Animal Crossing 2.0 & Happy Home Paradise DLC Review: A Fantastic Addition

Animal Crossing: New Horizons added a 2.0 update and the Happy Home Paradise DLC to bring players new experiences unlike anything in the previous iteration of the game. Players can now take control of their islanders and their homes, with island ordinances and house remodeling.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons already had some unique customization options, but the update and DLC bring a whole new way to play the game. Unfortunately, for players who only have access to the free update, most of the content can be thoroughly explored in just a few hours. However, when combined with the big Happy Home Paradise expansion, players have many new options with consistent customization unlocks available to them.

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There are many content additions that are between the DLC and the 2.0 update. For example, users at the resort can purchase new furniture in Happy Home Paradise and then take them to Cyrus on Harv’s Island for unique customization options. While most of the all-new content is in the DLC, there are some fun and varied options in the 2.0 update to explore. Players can control their islanders by enacting the Animal Crossing: New Horizons island ordinances, but remodeling their homes is only possible with the DLC. Both of these increase the replay value of the game considerably.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 Update

ACNH 2.0 fortune teller Katrina

Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 is the last major free update and brings several new features with it. Players can visit Photopia to invest in new, permanent stores for NPCs that were previously only available as random, traveling vendors. In this way, players can often buy items from NPCs such as Redd, Leif or Kicks. Animal Crossing: New Horizons also lets you invest in new businesses like Katrina’s fortune telling on Harv’s Island. Adding these NPCs gives players more to do each day and more reasons to save bells.

Along with Harv’s new NPCs, players can interact with Kapp’n to visit new, secluded islands or open Brewster’s Café in the museum. The new islands may be in both hemispheres, have different seasons, and produce spinning top fragments, but otherwise they are the same ones that players can visit with a Nook Miles ticket. The boat trips also cost the same as a ticket: 1,000 Nook Miles. The 2.0 update offers a lot more than just a few new NPCs.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons features a variety of new items and activities. There are new hairstyles in the 2.0 update, as well as the ability to use ceiling decorations and lighting fixtures. The updates to the free 2.0 version offer more convenience and a bit more for the players, but they mostly consist of minor additions to the existing game mechanics. From the cafe to adding island ordinances to group routes and permanent ladders, players can more easily explore and interact consistently with different NPCs. A larger part of the updates and new features are part of the paid extension Happy Home Paradise.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise DLC

ACNH HHP Roomates Home

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise DLC introduces players to a new area of ​​the game. They have the opportunity to work at a resort and design vacation homes for visitors, VIPs, and even their own islanders. As with Sims, the Happy Home Paradise DLC provides players with a catalog of furniture, items, and atmospheric effects to choose from when customizing vacation homes. Unfortunately, the furniture is stuck in one of four positions, so there is no way to bend objects. This can make some rooms feel cluttered or disorganized, especially at the beginning when the room cannot be resized.

As players design more houses, they will unlock new features and the ability to build facilities. Each type of facility is predetermined, but players have access to the full catalog of designs to build however they want. The same goes for vacation homes: players can control them almost entirely, but there are some requirements that must be met, such as: The prerequisites are usually items that players would bring with them anyway so they don’t hinder or stifle the creative process.

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One of the only downsides to playing through the Happy Home Paradise DLC is the repetition of vacation home themes. Some of the customer’s requests are very similar, if not the same, and it can be a chore redesigning a home with the same furniture for the third time. For example, one customer may want a space theme and another a futuristic theme, but the furniture recommended for both are pretty much the same. Fortunately, there is a solution to this later in the players’ careers as they are able to propose topics rather than following the client’s directions. To propose a new topic means starting from scratch with no preconditions. However, this option becomes available towards the end of the career path, and players still need to design 30 houses and five facilities, whether or not they use this feature.

Once the career is over and all the milestones are met, players can bring any skills they unlocked back to their main island to remodel their residents’ homes. This feature adds a lot of new customization options to the island as players have complete control over the appearance of each house. Unlike vacation homes, players must pay a fee to Tom Nook from Animal Crossing: New Horizons every time they remodel a home. This mechanic fits Tom Nook’s personality very well, and the price isn’t too high compared to the expensive home loan fees he charges the player. Players can use this feature even if they have an outstanding loan. The Happy Home Paradise DLC is full of new content that delves deeper into the customization aspect of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

ACNH HHP music festival

Once players complete each career milestone, they can continue to upgrade facilities, remodel homes, and offer new designs to visitors. This gives players a ton of content to explore and play through. In combination with the 2.0 update, the Happy Home Paradise DLC offers players a variety of new mechanisms to unlock and use both in the resort and on their own island. Each new feature in Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 and Happy Home Paradise adds to the overall player experience by creating new customization options and different areas to explore.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 and Happy Home Paradise DLC are now available for Nintendo Switch. Screen Rant was provided with a Nintendo Switch digital download code for this review.

Our rating:

4 out of 5 (excellent)

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