The point of Animal Crossing is that there is none

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Cute, comfy, calming.

While games have always had inherent loops or hooks to gameplay, the modern stock has started to blow things out of proportion.

Nearly every AAA experience is saturated with some sort of progression constantly calling to be chased.

Games, as a result, are much less about playing to play than working through endless checklists. It’s why a series like Animal Crossing, one of Nintendo’s most unique, never ceases to confuse in terms of its appeal.

Animal Crossing’s mix of real world connection, aimlessness, and mellowed atmosphere means its something that’s always flown in the face of well timed rewards and spikes of pleasure.

Mindfulness replaces an eye for what’s ahead and it’s all the better for it.

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Does Animal Crossing have a story mode?

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Quick answer: No, Animal Crossing: New Horizons does not have a story mode in the strictest sense. The game falls under the umbrella of the life sim genre. Most of what you buy, find, create, and do is on your own terms.

Whether you’re playing on Xbox One, PS4, or Switch, games typically fall into one of two categories – narrative based or multiplayer focused experiences. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a game that has lit the world on fire in these off kilter times, bucks this trend. Similar to Minecraft or The Sims, Animal Crossing is absent of a well defined story mode. Instead, the crux of the game is personal expression, progression, and finding a way of (virtual) life that works for you.

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Breath of the Wild is forever relaxing

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game of many faces depending on who you ask – overrated, boring, GOAT, hard, easy, and everything in between. For me, the open world adventure has continued to hit me hardest in its unique sense of relaxation and content.

I’ve poured over 80 hours into the game and I’ve still not beaten it. I’d go so far as saying that some of my favorite moments with the game didn’t require any sort of achievement.

And despite all of the things to do in the world of Hyrule, from the countless Shrines to subtle secrets all throughout, much of what Breath of the Wild does best is drawing the player in to the present moment.

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5 Switch Games to Induce a Zen State of Mind

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The tumultuous thrill of chasing Grandmaster in Overwatch or Grand Champion in Rocket League cannot be matched when you’re in the mood for that type of experience, but sometimes a player just wants a serene and relaxing game to sit back and sink into.

The beauty of video games is the established spectrum between highly competitive and lackadaisical, something that accounts for any particular mood that strikes.

And truth be told, some of the best games are relaxing and chilled by their nature, and luckily freneticism and laser like focus aren’t prerequisites for a good game.

In this article we’ll cover the best relaxing and chill games for the Nintendo Switch to help you achieve a tranquil state of mind and melt away the non sequiturs of daily life.

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