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Disgruntled Players Review-Bombing ‘Animal Crossing’

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Curse you, Tom Nook!

After its release last week, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been well-received by both players and journalism outlets. Everyone’s sharing screenshots of their islands, relishing the relaxing atmosphere, and talking shop about new discoveries and villagers. However, not all is well in the world of pastel animal people.

Users on the review aggregator site Metacritic have begun leaving 0 out of 10 reviews on the game en masse, a practice commonly referred to as “review-bombing.” At time of writing, the game has a critical metascore of 91 versus a user metascore of 6.5. Quite a disparity; what’s the reason? Well, it seems the primary complaint voiced in these zero-reviews is that the game only allows players to create one island per Switch console. Whether you’re playing the game on a cartridge or downloaded it from the eShop, it’s one island only, no exceptions. Here are a few samples of reviews:

…If you have more than one person in your home that wants to play the game, you need two Switches. Worst decision I have ever seen, this even beats EA. Congratulations Nintendo, you have officially become the worst video game company this year!

A bad joke, just one island per Switch really playable. If you are a family with one switch, you will be pissed
Off. Nintendo, shame on you. Once again you give a **** on happy customers.

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Due to the generally positive response the game has had, the positive reviews still out number the negative ones, and the user metascore is certainly not as bad as it could be. Plus, y’know, everyone knows about the review-bombing now, so a lot of those zeroes are probably going to get disregarded. It pays to remember that if you have a problem with a game, you’ve got to factor it into the overall experience, rather than farting all over it for a single element.