Animal Crossing: New Horizons review roundup

Hear what everyone has to say about the latest installment in the Animal Crossing series.

It’s official, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a few short days away from release. Coming to Nintendo Switch this Friday, March 20, New Horizons is one of the most anticipated games of 2020. Given how close we are to release day, and the fact the embargo has lifted, sites have begun posting their reviews.

Curious to hear what people have to say about Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Here’s a quick review roundup!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons review roundup

Animal Crossing: New Horizons review roundup
Critics are posting review scores for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and they're unanimously positive.
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The reviews have begun pouring in for Animal Crossing: New Horizons from various gaming outlets. If you’re curious about whether New Horizons is good, the short answer is yes, it very much is. Right now, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a Metacritic score of 91% based on 59 critic reviews.

The score is subject to change as gamers input their own thoughts and feelings into the mix from Friday onward. Although, if we’re being honest, gamers will likely feel the same way that critics do about New Horizons in loving the game. Not only have several outlets awarded Animal Crossing: New Horizons with a perfect score, the majority of the reviews sit at 90/100 on average.

Below, we’ve listed notable review scores from various for Animal Crossing: New Horizons thus far.

  • Forbes: 100
  • Nintendo Insider: 100
  • Nintendo Life: 100
  • Telegraph: 100
  • Trusted Reviews: 100
  • VG247: 100
  • GamesBeat: 95
  • Wccftech: 94
  • COGconnected: 92
  • IGN: 90
  • Game Informer: 90
  • GamesRadar+: 90
  • Screen Rant: 90
  • USGamer: 90
  • Destructoid: 85

For the full list of review scores, be sure to check out the list of critic scores on Metacritic. Keep in mind that in addition to sites who’ve awarded final scores, other outlets are still in the process of drafting their reviews including Shacknews, Eurogamer, Kotaku, GameSpot, The Guardian, Polygon, The Verge, and Waypoint to name just a few.

Judging by early reviews, the in-progress reviews should yield similar scores.

In summary, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a fantastic game with scores averaging around 90, and all scores sitting at 80 or above (including a few perfect scores). It isn’t exactly surprising – it is Animal Crossing, after all – but it’s still good news for gamers eagerly awaiting the game’s release on Friday.

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