2 MECHANICS: TOM NOOK TUTORIAL AND FORGED PAINTINGS -
Most games have overall goals to achieve, from rescuing princesses to disarming a nuclear bomb to save the President of the United States. Animal Crossing's goal, however, is essentially the same as that of real life: make money, furnish your house, and keep the town pretty (the last part is optional, he he). Animal Crossing is a game that has you create your character, move into a house, and gives you free reign to do what you please... provided you work off your house loan for Tom Nook, first. The second you move into town, you're asked to go to the town hall, meet everyone there, then pick the house you'd like to live in. After all this happens, you go to your house and are greeted by the eponymous raccoon con-man himself, who sells you the house for a substantial amount of money. However, since your character is stupid, he/she forgot to bring money when he/she moved into town, so you're now forced to do some chores for Mr. Nook, which include delivering carpets and planting flowers and such. Okay, I understand, you're trying to warm up to the new crowd and get them settled in, but it's not that hard to figure out, Nintendo. I know how to plant flowers, I know how to engage in conversation with everyone in town, and I can most definitely handle myself in the clothing department. To top it off, when you're finally done with these tedious chores, all this bastard does is chip away a couple thousand bells from your mortgage. What an asshole! The least you could do is make the tutorial optional at the beginning of the game, when you ask me a bunch of questions that don't make sense and physically alter my character's appearance behind my back. After essentially being Tom Nook's bitch for half an hour, you finally get to play the game properly. After vigorous exploration, you'll eventually come across a museum owned by an owl, who laments over how the museum is empty because he's scripted to stand in one spot for eternity. Naturally, you can agree to help, and this brings out a whole new sidequest of collecting bugs, fish, fossils, and paintings. "But hey!" you cry out, "I can't find paintings in the wilderness! How on Earth will I be able to complete that exhibit?" To which I answer with a simple, but truthful, "YOU DON'T." Really, unless you're just THAT dedicated, don't even bother with paintings. But, I suppose I should go into detail anyways. There's this guy named Crazy Redd, who comes along every now and then to try and sell you semi-rare furniture and decor at WAY above market price. He also sells paintings. "But if he just sells the paintings, why is it such a hassle?" Well, he doesn't just sell the paintings, he: A. Whores the paintings at terribly-inflated prices, and B. Has a chance to sell a FRAUDULENT PAINTING. That's right, all those bells you just threw down to get that supposedly real painting of Mona Lisa? It could very well be an imitation, which the museum won't accept. Once again, there's no way to tell whether or not you just got scammed with a painting, so you just dumped a lot of money for a useless copy. You can put it in your house, sure, but all it does is taunt you and symbolize how unlucky you are.