly recommend this game, it’s super fun and definitely one to bring up at parties!

And if you guys wanna add me on Nintendo Switch, please feel free to! I’m always looking for new friends 😛 We might not be able to talk to one another but I think we could still work well together lol.

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~ Courtney x