Any of them, I guess, though New Leaf is the one I’ve been trying to “get” for the most amount of time. This whole franchise looked like it was destined to be one of my favourites. Relaxed life simulator, childlike cartoonish graphics, chibi characters in a world where nothing bad happens, lots of stuff to do over time and lots of new folk to meet. Players said it appeals to grown ups due to how real it is, and it was praised in many lists like “what to play if you like Harvest Moon\Stardew Valley”.
Ah, and the design for Animal Crossing-themed Nintendo New 2DS is simply adorable, and this edition comes with the game, so…
At first, it was just a little boring, though manageable. Fun to run around and do little tasks. Then the characters started sneaking on me, offering to visit their houses, and then making tours showing off their furniture. Poor guys have pretty much no interest in life except gathering furniture and placing it in one corner or another. When they socialized with me, they mostly wanted to snoop around my house and rate my furniture, too. When they asked questions, most of the times it was about furniture/decorations/how should they dress/what they think their new catchphrase should be. This behaviour seemed weird to me, so I’ve created a new save file and called myself Master, so that their dialogues looked more appropriate.
After financing several buildings for the town, exploring for quite a bit. traveling and attracting new villagers (all felt like a chore), I’ve dropped a game for a month or so. When I decided to come back, practically every villager shamed me. They were very angry at me for the state the town came into till I was gone. Apparently, it was my fault that none of them actually did anything useful. So much for a game that is promoted as anti depressing. Won’t pick it up ever since: no guilt-tripping in my entertainment